for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

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Re: for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby happytime » 01 May 2012, 12:11

jimipresley wrote:
mike029 wrote:I think it's quite arrogant to live somewhere and not at least attempt to speak the local language. Yes, English is great and we all love it, but it's extremely arrogant to expect everyone else to speak our language.

I certainly don't expect people to speak English to me. I'm not arrogant, but I'm also not on some hippie "immersion" trip. I don't carry a backpack, nor do I wear flip-flops.


What's wrong with backpacks and flip flops? Jeeze
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Re: for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby ceevee369 » 01 May 2012, 13:51

I don't know Mandarin well enough yet - but she knows me.

She says until I understand her inside out and in-between , I won't find the Job I seek for- despite a well laden CV.
She says it was an honorable thing to do speaking solely English and French @ home - allowing my stepdaughter to study overseas with superior TOFL & DELF scores - but it disadvantaged myself in the 5 years being here.

I do regret enourmously I did not pursue with the Chinese lessons received (for free) @ my previous company. As much and many times I told the teacher I don't need to know if my pants are black, my shoes are brown and my hat is white - I could not reach the "business Mandarin" I was craving for to receive.
Yes, like others - I have a survival Chinese for Taxi's and shopping and with the few words I know - I can slightly understand what the story is about.

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Re: for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby akikaki1 » 01 May 2012, 14:04

As I perpare to leave to MTC in July I'm already studying mando. I'm only studying characters because I fear if I'm learning oral alone I'll mispronunce words and be hard to break that cycle. Any websites you'd recommend for pinyin pronunciation and learning traditional characters?
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Re: for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby bismarck » 01 May 2012, 14:05

happytime wrote:
jimipresley wrote:
mike029 wrote:I think it's quite arrogant to live somewhere and not at least attempt to speak the local language. Yes, English is great and we all love it, but it's extremely arrogant to expect everyone else to speak our language.

I certainly don't expect people to speak English to me. I'm not arrogant, but I'm also not on some hippie "immersion" trip. I don't carry a backpack, nor do I wear flip-flops.


What's wrong with backpacks and flip flops? Jeeze

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for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby headhonchoII » 01 May 2012, 14:24

Having another language skill is ALWAYS worth it. It's whether you want to make the effort or not that is the point.
In my job, I use my Mandarin with some Chinese clients and the odd Taiwanese one. It helps me get around china where things can be pretty difficult without the language sometimes. It has benefited me and helped in me getting a better job with more pay, but only after I ticked the boxes of experience and skills first. You will hear that from others on here too.
It's invaluable to communicate with inlaws, if I didn't speak Mandarin I would have to speak some Hakka , which I guess would be kind of fun to learn actually.
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Re: for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby Teddoman » 05 May 2012, 00:18

The easiest time to learn is right after you arrive and you're really enthusiastic about it. Once you kind of settle into a routine, and you've made lots of foreign friends, and things get comfortable, you realize you can survive without it and many a foreigner just coasts from there on out. It also becomes a self-fulfilling situation. The more Mandarin you know, the more your social connections include poor English speaking Taiwanese people which improves your Mandarin.

I joined a class with a guy who was a white dude who had arrived 2 years before with nothing but a liberal arts degree on his back and no Mandarin. He was slowly reading newspapers and working through elementary school textbooks in class and watching TV outside of class. Not everybody can learn that fast by being hard core, but it is possible.
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Re: for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby Chris » 05 May 2012, 02:41

Was it worth it? Absolutely. For one thing, it provides me with my primary source of income. Oh yeah, I can also talk to people and read things.

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Re: for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby akikaki1 » 05 May 2012, 02:54

Chris wrote:Was it worth it? Absolutely. For one thing, it provides me with my primary source of income. Oh yeah, I can also talk to people and read things.



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Re: for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby Belgian Pie » 24 May 2012, 19:33

finley wrote:... Somehow, it's nice to be able to read the signs that say "don't park here" or "no dumping trash". It gives you a sense of being 'home'.



Why? Few people in Taiwan care about that ... following them makes you feel more at home!
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Re: for those who know Mandarin was it worth it?

Postby Belgian Pie » 24 May 2012, 20:13

jimipresley wrote:... on useless pursuits rather than doing something constructive like playing Halo or getting drunk. I really do. I have the utmost admiration for people (or "individuals", to use American nomenclature) who further themselves as World Citizens. However, since I don't NEED to, I'd prefer to stick a ball-point pen into my eye. :2cents:


Can I do that ...? :D
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