Ni hao ma ??

May 31, 2009 iPai 7 Comments

Salam ..

Ok .. Last semester I took LAC 100, which is, Mandarin Language Level 100 (lowest level) .. Every student need to complete 150+ credit hour to graduate (4 year course), and for USM student, 3 units are for Ko-k (1 unit per sem), 'ability' course (2 unit or 1 unit, not sure, eg : guitar, scuba diving, drama, thinking thecnic [yeah, you need someone else to teach you how to think, lol]) and lastly foreign language (2 units).

So, I decided to take foreign quite a while (since 1st year) ... top options are Japanese and Mandarin .. I started to do some survey to seniors ... These are the outcomes of the survey ;

"If you want to get A easily just take Arabic, LAA 100. You definitely get A. Good for your pointer"

"Take language that people didn't take it, eg : Russia, German, France. Easy to get A"

"Don't take mandarin. That is the most difficult language that you wanna score"

Yeah, that from senior. From my batch, I would say that :

95 % Malay student take Arabic

98 % Chinese student take Korean

else - other language


6 student from Chemical Eng 2nd year take Mandarin .. uhuhuh ... and 1 of them were myself ..

Wanna my advice for mandarin ?? Don't take it .. It's really hard language ... If you really wanna take it, make sure you have lots of leisure time to learn that language .. For me, in mandarin you have to remember a lot ... in other words, you must have language trait in your brain or memorizing brain ...

Mandarin is difficult because you don't have to spell it, but memorize how its look like ...

in Malay or English, u might to spell it to pronounce it,

example, B . O . O . K , "Book" or

B . U , "Bu" K . U , "Ku" , "Buku" ...

so, every word in Mandarin have their own unique word (its shape), how to write, and even the sound have their own level of sound ... I don't have any idea, on how many the exact number of all word ... there are maybe 10^9 words ...

To make it clear, I have a simple software, (Thank you to Najmi, former roomate), called Wakan ... some sort like dictionary ...

As you can see there (just click on it for better view), I type 'hao', and, at the bottom, all possible 'hao' will appear ... note that, every at the a word, there is a line, that is the symbolic for the level of sound ... 'hao' that I mark meaning is good ...

So, a lot of thing you have to remember .. even my chinese friends said that, what we learned were a bit difficult for non-native speaker .... but my class was quite fun ... luckily Miss Khor Gek Suan, the one and only mandarin teacher in Engenireening Campus ... uhuhu ... she is cute ... heheh

and I like when she told us story ... for example the word for women, she told us, how the word transform from a liltle girl word to the housewife women word (the story quite long) ... Another story that she told us, were about her lecturer in UM ... she said, the lecturer are from Hong Kong, and his lecturer speak in Mandarin in lecture hall ... So, maybe the way that their speak will be quite a different ... and she told us, the student in class can't really understand what he talking about ... and wow, even mandarin speakers cannot interact each other .... lol

Then, I learn 1 new song ... (actually some kids song), thanks to Najmi also, who play this song for 100 times (maybe), till I can memorize it a bit ... Yeah, this song help me a lot, in pronounciation ... you have to pronounce it right or, mandarin speaker will not understand you ... Plus, this song like explain my condition in that time ... don't get me started about that ... so this is the song ...

Ai Mei By Rainie Yang (Ai Mei, ai is love, mei, I don't know ... lol .. but, my chinese friend explain to me the meaning ... ok, ready to read the meaning ? Ai mei ; is like someone that you like but you didn't sure, if he/she is the right person for you ... lol .. quite long eh ?)

Ok, these are the lyrics .. Taken from, er, didn't remember ... Sori ... but credit for the source ..






Ai mei rang ren shou jin wei qu

Zhao bu dao xiang ai de zheng ju

He shi gai qian jin he shi gai fang qi

Lian yong bao dou mei you yong qi

Ambiguous let people feel wronged

Could not find the evidence of loving each other

When should go forward, when should give up

Even do not have courage to hug





Ai mei rang ren bian de tan xin

Zhi dao deng dai shi qu yi yi

Wu nai wo he ni xie bu chu jie ju

Fang yi han de mei li

Ambiguous make people become greedy

Until waiting lost its means

Pity that me and you could not write out an ending

To put the regretful beauty





Zhi neng pei ni dao zhe li

Bi jing you xie shi bu ke yi

Chao guo le you qing hai bu dao ai qing

Yuan fang jiu yao xia yu de feng jing

Only can accompany you till here

Afterall there are some disallow matters

Surpassing friendship still not reaching the love stage

The scenery in the distant location is going to rain






Dao di gai bu gai ku qi

Xiang tao duo shi wo hai xiang ni

Wo hen bu fu qi

Ye kai shi huai yu

Yan qian de ren shi bu shi tong yi ge zhen shi de ni

Should or should not cry

Thinking too much I still think of you

I feel very inconvincing

and starting to doubt

Is the person in front of me the same real you

Sing a long with the video ... karaoke time ... lol ... so, have fun ...

Ok .. Notice that, for word with 'q' you have to pronounce it with 'ch' ... and for 'x' is pronounce if u have a 'c' word ... eg, 'xi' you pronounce it as 'si' that much alike alphabate 'c' ... 'xu' is 'su' s with similar to c but not 'cu' ...

So, why I took mandarin and not Japanese ... I thought that, I can use it to interact with my chinese friend ... but, sadly, you have to learn lots more to have a conversation with them ... They said that, the word that they use every day are only just a bit portion of the entire word in mandarin ... There is lots more ... and maybe, what I'm learning, is 0.01% of the word ...

(if you get some word with square shape in lyric part, that's mean, your laptop have problem with foreign language)


wah!konpius2. haha. ak ngan shiqa dulu blaja ske2 je. dasatla anda. moga sukses ya..

iPai said...

eh ye ke ?? ko pon penah blaja ke ?? hem ... susah ek ...

ak pun tatau la nak cakap susah ke tak. kerane mase tuh tym skolah lagi en. Bak kate ko, tym sekolah otak tak lembap lagi. hahahahahahhaha.

iPai said...

owh ... gitu ... masih ingat lg tak sampai skrang ??

Tea said...

mandarin sgt susah. sikit salah dh tukar meaning sesuatu perkataan. oh dem. haha. nt nk amik bahasa apa pun xtau la.

Tea said...

my mom suruh amik mandarin xpun korean. kakaka. adess.

Tea Dno said...

so, atas nasihat ipai. taknak lah amik mandarin. nak blajar sikit je pun dalam U. huhuhu. nanti amik mandarin kat kelas luar je. huhuhh.