A few weeks ago, I reached a streak of 1000 days of Duolingo. After almost three years of consistently studying Mandarin every day (except for the stray streak freezes), I then quit with no intention of continuing. Here’s my story with Duolingo.
A Perfectly Useless Amount of Chinese
Like many other Asian Americans, I went to see Crazy Rich Asians. And like many others, I had some typical takeaways like wanting to make dumplings with my family and . However, I also had one realization that I think is somewhat unusual.
I wasn’t planning on writing about this, but I ended up writing it for an oral report for my Chinese class. Characters first, Pinyin second, English last, hilariously disjointed and contrived language all around. 上个周末，我父母(parents)来斯坦福大学看我。因为他们来，我舅父(uncle)和他家也来了。星期六，我们打算在旧金山(San Francisco)玩儿。 我们觉得天气会下雨，所以我们要在房子里面开始。十一点，我们去 Golden Gate Park 的 De Young 博物馆(museum)。现在，博物馆有 Tut 国王的陈列(exhibit)，可是我听说不太好。因为票很贵，我们没有去看 Tut 国王的陈列。我们只看了被子(quilt)和画。 在博物馆，我差不多跟着我表弟(male cousin) Owen 看。他九岁，有活力(energetic)。他妈妈 Berkeley 毕业，可是他真聪明。我表妹(female cousin) […]
The Chinese Way*
I often like to give bad, ridiculous advice because the results are often hilarious. Or maybe because I’m misanthropic and like to see people give me dirty looks. Regardless, one of my favorites was to yell, “Push and shove!” whenever a large group of people were pushing through a doorway or trying to get down […]
Trip to Chinatown
My friend Willie organized a trip out to Chinatown last weekend for some of my friends and me. Eight of us packed into a van to a Chinese restaurant for lunch, milk tea, and a supermarket tour. A hill and tollway later, we were there. While driving several months ago, I remember listening to a […]