Archive for December, 2011




你会说什么? What do you speak?              西班牙语. Spanish/Castillian

普通话. Mandarin. Putonghua                      印地语. Hindi

Cultural information


There are different languages in China. When we refer to the Chinese language (as non Chinese speakers) we often mean Putonghua which is spoken in mainland China. Another Chinese language that is important to know about is Cantonese.


There are different languages in India. There is no such thing as the Indian language, Hindi is one of the major languages of India. Urdu is also spoken in India.


No offense to Mexicans or other hispanophones, I am just trying to differentiate between the different languages spoken in Spain and the fact that when we refer to Spanish we are in fact talking about Castillan Spanish.


I have a feeling that the Chinese do not differentiate between the English as a people and the British people. I think it would be interesting to read literature about the British during the 18th century from a Chinese perspective.

I am interested in British imperialism from a Chinese perspective. For those of you that have read or studied this topic, could you recommend a book or two? 




Taken from ragulan’s blog:


If anyone ever tells you that your work is unprofessional, remember that amateurs built the Ark and professionals built the Titanic.


Below a very touching ad I found via ragulan’s blog on marketing.

I believe it is important to keep in mind the reasons for doing/learning something. You won’t give up so easily when you have a clear idea of what you would like to do with your newly acquired skill. Learning Chinese or another language should really be seen as a way of offering a gift to yourself. In return for sacrificing a few hours a week of free time you will gain an extra language, an additional culture, a new identity, greater self-esteem and so on.

What do you think about this?

It is almost the end of the week and I have not made a week 5 entry. On the one hand I could blame christmas and then tomorrow I can blame the new year festivities for slowing me down. 😀 I would rather own up and just say again that I have not accomplished what I wanted to accomplish for this week. In concrete terms, I wanted to complete the season two of absolute beginners level of Chinese101. I was not able to do that, instead I completed ten out of 25 lessons. I am trying to understand why I did not complete at least 1/3 of the lessons.

Going back to complete the survival phrases season (equivalent of level 0) made it easier for me  to learn and understand the level 2 season of Abs beginners. It gave me a humble foundation to build on. I have not used ‘Anki’ for two weeks and I think that has contributed to the delay. My plan for today and the weekend is to review all my lessons (from the beginning to the present) and create flashcards with Anki. My subscription with Chinese101  has a flashcard option but I prefer making my version with Anki. Creating dialogues for the Layinka learns Chinese series is great and time consuming. I am learning how to teach which is great but I have to learn how to learn too. I think that the  Layinka learns Chinese series will come to an end after completing season one to four of Absolute beginners. I have created approximately 20 episodes and will stop at 30-60 episodes.

I have been asked about the Japanese version, I don’t know if I will create a cartoon for Japanese and if I do, you will know about it in March 2012.

Take care



Hey guys!!

2012 is right around the corner 😀

For some of us it is in a couple of days and others it was a month ago (26th of November) for those of us following the Islamic calendar.

I am trying to figure out how to use this blog as a way of sharing my interests, providing you with information that you may not have and so on. My time is limited and although I am enjoying this blog I think it is important to emphasise that this blog is first and foremost a Chinese language learning tool to me. I am creating the type of blog I wish I had come across many years ago. Instead of waiting further, I am doing it myself.

The other thing I must mention, I am not a fan of Romance languages. There are so many Romance language blogs out there, I feel it would be a waste of my cyber space plot and time to cover them here. So please forgive me if you are looking for any ‘real’ information on learning French or Spanish. I may cover these languages from time to time in a random post but I won’t dedicate a page or blogroll to them for now. There is a wealth of information out there so don’t worry, you will find what you are looking for. That said, the BBC is a good place to start.

As for my ethnicity, I belong to a tribe called the Yoruba (approximately 40 million people  worldwide). My mother is Yoruba, I am a Yoruba girl from Nigeria. Unlike Mama, I do not speak the Yoruba language and like Mama (a Christian by default) I do not practise the Yoruba religion but I still identify with my group.

As for my interests, they range from music to pure randomness.

I am a fan of the Hausa language (spoken in Nigeria, Niger) and have provided links to Hausa language resources. I am also a fan of many other languages spoken by tribes around the world. You will find links to the Cree language in the blogroll section.

Entertainment wise, I would recommend you check out Nollywood films under the Watch online link.


In the meantime,check out the trailer of a new Nollywood film shot in India and Nigeria about love, determination and race.

For your information

Bollywood (India) and  Nollywood (Nigeria) have recently been ranked the first and second  largest movie industries respectively. 

According to the site: My Lagos blog 

Nollywood is Second largest film industry in the world – (UNESCO latest ranking)

A study published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), states that Bollywood –popular name of the Mumbai-based film industry – produced 1,091 films in 2006, compared to the 872 productions created by Nollywood –Nigerian film industry. The United States’ number of production reaches 485 films in the same year. 56 per cent of Nollywood films are made in local languages, but English remains a strong language, which may contribute to Nigeria’s success in exporting its film industry. Development of video techniques has provoked a reduction of production costs and this has make possible the explosion of new film industries around the world, particularly in developing countries. 


Well until next time, I wish you a prosperous New Year my friends!


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