Ni Hao means hello in Chinese.
I’m half Chinese and have always wanted to be fluent. When I was younger and we lived in Texas close to all of my relatives on my moms side I knew Chinese well. My dad was in the Air Force so we did lots of moving around. From Texas we were moved to England. I wouldn’t change that experience for anything, I was able to see and do so many exciting things at such a young age. I had so many opportunities to be around different cultures.
When we moved to England we weren’t around the Chinese culture anymore. My mom spoke Chinese on the phone with her family, but we lost touch with the language. I of course understand the basics used around the house. Time for dinner, brush your teeth, take a shower, etc.
After England we moved to Maryland and my mom enrolled my sister and I in Chinese school. Going to Chinese school on a Saturday when you’re a middle school student is two words. Not cool. Those were the days when you wanted to walk around the mall with your friends, hang out at the movie theaters, too cool for everything, especially Chinese school. I did really well in class, caught on quickly, and always did well on tests but I begged my mom daily to let me quit. After enough begging she finally agreed.
Now I always wonder what would have happened if I had continued learning Chinese. I would be able to communicate so much better with my grandmother, be able to understand my mom when she’s trying to be secretive on the phone with my aunt, be able to have one of a kind opportunities in the business world. I’ve recently been looking into taking classes at a local community college. They have classes at night where it’s a hybrid type class, one day a week in the classroom, and other days are online learning.
I want to learn Chinese.
These pics are a few years old, but I love them.
How many of you know other languages?
My dad was actually a linguist, and knows at least 6 languages, it’s amazing.