Life in China, so much that could be said, but for starters I should start with a simple greeting/lesson.
In China, the main language is Mandarin, and a common greeting amongst a foreigner to a local would be a simple, Ni Hao (pronouced: Knee Howw). The observant eye would notice that I stated the common greeting from a foreigner (non-local mainland Chinese person) to a local, whereas a local to another local may generally skip greetings altogether, and get on with the conversation/matter at hand. This is one example of culture shock that one might experience upon traveling to the Middle Kingdom* .
As the title of this post suggest; This is almost my second year living here in the Middle Kingdom, and man time definitely does fly by. The beginning of my journey started in another province of China now known as Zhejiang (pronounced Jer-jawng), in the city of Jinhua.
(will upload some photos soon!) With China being such a heavily populated nation, a place like Jinhua (pronounced Gene-hua) with over one million citizens*, is considered a small city, also known as a 3rd tier city.
In comparison to the 1st and 2nd tier cities Jinhua, certainly is smaller, however from a Western standpoint, it is safe to say that a small town in China, may not be as small as you might think.
Jinhua is a city, I will discuss further in another post, my blogging fingers and the rest of my body are ready to rest after a long day of work, play, study, and exercise.
I will end my post here for the night, I look forward to whatever the future has in store. ✌
- note all pronunciations are how I personally pronounce them, and I am told to have a very distinct american accent..in my opinion, for the most proper tone and pronunciation, you would need an individual from each area, who was born and raised there.
- (In Mandarin Zhong – translates to middle, and Guo- translates to country, thus Zhongguo could literally be translated as middle country or kingdom.
Originally posted December 17th, 2018