I’m on a train to Suzhou right now.
The very moment I got to my seat, the elderly man sitting on my booked seat (but it’s okay because he was very helpful with finding a place for my luggage) started talking to me in Chinese. I tried to respond with my yi dian dian (一点点 which means “a bit of“) Chinese hoping he’d get a clue that I don’t really understand Chinese but he kept on asking me questions. And he said something that I didn’t quite understand so the default move in times like this is to use a translation app (which I’m hoping I don’t have to use in the near future). 😁
He was trying to tell me this:
I had to retype on my translation app what he typed on his phone. He probably thought I could read Chinese characters. Yes, I can read a few but…
Grandpa, you’re expecting too much from me! 😅
It was only after the train crew checked my ticket and passport that dear grandpa realized I’m not Chinese. He said in Chinese that he thought I was Chinese. I just smiled and said that I’m from the Philippines. 🇵🇭
After that he continued asking me questions probably expecting me to understand everything he’s saying since I understood what he said a while back. I don’t understand everything, of course, but I’m glad I can communicate better in Chinese now. My vocabulary and comprehension have increased, I would say. So even though I still feel a little frustrated that I still have to use a translation app, I’m happy that I was able to respond to some of his questions without having to translate what he said.
Learning Chinese has been the hardest goal I’ve set for myself so far! 😅
What about you? What have you been trying to achieve these days that’s been difficult to accomplish?
Anyway, going back to my original intention why I wrote this post, I still get amazed at how people think I’m Chinese.
Well, once my Chinese becomes fluent I will pretend I’m Chinese, haha! 😂
Until then I will just keep “ting bu dong” (meaning “I cannot understand you” but literally means “hear not understand“) handy! 😄