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Just add a comment below about when you first started using Chinese in "real life" meaning outside of the classroom. Was it in a restaurant or taxi? Or talking with a practice partner on skype?
"The first time I used Chinese was when I was at a consulate for my visa and was able to drop a few 'dui dui' in the conversation."
"I was at a restaurant and able to tell my friends which dishes were chicken 肌肉 and which were beef 牛肉. "
You can answer in English, pinyin or characters, whichever is better for your level.
So when did you first use Chinese in real life?
Trying to take the taxi home from my university in Beijing to 东四十条. Every day I sat down and tried to say it in Chinese and because my tones were messed up, the driver would not understand and I had to get out the little piece of paper where my friend had written the address in Chinese characters.
After three weeks when I got into the taxi and tried saying it again, the driver suddenly just started driving without asking. He had understood! One of the best moments of my life.
在父母城市 , 遇到看起来年龄跟我一样的中国人 , 告诉他们我怎么喜欢学习中文 =D
The first time i used Chinese was with a language exchange partner on skype. I had been studying Chinese for a few days and could not speak more phrases then a hello.
When I got a Mandarin / Chiinese copy of Sun Tzu - The Art of War, I was fascinated. I learned some of the symbols and want to learn more
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