My parents, my kids and I went to a Chinese restaurant yesterday.
None of us tried the place before, but my father heard that they served good dishes and we took his suggestion.
On entering the restaurant, I realized that all of workers spoke Chinese. Wonderful! I could confirm whether my Chinese would work or not. The next moment,however,everything in my head was gone. It was something like the time when I lost my words in Las Vegas 13 years ago. I couldn't come up with any words of expressions I had learned before, and I couldn't help but say "Excuse me," in Japanese.
Their food was fantastic, and my parents and I were totally satisfied with the taste. However, I was quite disappointed with myself and my poor Chinese. I should've studied it harder. We don't know when and where we'd have to test our knowledge after all. We need to be ready!
Maybe another time, I'd like to give it a go.
I was reading a Chinese dialog for practice.
[VOON] まいにち中国語 「先生の研究室へ」
A : Did you bring your report?
B : Yes, I'm going to see my teacher to hand it in.
A : Is his office in the first building or the third building?
B : The first building. You don't tell me that you've never been there!
A : Oh, dear, the elevator is out of order! What should we do?
B : His office is on the fifth floor, isn't it? Let's climb the stairs.
I gave it a try to read a dialogue in Chinese from a textbook.
[VOON] まいにち中国語 「レポート作成」
A : Ms. Suzuki, have you done with your report?
B : I've been writing it for three hours, and now I'm done!
A : Can you write your report listening to music?
B : No sweat. I'm used to doing this. You see?
I didn't make any mistakes in my report.
A : Are you sure?
[VOON] まいにち中国語 「雨」
A : Do you think we can park our bicycles here?
B : Maybe not. There is a park over there, so let's go.
A : Oops, starts raining! I don't carry an umbrella.
B : I have two, so you can use one of mine.
A : How is the weather in Beijing?
Do you often have rainy days like we do in Tokyo?
B : Beijing is dry compared to Tokyo, so we rarely have rainy days.
1) It started raining!
[VOON] まいにち中国語 「アルバイト」
A : I heard that you've had a part-time job at a coffee shop. Did you?
B : Yes, I'd like to save some money to buy a car,
A : You're still a student. Can you afford to do it?
B : I'm sure I could buy a used car if I can save some.
A : Can you drive?
B : Yes, I have my driver's license, but I just don't have money.
何度トライしても、どうしても jiashizheng の発音ができないの...。