老外眼中的誠品書店 驚嘆沒看過「讀到飽」的書店 | Expats share their memories in Eslite Dunnan bookstore

在敦南店週日正式謝幕之前,The China Post特別至誠品敦南店,訪問外籍人士,分享他們與誠品的回憶。|The China Post headed to the bookstore to ask foreigners to share their memories of Eslite's Dunnan store.

【看CP學英文】上月誠品書店宣布「信義店」接棒敦南店成為下一間24小時書店,今(29)日信義店正式開始試營運,許多人搶鮮探索新24小時店舖,另一方面,也有不少人選擇前往即將成為歷史的敦南店做最後的道別。

Eslite Bookstore announced last month that its Xinyi Store would become its next 24-hour bookstore to take over from the Dunnan Store. Xinyi Store officially started its trial operation on Friday, attracting many book-lovers to go exploring. 

Many people, on the other hand, chose to say goodbye to the Dunnan store which is soon to be closed.

陪伴讀者30年不熄燈的誠品敦南店即將於2020年5月31日正式謝幕。登上CNN評選全球最酷書店,全世界第一間24小時不斷電的 書店,成為台灣最具代表性的文化指標。

Most people don’t know that Eslite Dunnan Bookstore, which has been open 24/7 for the past 30 years, will close on May 31. As the first 24-hour bookstore in the world, the Dunnan store was praised by CNN as one of the “coolest bookstores in the world.” It has since become one of the most famous cultural landmarks in Taiwan. 

究竟誠品書店在來台外國人眼中與一般書店有什麼不同呢?在敦南店週日正式謝幕之前,The China Post特別至誠品敦南店,訪問外籍人士,分享他們與誠品的回憶。

So what exactly makes Eslite Bookstore different from other book shops? The China Post headed to the bookstore to ask foreigners to share their memories of Eslite’s Dunnan store.

來自美國的塔拉目前住在景美,他通常都是凌晨三點睡不著的時候會去誠品敦南書店買本雜誌,去附近的美式餐廳買個冰淇淋或點個湯來喝。

Tara Scott, who is from the United States, currently lives in Jingmei and usually goes to Eslite Dunan Bookstore at 3 a.m. to buy a magazine when she can’t sleep. Afterward, she went to a nearby American restaurant to get ice cream or order a soup to drink and enjoy reading. 

塔拉自從2002年就時常造訪24小時敦南誠品書店,當年母親節,他還特別帶第一次來台的媽媽到敦南誠品書店,因此這間書店對他來說別具意義。

Tara has been a regular visitor to the 24-hour Dunnan Eslite Bookstore since 2002. On Mother’s Day, she brought her mother, who visited Taiwan for the first time, to Eslite Dunnan Bookstore, making it a very meaningful bookstore for her.

另一名比利時人受訪表示,來台多年的他對於誠品書店一樣抱持著相當的熱忱,在感到壓力的時候,到誠品書店看書成為他的救贖。

Another Belgian interviewee said that he had stayed in Taiwan for many years and he loved to go to the Eslite bookstore when he felt stressed. Going to Eslite Bookstore became his salvation.

他逗趣地分享道,年輕剛到台灣的時候,想要追一位女孩(現在的老婆)於是決定帶她來誠品書店約會,因為這裡24小時不打烊,而且非常安靜,令人放鬆不易被打擾。

He shared that when he first arrived in Taiwan, he wanted to chase a girl (now his wife) so he decided to bring her to Eslite Bookstore for a date because it’s open 24 hours a day. Besides, it’s very quiet and relaxing. 

至於比利時有沒有這樣的書店呢?他說道:「在比利時根本不可能有這樣讓你免費看書的書店,看太久可能就會被趕出去了。」

Asked about whether there is such a bookstore in Belgium, He said: “There is no such thing as a bookstore in Belgium that lets you read for free,” adding that if you read too long you might get thrown out.

第三位受訪者那秋,來自西班牙,在台大學中文三個月,這也是他第一次到誠品敦南書店。

Nacho Kleinman, a Spanish student who came to learn Chinese at the NTU for three months, said that this was his first time visiting the Dunnan bookstore. 

第一次到訪的那秋覺得整體環境非常乾淨,誠品閱讀區的擺設也讓他大開眼界,他從來沒有看過書店擺一張大桌子讓人閱讀。

Nacho found the overall environment to be very clean, and the decor of the reading area was an eye-opener because he had never seen a bookstore with a large table for people to read.

而且他也很訝異這裡可以任意挑選一本書坐下來看,完全不會有人來打擾你看書。

He’s also surprised that here you can pick any book to sit down and read and there’s no one to interrupt your reading.

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