Posts Tagged ‘chinese’

When an inch isn’t an inch

Friday, November 13th, 2009

I just found out there is a measurement called a Cun or a Chinese Inch. How confusing is that? The Chinese inch is a bit longer than the American inch.

1 Chinese Inch = 1.762 American Inches… I think. :)

Wo shi Phil

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

So…. I’m starting to take Mandarin classes here in Singapore. And boy do I have to tell you, it is friggin hard. Thank goodness for me I already speak Vietnamese. Both Mandarin and Vietnamese are tonal languages. Meaning the word “Bu” even though it only has two letters and one syllable, has 4 different ways to pronounce it.

There are a few reasons why Mandarin is so difficult. First of all, I don’t practice nearly enough. Since English is so prevalently spoken here, it’s a crutch that I rely heavily on. Bad Phil. Very bad Phil.

Secondly, most of the people I take my class with are from all different countries. It’s difficult to learn the language when the teacher says the word correctly once. Then everyone around you butchers it for the next two minutes. 😉

Finally, once a week is just not enough to learn in a classroom setting. I prefer a regimented setting where we meet two or three times a week. That would help me a lot more.

I’m going to try my best though. Learning a language is always helpful. Especially when so many people around you speak it as well.

I think I’ve become an old Chinese Lady

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Somehow I’ve been transformed by moving out to Asia. I think I’m an old Chinese lady now. I was at the mall yesterday and I picked up one of these babys:

It’s a foldable shopping cart. I saw it and I knew I had to have it. It makes my shopping much easier now that I can drag my groceries and purchases around instead of carrying everything in plastic bags. It’s also my eco-friendly since I turn down plastic bags now. What is becoming of me?