As a Mandarin Chinese tutor, I work with students ranging from elementary school to graduate school. Their level of Chinese fluency might differ, but one question I always get is: “How do I introduce myself?”
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If you are a Disney aficionado, you probably have been counting down the days until the Shanghai Disney Resort opens on June 16, 2016. Did you know that the Shanghai Disney is the first Disney theme park to open in mainland China, and is three times larger than the Hong Kong Disneyland?
When I was growing up in China, before any weddings, parties, or family reunions, my mom always pulled me aside for an extensive study session.
“Jinna, what do you call my older brother?”
This one’s easy-peasy. “舅舅 (Jiùjiu).”
“Good…what do you call my older brother’s oldest son?”
Getting a little harder now. “Erm…表哥 (Biǎo gē).”
The increasingly complicated quiz questions go on until we get to the party. I usually get completely lost by the time she asks me about her older brother’s youngest daughter’s daughter, and end up walking around the party parroting whatever kinship term my mother tells me to say (much to her dismay.)
In my defense, the Chinese family tree is really, really, ridiculously complicated. But why?
If you are a long time lurker of the internet like me, you might find that your English is naturally peppered with slang like: “OMG,” “selfie,” and “on fleek.” As you can imagine, our counterpart millennials in China (who are probably as addicted to the internet as we are, lol) also use a ton of Chinese slang.