“I don’t study language; I practice it.”

Today’s Monday.  Below are the words I picked up over the weekend.  I’ll come in later and drop in some pinyin.

“I don’t study language; I practice it.”  This is my latest language instinct-driven dogmatic  mantra that I currently repeat to everyone in order to impress/intimidate them.  The words I’m listing are words that have come up in conversation, both with my teacher and in the wild.  Once I list them on this blog, I make it my business to practice them in the wild.  The next time I have a conversation about dragon boat festival, stevie wonder, skipping class, cafeteria buffets, and Filipino time, I’m all set.

  1. 節日  jiérìholiday/festival
  2. 端午節 Duānwǔjié dragon boat festival
  3. 老歌 lǎogē oldies
  4. 停課 tíngkè cancel class
  5. 逃課 táokèskip class
  6. 翹課 qiàokè  to skip class
  7. 放假 fàngjià take a day off
  8. 老百姓 lǎobǎixìng every day folks
  9. 海灘  hǎitān beach
  10. 演唱會  yǎnchànghuì singing concert
  11. 口水歌 kǒushuǐ gē catchy song?
  12. 轉音 zhuǎnyīn cover song
  13. 熟練 shúliàn practiced, proficient
  14. 自助餐 zìzhùcān buffet restaurant
  15. 解釋 jiěshì to explain, explanation
  16. 龍鬚菜 lóngxūcài chayote greens!
  17. 滷蛋 lǔdàn that stewed meat gravy with boiled eggs that they like to put on their rice.
  18. 懊惱 àonǎo annoyed
  19. 上菜 to plate up,to serve
  20. 氣質 qìzhì mannerisms, je ne sais quoi
  21. 民族性 mínzú xìng minority affairs
  22. 確定 quèdìng to be sure
  23. 時間觀念 shíjiān guānniàn sense of time
  24. 題詩到 tízǎo dào to show up ahead of time
  25. 準時 zhǔnshí on time, on schedule, punctual
  26. 遲到 chídào show up late
  27. 匆忙 cōngmáng in a hurry
  28. 認真 rènzhēn serious, dedicated

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