Entry 5: Read the newspaper... maybe one day!
Trip Start Mar 18, 2010
25Trip End Aug 24, 2010
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我的 汉语 现在 比 3月 很好。但 说 比 读 很 容易。。。 着 是 眼为 读 中国 的 广告 很 难。
My spoken Chinese is getting better every weeks, at least I think, but reading is still difficult, because the Chinese writting system is completly different from our latin letters, so memorizing all those "strokes" needs quite long studying hours
In result to my difficulty to read, I must be carefull when I take the bus by my own, so I make sure I can recognize the name of the places I am going to. If the characters are harder to memorize, I write them on a piece of paper. However, by knowing the context and by being able to read some parts of the sentences, I can often find out the general meaning of the main indications. Also, the ones that are everywhere, I succeded in memorizing them as I could see them many times, almost everyday. For the part of the restaurants, for the few times I went to eat out alone (most of the time I go with some teachers), I just tried! Sometimes, it is better to don't know! And by trying you can make wonderfull, and delicious, discoveries. Moreover, in order to improve my reading skills, I bought myself a kids's book which is written in both characters and pinyin. That way, I will be able to make links between the two ways of writting and, maybe, next time, I will buy one written only in symbols..
Those pictures are examples of advertisements written in Chinese charaters. Some I can now read, others I can't. Hopefully I will be able to read more when I'll leave.