For those of you that have any reason to start the intimidating step to learn Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or any other Chinese dialect), here is another good reason to just do it! You use more parts of your brain to speak Chinese! Here is a fascinating article on the study of how Chinese speakers use more of the brain than English speakers.
We will take Mandarin Chinese for example. As a Mandarin learner myself, I do notice this language is particularly exhausting for the brain, because you are dealing with pronunciation, tone, meaning, and complicated character recognition all at the same time. Of course, Mandarin speakers have been accustomed to this from a young age, but for learners, this is particularly difficult to wrap our brain around. And the reason is highlighted through these studies, that you are forcing the other part of your brain to be involved with the “language” process, which normally only use the left side of your brain for English speakers.
Although it is particularly challenging, I can’t imagine a better way to prevent your brain from getting lazy and old, than to learn a difficult language like Chinese. It is like being forced to use a muscle that you never had to flex at all.
Now, that has to be a strong motivation, for a healthy brain! Get started by clicking here and register for your on-line live Chinese class. It’s just that easy.
International Women’s Day is coming up on March 8th, and though it is not celebrated in the US, we could still recognize women by learning expressions related to beauty and appearance!
as cute as a button: adorable
E.g. The Smiths new baby is cute as a button in their family photo. That outfit is just adorable.
Katie was as cute as a button and the boys were starting to notice her.
(all) decked out: to be dressed up or decorated in a special way/for a special occasion
E.g. The children were decked out for Halloween as a fire man and a lion.
Men like to deck their cars out before they go on a date so that they can impress the ladies.
to dress to kill/dress to impress: to wear very fashionable or glamorous clothes intended to attract attention.
E.g. She arrived at the party dressed to kill. Everyone was looking at her.
We received an invitation saying “No jeans, no sandals. Dress to impress!”
face only a mother could love: humorous way of saying that someone is unattractive
E.g. I feel bad for him – the poor guy has a face only a mother could love.
She heard that her new colleague has a face only a mother could love. She did not care about his appearance as long as they could work well together.
to look/feel like a million dollars: to look great
E.g. With your new hairstyle and make up you look like a million dollars!
After a week vacation and relaxing spa visits, I feel like a million dollars.
(all) skin and bone: very/too thin
E.g. He was ill for a long time and now he is all skin and bone.
Grandmothers always say that their grandchildren are skin and bone and need to eat more.
(as) pretty as a picture: very attractive
E.g. The newlyweds looked pretty as a picture in their wedding photos.
Their new house in the country looked as pretty as a picture. There is a certain charm about these cottages.
I always say that the more you know a language, the more you realize how much don’t know about it. English is considered to be one of the easier languages to learn at a basic level, but as you advance in it, you quickly realize how complicated the language actually is. English is not easy to acquire at a native-fluent level since there are many unusual and contradictory rules. However, some of these exceptions make the language-learning more fun!
Check out these examples of the oddities in the English language.
Team of Hansa One Directors, Trainers and Instructors sharing experiences and interests on all things cultures and languages.