Myrentals, learning mandarin

Posted by JimmyMBE - 09/07/16 at 07:07 pm

Hi folks
thought it would be worth sharing that we are doing a course on Chinese Mandarin, learning the basics so that we can at least greet visitors from China to Scotland.

We may not be the best speakers of the language as of yet, but the fact that we are making a positive attempt to learn, will no doubt stand us in good stead.

Today was our third lesson and we hope to be able to move forward into basic ‘coffee conversation’ in the near future, speaking about arranging meetings; the time; the weather; how many cups of coffee or glasses of drinks; etc..

The language structure is fascinating, the character build up and the tones used in sentences are also quite intricate, even a simple change in tonal speaking – could convey the wrong message. We were learning to move our hands in the direction of the tones and it soon looked as if we were doing some form of ‘Ti-Chi’, which was seen as very funny by our tutor.

Keep a watch on this blog for further ventures – [ni hao]

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