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tarvos
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Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1505 of 1511
05 July 2015 at 11:08am | IP Logged 
Contrary to what people do on this forum I have decided to add Mandarin to my list of
languages that I speak. Not because it is perfect - it is not. Not by a long shot. Not
because I read it so well - I don't. But mostly because I've been using it so
effectively on a personal and also on a professional level (don't forget! I teach
Chinese people English for a living and I *have* to use Mandarin professionally, the
same way I do for Russian and French), and I can adapt to basic accent differences,
order tickets, find out information, and generally function like an independent human
being, that it is worth putting Mandarin as speaks on my list. I have a long way to
go, especially concerning the characters, but we'll deal with that when I return to
China and work specifically on my written comprehension and output.

As for the language learning advice blog: it will come, but not right now. Wait until
I have a better internet connection and then you will see it appear. I have a working
title already thanks to @Via Diva.
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tarvos
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Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1506 of 1511
09 July 2015 at 4:38am | IP Logged 
Currently endeavouring on a mini-project for travel: revive my tourist Korean! And as a
first step on the way to failure, because I can't really write in Korean, I addressed my
teacher in... Mandarin, because she is a native speaker of both. Mandarin, of course, I
do speak.

The next two weeks will see me using my language challenge credits on Korean, and then...
I'm home, so I guess Esperanto will come after that.
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tarvos
Super Polyglot
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Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1507 of 1511
13 July 2015 at 2:46pm | IP Logged 
Back in Beijing. That sounds like the title of a bad movie. Anyway I've mostly been
practicing Mandarin and Korean (yes, Korean) and Mandarin is going fine. It still shocks
people when a whitey like me bursts into Mandarin. Now I should get the same reaction
when I speak Korean, hah.

By the way I spent the last five days in Jinan, partly I was sick so I didn't get much
done (the heat is killing me) but I did genuinely socialise with Chinese people. It is
possible! Just learn Mandarin :D
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numerodix
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 Message 1508 of 1511
13 July 2015 at 3:03pm | IP Logged 
tarvos wrote:
Contrary to what people do on this forum I have decided to add Mandarin to my
list of
languages that I speak. Not because it is perfect - it is not. Not by a long shot. Not
because I read it so well - I don't. But mostly because I've been using it so
effectively on a personal and also on a professional level (don't forget! I teach
Chinese people English for a living and I *have* to use Mandarin professionally, the
same way I do for Russian and French), and I can adapt to basic accent differences,
order tickets, find out information, and generally function like an independent human
being, that it is worth putting Mandarin as speaks on my list. I have a long way to
go, especially concerning the characters, but we'll deal with that when I return to
China and work specifically on my written comprehension and output.


That's awesome!
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tarvos
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Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1509 of 1511
18 July 2015 at 9:48am | IP Logged 
Now you all have the chance to listen to me being interviewed by Jimmy Mello (in Italian)
. I am aware that there are a lot of mistakes in my Italian - I only studied it for about
two months or so. I did understand all his questions though.

(But for the interview's speed I should have probably been interviewed in French or
something)

italian/">Interview with Jimmy Mello
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tarvos
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Joined 2812 days ago

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Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1510 of 1511
26 July 2015 at 12:54pm | IP Logged 
I've mostly been travelling and have arrived in Seoul during the forum's downtime
after having spent time in Xi'an, Busan, Shanghai and a few other places. I'm just
happy nothing's blocked here but I've mostly been speaking my very meagre tourist
Korean with people. Somehow guesthouses are located in residential areas in South
Korea and my funds starting to run low meaning that I'm not going out as much as I
want - well, that's a bummer (I could spend more but I need the money for later this
year) so right now I'm just practicing the tiny bit of Korean I know - and it works!

Goes to prove you can be a polite tourist even if you speak the local language very
badly. I know the alphabet, I can say a few things and have an introductory
conversation! Getting there.

On Tuesday I am visiting the DMZ (including a border hop into North Korea!) and on
Wednesday I am returning to my homeland (arriving Thursday).

In other news, I finished Oblomov (finally) and a Jo Nesbo novel in the Swedish
translation (in three stinkin' days! I am fast).
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tarvos
Super Polyglot
Winner TAC 2012
Senior Member
China
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Joined 2812 days ago

5310 posts - 9398 votes 
Speaks: Dutch*, English, Swedish, French, Russian, German, Italian, Norwegian, Mandarin, Romanian, Afrikaans
Studies: Greek, Modern Hebrew, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Korean, Esperanto, Finnish

 
 Message 1511 of 1511
04 August 2015 at 11:04am | IP Logged 
Still here. I am in the Netherlands now but am leaving for Berlin in a few minutes -
passing through Europe for two weeks and a bit (Berlin, Prague, an Esperanto event in
Szentgotth√°rd, Hungary, and Munich).

Planning to speak German, Czech and Esperanto (but I do have my phrasebook for Hungarian
with me, although it's a Romanian one).


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