How’s your Chinese? Do the characters curl up in your noggin like lettuce? Is their pronunciation as crisp as wilted water chestnuts? Do you go limp like an old lettuce leaf as soon as you brood over your vocabulary book? And do you immediately run tomato red whenever you stammer a few painstakingly rehearsed phrases? Then at least shine in the next conversation by giving a brutally honest and highly idiomatic summary of your learning progress. And do so with the following authentic statement: “My Chinese is very vegetably!” (我的中文很菜 Wǒ de Zhōngwén hěn cài.).
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