**NZ Impression-餐桌的主位

前天有客人來,讓我們又有機會可以坐到餐桌吃飯,但是一般在我們的印象中,餐桌的兩邊是主位,應該是由男、女主人坐的~偏偏那天我卻坐在那位置...害我在想到底哪邊才是主位?今天一問,他們是說他們家沒特別在意,但是一般其他人的家庭,可能兩邊就是主位,而他們因為是廚師要準備餐點,所以就都會坐離廚房近一點的地方~而有時候也不一定要兩邊是主位,也可以男女交叉坐,而且還不是夫妻交叉,是完全不一樣的夫妻坐在一起,這樣彼此間才有更多交談的機會~
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(Main seat at the dinner table)

In my homestay, we usually have dinner in the living room, so we can sit anywhere. We only have to sit at the dinner table, when we have guests. But one thing confuses me. In our country, the seats at the head of the table are the main seats, belong to the host or hostess. In my homestay, usually guests or we students can sit there, and my homestay parents sit at the foot of the table, so I don't know which seat is the main seat.

One day, I asked them. They said basically their main seat is the same as in our country, but they don't care. And they like to sit on the seat nearest the kitchen, then they can serve dinner easily. Sometimes we also follow this seating rule: boys and girls alternate, giving everyone more of a chance to talk.

Teacher's comment: That's true. I grow up with that. And traditionally the husband sits at the head and the wife at the foot. The foot of the table is the side nearest the kitchen, making it easier for the wife to move between the table and the kitchen. In the 1800's I would imagine the head of the table would be the end perceived as most prominent.


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