05/29/12

Mandarin Monday: 要坚持才能成功

This Chinese essay I wrote last week during our 45 minutes class. That’s never enough time for me to write a longer essay and my teacher always likes to point that out, my essays are way too short!

Click the essay to see a larger version!

For those of you who don’t follow my Facebook page, me and my boyfriend are looking for a new apartment. My landlord wants to raise our rent and it’s already high enough. So we decided to move, just don’t know where yet! The following two weeks will be full of apartment hunting, packing and cleaning so there might be even fewers posts.

I’ll write more about apartment hunting in Guangzhou when we find one and are settled in!

05/21/12

Mandarin Monday: My contribution to Chinese essay competition

Every semester Sun Yat-Sen University has an essay competition for us foreign students. Last year I came second among us advanced students and this year I participated too. The results aren’t out yet, but I’m not too hopeful. There were many advanced class students this year.

We had 2 hours and 20 minutes to write an essay. We could choose from ten topics (or perhaps even something else) and could use an electronic dictionary (I used Pleco). I didn’t have time to go over my essay so I’m sure there are plenty of mistakes in it.

Click the pictures below to see them larger.

Chinese essay for a competitionChinese essay for a competition

The competition also has prizes! Last semester the first got 200RMB, second 150RM and third 100RMB. Besides that your essay will be published in the university’s magazine!

What you think, do I even have a chance?

04/23/12

Mandarin Monday: 找工作靠什么

For this week’s Mandarin Monday I want to share a recent homework of mine, and essay about why it’s not a good idea to have plastic surgery in order to find a job.

 

找工作靠什么

在如今的经济情况下好不容易找到合适的工作(在当今的经济情况下是很不容易找到合适的工作)。据报道,很多的人为了得到好工作而通过经过)整容改善外貌。靠整容找工作是有很多坏处的方法靠整容找工作是有很多的坏处),最好是靠自己的能力和知识找合适的职业。

第一个坏处是做整容不一定安全,是因为整容是一种手术,而且每个手术()有风险。如果整容的结果不理想,那找工作不()会更难吗?而且要是身体受到伤害的话,生活的各个方面()会有影响。

第二,整容并不便宜,那些钱你做最好投资教育(这些钱最好拿来投资在进修)。学习新的知识根本没有任何坏处,只有很多好处。譬如,掌握新的技能和新的语言在找工作时有很大的帮助。

第三,外貌很容易失去,人老了,有意外等,所以我们不要太重视它。语言技能,工作经验,任何能力不是那么容易失去的。最好的未来的投资是学好学位,学好各种各样的技能,学好外语。具有这些能力,找到合适工作的可能性更大。

第四,做整容不答应(保证)你能找到合适工作,更不答应你能做好工作。在大部分工作上,工作效果跟外貌没有任何关系。做不到工作时,外貌也没有帮助。

提高自己的能力只有好处,不一样的技能和经历在简历上很有用。反过来(),整容有可能会带来身体伤害,也说不定找工作时有没有帮助。所以你最好靠自己的能力找工作,就这样你能找到搭配你的学位,技能和希望的工作。

03/27/12

Mandarin Monday: Rate my Cantonese!

It’s still Monday in United States so here comes my Mandarin Monday, but this time with a little twist. Some readers have asked me to record my Cantonese and finally I managed to do so! My Cantonese is still very limited, I only know some phrases. Also my tones and pronunciation are quite terrible.

But still here it goes, listen to this short clip of my Cantonese and let me know what you think.

Listen to my Cantonese

If the player above isn’t working, you can also get the mp3 here: Cantonese

03/19/12

Sara’s Mandarin Monday: 最近怎么样?

大家好!上个星期我感冒了,所以没办法写博文,希望你们会理解。我也发现了这个学期比较忙,我有五门选修课(上个学期只有两门),还有很多作业。我真的觉得除了学习以外,我没有时间做别的事情。有时候觉得很累,但是同时觉得我的课很有意思。我学习古代汉字,对外汉语教学和现代汉语,我对都(这些)感兴趣。我觉得这个学期我会学到很多新的东西,也希望我的水平会提高。

最近我开始看一个新的电视剧,叫夫妻那些事。这个节目告诉我们一对丁克夫妻的故事,他们有怎么样的压力生孩子,照顾老人他们在生养孩子,照顾老人上有些什么压力)。在中国如果你结婚了,你应该马上生孙子,让父母满意。如果你选择丁克()生活方式,中国父母一定不同意。如果你没有孩子的话,那你老了谁照顾你呢? 在芬兰没有这么大的压力生孩子,但是我觉得我妈妈也会失望如果我决定不要孩子。

除了学中文和看电视以外,我还培养我的孩子,我的白色的,有毛的孩子,我的小猫。我的男朋友很嫉妒,是因为小猫最爱的是我,不是他。小猫,叫露西,每天都陪我,在我的旁边睡觉。她真的很可爱!对不对?