I love languages. My grandfather spoke multiple languages and I was always fascinated by languages because of that. Granted, I am not fluent in a second language but I do like learning the basics of any language and find it fun. I also like seeing how my language improves slowly over time.
I am calling this a bucket list adventure because I am just starting on this bucket list goal and I have a very long way to go, plus I am all about teaching you as I learn and hopefully you can gain some knowledge from my mishaps.
That all being said, I have decided to tackle Mandarin. At least writing. I have always thought the Chinese symbols were fun and would be fun to learn. I decided to start with numbers. Numbers 1-50 to be exact.
Let me just say… I can assure you it isn’t that hard. I have not tried learning to speak the language but writing it, is a lot of fun. Once I learned the first 50 it was pretty easy to learn 51-100. Cause when it comes to Chinese numbers there is a pattern and it makes learning them quite easy. Yes I made flash cards, and ran through them every single night. I realized that regular practice is the only way I am going to get fluent.
I am not sure how numbers will really help me in Chengdu but you have to start somewhere.
SO what am I tackling this month?
I ordered this book because after reading reviews it appears that most of the characters start with these 100 characters and build so I figured this is likely my best next step. I also liked the work book style so I could work on this for a 20-30 minutes every night.
I can’t wait to see how much my ability might improve when I go to Chengdu in February, if at all. When I was in Beijing I couldn’t understand anything, it will be fun to see if that changes.
Can you read or write Mandarin? If so what are you tips?