When I was living in Guatemala I made great friends with a young lady, Jessica, from Taiwan. In addition to studying Spanish, she also gave classes in Mardarin Chinese to some Guatemalan children
[she pronounces it MAN DA REEN']. I occasionally asked her questions about this ancient language - especially the incredibly huge number of Chinese characters. It was overwhelming for me at the time, as I was so entrenched in learning Spanish. I wish I had learned more.
|This is Jessica holding my little Bella and a little package of Guatemalan chocolates|
A few months ago I came upon this TED Talk, which I found very interesting. It's a 6-minute video that introduces one to some very basic Chinese symbols. Once in a while I'll see some Chinese characters in print and have found that there are a few I can figure out with this simple little lesson. Fun!