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“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

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The first prize in CLD 2014 Chinese Competition Essay




Just went to the awarding ceremony to receive my award for the first place in CLD 2014 Chinese Competition Essay- Elementary Level. I feel inspired after all I have been trying to do. Keep moving forward.

Professor Lin Horng-Jia, the head of  the head professor of the Chinese Department at NTU

Professor Lin Horng-Jia, the head of the head professor of the Chinese Department at NTU

The certificate and the prize


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Yeppp! My first little achievement in studying Chinese

It’s so pleased, grateful and especially motivating to receive this letter knowing that I eventually won the first prize on essay competition in elementary level (I just started to study Chinese for 4 months from ZERO).

Step into the class, sit down and suddenly, a women working at the office (I met her several times before) came inside and approached me for giving me the letter. I thought they could remind me of applying for the health insurance because one of my classmate was reminded about it yesterday. “My health is totally good, I do physical exercise everyday so I’m really fine, don’t need to buy health insurance. And I just don’t have much money to buy health insurance. Is it okay if I don’t pay any cent for the health insurance”, that’s what I was gonna say to her. Haha. But then, I quickly opened the letter and the pleasing feeling swept away my tiredness of being busy recently, being “dramatic-affected” from my sisters. The words ” The first prize” were enough for me to know what happened.

Furthermore, my knowledgeable, professional, lovely and friendly Chinese teacher came in with the cheering voice. She already knew the result and excitedly congratulate me. Feeling grateful.

Little happiness.

Little achievement.

Little motivation.

Little encouragement for me to keep believing in what I’m doing, keep trying.

Well done, dude!

Congratulation letter

Congratulation letter

My essay

My essay

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What is the World’s Most Influential Language?

I have been aware that I constantly try to be proficient at the two most influential languages in the world! China is predicted to be a booming economy this and next decades, competing against the huge US. The biggest economies that use either English language or Mandarin language. I’m on the way, “put on” seat belt”S” and stay ready!

Researchers at MIT are using Big Data in a quest to answer that very question.  Reasoning that the language that can reach the most people is the more influential, they used the number of translations as their data sets. Huge amounts of Data from Twitter, Wikipedia, and books were crunched.




Source: http://language.media.mit.edu/visualizations/books

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I. Chinese:

Food vocabulary

泡菜 -pao4cai4:  (noun) pickled vegetables – cải ngâm.

燒 – shao1:(verb)cook

薑 -jiang1:(noun)ginger.


II. English

Present continuous: 

We can use with adverbs such as always, constantly, continually or forever to emphasize that something is done so often that it is characteristic of a person, group, or thing:

You’re constantly changing your mind.

He’s always complaining everything.

Note for using After/the minute

When we use After, When, Until, As soon as, Once, By the time, The minute/second/Moment, after that is:

-The past simple – refers to past, completed events.

+ The minute I told her that I would I leave Vietnam to Taiwan, she decided to break up with me.

-The present perfect- refers to future events.

+ After I has left Taiwan, I will be having a great job in Vietnam.

Note for the first time

After the pattern It/This/That is/will be the first time -> use the present perfect.

(a past event) That’s the first time I have been to a concert of one of my favorite international singer.

(a future event) It will be the first time I has enjoyed Chinese New Year in Taiwan.

After the pattern It/This/That was the first time … we generally use the past perfect

This was the first time I’d gone up to the highest peak in Taiwan.



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I. Chinese language


1. 付 – fu4 (v) pay
2. 收 – shou1 (v) receive
3. 打折 da3zhe2 (vo)to discount
4. 美金 Mei3jin1 (noun) US Dollar
5. 台幣 tai2bi4 (noun)Taiwan Dollar
6. 拿 na2 (v) to take
7. 換 huan4 (v) to exchange
8. 銀行 yin2hang2 (noun) bank
9. 字典 zi4dian3 (noun) dictionary
10. 房租 fang2zu1 (noun) rental cost
11.電費 dian4fei4 (noun) the electricity bill
Making the paragraph: 

II. English Language


Advance grammar: 
1. The present continuous with some state verbs is used to emphasize a situation is temporary or for a period of time around the present.
I’m loving being alone. (Just for the time of being in Taiwan)
The song “Blank Space” of Taylor swift is sounding really good now. (Just for a period of time)
At the moment, I’m liking my new life at all. (Maybe Temporary)
2. Some verbs (find, realise, regret, think, understand) use the present continuous to emphasize that we have recently started to think about something or that we are not sure about something.
I regret that I decide to tell her the truth and I’m regretting my decision not to give her the chance to explain.
We rarely use (Agree, believe, conclude, know, prefer) with the present continuous.
3. Some verbs (apologize, deny, guarantee, promise, suggest) can be used with the present continuous to perform the action:
I’m suggesting her take that class to study Chinese.
4. Modals are often used with performatives to make what we say more tentative or polite
We WOULD advise you to go there on time.
I MUST beg you to keep this a secret.
Making the paragraph: 
I have been living in Taipei for 3 months and I’m loving being alone here. It’s okay to be alone because I’m liking my new life here. Not sure about settling down here but at least Taipei is so good so far compared to Vietnam (I’m not suggesting that Vietnam is a bad country to live). I’m still thinking about what kind of job I will work, I’m also realizing what kind of life I want to live. I believe I’m doing the right things in my life. I would remind you that we just only live once so shouldn’t spend your time to please anyone else but you.
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Finished the first Chinese course!

Thế là hôm nay, làm bài kiểm tra tốt đẹp và hoàn thành khóa học đầu tiên.

Ngày đầu tiên, vào lớp đứa nào cũng lạ mặt nhau, từng đứa tự tập giới thiệu “Wo jao..jiao…, Wo si…si…shi…” như mấy đứa tập nói, giờ có thể nói chuyện với nhau mà không cần dùng tiếng Anh nhưng vẫn cần học thêm nhiều.

Mỗi đứa mỗi nước khác nhau nhưng tính tình cực kì vui vẻ và hòa đồng, đặc biệt cô giáo phải gọi là thân thiện, hay pha trò và giỡn chung với mấy đứa. Lại thường xuyên mang bánh cho mấy đứa ăn. Lớp bữa nào cũng vui vẻ, chọc giỡn, trêu nhau. Mấy câu tiếng hoa thường dùng (haha): “Đi chết đi”, “tán gái”, “bắt cá hai tay”, “bạn gái”, “uống rượu”,”về nước rồi” ,”đi phố đèn đỏ”, “hư quá”…

Nhiều câu chuyện hài, kỉ niệm về lớp, và cũng như được học hỏi, biết thêm văn hóa, thông tin thú vị của nhiều nước.

Dù lớp kiểm tra hằng ngày, phải ôn bài mỗi ngày nhưng có lẽ do thích thú nên không thấy chán và áp lực gì/

Và thật sự thì đây là lớp học vui vẻ, “thư giãn”, hứng thú nhất từ trước đến giờ!

Tiếc là cô giáo không còn dạy ở trường này, dù sao hy vọng là vẫn tiếp tục học với mấy cậu này. Và đặc biệt mong lớp tiếp theo sẽ có thêm nữ. 5 năm trời toàn học với nam. Là sao, Là sao, Là sao …



輝協 (HuiXie), why do you keep smiling every day?

That’s the question my Chinese teacher asked me when she just came into class. I told her that I haven’t  been happy recently, got problem with my personal relationship. This morning happened one thing that really made me too depressed. But what could I do? I try to stay positive and focus on the important and worthy things. Life moves on.

Then, she drew me a picture: “Huixie te nu peng you”, she drew my new girl friend. and my girl friend is Taiwanese. Haha. Xie xie Lao Shi.


And these are some pics of us drawing other members in class:

First, I drew Qiao Ben, my Japanese classmate with his hairy chest. :))


I also just made flashcards to improve my Chinese vocabulary. Let see how many words I will learn.

Chinese Flash cards

Chinese Flash cards

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Chinese learning review: 2 weeks

Until today, I have taken Chinese class for 2 weeks. so how do I feel?

First, my class:

– My teacher is really funny and so nice to us. Even she is about 36 year old but she looks still young and always be full of energy. She usually say “Hen hao” or “Fei chang hao” to encourage us to practice Chinese. She also usually make a lot of joke to make us laugh and relax. So she is one of the most friendly and funny teacher I have ever had. Don’t have any complaint about her.

– I have 5 classmates from Japanese,  Venezuela, Russia, Turkey and Panama. Of course I’m the only Vietnamese in the class. Everyone seems to be nice and enjoys the class. I really wanted to have some girls in my class but quite a little bit disappointed to know we don’t have any girls in class. It’s still okay anyway. Hope that we will enjoy and know more about each member.

Second, my Chinese (Sure!):

– So now I have been learning some basic conversation, not enough for an interesting conversation but at least to start a conversation. The important thing is pronunciation. I can practice my listening, writing and reading skill at home but my speaking skill is still bad. Sure that everyone gets trouble at the beginning steps. As a Vietnamese, my native language doesn’t have pronunciation for “J”,”Q”,”Z”,”SH”,etc. So it’s hard for me to pronounce right. And you know. I also have trouble with my tongue. My English speaking is not much fluent and even when I speak Vietnamese, my own native language. My Vietnamese pronunciation is not correct at 80%. There is a story about my speaking ability when I was a child. I couldn’t speak clear every word and was joked a lot by other kids. It has been improving year by year. I know my weakness. Communication is not all about correct pronunciation. Anyway, I need to practice everyday and often to correct it.

– I usually spend a lot of time at home and library to do homework. It’s good because all my homework are always above 90 out of 100. But right now, I think that I need to find a way to practice speaking and Chinese conversation. Yes! I have to. Will write another post after 1 month study. I must tell you at that time:  Yeah, I can communicate to local people here, discuss with them some regular topics.

 And … photos as usual haha:


My “Hen Mei” (beautiful) teacher


Haha! Russian, Japanese and Venerudela classmate


A small quiz about Chinese characters. I’m good at this small game ha :))


Usually being in the library to study. I have to say. I love to study here. So quite, easy to focus, so comfortable and also save the electricity at home :))

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Conquer Mandarin Chinese in 9 months!

I haven’t stayed in Taiwan for almost 2 weeks and got used to the living here. But the big trouble here is still Chinese communication. I learned to say “你好 (hello) ! 尼號碼? (how are you) 多少? (how much) 謝謝 (thank you), 哈哈 (haha) . 不客氣! (You’re welcome) and how to count number from 1 to 99. It’s enough for survival ha!

It seems like I study too slow ha. Yeah! first week was spent to find place and settle down. second week was spent to do some paperwork, go around. Still took some online videos, website to learn but it’s not concise and also not in process so just wasted my time.

Now I got the textbook from my course. The class won’t start until August 25. Let’s start some targets  in Taiwan:

September 2014: Basic conversation (Name, weather) – Going out, buy something, have food, know all name of food, feel more comfortable on the street.

October 2014: Start to talk more with locals about other topics.

November 2014: Got at least 95/100 test score & Communication well with locals.

December 2014: Start to listen to songs quite okay in Mandarin Chinese.

January 2015: Start to watch TV quite okay and read books.

February 2015: Start to write blog in Mandarin Chinese with some basic topic.   Got at least 95/100

March 2015: Communicate with locals without English, start with business objects

April 2015: No boundaries in writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

May 2015: Back up time!  哈哈!  Got at least 95/100, can communicate in Chinese international business field.


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