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yodge
I officially spoke my first Chinese sentence in ten years today, under duress and much pressure. Mother had gone back to Bangkok, and had left her mobile phone with me to use. Anyway, Maternal Granny who speaks ONLY Hokkien Chinese, Malay, and Mandarin Chinese called. And I very innocently answered it. And then I nearly had a heart attack because (a)I had to speak Chinese, and (b)I had never strung together an intelligible Chinese phrase since I was in the second grade.

So anyway, I managed to think really hard (REALLY HARD!) and said "Mama hwei chi man-gu le..." and I think my grandmother was having her own little coronary episode because that was the first full sentence I had ever said to her since... well, I don't remember EVER speaking to my grandmother in a coherent sentence past the age of maybe 8 or 9.

I know I should be hanging my head in shame at my appalling ignorance of my own "ancestral tongue"--although logically speaking none of my ancestors ever grew up speaking Mandarin as a first language but rather Hokkien and Cantonese and Malay, but we'll leave that discussion to another day--but I can't! Wheeee!!! I spoke Chinese! And I thought of the sentence on my own! And it involved the past tense! Not bad for a girl who can't even order a bowl of soup, eh?


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Ancestral, anshmestral, it's just goond that yew are Broadening Yer MindTM.

And yernow, I acksherly realized that yew were saying that yer moomy has gone bax laready (ma1 ma1 hui2 qu4 ... le4) instead of that she can now eat mangos (ma1 ma1 hui4 chi1 mang2 guo3 le4). Which is lawaz goond. Though eating mangos be teuncy too.

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Banazir

man[4] gu[3] is Bangkok! I told a friend aboot my teuncy 1 sentence of Chinois and she was impwessed taht I had the presence of mind to say "le", and "man-gu" instead of "um, thai-laaaaand". :)

-yoj

I'm writing this on a niPAQ!
In my class (it's a seminar1 - a student is spinking2)!

man[4] gu[3] is Bangkok!

Yee, I kinda fogured.
Acos Thailand is thai4 guo3, of curse.

I told a friend aboot my teuncy 1 sentence of Chinois and she was impwessed taht I had the presence of mind to say "le", and "man-gu" instead of "um, thai-laaaaand". :)

Heehee. And here aye thot "laaaaaaand" was an ABC-ism. 3
"le4" is improtant! Chonese is present-tense by deflaut (wlel, lotsa languages are, e.g., je vais == "I'm going").
But I'd think you'd memember taht from lah.

Nazwaz, goond job!

1 I sometimes tyope demonar fro "seminar" acos the keys are close. MOM says I'm possessed.
2 Engrish, knot Chonese. Or frist-order logink.
3 Aside: my mawwied ABC cousin frogont the word fro husband and had to say gen1 wo3 jie3 huen1 de4 ne4 ge4 ren2. That woz sufficiently embarazada taht I should have a gnu cousin, is wot. :o)

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Banazir

"le4" is improtant! ...
But I'd think you'd memember taht from lah.


Nooo! Sporeans don't use "lah" acos of "le[4]" In fact, if you are very Sporean, you'll start using "liao" in place of "le" when you're spinking Mandarin. (hokkien + mandarin)

-yoj

I find the fact that your grandmother ONLY speaks three languages amuzzling.

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gei3 wo3 chao3 ke1 li4

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Banazir

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