Ever since I was little I wanted to travel and learn as many languages as I could, and I’ve definitely moved forward in that adventure over the past 15 years. Wonderful journées
I’m currently in China for a week interpreting for my family business (violins), and it’s such a pleasure to be surrounded by this language and culture again.
If you didn’t already know I lived here for 3 years and really, really enjoyed it and soaked up quite a bit of Mandarin, learning enough to communicate and certainly crack a few jokes; it’s a very unique rapport to have with Chinese folks that don’t speak English, and who 99% of the time have almost never ever chatted with a foreigner before… so it amounts to fun conversations, and often a bit of basketball too
BUT, I wasn’t a “studious” learner and even if I can write text messages and emails in Chinese, I could never translate our website, for example. For that, luckily I have a friend here whose English is great and with whom I’ve been collaborating to bring my team’s efforts to China. Edulang in 中文 coming very soon with special thanks to Sudan!
And if you haven’t caught it our Japanese version of Edulang.com, please do think of someone you might know in Japan who could be interested in checking it out and sharing. Our Test Simulator app should be the “steal of the century” there for $1 and more if folks want to contribute to our efforts and Room to Read.
I think it’s so cool to see me smiling with some Japanese to the right courtesy of Misako’s wonderful translation (THANKS AGAIN MISAKO!!!).
Just a quick post to say “ni hao” from China and to wonder for a moment at how small the world has become in such a short time. Never would I have imagined myself communicating with thousands of people the world over, almost every day, and learning so much.
Ain’t it amazing?