Mandarin Madness

Good morning or afternoon or evening depending on where in the world you are 🌏
This evening we’re off to meet a potential Mandarin tutor. After attempting to get by on our very basic vocabulary  we’ve decided it will make more sense to continue with lessons. My brain might explode but we’ll see how it goes..
I also need a kick to keep on practicing what we do know. I could go into a restaurant and, with help from my index finger and a menu, order “this one” or “that one” but sometimes I just don’t want to do it – I feel like such a moron! Thank god for translation apps though. A few weeks ago we were having fish and chips (I know, how British) and I NEEDED tomato sauce. So I typed it into the app and called the waitress over. She seemed quite amused by it and I got my ketchup so everyone was happy. 
I feel like people might also think we’re quite rude sometimes. When I get into a (prebooked) taxi I say Ni Hao and sometimes the driver will reply with a long sentence and look at me. Perhaps he’s just being polite and saying “hello welcome to my taxi, sit back and relax” or  maybe he’s saying something that requires a response, all the while I’m sat awkwardly staring out of the window pretending I can’t hear anything. I can also say “sorry my Chinese is not good” but when faced with a real life person my brain and mouth just don’t connect. I need to work on that.. 🤐
There is one taxi driver that frequently picks me up in the mornings now and each time we’re about to pull away he excitedly shouts “OK LET’S GO” which I find quite amusing. That’s as much English as he can muster but I appreciate his effort that early in the morning! 
Anyway, that is enough of my rambling for one day. If you read my last post you’ll know that Toby and I randomly had some photos taken at the weekend – here they are, a little Thursday treat for you 😂 worthy of being framed maybe?!

Have a great day! XO

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  1. Beverley
    February 16, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Keep writing. Good luck with the lessons. Lots of love xx

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