{nǐ hǎo} I'm learning Mandarin!

你好。 - Hello!

I can announce, I'm trying my hand at learning to speak Mandarin! It's actually rather exciting - I was spurred on after picking up a few phrases from some wonderful Chinese colleagues last year....actually, I'm seeing them again in a mere 6 days in Dallas TEXAS! I cannot wait!

It always appalls me that many of us Brits speak no languages other than our own, with the exception of GCSE level French or German. It's actually pretty embarrassing when I go abroad and on almost every occasion find that the locals speak such fantastic English - as well as multiple other languages. 

So, I'm taking one for the team and throwing myself in at the deep end trying to learn a language which doesn't even share any of our letters...wish me luck!!

Who knows - maybe speaking Mandarin will mean I can move over to China with my work...exciting!

I'll keep you up to date with my progress...or lack thereof...as I go!

I'd love to know if any of you lovely readers are valiant other language speakers.

Until tomorrow,

p.s. I edited the above photo from this beautiful original image :)