hansibaiNovember 05, 2009, 01:11 PM
ni hao Lily laoshi, fei chang dui bu qi, I still managed to confuse the time on my work calendar. Let's just meet next week at 6:45am Houston time. Sorry again for the trouble.
lily_counselorDecember 04, 2009, 12:34 AM
Hi Brian, I am sorry. It's my fault, I saw your message, but I forgot yesterday. Updating here is fine, I will check this page everyday. Really sorry again! Regards Lily
hansibaiOctober 13, 2009, 03:58 AM
nin hao Lily, I am looking forward to our chat. If you don't mind, could we squeeze in a quick reading of a poem? I would like to get your feedback on my pronunciation. I am learning to memorize it for a Chinese speech competition in two weeks?
Here it is:
hansibaiOctober 26, 2009, 04:16 AM
Nin hao Lily Laoshi, about the time zone change starting November 1st...if it is possible for you, and not too inconvenient, I would like to maintain our weekly guided study time at 7:45am Houston time which would then be 9:45pm your time in China. If the later time is not possible, I could do 6:15am my time or 8:15pm your time. Please let me know what can work for you and thank you for the reminder about the coming change.
hansibaiOctober 27, 2009, 11:31 AM
Ni hao Lily Lao shi, we are all set for Thursdays, 6:45am starting next week. As for the month three lesson plan, I would like to repeat my month two plan because I feel I have not achieved a good enough level of proficiency on that material. Is that okay with you?
hansibaiNovember 10, 2009, 04:44 AM
Nin hao Lily Laoshi, if it would not be too much trouble, before we practice the lesson dialogue, I would like to recite for you another speech I have created for an upcoming Greater Houston Chinese Speech competition that will be this coming Sunday. By the way, I did earn 1st place in the poem receital.
Since I did not have much time to prepare since the last poem receital competition, I came up with a way to use what I had learned in a speech that still speaks the truth about me and fits under the theme of "China and you." Here it is:
Now, this speech is still above my conversation capability but I use the speeches to learn more vocab, get exposure to more grammar, help reinforce proper tone pronunciation and to push me outside my comfort zone speaking Chinese in front of judges and a large group of native Chinese speakers.
lily_counselorNovember 10, 2009, 06:06 AM
Congraduations! Your recite of 《水调歌头》was wonderful. I would very much like to listen to your speech in Thursday's class. This speech is a little bit difficult, I think. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask me. I am willing to talk all your questions.
lily_counselorOctober 26, 2009, 08:08 AM
Ni hao Brian,
Thanks for telling me your available time, I am really sorry, I already have classes at both 9:45pm and 8:15pm Beijing time. I could have class at 6:00 am , 6:30 am 6:45 am or 7:15 am Houston time. Could you tell me whether there is a time work for you?
Thanks very much
hansibaiNovember 12, 2009, 04:10 AM
Nin hao Lily, I had a chance to practice in front of some Chinese colleagues at work today and it seemed they also agree with your comments about the speech being a little difficult. They helped me to further simplify the closing. Am looking forward to sharing with you, hear it is:
大家好！我很高兴能够参加今天的比赛。我的题目是“我的中国感受。” 说到中国感受，大家可能会联想到中国的各种美味，比如说北京的烤鸭，火锅，饺子或上海的小笼包。 其实，我对中国最深刻的感受绝不仅仅是食物，而是在学习经典的中华文学作品的时候所体验到的传世佳作， 让我来跟大家分享一下吧： 这个作品的标题是：水调歌头 作者：苏轼 明月几时有？把酒问青天。 不知天上宫阙，今夕是何年。 我欲乘风归去，又恐琼楼玉宇，高处不胜寒。 起舞弄清影，何似在人间！ 转朱阁，低绮户，照无眠。 不应有恨，何事长向别时圆？ 人有悲欢离合，月有阴晴圆缺，此事古难全。 但愿人长久，千里共婵娟。 真是太美太美了！ 所以你看，我的中国感受是对中华文化的情有独钟。正是这种感受带给了我无穷的动力去学习更多的中华文化精髓。 我讲完了！ 谢谢大家！
lily_counselorNovember 12, 2009, 07:00 AM
Thanks so much to sharing with me. I am so glad that you like Chinese culture so much. I think this one is easier and better. Look forward to your recite this evening!
lily_counselorNovember 12, 2009, 01:29 PM
A Chinese singer Denglijun (邓丽君) have singed the song "明月几时有", her voice is very beautiful. You may have interest in this song.
hansibaiNovember 28, 2009, 09:07 PM
Hi Lily, thanks for your flexibility and well-wishes. I just remembered I will be traveling on business next week with no time for a reschedule. Looks like our next chat will be on Thursday 12/10.
hansibaiDecember 03, 2009, 11:42 PM
Hi Lily, I hear you had a chance to meet my wife so to speak! It looks like you did not receive my note below, sorry I should have confirmed you saw it. Please let me know if you prefer updates here or via email.
Am looking foward to our chat next week Thursday.
hansibaiNovember 10, 2009, 01:42 PM
Thank you. Yes, I have found this to be difficult to learn. I intended to have a simpler intro and close but sharing the true sentiment was more important so I am pushing myself to learn it. I look forward to your feedback and appreciate the extra focus.