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Zǎoshàng hǎo! Nǐ hǎo ma?

Wow.

::looks around::

It's been a while. Feels kind of strange to be here. In my mind, I'm still an active LJ-er, and it's odd to realize that that really hasn't been true for a few months. No clue if I'm still on anyone's friends list, but a friendly hello to you if I'm still on yours.

I start Mandarin class tomorrow night! I'm sitting here listening to my first lesson on Chinesepod and trying to activate my little-kid brain, the part that first learned a language by listening and imitating without fear of sounding stupid. Good morning. How are you? Zǎoshàng hǎo! Nǐ hǎo ma?

Meanwhile, I'm downloading the penultimate episode of one of the best television shows ever. "Life on Mars," man. The only TV I'm still watching. kispexi2 and I have been madly dissecting every episode and are waiting with chewed nails to figure out if we've discovered the key to the mystery. Don't know what I'll do when it ends next week.

Study Chinese, I guess, huh?

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thecaelum
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
Hi!!
emeraldsedai
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
Ni hao!
vampirefan
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
hey girl!! i've missed you!
emeraldsedai
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Xie-xie! :D

The footage in your icon will never, ever grow old.
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kernelm
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
Hey!! Long time no see! :) We miss you in chat!

If you wish any assistance with the Chinese, I'd be glad to help, but I doubt I'd really be that useful. I'm horrible at writing, and speaking is hard over the Interwebs. Though, I have done phoneposts in the past to show somebody how something was pronounced. :)
emeraldsedai
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
You are so nice! I may take you up on that phone post offer. Right now, I'm on about my fifteenth pass through the first Chinesepod lesson, and some rather interesting sounds are coming out of my mouth. How embarrassed I'll be in class tomorrow night remains to be seen. But I'm having so much fun! Brain cells are freaking out.
skripka
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
ni hao!

isn't there a song "i wanna be sedated?" because it's not entirley acurate. i am quite sedated. but missed you. vvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyy glad you're not abandoning us all.

/me druggy waves
skripka
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
oh and i know about tricks to activate that spongeysoakybrain. they don't always work, but what's the harm in trying? and no, there are no illegal activities or substances involved. that's another party *G*
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roxymissrose
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
*GASP* It's you! *hugs* Hello, hello! Enjoy your language lessons--if only it was as easy as when we were pups!
emeraldsedai
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Hello!

::waves::

I don't think we can unknow the crap we've learned since we were pups, but I *do* genuinely believe that adults can learn new languages quite easily if they'll get out of their own way. So that's my big plan. We'll see.

Who are the funny critters in your icon?
prime_meridian
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)
Welcome, uh, back? Nice to see you post. Mandarin huh? Very cool. I've just started Japanese, which I'm sure is much easier than Mandarin and will still be a heaping helping of challenge for yours truly. Someday I'll expect to watch Firefly and have you translate all the relevant lines. ::smile::

I keep downloading S2 of LoM, but haven't had a chance to watch. Everyone is gushing though, so I'm going to have to spend a weekend main lining eps soon. Yay for good TV!
emeraldsedai
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Wow, you're the second person on my friends list who's taking Japanese. That's great!

LoM S2 has been brilliant in a rather different way from LoM S1. It makes me wish that American TV would adopt the "strictly limited" series format, construct a whole, detailed story, have the chance to tell it, and then go away while we still long for more. I know you'll enjoy it.

::checks bittorrent::

And so will I, in another 4 hours.
wedjateye
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
So nice to see you back on LJ. I'm in awe of the Mandarin learning. Good for you. I was going to say 'how cool to be able to understand the comments on FF' then recalled that native Mandarin speakers often couldn't work out what the hell they were trying to say. Hopefully you'll get the hang of it better.

LoM!!! I started a long, detailed and probably not at all insighjtful e-mail to you and Kis about it and kept getting interrupted and now it's too late :-(

Never mind. Must go find that torrent for the next ep.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
Hee! My first lesson has already shown me how far off Jewel Staite was with her rendition of "xie-xie, Cap'n" in "Shindig."

Am in the midst of LoM 2.7 now. It's very strong. I'll miss it. Looking forward to a week of dissection!
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str8ontilmornin
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
Hey, Hey!!! Great to see you back. And studying Mandarin, no less. Please keep us updated on the use of your little-kid brain and how well that works. I'd like to try your language technique if you find it useful.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'll know more as the class goes on, but so far I'm terribly pleased with myself. The lesson includes a podcast of a native speaker and a non-native speaker going over a simple dialog, and the written pinyin (Roman transliteration). I forced myself to stop looking at the pinyin and just listen to the sounds and then imitate them. And I just played it over and over and over, imagining a mother teaching a baby simple words--over and over. You (points) and Me! (points).

I woke up this morning realizing that I have already learned a great affirmation to start my day with: "Wo hen hao. Xie-xie." I'm very good. Thank you.
maitheas
Apr. 4th, 2007 10:35 am (UTC)
Hi! I've missed you, and was just thinking about you the other day, so how cool is it that you're checking in? very!

The Madarin class sounds awesome! I hope you find it fun and challening. I'm about to start back bellydancing, and I can't even tell you how much glee that fills me with.

<3!
maitheas
Apr. 4th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
er. make that "Mandarin" and "challenging" yes? yes!

:D
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emeraldsedai
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Drive starts on 15th April.

*eyeroll*

Sorry. I know it's Nathan and all. But...you know. If we find three sentences' worth to geek out about, I'll be surprised.

My LoM analysis is coming up. Soon as I get back from Mandarin class. Which yes, was a spur of the moment decision. Eight Wednesday evenings and some podcasts, and we'll see where it goes from there.
devichan
Apr. 4th, 2007 12:27 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! :) As to what you'll do... Dr. Who's third season just started in the UK. ;)
emeraldsedai
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
And I do love David Tennant so. Wonderful show. I've already "obtained" the first ep of series 3, admired Martha, and made plans for a full-series commitment, because how could one not?

But nothing comes up to the standard of symbolism, mystery, intrigue and brilliant dialog of Life on Mars. I haven't run into a show so worthy of in-depth analysis and geeky conversation for years.

*looks around for Joss Whedon*
forodwaith
Apr. 4th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Hi! And eeee - I'm so excited that someone else is watching Life on Mars. I got my hands on the first 3 episodes of S2 thanks to a friend, but I may be asking you for a tutorial on how to ::ahem:: obtain more. I can't stand waiting any longer!

emeraldsedai
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
*looks around furtively*

pssst...Google "bittorrent". Email me and I'll walk you through it as best I can.

There are rumors of a US version, which I think will have to be utter crap, as American television producers and networks are incapable of that level of grit, viewer challenge, restraint, and quality.

It's so, so good in its original, I can't imagine watching an imitation.
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tehomet
Apr. 4th, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
Hello! :) Lovely to hear from you.

I know what you mean about lj. It's like crack on the one hand, and on the other, if you leave it for a bit, the thought of wading through the backlog... Yeah.

Are you planning a trip to China, by the way? What sparked your interest in learning Mandarin?
emeraldsedai
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
I don't actually have a big interest in visiting China. It was more of a challenge to my brain. It's easy to start believing the "as you get older" myths, and the one that goes "you can't learn a new language" was one I was especially interested in disproving.

Mandarin's not my first foreign language, but it'll be my first Asian one. If I get no further than ordering tea, I'll still have activated some new neural pathways!
llaras
Apr. 4th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hiiiiiiiiiii.

I've been thinking about y'all these last few days, getting geared up to *poke* you. So, hiiiiiiii!

Chinese! Fun! Tell us about it, yeah? Missed seeing you around.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:02 am (UTC)
Hello! I'm just setting out for the first classroom session. Hope it's as much fun as listening to the podcasts.
vchrusch
Apr. 4th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see that you're still around.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
*waves at favorite chef*
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