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08:23 am: First Conversation Where Chinese Was Clearer Than English


Our Princess played at a piano recital yesterday. She's only been playing a short while, but she seems naturally good at it.The teacher had her do something quite difficult. She had a little trouble with it, but performed cheerfully.

Afterwards, I was helping her with homework and she asked for an envelope, telling me that the other one I had given her another time was too big. I brought a regular one and she said. "Too small." I pointed at the big one and she said, "Too big." I asked, "This one is too big and that one is too small." She shook her head and said "Too small. Too big."

Suddenly, I had a thought. I held up two fingers and asked "er small, er big?" (pronounced "ar") which is one of the two Chinese words for the number Two. She nodded.

She wanted two small and two big. Had er not worked, I would have tried: "Tai da le? Tai shou le?" which, while possibly not spelled in correct Pinying, means "too big, too small?"

 




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From:juliet_winters
Date:May 24th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Charming!
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From:jjbrannon
Date:May 24th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)

Only two?

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How many do we have in Americanish?

Two, couple, pair, twin, twain, dyad, bi...

JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 24th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Only two?

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;-)

There could be many in Chinese, too, but there are two that are used all the time...while all the other numbers have only one version. er is used in math, but seldom in regular counting of objects...kind of as if we used two for adding but almost always said "a couple" when we wanted sodas etc.
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From:jjbrannon
Date:May 26th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)

Now for something completely different...

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I just checked the Balticon participants list.

So, are you going to be able to sign Prospero Lost for me after all? :>)



JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 26th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Now for something completely different...

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I should be there Sunday and Monday. Are we listed?
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From:jjbrannon
Date:May 26th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Now for something completely different...

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Yes:

http://www.balticon.org/participants.html

The downloadble schedule is here:

http://www.balticon.org/Balticon%2044%20Pocket%20Program.pdf

[I see John signing on Sunday evening, but I can't find you listed for autographs.]

So you and John won't be there for the Friday night crabfest that the Heinlein Blood Drive staff usually schedules. If I recall you and John had other dinner plans last year.

Michael F^2 told me earlier that he and Margie wouldn't be attending. We'll be raising a blueclaw for him in spirit, accomplished trencherman that he is. :>)

JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:May 26th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Now for something completely different...

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Sorry to hear that Mike F will not be there.

We just don't have babysitters for Fridays. Both or main ones work. I don't want to leave the kids with their sister until she can competantly call for help if needed.

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From:hannahsarah
Date:May 24th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
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That is AWESOME! Communication breakthrough for the WIN. :-D

I've always thought that English must be one of the hardest languages in the world to learn (although my Danish friends tell me that their language is harder.)
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From:bojojoti
Date:May 24th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
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Communication can be difficult between parent and teen, but you have an added dimension.
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