喜不喜欢

Today a student of mine asked me if I like Korea, to which I replied, "Well, I like my Korean friends so I’m guessing I’d like Korea, but I’ve never been." I tossed the question back to him and he said, "no." I asked why and he said he didn’t know why. I asked if he’d been and he said he hadn’t. I asked him to explain why in Chinese and the deepest he could go is, "Korea is bad, so I don’t like."

"Do you like America?" I ventured.
"Yes."
"Why?"
After he explained it to me in Chinese we figured out that he likes America because the economy is good, although there is a lot of crime. That’s something that comes up in a lot if not every conversation I have with my students – America as a crime hotspot. Apparently we have a reputation.

Since this kid is going to America next month I wanted to see what places he could name (in English) in America. The list, in order:
1) New York
2) Hollywood
3) the White House (he only got half of it, but I’m giving it to him)
4) Harvard
5) Yellowstone Park (again, only half of it, but there’s not a lot to work with)

He knew the Chinese names of some other cities and places, but considering the imminent departure date I kept the focus on what he could tell a stranger if pressed. It seems like he could get himself to one side of the country and back, so that’s a start!

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