This morning I reviewed the lesson, Making an Appointment, which I originally covered back in May. I thought it was appropriate since yesterday I confirmed restarting my lessons at That's Mandarin next Tuesday. The majority of the arrangements were made in English, so I thought the best place to start my review would be around a subject that I could use immediately. I used the Mandarin Cafe site to review three dialogues then complete vocabulary and general quizzes. At the beginning, I relied heavily on my notes, but as the time went by, I became less dependent on them.
The biggest challenge today was pronouncing words beginning with x such as xi (west), xian (first), and xiang (would like), but after many attempts, the software recognized what I was saying.
Yesterday, I administered an English entrance exam for a 6-year old boy who had very little English. I was able to use single words here and there to make him comfortable, and at the end asked him, "nide mama shi zai nar ma?" intending to ask where his mother was. Even if I wasn't 100% accurate, he gestured towards the direction where she was sitting, so I consider my interaction a success! I also overheard his mother asking him if he'd thanked the teacher (I recognized the words xie xie (thank you) and laoshi (teacher)) and let her know that he had indeed thanked me. Baby steps!!
It's happening! My lessons are booked!
That’s Mandarin Co. Ltd. “Mandarin Café.” Learn Smarter Chinese, 1.63.0, That’s Mandarin
Co. Ltd., https://new.mandarincafe.com/app/#!/home.