I had a major Mandarin success this morning. I was telling Ben that I needed to buy a new bathroom scale. We have been without one for about 6 weeks. We were discussing where to get one and the place where he suggested is where I buy my food: it’s kind of like a Super Wal-Mart but it’s not. He said that if I didn’t need other things there he would take me to another place that was closer. So I said:
“I don’t need to buy a lot of food because we’re going to Hong Kong this weekend.”
This was all in Chinese. I hadn’t warned him like I usually do so I watched his face the whole time I said it. He grinned and then there was silence. I thought that surely there was a correction or two or three. After a few seconds of waiting (he was so messing with my head ;-)) I finally asked if that was right. He nodded enthusiastically and told me he understood just fine.
It was a definite improvement from the half sentences, common phrases, and Chinglish sentences that I spew.
3PM – 81°