Chinese for Dummies

on Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Realm of the Lone Grey Squirrel's continued efforts to serve the community at large has resulted in this third post in a series of extended education courses in languages. The first two introduced readers to the basics of English for Swedes and ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics. Today, we will introduce you to the basics of one of the most spoken languages in the world, Chinese. Learning Chinese our way is easy. Good Luck! (Click on image to enlarge).


patterns of ink said...

I thought this was legit at first. Then I clicked on it to enlarge it and I could actually read the translations. With a few obvious exceptions, I could have used these lines in Thailand as well. What puzzles me is why so many Asian languages "sound" the same to Westerners even though they are totally distinct from each other. When I hear Akah and Lahu "Indians" talking, it sounded exatly alike, but they have nothing in common. Is that true of all the Asian languages?

patterns of ink said...

I hate to double-comment, but I just watched the frozen frog clip. Wow! What a fascinating CREATure. I wrote last winter about hibernation (not quite as amazing as this).

After six months, the box turtles in my back yard have come out of dormant state just below the frost line.

Janice Thomson said...

This was hilarious Lgs!

Jocelyn said...

Has it been a year yet since I told you how cute you are?

It's definitely time to re-iterate that sentiment.

the walking man said...

Oh lim pik fie; lo os ti bet.

Thanks for the lesson Squirrel. Still a bit pidgen though in my ability.



Marja said...

Absolutelyhlarious Squirrel. Love it

Delirious said...

Oh my gosh....I spent 1 1/2 years in Taiwan, and 2 years in China learning Chinese...I could have done it the easy 5 minute study way!! /me slaps her head

Anonymous said...

Who knew learning a new language was so easy!

On a limb with Claudia said...

ahahahahahhaha I love dum fuk. Having know a lot of ABC (american born chinese) and MC (mainland chinese) and a few TC (taiwan).... (These are THEIR nicknames not mine) ANYWAY, I think your sheet is perfect. In SF chinatown, the old chinese ladies swear like sailors but do it in such a way that people think they are speaking chinese. Yep.

Happy Sunday! How's the back?

MedStudentWife said...

man..again you just totally crack me up :D !!!!

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Ai tank yu.

geewits said...

Dim Sum Fu Ni Ting!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I am actually no expert on languages despite pretending to be! I suppose there are some common root languages that flavor asian languages. Clearly Chinese, Korean and Japanese have some common roots. IndoChina may be a mix of southern Chinese and Indian. The Indian subcontinent has its own languages but rooted in sanskrit. Tagalog and Malays are probably branches from the Indochinese languages.

As to the frozen frog clip, I think hibernation is fascinating enough but then I learnt about this frog. I heard of frogs emerging from severe drought but am surprised I did not hear of this earlier.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

sam ting fan ni.

Still haven't been able to convince you that I am not cute but rather ruggedly charming like the new James Bond?

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Using mock Chinese to mock Chinese about Tibet! What gall! Expect to see Chinese secret police come by to ask "Wai yu sa pork tee bet?"

Hope you are feeling well, my friend.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I am embarrassed. You probably know more about China and its people than I do. I am a Malaysian Banana Chinese (i.e. yellow outside but white inside). Thanks for leaving a comment and come back again.

cz of the world,
I wish French was as easy cause I would like to really learn French.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Yes, lots of elderly Chinese matriarchs are fluent in swearing. I am much better and although not at 100% am well enough to return to work tomorrow. Sigh.

Now you can swear in Chinese at those medical schools.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

You are so fluent that I can send you a certificate from the LGS School of Languages for a mere 10 kg of walnuts.

You are practically as good as a native speaker. See offer made to hearts above.

eastcoastdweller said...

Yu wit tee, emm, how you say, squwl, yoo.

I giggled. My Monday is off to a good start.

leslie said...

LOL Fa Kin Su Pah!

the walking man said...

Fuk em po chin see po. my no ca no mo.

ta ke is ed.

ha ha ha ha ha ha

Peace Squirrel


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