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.
My objective now is really catching up @ the Taiwan Cultural University @ downtown. if someone wants to share a 2 pupils on 1 teacher class - PM me ! (No need to make jokes about the threesome lads