If you’ve ever lived in Korea or heard about Korean food, you’ll know the importance of Samjang, Korean soybean paste. I call it my happy ingredient. So I bought the ‘MSG Free’ (see photo) from Carrefour last week. Uhm, and then of course these days I’ve taken interest in the food labels. Well…. I can’t read Chinese. I took a photo of the nutrition info, sent it to a Chinese friend and ask for a translation of the words.
Friends first reply: From top to bottom, energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates and sodium/natrium. And bang! See, see, it’s a lie! It contains salt. Damn! All these hidden salts and sugars make me sick. How the hell? Fine, okay calm down. Mhm let it be. I thanked the Chinese speaker and moved on.
But here’s the come back.
Friend replies a few minutes later saying, I think you should’ve known these Chinese words. Lol.
(First frown on my face)
I replied: I can’t read or write Chinese.
Friend’s reply: I think you were learning Chinese before you left BJ. (I lived in Beijing from 2015-2016).
Okay come on! Cut me some slack here! And as a beginner learner I’m supposed to know these words? And recognise the characters?
My final reply: (after being upset) 1 sad face and 2 smileys. There’s nothing that an emoji can’t fix, it’s the futuristic way of communication and the best way to express your confused, hidden emotions. I need one here right now.
Then I said to myself, Char, he has a point, a very valid point. Yes, I was motivated then but I got distracted and stopped. I felt pressured by my Chinese tutor yet now I miss her. Right now I’m at a different place, better environment and I have my motivation back. Ive studied this, I teach this! Learning a language takes practice, consistency, personal motivation and good guidance. No matter who says what!
A few weeks ago I discovered a new method that I’m going to share here, (many probably know it already) that I’d like to experiment with. I returned from my summer vacation a short while back and on my long plane ride it was one of the things I wanted to do in my new year. So here goes!
But the universe – the universe is a master at sending signs. Cause I’ve been slacking. I took the books out and every day it’s on the table looking at me.
So now it has taken a painful innocent insult for me to bounce back.
Thank you universe.
Until next time…
#practicewhatyoupreach #juststart #noneedtowait #nomoreexcuses #makeithappen