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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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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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