老外看台灣/老外在台租房驚見浮誇沙發 反應讓網友傻眼:文化差異?| Foreigner shocked at ‘hideous’ couch gifted by Taiwanese landlord

Twitter user Alex Teachey's "hideous" couch that came with his apartment received praise from followers. (Photo courtesy of Alex Teachey/Twitter)

【看CP學英文】在台灣租房通常房東和房客都會經過數次來回商討來決定究竟租賃費是否包含水電費或其他家具。

Renting an apartment in Taiwan often comes with a lot of back and forth as tenants and landlords argue over which utilities or furniture should be included in the rent.

然而,在中央研究院工作的外國天文學家齊孝嵐近期在獲得房東搭配的沙發後發現自己有著完全相反的問題。

However, Alex Teachey (齊孝嵐), an astronomer working at Academia Sinica, recently found himself with the opposite problem, having received a colorful couch that came with his apartment.

齊孝嵐於上週在推特上分享了一張沙發照,只見綠色的沙發綴滿著莫名的花朵和貓咪。

In a tweet posted earlier last week, Teachey shared a photo of the green couch covered with illustrations of flowers and cats.

他於照片下方表示:「我覺得全世界應該要看到我租的房所搭配的沙發」,讓網友疑惑他對於沙發的評價到底是好還是壞。

Along with the picture, Teachey wrote: “I think the world needs to see this couch that came with my apartment,” making it ambiguous as to whether he thought it was too ridiculous or just ridiculous enough.

由於沙發的審美觀有點難以捉模,許多人馬上在下方留言表示沙發看起來很醜和很駭人。

As the couch was more of an “acquired taste,” some immediately commented, “horrible” and “horrific” under the photo.

然而,這個佈滿貓咪圖案的沙發也獲得許多外國網友的芳心,不少人在留言區大讚租屋能得到這個沙發太划算了。

However, the feline pattern seemed to capture many hearts of the foreign community, as others praised it claiming it as “a steal”.

其中一位網友表示,齊孝嵐應該要說是屋子搭配沙發而不是沙發是租房「附加」的。

One social media user commented that Teachey should have wrote: “the apartment that came with the couch” instead of “the couch that came with the apartment.”

另一位網友更分享了一個會動的貼圖,大讚沙發「美到爆」。

Another posted a gif, implying that the couch was “freaking gorgeous.”

在網友熱烈回應中,一位理性的推特用戶建議沙發最後要被售出時應以「經典」、「古董」和「復古」等字樣來形容,而非以「醜陋」和「爛」。

Among the many comments, a level-headed social media user suggested that when it ultimately came time to sell the couch, one should use the words “classic, vintage and retro” rather than “hideous and crappy”.