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Posted on: Haggling Like a Local
April 24, 2010, 03:47 AM

I'm quite excited about the Shanghainese series!  I can't wait for the next lesson to be posted.  Having lived in Shanghai for a while, I had the opportunity to hear it being used everyday - both frustrating and interesting :)  At the time, I found very few resources for learning the basics of Shanghainese, but really wanted to at least learn some fundamentals.

I found only one other resource designed for foreigners, it is a small book and CD package titled "Shanghai Dialect for Foreigners" ISBN 7-88422-064-4 by Shanghai Haiwen Publishers.  I bought the book in Shanghai at the foreign language bookstore on Fuzhou Road.  For those serious about learning, you might want to consider picking up a copy - that is of course after studying the upcoming lessons on ChinesePod!

Posted on: Haggling Like a Local
April 23, 2010, 11:06 PM

I have had a similar experience. I studied German for many years, but stopped a few years ago to learn Mandarin. Recently while at the airport I was having a small conversation with someone in German when suddenly Mandarin started coming out of my mouth. I was extremely embarrassed so I then switched to English :) Interestingly, I still have no trouble reading German. But I don't dare speak it without rehearsing beforehand in my head.

I guess looking at it from a different perspective, if you were speaking a mix of German, French and Mandarin those within earshot would probably have a really hard time eavesdropping - you could say what you like :)

Posted on: Kungpao Chicken
May 01, 2009, 12:08 AM

Great job on the new lesson series!!! I love the format, including a little bit of history, transcript PDF and expansion sentences. 

While spending a few weeks in China recently, I quickly realized that my food vocabulary was not as good as it needed to be.  I eventually found myself searching for restaurants with an English menu, or otherwise having to order one of the same few dishes who's name I know.  After a while this got a bit frustrating.  Next time I'll be prepared!

I'm looking forward to more lessons in this series!