Word for the Travel Wise (03/30/06)

Thank goodness I found the fortune cooking
left-over from the Chinese take-out two nights back. Without it we could have very well been without a word or I would
have to have done some hunting. I wasn’t in the mood to hunt.

Today’s word is a Mandarin word used in Taiwan:

hao – good

Mandarin is the most widely spoken of the Chinese language and can be a bit
difficult to learn, but there are many sites online that can help get you started. The best will probably cost a small
amount of money and the links are many so for sources pointing to additional sources check out About and Mandarin Tools. Mandarin tools is good if you’d like to add pinyin tools and
other Chinese text files to your computer. Zap
is free and has small dictionaries of common words with audio. Mei Wah
is an awesome and funny site on becoming more aware as an eater and learning Chinese by way of menus and
restaurant signs. China Language online is another excellent site I
recently stumbled upon providing info on Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka. In addition to these past recommendations
check out the Hong Kong Language Learning Center (HKLLC) for study abroad in Hong
Kong or Beijing. Qi
has a section dedicated to Chinese culture and language study.

Past Mandarin words:
zhu ni hao yun, guo nian ha, mu di di