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I'm really new to learning Chinese. But I firmly believe that immersing yourself in the language helps a lot! So, before going to bed every night, I watch some Chinese TV shows (I tend to pick some game shows, because the things they talk about are quite day-to-day stuff). I have been hearing a lot of dà jiā hǎo (大家好) . I realised it was a greeting, but didn't exactly know what it was .. I just knew 你好 (nǐ hǎo) and 你们好 (nǐ men hǎo). Anyway, I didn't pay much attention to the greeting either. I told myself that someday I'd get to know what it meant.
One night, I had a very happy dream where I was sitting inside a large empty house and for some strange reason, thinking, "What could dā jiā possibly mean?" (Yes, from all the chinese shows, I registered people pronouncing it as dā jiā, and not dà jiā) . Then I thought, "Hmm .. could it be dà jiā like the big house I was sitting in .. I know that dà is big and jiā is something like a family/home ... a big family .. the whole world .. " Suddenly the French word tout le monde shot into view .. "Yes!! dà jiā must mean everyone and dà jiā hǎo must mean hello everyone!!!"
As soon as I came to that realisation, the house I was sitting in collapsed in on me, and I woke up! It was the middle of the night. Nevertheless, I pulled out my laptop and opened up a chinese dictionary and type 'everyone' into it .. and there it was - 大家 dà jiā!
Feeling proud of myself, I closed my laptop and went back to sleep. This enlightening dream has really motivated me to continue learning! And I have now come across this website! My first blog post here ... and I'm excited to meet all of you here! 大家好 :)
Have you ever dreamed in Chinese or realized something about the language in a dream?
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