Practicing Chinese

Reviewing Chinese & Chinese New Year

So I started to finally review and practice Chinese and I am feeling that it has been a little tougher than I thought.  I started with my “Play and Learn Chinese” book that I found at Half Price Books.  It comes with a CD and it’s just perfect.  So the first chapter is on the morning routine, so here’s me saying good morning in Chinese:

Reading Chinese

If you want to hear me practice a few more sentences, go to my instagram account @shortandsweet_spanish. 🙂
So another way that I make myself speak Chinese is to ‘MarcoPolo’ (nifty video app) my brother and say my new phrases so he can give me feedback.  He and his wife and kiddos have lived in China for the past twelve years and they are all pretty much fluent in mandarin.  So in this neat app you get to easily record short videos and have a conversation that way.  If the other person happens to be on MarcoPolo, you see him or her live. I realize most communication apps have video, etc, but the user-friendliness and practicality of this one is very good.


Also, Chinese New Year is being celebrated! One of my best friends and her family celebrate it. Her cool family is half Mexican and half Chinese and they are celebrating this New Year of the Rooster.  I wish I could have been there.

Ok, onward with Chinese…  I’ll keep you updated with my pronunciation. 🙂
Practicing Italian

Update on my Italian Practice

So my Italian practicing/reading is going well.  I have mainly been reading my novel and following my method of circling the words I don’t know to later come back and translate them.  I do notice though that at the beginning of my reading the novel I started circling every single word, and now I am more lax about the words I am circling.  I am, however, increasingly getting more into the story.  This was my goal – to get so immersed in the story that I no longer would care about the language, and just want to read the story.
Ultimately, I would love to always have on my nightstand: a Spanish book (fiction or non), an English book, an Italian book, and a book in whichever language I am acquiring.  It might have to be a children’s book for Chinese though. Lol
Ok, here’s a little excerpt of my Italian reading.  And no, I don’t usually read aloud (unless I am working on pronunciation), this was just for the video. Just click on the link and you’ll see a few seconds of my Italian reading. 😉