In May he announced that he was going to New Zealand for at least a few months and he invited listeners to share their experiences about living abroad. So I decided to write, mostly because I wanted to recommend a book to help him understanding Western societies and values better. (The Geography of Thought, that I wrote about on this blog before)I ended up getting so excited about typing that e-mail about my own experiences that I actually forgot to include the link and I had to send a second message J
Every month, there’s an episode where he’s talking more freely, without a fixed topic and also reflects to comments and reviews he receives. I was wondering if he was going to mention my message or the book in this month’s episode.
Then today I saw the new podcast showing up on Itunes with a title that looked familiar – he chose a sentence from my e-mail to be the title! I listened to the extra long episode, it’s over 2 hours with a lot of messages and questions. He saved my e-mail last, and I was surprised to hear him reading out the whole thing. He kindly smoothed out some phrases in my message as he read through, and had a giggle about a few mistyped words. It was a very unique experience to hear a native speaker reading my e-mail out loud – it was my message but it sounded so different in my head when I wrote it!
Now I will have to write him again, thanking him for reading my message. Also, I should thank him for giving me the precious experience of feeling competent, and being an equal partner in a conversation, something so hard to achieve in a foreign language.
If you are interested, here's a link to the introduction of the latest episode, you can also find the podcast on Itunes under 狗熊有话说.