Back to my old tricks…

Well, it’s been fun re-cutting our Chinese chops this past week. It’s amazing how quickly we’ve become a bit rusty in the language after a couple of months of straight English. It’s coming back quickly though (thank goodness!), and we’re finding our way just fine.

It wouldn’t be right though, without one nice huge mistake to start the new year off. On the phone with our ayi, I told her that the characters in the note she left us were “ugly” instead of “difficult for me to read” – (characters are already difficult to read, and then try to read someone’s quick cursive handwriting). Luckily, as time goes on here, I am able to catch my own mistakes, and I quickly told her that her handwriting was not ugly, just difficult to read. She’s used to us by now though, and thought nothing of it.


3 Responses to “Back to my old tricks…”

  1. 1 mjfalk September 3, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    I hope Chinese medical doctors send notes in better legabilty(?) than American physicians do in English—-I guess you need to improve before you need to start sending notes to Leo’s teachers at school. Maybe he’ll be placed in a CSL (Chinese as a second Language) section of kindergarden and the first grade. Then, if and when you relocate back in the USA he may need a couple of years of ESL—unless your adventures take you to new countries and linguistic challenges for your growing family—-what a global generation you all are!

  2. 2 Philip Harold September 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Hi JM and Liz–I have a question for you guys. I have a student who went to China last summer, and she wants to write her senior honors thesis on the differences between the health insurance systems in China and the US. She’s just starting out on this project, and doesn’t know Mandarin. There’s some great profs here that she’s working with who will help her, but I was just wondering if you had any thoughts or info that might be helpful for her to think about as she’s starting out… Thanks!

  3. 3 Becca Lloyd September 5, 2009 at 1:43 am


    I’m just catching up after way too long! Ah, so much to say! But, most importantly, congrats on babe #2! Sounds like you’ve had a great summer–hope you were able to hit up Sushi Palace and a visit with the lovely Ms. Saito while you were in New Haven. I wish we could have seen you, but we’ll have to catch up when you return again. We’ll be ready for sushi next time!

    take care!

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