|Sign outside Shanghai #3 Girls'School|
|What do you think this old Chinese pictograph means?|
Ni hao (nee how) Hello We can understand the consonant sounds, we just need to know how to pronounce the vowels and blend sounds correctly and of course we need to study vocabulary and sentence structure.
Xin nian kuai le! (sheen nee-ehn kwaee-luh) Happy New Year!
|The subway is packed!|
|Leaving the subway is also crowded.|
Or I can walk to school through Jingan Temple Park!
|Dancing in large or small groups is a daily sight in the park|
|People in the park doing their eye exercises, really!|
|Jingan Temple a midst high rises|
I-Mandarin is the name of my Chinese Program. We meet at the Shanghai Center.
My group class consists of Charlie from Australia and me. Our teacher is fantastic! She is energetic, explains things well in English, expects us to converse in Chinese, and holds us to high standards.
|Charlie and Laoshi (teacher)|
|Laoshi, Ling Yen|
|Jeanie's essay in pinyin about where she lives.|
Ling Yen gives us homework every night and we write three essays per week, not with Chinese characters, but in Pinyin (Roman alphabet).
Learning Chinese has been fun, yet challenging. The minute I think I know something, I practice it with a shopkeeper, and most times, they don't understand what I'm saying. The four tones to the Chinese language are really difficult.
However, I am beginning to make a little sense, so I keep trying! Ken had success yesterday when he asked the waiter, Qing, maidan (Cheeng, my dahn.) Bill, please! He indeed got the bill.
I will continue to take Mandarin lessons through out 2013. The cost is about $15 per hour for a group class, only 2 of us in the group, sort of like private tutoring
Ni Hao Ma? ( Nee how ma) How are you?
Most people respond: Hen hao (hen how) = very well
or try this fun word:
Mamahuhu (mamahoohoo)= so, so (direct translation is horse, horse, tiger, tiger:)
Another useful phrase is:
Duo shao qian? (doo oh shaow chee-en) How much is it?
If you don't understand the response, just point to shopkeeper's big calculator. And then punch in a price that is much less than the asked price. From there, your bargaining begins!
Much of Mandarin is very logical:
Dianti= elevator (electric ladder)
Diannao= laptop (electric brain)
Dianying= movie (electric shadow)
|Confucius Temple Neighborhood in Nanjing|
"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere." ~Chinese proverb
|Nanjing, former Chinese capital, at night|
|Lanterns of Nanjing|
Next time: Chinese New Year, the year of the Snake