Monday, January 24, 2011

Hu are you? Hu! Hu!

Mandarin For Hu?
Maybe it is time for everyone to learn to speak Mandarin.  Why, you might ask?  Well in case you are one of those people who does not know what is going on, China will soon be the superpower of the world and they speak Chinese.  Plus you will then be able to order from the Chinese Restaurant Menu in Chinatown.
When I was in high school we had Spanish language classes.  I cannot remember if we had French classes but I think we only had Spanish and I know that Chinese classes were not offered.  All right, when I was in high school, the girls still had to wear dresses, and we were so happy to have Casual Friday's, which meant that we could wear nice "Pant Suits".  Hillary has proudly carried on this tradition.  Heck, we still used slide rulers and "playing" meant to go outside and play and just be sure to show up at dinnertime, well unless it was your night to help cook.

So for me it was:

Hola, Isabel.
Como esta?
Muy bien, gracias.  Y tu?

As long as I do not get Alzheimers, I think I will go to my grave remembering those three lines.  I think they still teach that today or something similiar.  At one time I was fluent in Spanish but then I married a Canadian who had taken French classes while in school.  We learned that speaking Spanish and French was not a great way for us to communicate with each other.  So we fell back on using our native language of English to speak to each other.  I had no idea that almost 40 years later I would wish that I had continued to speak Spanish to someone.  But even though I am part Mexican, we all only spoke english and spanish was what we learned in Spanish Classes.  Back in those days, everyone who had Mexican ancestors spoke english and some also spoke spanish, usually to talk to one's grandparents.  Most of us only knew english because we were 3rd or 4th generation Mexicans living here.  We never knew that someday here in Southern California due to the illegal immigration problem that we would need to speak spanish because most people here do not speak english.

But soon these illegals will be in the same boat as the rest of America, we will need to speak Mandarin if we want to succeed in business, and since there are a lot more Chinese people then there are of us.  And with them soon being the superpower of the world, we will need to communicate with them.

So this week I have learned my first word in the Mandarin Language.  Hu?  I think it means "who".

If you know any other chinese words please let me know what they are.

Also, I want to thank all of you who thought my previous post was about me, and all of your words of encouragement.  Sorry due to the problems with blogger (which I have now found this half  ass way to post), I could not let you know what it was about.

Anyway I wrote that for a few friends that I know are going through some things right now and for anyone else that it could help.

I like to think that I am one of those that gives a helping hand and maybe sometimes I have had problems, but I still only hear one voice, well at a time anyway.  I think it is only mine but who knows, that is for another post.

Although I do have to say that while spending hours and hours trying to fix my blog and hours and hours in the blogger help forum, I might just be a little looney.  But the good news is that, believe it or not, I actually was able to help a few people with their problems.  Sometimes I amaze myself because I would have never thought that I would be able to answer any of their questions.  I always try to look on the bright side of anything and helping anyone is always one of the best things I could accomplish.  And this is because I know how much I appreciate when someone helps me.

I am going to try and see if I can write comments again.  Blogger has not let me but every now and then I did one from my iPhone, but it takes forever and you cannot go back in the box to see what you wrote.  It is sucky.  I will keep my fingers crossed that I can go back to writing comments since I know how well you all like it when I write a short book and call it a comment.  I promise I will try to make them shorter if possible.  I just get too passionate about what you write.

See you all soon!!  (Hey, "soon", looks like it could be a Mandarin word.  It kinda rhymes with Hu.)

{{{Just kidding about the meaning of Hu, but it is a name we do need to know, since he is the man in charge of all of the debt the US owes China.}}}


  1. smiles. yes we are digging ourselves ever deeper in debt which is a scary place to be, if and when markers are called in...

    i appreciate you mrsu...

  2. China is near and dear to my youngest two kiddos are Chinese American. WE know a great deal of Mandarin words BUT when we traveled China it did us little good. A VERY complicated language to learn! I was a miserable failure in the language department! Most educated Chinese speak English though!

  3. Yep, no longer a sleeping dragon and a country with the most internal border conflicts in the world. Interesting place. Our previous Prime Minister was the only world leader fluent in Mandarin. Well worth it since they're our largest trading partner.

  4. Great post. They just started to offer Mandarin at the Junior High here and my daughter, who will be going there next year, will be able to take it since she'll be in honors classes. The rub of course is that it's a difficult language to learn so to take it on top of a bunch of honors classes might make her go loony. But I agree, it'd be a good language to know.

  5. Well I have studied chinese at school and that was enough!It did not interest me and still the case.Hope you're doing well.You crack me up with the title though,lol

  6. Hi! Mrsupole...
    I have to agree with your commenter, this is a very interesting post...Very well-written too!
    I must admit that I have heard about China-rising while "listening" to International news...Unfortunately, I don't watch or listen to America news.

    I hope that blogger help you straighten out your commenting problem soon.
    Thanks, for imparting such informative information and for being a caring and sharing person too!

    DeeDee ;-D

  7. By the way, I did a little research and Hu
    means "Tiger" in Chinese (Mandarin?!?)
    I'am not quite sure if that is correct...

  8. Hi Mrs Upole! :)
    My dad used to tell us we were descended from the "Fookwari" [sp] People.. that sorta sounds Chinese.. or Indian..
    He told us about the great Fookwari Chief "Hootha".. We know thats his name because when asked he would throw up his hands and say "Hootha Fookwari?"
    We still dont know who we are.....


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