>From Monday’s Test…


The question:

nǐ zhīdào lǐ lǎoshī de diàn huà hào mǎ mǎ

The class’s response:

hǎo de hěn


The explanation:

The question is asking if we know Li Laoshi’s phone number. The word for number, hao4 号 is one tone off from hao3 好 meaning “good”. Add in two ma’s, and…well, you can see how one might arrive at such an answer.


>A couple tongue twisters

>Other Laoshi hit us with a couple tongue twisters today as we learned the correct pronunciation for “sh” in Chinese, a pronunciation many local people eschew in favor of the easier “s”, along with “c” for “ch” and “z” for “zh”.

Si4 shi4 si4, shi2 shi4 shi2.


Shi2 si4 shi4 shi2 si4.


Si4 shi2 shi4 si4 shi2.


All that’s another way of saying: 4 is 4, 10 is 10. 14 is 14. 40 is 40.

Another, much harder one:

Zhe4 que4shi4 shi4 shi4shi2.


This is really a fact. 

>I got tennis practice on Wednesday

>From an English book:

“On Wednesday, I have tennis training with the school team.”

Shouldn’t that be “I have tennis practice.”

Would anyone say “I have tennis training with the school team.”