But really, I decided to watch a Taiwan drama, Hana Kimi. Then I thought, is there any reason why I shouldn't have knowledge of this language? No! Alright then I'm learning it! I have always had the thought in the back of mind to begin studying it, but everywhere you look there are reasons as to why it is so "hard." There are too many tones, too many dialects, too many characters, etc. So far, I honestly don't think it is that hard. I am not some language learning genius or anything, but I already recognize a lot of the characters from studying Japanese, and many of the compounds are the same. Plus, the tones don't really seem that difficult either....it just seems like something you would have to get used to, but I don't see why it is in the level of impossibility. In the (paraphrased) words of the great Khatzumoto, there is no such thing as a hard language, just one you have to get used to. Besides, I would be basically be setting myself up for failure by constantly bombarding myself with the thought that it is too difficult to do, which (un)ironically I have been doing all this time, or I would have done this eons ago! People constantly rife about how hard Japanese is, but look at me now! *watches drama without subtitles*
Anyway, to explain the title of this post, the "e" sound (if you can call it that, it really is nowhere close to the e in English) in Mandarin is quite interesting. As adequately described in an app I'm using, it is similar to the sound we English speakers would make when disgusting with something. I have downloaded an Anki deck of basic Chinese grammar, and one of the words is "hungry," 饿." If you copy and paste that character into the dictionary here, you can hear an audio sample of the word. It basically sounds like "uuuh," especially the slowed down pronunciation. Which reminded me of this song:
So thanks to a terrible 90's rap song, that is one word I will never forget.
Basically, I am going to do the same thing I did with Japanese; watch tons of dramas/movies, listen to lots of music in Mandarin, SRS, the whole deal....the future awaits!