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Shanghai night | by Gavin Anderson
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Shanghai night

We were heading towards the Bund, an obvious choice by the Boss lady. During the evening, Mia, the boss lady, had taken to heart my desire to improve my Mandarin on this trip and started setting me challenges. For example the group photo I have included required me to request a stranger to take the photo without using sign language. So the sentence is "Hello, question, can you take my picture, OK? "Ni hao, qingwen, Bung wo pai zhao, hao ma". It took a bit of practice but I managed it.

Next was a writing test at the war memorial, I admitted I am not learning written mandarin, but I did point out one character I do know "ren" and then a few more were familiar, I managed at 75% for my first ever written mandarin test.

I felt a bit intimated by Boss lady Mia, but I think she would accelerate anyones learning.

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Taken on October 30, 2014