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You are my good friends

In my Mandarin class tonight, the organizer announced that our next course, starting in September, will include beginning writing!

So far, with a combination of Pimsleur recorded lessons ("Learn like a spy. Pass for a native."), the occasional foray over to Chinesepod, and this class taught by Real Chinese Teachers from China, I've collected a working vocabulary of perhaps a couple hundred words, which I'm able to swap around into some basic conversational sentences.

But the writing! It's as opaque to me as the spoken language was a few months ago, and I'm really excited about piercing that veil, even just a little bit.

Tonight we learned a nursery rhyme song (complete with little kindergarten ice-breaking game) that I'd like to share with my flist.

Translated, it goes something like this:

"Look for, look for, look for a friend. Now you've found one good friend, salute once, shake hands, and say 'You are my good friend.'"

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silent_sensei
Aug. 8th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)

您是我的好朋友

emeraldsedai
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh, pretty! Do you read/write Chinese?

I'm looking forward to the day when I can recognize some of those characters without putting them through the dictionary at XueXhongwen.

Meanwhile,
谢 谢 你 !
silent_sensei
Aug. 8th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
No, I don't. I did study Kanji and Katakana for a semester and loved it.

I have a wonderful widget in the Dashboard of my Mac that lets me translate back and forth between English, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Greek, German, French, Dutch, and Chinese (both Simplified Han and Traditional Han).
kernelm
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
I sadly remember too few nursery rhyme/kid's songs. Though almost all of them were tainted with Party propaganda anyway.

One I do remember though, on account of the huge honking noggin:

Da4 tou2, da4 tou2,
Xia4 yu3 bu4 chou2,
Bie2 ren2 you3 yu3 san3,
Wo3 you3 da4 tou2.

:)
emeraldsedai
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
LOL!

I had to do some research--you knew I would! Is this about right?

Big head, big head,
Rain doesn't worry me
Other people have umbrellas
But I have my big head.

As a fellow honkin' noggin, I love this song!
kernelm
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hee, yes, exactly! :)
emeraldsedai
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
The "salute" part struck me oddly. Perhaps that was a tiny bit of said propaganda?
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emeraldsedai
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh!

*likes the image*
wedjateye
Aug. 8th, 2007 12:04 pm (UTC)
Cute!
emeraldsedai
Aug. 8th, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
We even played the little game of tag that goes with it.
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