San Diego, CAUSA
Hometown: Los Angeles
December 16, 2011
No. Unfortunately, my mom never spoke Chinese to me when I was growing up. I berate her for it to this day.
The toilets. Just kidding! I love the active street life and the openness of the Chinese people. Having the world's greatest cuisines doesn't hurt either.
Only when I travel to China, or to some other country where I don't speak the language. For example, when I was in Hungary, it was nice to be able to walk into Chinese restaurants and be able to order in Chinese (since I can't speak Hungarian).
I've been to Taiwan 5 times and Mainland China 9 times. Most recently, I spent 3 months in Southwestern China in 2002, a week in Shanghai in 2004, two weeks in Beijing and Shanghai around New Year 2008, and then finally fulfilled a long-held dream and moved to Chengdu in October of 2010, both to experience daily Chinese life and to improve my Mandarin abilities. In the summer of 2012, I went back and spent another two months on Taiwan and three months in the mainland, mostly in Sichuan and Hunan provinces, and in 2014 I spent seven weeks in Yunnan & Sichuan. Ahh, I get homesick for China just typing this!
I took some night classes at UCLA, and then I took a few quarters of day classes there. After returning from China, I took second- and third-year Mandarin for non-native speakers at UCSD (daytime undergrad class).
大家好。我的中文名字叫「持夢」，去過中國大陸九次，台灣五次，香港七次。都是我最喜歡旅行的地方。而且，2010年為學習中文在四川成都住了三個半月。 Hi. I studied Chinese after college and have taken several trips to Chinese-speaking countries, including living in Chengdu, Sichuan for 3.5 months.