Monthly Archive for November, 2007

Learning Mandarin

I’m part way through my first “Conversational Chinese” course at the University of Waterloo’s Confucius Institute. From what I’ve learned so far, I’ve found Mandarin Chinese to be a very elegant language. It’s a language like a talented computer programmer might design a language. Everything is very regular and consistent. It has a quality that in computer science and mathematics we would call “orthogonality.”

Some examples of what I mean… Continue reading ‘Learning Mandarin’