Dear Oh Dear…..widening the horizons of life

  • Chinese expatriate teachers taking part in the celebration of independence in June
    Chinese expatriate teachers taking part in the celebration of independence in June

Good on the 27 Samoans who can now boast of speaking Chinese beyond  ‘Xiexie’ (thank you) and ‘Ni Hao’ (hello) like most of us with any knowledge of the language.

This lot are all graduates of the Confucius Institute at the NUS.

Here’s a thought that is absolutely worth giving some thought power, at what was said about learning a new language.

Language is the key to unlock the rich heritage of a culture or civilization. China is an ancient civilization of more than 5000 years. By learning the Chinese language, Samoan students will be able to appreciate the charm of the Chinese culture.”

Guess who would say something like that in Samoa. China’s Ambassador Chao Xiaoliang….at the graduation.

Is it True or False what he said? If you’re going to say it’s false try saying it to yourself without anyone hearing. 

You don’t want people with brains to give you that ‘pity you’re so stupid’ look.

Better not blabber within hearing distance of the graduates either - not when they’re in a high at their success. 

They could be swearing in Chinese without your knowing they are calling you son of a beach.

“…that’s son of a pitch, not beech, dear.

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