Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

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Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. Has your enjoyment of tea caused you to consider learning its origins' languages? Please share.

Yes, and I have
1
3%
Yes, and I have a little
10
31%
Yes, but have only learned tea related bits and pieces
6
19%
Considered ... yes ... done ... no
7
22%
Have not really thought about it
8
25%
No way, not happening, period
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 32

Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby Chip » Feb 4th, '11, 01:08

Good TeaDay everyone, and welcome to a new TeaDay filled with lots of good tea. Please stop in and share what is in your cup throughout the day.

Yesterday we discussed drinking Chinese teas for the Chinese New Year. You can still vote and discuss yesterday's topic.

Today's TeaPoll and discussion topic. Has your enjoyment of tea caused you to consider learning its origins' languages? Please share.

We are looking forward to sharing our TeaDays. Bottoms up.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby Poohblah » Feb 4th, '11, 01:32

learning mandarin at university now :)
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby auhckw » Feb 4th, '11, 02:56

Learned chinese in private tuition during my younger schooling days, but have forgotten 90% (read/write)... :cry:
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby Trey Winston » Feb 4th, '11, 03:02

Considered: yes. Done anything remotely related to it: no. Going to do it: very unlikely.
I understand that learning Chinese is insanely difficult, what with the tones and the demanding script and so on. I would like to know it, but I'm not keen on learning it. Serious respect to those who actually learn it.

Having some Dragon Well now.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby Nenugal » Feb 4th, '11, 03:06

I'm trying to learn some basic tea names and expressions in Chinese and Japanese, and my Chinese officemates and friends are more than willing to help me by letting me know when I'm pronouncing Chinese tea-names wrong :)
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby el gringo » Feb 4th, '11, 05:25

I've only picked up a few bits here and there. I'd love to learn Japanese, but I really don't see it ever happening as I am way too lazy.

Unfortunately the only Japanese I know comes from tea and kendo and I'm not sure they come in normal conversion very often!
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby JBaymore » Feb 4th, '11, 05:46

Tea, ceramics, and cultural interests all lead me to study Japanese a bit. でもわたしの日本語がとてもへたですよ。

best,

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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby Xell » Feb 4th, '11, 06:12

For me it's a bit opposite, started learning language and only after moving i got addicted to japanese green tea :) Sadly, i'm still far from speaking fluently. I'm lazy, when it comes to a lot of practice.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby brandon » Feb 4th, '11, 07:09

I am TeaFluent in 3 languages!
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby karmaplace » Feb 4th, '11, 09:33

I said, "Yes, and a little," but, like Xell, I'm a bit opposite. I was an East Asian Studies major in college, and studied Japanese for two years and Korean for three. I didn't become interested in tea until my senior year (while I was in the US), but from this forum I've picked up a lot of the Japanese vocabulary, and then used it to find the Korean vocabulary for tea and tea related items. So, I've learned a lot of new Korean tea-related vocabulary since coming back, thanks to my love for tea. :lol:

Raspberry oolong today. :)
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby brlarson » Feb 4th, '11, 10:26

I would be interested in learning Japanese, but there are a few languages that would have a higher priority in my to-be-learned queue which I could use for business.

Hou de's shui xian again this morning.
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby artmom » Feb 4th, '11, 10:44

Considered, yes; done, no. Do enjoy reading about the different cultures and the tea, though. :D

Japanese black today; I forget how strong that tea is and I need to cut back on the ratio of tea to water!!!!
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby gingkoseto » Feb 4th, '11, 13:14

I don't know. As much as I want to learn, Fujianese is impossible to me. I feel I would need a plastic surgery on my tongue to be able to pronounce :mrgreen: Cantonese is slightly easier, but really only slightly. I can understand like 10% of it :shock:
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby entropyembrace » Feb 4th, '11, 14:14

Not really thought about it....Im more focused on trying to reach a basic conversational level in Spanish...which is hard enough and it´s part of the same language group as my native language! :shock: :lol:
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Re: Friday TeaDay 2/4/11 Language barrier collapse?

Postby brad4419 » Feb 4th, '11, 16:47

I signed up to take Chinese 1 this quarter but droped it halfway through the first class. Foreign languages are just not my subject. Maybe someday I will have more time to learn Chinese and/or Japanese.
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