China, Day 2

Food good. And interesting.

Alcohol makes a fabulous cure for jet lag.

I need to learn spoken Chinese, real fast. Any suggestions for resources on basic grammar and vocabulary would be awesome.

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2 Responses to China, Day 2

  1. Danny Howard says:

    How long are you staying?

    I select Lonely Planet guidebooks because they put the language basics in the back. Go by a white people bookstore and see what they have. I found a “Speaking Thai” book written in English that helped me get a few basics down, but if you only have a few weeks, the best you can reasonably hope for is to master enough pleasantries such that it appears that you are trying to do Chinese before asking them to do English.

    Good luck!


  2. dbt says:

    Yeah, I tried some internet resources last night and ended up throwing in the towel. I know how to wave, say “thank you” (zhe-zhe), and I can point at the address of my apartment and/or office written in chinese on a piece of paper, when getting into a taxi. At least most numbers are Roman, so I can pay for things.

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