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heyo! so I really love giveaways because they are just a cute internet-is-real-life thing and gosh sometimes people on the internet are the nicest when they are not shit-spewing trolls. So finally gonna do one!

things:  

  • character writing booklets, they’ve got those little squares
  • funky pop-up postcard thing from Taiwan
  • Basic Chinese book (simplified). This is very basic, so if you easily understand this blog it is probably too intro for you. That said, it has a lot of exercises and makes you pick up vocab, so if you’re still in your first year it might be good. 
  • whatever else I find that’ll fit in the envelope.

how to:

  • like or reblog, idk, I’ll randomly generate a note number though so if you do both you’ll be in twice
  • if you just want to pass it on just say that and I wont select you
  • pls live in the states, sorry, not looking to pay international postage (also obvs you need to be ok with sending me your info)

I think that’s that! So excited! Oh, time. I’ll wait till Feb, Friday the 13th (spoopy) to choose.

In Italian and also English, there is the word ‘original’. It really fascinates me. Because ‘original’ means something new, but at the same time, in the word it also includes ‘origin’ which represents something old. Then, innovation is exactly what makes something old into something new. I think China has a different approach to innovation because the cultural attitude is to replicate.
Mandarin isn't actually that scary

1) No word genders

2) No conjugation

3) No articles (a, an, the)

4) Subject-Verb-Object sentence structure

5) The characters are like mix-and-match. Certain parts lend certain meanings and/or pronunciations.

6) You can make an adjective out of an entire phrase. (This is something that I have noticed myself wanting so badly in English…)

Of course, this isn’t to say that Chinese isn’t hard. IT IS HARD. And I have days when I question why I’m doing this to myself. But every language is hard in a different way. So, if you want to learn Chinese, go for it! Don’t let rumors scare you away. If you’re going to put all that time and effort into learning a language anyway, you might as well pick one you actually want to learn!

In the US, people say “cheese” when they are being photographed, but in China, they often say qiézi eggplant. The reason for a “camera” expression is to get everyone to smile, and in Mandarin, the word qiézi eggplant accomplishes that goal. You know that you are pronouncing the word qiézi correctly if you are smiling while you say qié.
—  The Routledge Course in Modern Mandarin Chinese