My first speech in Chinese

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I actually enjoy public speaking. Ever since my first speech class years ago, I have enjoyed mastering a topic or subject and speaking about it from my perspective. Well, this summer I was invited to give a brief talk ***in Chinese*** for the seventh grade class at our Chinese school in October. It was great practice for me to write and practice Chinese for this talk, and I actually got laughs from the one funny bit of my talk. Hopefully it helps the students see that with enough persistence anyone can learn to speak Chinese. I really enjoyed the opportunity and answering questions from the students.

The full talk as I wrote it is below.

大家好!我的名字是Scott Stanley. 你们可以叫我Scott。你们好。

我先想自我介绍。我是一个博士科学家,我在宝洁工作。你们知道宝洁是什么吗?(P&G)。我是一个科学家,我很喜欢科学,关于这个话题我总是可以跟你聊天儿。十年以前我结婚了。我的太太叫卉青。她是一个中国湖南人。我们有两个小孩,他们也学中文在我们的中文学校。第一个是我们儿子Andrew。Andrew七岁了。第二个是我们女儿Iris,她五岁了。她是一个小辣妹子。我们家还有我的岳母。

好。这是我的自我介绍。

今天我要分享三个话题:

1) 学中文不容易,

2) 我的经验学中文和说中文,

3)说中文给你什么好处。

1) 第一个话题,学中文不容易。

经常人们听我说中文的时候,他们不相信他们的耳朵,不相信一个老外人有中文在口里面。然后,他们问我:“你为什么会说中文?”我告诉他们我娶了一个湖南人,他们马上说:“啊 – – 当然,你的妻子教你中文!”

很多人觉得如果你和一个中国人结婚了,你自动会说中文。还有人觉得如果你的父母从中国来的,你自动会说中文。你们遇到过这种问题吗?我们都知道不是这样的。因为学中文真的不容易。其实,我的太太不教我中文。那么,为什么我要学中文?因为我们孩子们小时候,他们花了很多时间跟他们的外婆在一起。外婆只会说中文,所以我的孩子们开始说很多的中文。然后我很紧张 – – 我害怕我将来听不懂我的孩子们说话。所以我开始很努力地学中文。这是为什么我要学中文,但学中文不容易。

2)第二个话题,我学中文的经验。

我觉得最重要的事情是多开口说中文。例如,我记得,第二次我去中国,是和我的太太去她的老家结婚。当天有差不多两百多人来我们的婚礼。我站在台上,台下有所有的客人和家人。我想说一点的中文。所以我慢慢地说:“大家好。我是老婆。我爱我的老公。谢谢。”他们都觉得很好笑。以后,我用了很多不同的办法学中文。Rosetta Stone, Apps, 书,等等。我觉得对我最有帮助的是私教。过去三年,我每个星期用Skype跟一些老师学中文。我已经通过了HSK一,HSK二,HSK三。今年我开始写一个中文博客。我的博客是很简单的故事,目的是帮助我学中文。

总之,我用了很多办法学中文。最重要是每天说中文。

3) 第三个话题:说中文有什么好处。

我已经告诉了你们我工作在保洁。我的工作经常需要出差。我每年去亚洲一两次。我去过中国,日本,韩国,新加坡。我发现在这些国家我都可以用中文。其实在日本我听中文比日语多。因为现在中国有很多有钱人,他们经常出国,所以很多地方都会用中文。中国会越来越强大,越来越重要。会说中文很有用。

另外一个好处是,在美国你可以用中文说一些事情,然后别人听不懂。比如说:

“我想上厕所!”

“这个地方臭死了,马上要走!”

年惊人会说“你看,她很辣!”

今天我告诉了你们我的学中文经验。我希望你们觉得好玩,可能对你们学中文有一点点帮助。

谢谢。

Chinese medicine

Chinese Medicine in our house

下面我自己用中文来写这个故事:“我们家的中药”

Blog Post #11

3-8-18

I think since marrying my beautiful Chinese Hunan girl I am a more healthy person. I think that is mostly due to Chinese medicine. I have learned a lot about Chinese medicine. By now I am a kind of expert of the major classes of Chinese medicine. In my household we have two types. The first class of Chinese medicine is: drink more water. If you have a headache, drink more water. Cough? Drink more water. Too sleepy? Water again.

If this doesn’t work, you will need stronger medicine. I would recommend taking things to the next level of stronger Chinese medicine – drinking hot water. This one can tackle tougher problems. Bad cold? Drink more hot water. Flu? Definitely drink more hot water.

If you don’t believe me, give it a try!

We have other more advanced medicines as well, like wearing more clothes, but that we will have to cover in a future blog post.

我觉得和一个中国美女结婚了以后我越来越健康了。我觉最重要的原因是中药。我很清楚的了解中药。我现在是有点儿名的中药专家。

在我们家有两种中药。第一种是:多喝水。头痛?多喝一点儿水。咳嗽?多喝一点儿水。太累了么?再多喝一点儿水。

如果这种中药没用,你应该用重一点的药。我建议去采取下一步措施。另一种中药是:多喝一点热水。热水可以解决更多难题。你感冒了么?喝热水。有流感吗?当然要喝热水。你不相信,可以自己试试。

其实我们家也有其他中药(例如:穿多一点衣服). 我未来会写在我的博客上。

Making a Good First Impression

Post #5 Feb 3, 2018

The weather is especially cold this winter where we live. So, I’ve been wearing these long thermal underwears, like people do in China during the winter. On my first trip to China to meet my wife’s family, it was wintertime. So, I packed and brought my long thermal underwear. The thing about wearing them is that you feel warm and covered, even when you are not.

I remember coming out of the bathroom into the living room where there were about 6 older ladies (family and friends) visiting. The conversation stopped and everyone started staring at me. I looked down and realized suddenly that my pants were still completely open! I quickly turned around and fastened my pants, while trying to remember how to say “I’m sorry” in Chinese. Some laughter started and then the one English speaking aunt there said, don’t worry, we are all family.There was more talking in Chinese and laughter – but I have no idea what was said. Great first impression!

这个冬天特别冷。所以我常常穿长热内,像中国人一样过冬天。我第一次去中国见太太的家人的时候,是冬天。所以我带上了我的长热内。它的好处就是让我很暖和。所有皮肤都被衣服盖住了。暖和得甚至有时候不知道衣服有没有穿好。

我记得有一次从厕所,回到客厅的时候,我发现六个客人到了客厅。他们本来在说话。一看到我就没说话并且盯着我看。我看一看我自己发现裤子没有穿好。我迅速转过身把裤子穿好。因为那个时候我还不会说中文,所以我就说了‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry!’。她们都哈哈大笑。然后一个会说英文的阿姨告诉我没关系,我们都是一家人。她们继续说说笑笑,然而我听不懂。我给我的家人留下了不可磨灭的印象。

What is this?

Post #1 Jan 2, 2018

Hello and welcome to 50% Chinese!  I have just started writing this blog in Chinese and English to help me learn Chinese.  Also because I’d like to share some entertaining stories from my life and trying to live a bilingual and definitely multi-cultural life.

A little about myself: I am an American married to a Chinese Hunan girl, we live in the USA with our two kids & my mother in law. I work as a Principal Scientist with Procter & Gamble.  I am interested in outdoors activities, running, technology, and learning Chinese.  I expect to publish a new blog posting each week.  Please let me know your comments  and questions – I always respond to every email.

#1 一月二号

大家好!欢迎你们来到我的博客。我更开始写这个博客为了帮助我学中文。我也喜欢分享我的想法和我的故事。

关于我自己:我是一个美国人和一个湖南的辣妹子结婚了。我们现在和我的岳母还有我们的两孩子住在美国。我是一个在宝洁公司的博士科学家。我的工作是做研究更好的产品。我对外面的活动,跑步,技术,和学中文感兴趣。我打算每个星期加一篇新的博客文章。欢迎给我留言。我会及时回复所有的留言。