A long sentence in Mandarin!


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°


About vikarenously

I am an ex-pat living in Guangzhou, China. I am married to the man of my dreams who has indulged my love of travel by working hard enough to snag two international assignments. Oh yes, I also have two amazing children who accompanied us on our first one to Switzerland and are now mature and responsible adults which makes it so easy for us to experience this adventure as empty-nesters. Experience it vicariously with Karen.

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