Friday, January 8, 2010
LESSON IN CHINESE!
As I mentioned on an earlier post, I want to learn some Mandarin Chinese for our adoption. I know taking on the task of learning an Asian language will be very difficult without formal classes with a Chinese instructor to help me with accenting. (very different from the latin root languages) My husband got me the most wonderful gift for Christmas to help me get started- it's called, "Simple Language Chinese For Adoptive Families". It is a book and CD specializing in learning phrases that pertain to our situation in particular! The book has the phrases written out in English, and the official written chinese with the English alphabet, and also phonetically. Following along with the CD and the Chinese instructors accenting slowly. I am aware that I may not master it, but this will be a fun project and who knows, maybe I will learn a little! After all, we have a couple of years of waiting to do! Even my kids have learned several phrases as we drive in the car. Once I feel comfortable with more of it and since I work at Epcot (WDW), I will go and ask some friends from the China pavilion to help me out!
Here are some of the phrases I've memorized just in the past few weeks:
I am your mommy. Wo shi ni de ma ma. Waw shir nee duh mah mah.
I am your daddy. Wo shi ni de ba ba. Waw shir nee duh bah bah.
This is your sister. Zhe shi ni de jie jie. Juh shir nee duh jyeh jyeh.
This is your brother. Zhe shi ni de ge ge. Juh shir nee duh guh guh.
You are my daughter. Ni shi wo de nuu er. Nee shir waw duh new er.
You are my son. Ni shi wo de er zi. Nee shir waw duh er dzuh.
We love you so much! Wo men fei chang ai ni! Waw mun fay chahng eye nee.
You are so precious. Ni shi bao bei. Nee shir baow bay.
Don't be afraid. Bu yao hai pa. Boo yaow hi pah.
Don't worry. Bu yao dan xin. Boo yaow dahn sheen.
It's okay. Mei you guan xi. May yo gwan shee.
Can I hold you? Wo bao ni hao ma? Waw baow nee how mah?
Are you hungry? Ni e ma? Nee uh mah?
Are you thirsty? Ni ke ma? Nee kuh mah?
Yes. Shi. Shir.
No. Bu shi. Boo shir.
Hello. Ni hao. Nee how.
Goodbye. Zai jian. Tsai jyan.
How are you? Ni hao ma? Nee how mah?
Good. Hao. How.
Bad. Huai. Hwhy.
Please. Qing. Cheeng.
Thank you. Xie xie ni. Shyeh shyeh nee.
I'll add more phrases in a few weeks and we can all learn together!