I used to take Mandarin (or any other Chinese language) as pure noise. When I was in Taiwan last 2010, I shut all the “noise” up and just filter English and Korean. After about 4 months of attending a Mandarin class (and watching one Taiwanese drama), Mandarin had started taking its form. I no longer hear “noise” when I listen to Mandarin. Rather I hear sounds that form words. And words that form sentences. And I know that these sentences carry meanings. Of course I can only understand and recognize words and sentences that are on my textbook, but it’s fun because listening to Mandarin now is like a mini game for me. A try-to-catch-as-many-words-as-you-can game. If only I had known that I’ll be taking Mandarin as a language elective, I would’ve listened more to my surroundings well while I was in Taiwan instead of blocking all those “noises” off.
Last Friday our laoshi taught us a song – 老鼠爱大米. And I’m loving it. The melody is very catchy.
I also found a Korean version and I love it
too more (simply because I can understand it more).
I spent my Saturday listening to C-pop while trying to choose a song for our final project and I am loving what I am hearing.
I guess I’m really starting to love Mandarin (but not as much as Korean, of course). Though it’s still not enough for me to learn beyond our classroom lessons. However I’m kinda feeling a bit sad because I know that once our class ends, I’ll stop learning Mandarin and will most probably forget everything I’m learning right now. Well, I still have almost a year with 3 more Mandarin classes lined up. Who knows where it will take me.