So as I type this I’m taking an online Chinese lesson! Sorry to harp on about the same thing almost every post but it’s so difficult learning this language that I never find myself going through with these lessons.
As a result I’m happy that I’m getting around it it, even though (and I’m just realising now) I’m only semi-paying attention because I’m also writing this to you. This could be compared to taking a driving lesson and interrupting a lesson to call your mate and explain that your finally doing it. This is the same. So help me distract myself from what I need to do .. please.
Why is this so hard anyhow! And why does this language make different sounds to mine! That part is super inconvenient. I’m always groaning super loud when the guy from the audio lesson begins with “this next word contains a sound you may never have made before”, not great.
However at the end of the day this language is beautiful, I love the sound of it and it’s awesome. Also I think I’m getting the hang of it faster than I did with the other languages I attempted learning (theres been several). And who knows how this may come in handy someday! (Besides the obvious ways during my China trip soon). This is after all among the most powerful business languages of the world, this is a useful skill (I tell myself as I tear my hair out trying to force my brain to remember sounds it’s never heard a human mouth utter before).
On other topics *Crap new word — does that start with a n or a m?* Sorry the lesson is still playing. On other topics I watched Kill Bill vol 1 today and I’m very very excited for vol 2. It was awesome! I’m just sorry it took me this long to get to it.
Finishing this movie was however the most productive thing I accomplished today, as it is so late by this point that this Chinese lesson counts as having been undertaken tomorrow (well the tomorrow that is now today). Oop we’ve started on direction words, brand new sounds, son of a gun.
Tomorrow I’m hopefully gonna finish one of my favourite short stories I’ve written. It’s a re-write of one I wrote a long time ago, so I hope it’s ‘freshness’ has lasted the test of time, which very much remains to be seen. I solemnly vow to read it when it’s done and have it read by someone else and if its not fresh, I will dump it.
Ok time to go and begin concentrating for real, as God as my witness before I go to China I will be able to stand tall and say with confidence ” I don’t know how to speak Chinese” in Chinese.