give yourself a voice
when i went to china for the first time to work, i spoke very little mandarin. i had a little situation with my toilet at the hotel and i called the guy over to have it checked out.
i said ” wo te cesuo kwai ler” ( my toilet is out of order) he was puzzled and said shenme ?( why)
i was confused and puzzled with the whole situation. i called my colleague who was in the room next to me and told her what had happened.
she laughed so hard and said – you bloody idiot, you just told him your toilet was happy.
i laughed so hard and i laughed for the next few days.
after the humor subsided, i thought about languages in general. i told myself, i was never going to put myself in this situation again whereby i fail to relay my intentions.
a few months ago, i have been teaching my friend’s kid english. there are personal reasons to why i chose to do it – the primary one – i recognize talent when i see one. i believe i need to take a proactive step to give this young person an opportunity to advance.
not being able to vocalize your thoughts and articulate your emotions is like having your human right stolen. from i what i see everywhere in asia, there has been a general decline in the mastering of languages – which i feel is a shame. this is because when you fail to master a language properly, you are denying yourself from absorbing ideas and the opportunity to present people your thoughts which are unique.
lately my little student has been lazy, she hasn’t been calling me asking me to come over to her house. i leave the decision up to her. i want to give her right. i hope she sees it. she tells me over and over again, learning english is so hard.
is learning anything new not hard? i have been waiting for her call.
if any of you reading my blog – wants a language exchange. please let me know. i am eager to learn.