8.11.2010

Concise English Chinese Dictionaries


Pocket-sized English Chinese dictionaries are nestled throughout the house. Like my grandmother's paintings (omg I found more yesterday!) and bags of change, dictionaries keep popping up in dresser drawers, purses, and suitcases. 

For adult immigrants my parents had great conversational English, mainly because they had picked up slang from the young waitstaff at their Italian pizzeria.  They were the sort of ESL speakers who weren't equipped with vocabulary but could articulate anything through gestures, expressions, and piece meal Chinglish. How else could my dad have chewed out attempted dine and ditchers at our restaurant? How else could my mom have handled all our family affairs without my dad?

I don't recall my parents looking through dictionaries but most of them are worn and dog-eared. 


This one had a special bookmark. Notice the dog ear is a trompe l'oeil!


I suspect someone who liked my mom very much took this photo. 

6 comments:

the actor's diet said...

just had a horrible, horrible flashback to chinese school

Raina Lee said...

chinese school was traumatic, sorry! i used to call it "saturday prison"!

A. Hsieh said...

... I really liked Chinese school :(

Raina Lee said...

no one likes chinese school! unless you didn't like saturday morning cartoons, and no red-blooded american doesn't like those cartoons!

Charlotte said...

wow. . my parents own the one to the very right and still use it to communicate complicated concepts like "lingerie" lol

Anonymous said...

My parents own the one on the far right, too lol

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