Saturday, April 30, 2011


I have a student who teaches me one Chinese word every week.  Today my word was "tian" which means "day".
I have always loved language.  As a kid I bought every Berlitz book and tape I could afford.  My goal was to learn every spoken language.  I had no idea it would be a difficult task. Then I studied language in college, graduating with a degree in linguistics.  Unfortunately, I can only say that I'm completely fluent (maybe) in one language, English; I can get around in French; I know enough Japanese to get me into trouble and now a smattering of Chinese.  But this year one of my goals was to begin language study again.  On my 2011 Resolutions I wrote, "Study French, Japanese and Arabic".  My husband suggested I trim the list down to one. I decided to concentrate on becoming fluent in French again. It's been going well and I even have a practice partner from Quebec.   Then my student started teaching me Chinese.  I guess having a plan works, but I have to seize new opportunities as they come along.

Speaking of opportunities, boy this Challenge has been awesome!  Even though it has been hard for me to keep up with all the posts, it has been wonderful to have an excuse to write everyday.  I met tons of new bloggy friends and have learned lots about writing and all sorts of other things.  So I am kinda sad to have to say
zaijian (goodbye) to the month of April and the end of the Challenge.  I hope to continue visiting everyone and trying to post on a schedule.

Have a great May 1st! :)

Thanks for all the great comments and all my new followers!




  1. ZaiJain! all your posts have been totally awesome!! ;D

  2. That's an awesome goal to have. I've always been fascinated with languages and love learning a little bit of each one when I go to a new country.

    Whew!A to Z challenge! I'm glad it's over, but it's been a blast!!!

  3. I am so very proud of my very talented and knowledge and experience driven wonderful daughter! Thanks for being my daughter! Mom

  4. Heya K, lovely to meet you (right at the end of the Challenge *grins*). I'm amazed at how many languages you know. I learned Japanese for 9 years, but nothing else :(



  5. I'm so glad I found you through the A to Z challenge. I look forward to visiting again.