Friday April 20th 2007, 4:05 pm
Filed under: General

As you may recall, for the past 5 months or so I have been trying to learn Chinese. First of all, I’d like to say that this has exponentially increased my respect for immigrants who are immersed in a non-native language. I am at the tail end of Level 3 (Advanced) of this Mandarin Chinese course and honestly, I feel completely let-down; not that I expected to be fluent, but I definitely wanted to be farther along than I am now.

The program itself is great, it just seems like it is geared more towards the Business-world than conversational Chinese. For example, I can currently say that “Mr. Chiu is a very important customer” and that “we need a microphone for this meeting”. On the other hand, I still can’t say things like “shirt” and “refrigerator”.

So, the goal here was to learn Chinese so I can teach it to Isabel, but that is unlikely to occur unless I want to start her on the Junior-Executive track .

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maybe if you learned pinyin, kristine could label common everyday household items around the house with post-it notes.

Also, check out Chinesepod [http://chinesepod.com/] for lessons that aren’t so targeted to business language.

Comment by robin 04.21.07 @ 3:37 am

Oohh. that’s a good idea!

Comment by Administrator 04.24.07 @ 7:33 am