Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Morning Glory

Chinese was neither my first nor second language in school. In retrospect, it was one of the deepest regrets in my life that I had not learned Chinese in school. But one never stops learning anything and the best part about learning a language at this stage in my life is that I do it at my own time, my own pace and I pick and choose the subject matter and devise my own learning methods.

It may take me years before I am able to read and write Chinese proficiently. However with so many fantastic internet tools available, a whole new world has opened up for me through a language that should rightfully have been my mother tongue. It is never too late to learn and I am having the best learning experience of my life because there is no fixed curriculum, no exams, no pressure to excel and best of all I learn because I want to at my own pace and at my own time. I will be making mistakes here and there I am sure but these are part and parcel of learning to use a language.

“你看这边有一朵白色的喇叭花 ,” 一位妈妈对她孩子说。 还好我听到因为我也是没看过这类花。
“Look there is a white trumpet flower over here," a mother said to her son. It was good that I heard what she said because I, too,have not seen such a flower.
通常这些花是紫色。我觉得我那天是幸运能见到这样特别的一朵花。
Usually, such flowers are purple in colour. I felt that I was lucky that day for being able to see such an unusual flower.

2 comments:

alicesg said...

Very beautiful blog you have. Enjoyed looking at the many flowers and learning some of their names which I always cannot find problem identifying them. Never too old to learn, I learn blogging only few years back from the internet, my sons do not have the time and patience to teach me...lol. I have link you.

Mable said...

Thank you Alice, I had a quick look at some of your posts in your blogs and enjoyed reading them - will return to look at them as we seem to have similar interests. Thanks for linking me too! You might want to check out my photos on my website http://flowersinsingapore.com
Cheers!