Learning new languages is amazing. It brings with it not only the language itself, but the whole culture of the people who speak it. So learning a new language, getting to know a new culture, exploring and growing is a wonderful opportunity.
I was very happy to have our first Mandarin Chinese lesson at work yesterday, to help us understand better the culture of our clients, of the country, and to help us provide better service.
This post is a copy and expansion of my notes from the lesson:
We first explored what comes to mind when we think of China and here is what we came up with:
– Hong Kong
Then we learnt to introduce ourselves and some basic words:
I am [Shalveena]
Wǒ Shì [Shalveena]
I am also [Shalveena]
Wǒ yěshì [Shalveena]
Yìn duó rén
I am Shalveena. How about you?
Wǒ yěshì Shalveena. Ni ne
Please stand up
Please sit down
Nice to meet you
Qǐng duō guānzhào
What is this
Zhè shì shénme
Lastly, we learnt some words that sounded similar to their English version:
Our assignment for next time is to find 2 other words that sound similar in English and Chinese!