Happy New Year:
It’s the new year! YAY! To clarify, it’s the lunar new year for those who don’t know. So today, I’m not using Japanese kanji. Anyway, I have been spending about ten minutes on the new year in my classes. I actually learned a number of Chinese characters in order to give this cultural lesson. I also spoke in my poor Chinese, but the students seemed to enjoy it. Of course they don’t know that I don’t really have the best accent or great vocabulary. It’s more about the culture.
I have been focusing a lot of my language learning time split between Japanese and Cantonese. It’s been difficult, especially Chinese because although I get a lot of vocabulary, I forget it when I am trying to use it. Maybe it’s because I am abroad or maybe it’s the new year time, but an interest in my family’s origin has been sparked. It’s not that I didn’t have an interest before, but I didn’t do too much investigation. Expanding on being abroad, I think this interest has also come from how easy it would be to travel to China.
In light of all this, here’s what I plan on doing:
1) Practice my Chinese
2) Listen to more Cantonese songs
3) Watch some more Chinese movies
4) Eventually visit China
This week is a much shorter post because of all the excitement. Stay tuned next week for another update!
今週の聖書の詩: “We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds.”
- Psalm 75:1 (NIV)