Posts tagged "Mandarin"
Recent Rundown 3

Recent Rundown 3

Here’s an update on all that’s happened since Recent Rundown 2 (January 11, 2012). Planning for Fun and Profit In an effort to get a firmer handle on my long term career planning, I’ve started actively reaching out for help and guidance from others. My friend Tim, one of my project managers from my IBM...
Just Getting Started

Just Getting Started

When I was a freshman in college, I looked up the Mandarin equivalent of “thank you” for an ill-conceived experiment communicating with restaurant staff while picking up Chinese takeout. In return I received a look of bewilderment, then a smile, and finally a barrage of unintelligible sound that I’m going to guess was an interrogative...
Recent Rundown 2

Recent Rundown 2

Happy new year! Other than coverage of the Mitsuwa Marketplace Umaimono Food Fair, it’s been radio silent since the first Recent Rundown in November. Here’s a quick catchup to get us off on the right foot for 2012. Corporate Eco Forum We put on a webinar for our member companies featuring Gavin Neath, Unilever’s Senior...
Ni hui shuo Zhongwen ma?

Ni hui shuo Zhongwen ma?

Guys will go to great lengths when attempting to impress a girl (or guy). Typical efforts may include flowers, the home-cooked dinner, gratuitous displays of chivalry. When I started dating my wife I decided to learn Mandarin Chinese. I seem to have trouble being satisfied until I have found the most difficult way to accomplish...
Reading Tea Leaves

Reading Tea Leaves

The Mandarin (as well as Japanese) word for tea is cha, written 茶, and is one of the first things I learned to speak and read when I began studying each language. I was about to say that this was due to my great appreciation for the elixir, but considering that I recently found myself...