Part 2 of my “After” series! Were my Chinese skills good enough?
I would say that my Chinese is good enough to understand what the conversation is about but I don’t think that I can catch details. What am I going to do when the whole family gathers? Sit there for 4 hours and be bored? Maybe people my age can speak English.
I could really understand what the conversations were about! A mix of understanding keywords, body language and context helped me to not be completely lost in a conversation. But I couldn’t take part in the conversation. I’m not a talkative person to begin with so it wasn’t a problem. I answered when my boyfriend translated something but most of the time I didn’t pay attention. In the evenings when the family gathers in the living room, I rather stayed in my room. Sometimes I would join them just to “be around” but would play games on my phone. This situation can’t be really called “spending time together” but that’s just how it is…
At first I was really shocked. Generally speaking, I understood so little and couldn’t express myself at all! I learned Chinese for 3 semesters and also studied privately at home and I still can’t talk. I need to practise so much more from now it. But it still discouraged me at first. Chinese is just too difficult… What’s the point of investing time and effort if I barely make any improvements? It’s difficult to motivate me to continue studying the language. I just have to suck it up and practise more!!
Lastly, my top 10 phrases I used:
- Yong / Bu yong. – I need that. / I don’t need that.
- Chi / Bu chi. – I eat that. / I don’t eat that.
- Duoshao qian? – How much does it cost? (Well, you have to understand the answer…)
- Zhe shi shenme? – What is this? (Most of the time I didn’t understand the answer…)
- Wo shi deguoren. – I’m German.
- Leng / Bu leng. – Cold / Not cold.
- Re / Bu re. – Hot / Not hot.
- La ma? – Is it spicy?
- Duzi teng. – My stomach hurts.
- Qu / Bu qu. – Let’s go! / Don’t go.
Did you read part 1 where I talk about Chinese food?