Thursday, June 20, 2013

Let's Practice The Basics (Hebu mazoezi ya misingi!)

For the past few months it seems I have neglected my duty of teaching you Swahili and informing you of the ways of African Culture. Though I haven't stopped my education on all things having to do with the deeply rich culture of my heritage, I have neglected to keep you up-to-date on my findings so it's time I amend that by learning basics that will help us later on. So. Let's begin!

Personal Pronouns
   English                          Swahili                       Examples
I                                      Mimi                             Mimi kutembea.  (I am walking.)
                                                                              - When you are referring to yourself and you are
                                                                               talking about an action, something you did, you 
                                                                               would say "I am..." in order to make it clear that 
                                                                               YOU are the one walking. Yet in Swahili, when 
                                                                               using actions such as walking and running, the 
                                                                               possessive noun is implied and therefore taken out.

We                                  Sisi                               Sisi ni kutembea. (We are walking.)

                                                                              - In the case of using "We", you might have noticed
                                                                              the newly conjugated linking verb "are". When 
                                                                              speaking in a plural form (more than one person), 
                                                                              "are" is conjugated and put BEFORE the dominant
                                                                              verb. For now, the only conjugation of "are" you 
                                                                              need is "ni" which can aslo be translated into "am".

You (Singular)                 Wewe                        Wewe ni kutembea. (You are walking.)

                                                                               - When using the singular form of "you", there is still 
                                                                               the conjugation of "are" which is "ni".

You (Plural)                     Nyinyi                       Nyinyi ni kutembea. (You are walking.)
                                                                             - Notice that even though the structure of the 
                                                                             sentences may seem exactly the same (mostly because
                                                                             they are, you must also be aware of the fact that, when
                                                                             you are speaking, much of what you say will be taken 
                                                                             in context and will be in reference to something which
                                                                             will therefore provide the distinction you'll need.

He                                   Yeye                            Yeye ni kutembea. (He is walking.)

She                                  Yeye                           Yeye ni kutembea. (She is walking.)

They                                Wao                           Woa ni kutembea. (They are walking.)

Sunday, May 19, 2013

"To Travel Is To Live"--Part 1 (Outline)

"To Travel Is To Live"

1st-武夷山--Wuyishan city, Fujian (3-5days);
  (highly recommended by my parents)
  • Raft Trip (竹排/漂流)
  • Mountains/Rocks (玉女峰)
  • Jiu Qiu Xi Rivers (九曲溪)
  • Tea (Dahong Pao-大紅袍)
  • Tian You Peak (天遊峰)
  • "Thread of Sky" cave (一線天)
  • Suspending coffin (懸棺)
  • Local food/hotel (名宿/蛇酒)   

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Hola y Bienvenidos !

Sorry for the lack of updates on posts on this blog from all the different countries. Thank you Ming for keeping China on top for us! Please read down below if you are interested in learning a language and would like some free tutoring I guess you could call it ! ^.^



  
A veces es muy dificil aprender un nuevo idioma verdad?! Especialmente si no hay alguien con quien puedas practicar y estudiar regularmente. Por eso quiero ofrecer mi ayuda a cualquier estudiante o persona que desea aprender Inglés o mejorar su Español. Por metodos de comunicación como Facebook, Email, y redes sociales como esas esto puede ser muy facil. Asi es que si ay alguien interesado porfavor dejen un commentario aqui o me pueden mandar un mensaje a el coreo dulce.v395@gmail.com. Les prometo que les voy ayudar al major de mi capacidad! :D

Sometimes it is very difficult to learn a new language right?! Especially if there aren't very many people who you can practice and study regularly with. So I want to offer my help to any student or person who wants to learn Spanish or better their English. With methods of communication such as Facebook, Email, and other social networks like these it can be very easy. So if anyone is interested please leave a comment here or please send a message to my email dulce.v395@ gmail.com. I promise that I will help to the best of my ability! :D

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

China Rush Season 3

Amazing Race? Yes. It is that TV show!
                     "Race around the world!" 
Here is a chinese version of  Amazing Race---China Rush.
They introduced lots of beautiful places in China, and I have not been to lots of those places too. Enjoy!

China Rush 3 ep 1

China Rush 3 ep2

China Rush 3 ep3
China Rush 3 ep4

China Rush 3 ep5

Monday, March 18, 2013

Fuzhou--福州


                                             Try to find Fuzhou on this map! haha :    
            
    There are so many people who asked me, what part of china you have lived in? When I answered Fuzhou or Fujian. They responded with an expression with “what?” or something equivalent to it. Everyone knew about the Beijing, Great Wall of China, Forbidden City and Shanghai...etc. Fujian is neither an famous nor large province; but it is my hometown that contain lots of my childhood memories. However, many of the cities within Fujian province is under an process of urbanization or industrialization. This post will be a beginning of my study and share about Fujian province. While I am researching and asking my parents/grandparents about the history and customs. I realize that there are so many customs that we just follow and never know the meaning/history behind it.

                                    三坊七巷---"Three Lanes and Seven Alleys"


                               
                                        鼓山--  Mount Gu 
      (I spent so many weekends with my grandma on Mount Gu. It is a beautiful and peaceful place!)
                         
    罗星塔--Luoxing Tower (This tower means "home" and "direction"; because you can see the tower on the boat in dark night.)
"The seven-layer tower is octagonal and made of stone. It stands 31.5 m high at the Majiang River port. It has a legend that it is built by Liuqiliang who comes from Guangdong and beautiful. In order to seize her, The native laird bring a false chargh against her husband to sent him to southern Fujian, at last , her husband died. Liuqiliang was very angry and helpless, therefor she sold of all her property , built the luoxing tower with the money to stand for her miss feeling." (Link)


                          
                                           West Lake (西湖)



Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunshine in the rain Vs.日不落

Matt asks me a question: how can they keep the tone when they are singing in Chinese? My answer was I don't know; actually, I really don't know how to explain it. So, I find an example of a english song-sunshine in the rain and compare to the chinese version of the song 日不落(translation: sun never sets) by Jolin Tsai. Here we go!
                           Sunshine in the rain

                              Jolin Tsai  

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Chinese Magic-Mask changing

           Background Information

   I watched this video over and over again, I still have no clue. ( see if you can help me out) Chinese traditional  magic!!