Today I met with my new language exchange partner for the first time! His name is Sòng Yì Fēng. He recently finished his military service and is spending time studying for an engineering license and taking TOEFL classes before looking for work. We met for almost 2 hours, spending half the time reviewing some English idioms for him, and practicing 生活對話 (daily conversations) in Chinese for me.
He told me I sound like a Taiwanese person who just forgot how to speak some Chinese. Well, at least I sound Taiwanese, right??
After our exchanges, I'm going to post here some new vocabulary and sentence structures I hope to commit to memory.
- Jìn dù (進度): pace, tempo
Zài Niǔyuē, wǒ gēn bié de rén yìqí shàng Zhōngwén kè. Kěshì, yīnwèi wǒ de Zhōngwén tīng bí tāmen hǎo, wǒ jué de lǎoshī jiāo de jìndù tài màn. In NYC, I took classes with other people. But, because I understand more Chinese than them, I felt like the teacher's pace was too slow.
在紐約我跟別的人一起上中文課。 可是因為我的中文聽比他們好， 我覺的老師教的進度太慢。
- Yāo qiú (要求): requirements, demand, to request
Wǒ jué de yī duì yī de kè bǐ jiào fúhé wǒ de yāoqiú. I felt that one-on-one classes better matched my preferences.
- When you have free time, what do you do?
Nǐ měi shì de shíhou, nǐ zài gànma? Nǐ měi shì de shíhou, nǐ píngcháng zuò shénme?
你沒事的時候， 你在幹嗎？ 你沒事的時候， 你平常做什麼？
- Liànxí liàolǐ (練習料理): to practice the art of cooking
- Yǒu guānxi (有關係): relevant, bearing, significance
Yínyǎng xué gēn liàolǐ hěn yǒu guānxi. Nutrition and cooking skills are very related.
- Yǐnshí (飲食) : food and drink, a diet
- Shōují (收集）: collect, gather
Wǒ xǐhuān shōujǐ měishí de zhàopiàn. I like to collect pictures of good food.
- Kǎoxiāng (烤箱): oven