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Thursday
Nov022006

Hanyu Lessons

Today I went for my 3rd Hanyu (Mandarin) lesson. It was a very exciting lesson. For the last 2 lessons, us beginners were together with the more advanced people but now we have separate classes. 

On our 2nd lesson, Mr. Ching, our Hanyu teacher asked each of us the reason for taking up lessons. My reason was so that I am able to read the Chinese newspapers. Somehow, the Chinese papers looked more interesting. Their coverage of accidents were always more gory (at least the pictures were) and they also have lots of other interesting news ( that's what I have been told. I am unable to read them yet!) 

I have always been fascinated by the way the Chinese characters are writtened. For example,  人 means person. It does look like a person with 2 legs. And today, I learnt a new word, 从 means follow. It looks like one person following another. 尖 is another example. It means sharp.  It is made up of 小 which means small and 大 which means big. A sharp pointed edge consist of a bigger broader area slowly narrowing into a smaller area. This is so cool. My favourite have always been 口 which means mouth. Look, LOOK! It does look like a mouth!

When my Mum and I went to Taiwan many years ago, she took me to a hospital for X-rays. I have always had back problems and my parents heard that particular hospital is very good. So when we went into the X-ray room, Mum told the technician, "她  不 会  听" ( I hope this is right. Afterall, I have only attended 3 lessons) What Mum wanted to tell the technician was that I do not understand Mandarin, which in fact, was not true. I can understand quite a fair bit of the language. For some strange reason, or perhaps, Mum did not convey the message properly, the technician thought that I was deaf. He began to gave me instructions to lie down, turn and get up in full enactment, complete with gestures. I could have told him I can hear perfectly well but it was so comical so I just allowed him to continue. I told Mum what happened and we laughed all the way back to the hotel. 

Perhaps in time to come, I will do a complete post in Hanyu. But I am sure that will probably be one of my shortest. Meantime, 晚安 (goodnight)

 

Reader Comments (10)

Chinese paper a lot of exaggeration wan la...can't stand only, too much crap and very kuah chiong wan.

Plus I get a headache seeing so many chinese characters on a single page...

How on earth did I ever sit for my SPM and pass last time continues to amaze me...

Anyway, glad u learning. Good luck!
November 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJi Jian
Hahhaah I wonder if there's Hakka class? I've always been fascinated by the way the Hakka news reporter speaks. It's so cool. More kua cheong than reading the chinese news paper!
November 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterpL
We just have a opposit, I want to read English newspaper, so I can learn English well. Good choice Sis.Katy, so next time I can talk to you in chinese, and you will realise HOW DIFFERENCE when I talk in chinese.......
November 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAng
Haha, Ang's Chinese so terrer that he can tell between a northern malaysian chinese accent (yours truly) from a KL one :P
November 4, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJi Jian
oooh! learning mandarin =) next time i see you, you 'll be like "tsi tsang tsong *madarin gibberish sounds* hhahha =) maybe i should continue my mandarin lessons too.
November 6, 2006 | Unregistered Commentersuejan
Haha, yes Hanyu rules!!! In a few years, i'll be able to chat up mandrin speaking babes... :P
November 6, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterbenkenobikl
hehehehe suejan..what is tsi tsang tsong?
what is tsong tsang tseng?
November 7, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterpL
tsong tsang tseng...roughly translates to "loosen the upper body"?
November 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJi Jian
Ji Jian : I want to read Chinese paper BECAUSE they are kuah chiong.
Sue Jan : mmmmm, I wonder if I will conduct a class in Hanyu presently.
Ben : You never told the whole truth when Teacher Ching asked what was the reason for lerning Hanyu! (btw, Ben is my classmate:p )
So you guys are probably waiting impatiently for the Hanyu post. But don't hold your breath
November 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
Ji Jian : I want to read Chinese paper BECAUSE they are kuah chiong.
Sue Jan : mmmmm, I wonder if I will conduct a class in Hanyu presently.
Ben : You never told the whole truth when Teacher Ching asked what was the reason for lerning Hanyu! (btw, Ben is my classmate:p )
So you guys are probably waiting impatiently for the Hanyu post. But don't hold your breath
November 8, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKaty

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