Category: Learning Mandarin

Beyond Babel: Learning Mandarin Part III

Waking up at around 6:00am, I headed down the seven flights of stairs that led to my eighth-floor apartment, exited West Mountain Community, and began the long trek toward the pagoda atop TianMa (Pegasus) Mountain in the distance. I took my cell phone and a pair of earbuds, ready...

Beyond Babel: Learning Mandarin Part II

As I made my way to the second floor, that all too familiar feeling of embarrassment began to creep back into my gut. Noticing my tall and overbearing figure slowing emerge from the stairwell, a couple of workers behind the counter smiled awkwardly as I walked toward them. “Wo...

Beyond Babel: Learning Mandarin Part I

Shortly after my arrival in Longyan, Fujian, China, I came face to face with the importance of being able to speak Mandarin Chinese – and being able to speak it well. My goal was always to preach proficiently in Mandarin, but arriving in Longyan made me acutely aware of...