今天我很累 [ ]. Nothing new there, infact I could probably say 每天我很累 [ ]. There was something special about this particular day though. And why do I keep nervously checking my wallet?
I have had my first Chinese thoughts recently! not momentous thoughts to be sure, but even the great wall had to start somewhere.
What do I mean by a Chinese thought? Well obviously Chinese things (words and phrases) have been drifting through my head ever since I started learing Mandarin but they were simply visitors, selected and invited in to share space with all the English stuff already in permanent residence. A Chinese thought would be a Chinese word or phrase that started life in my head and wasn't prompted (even fleetingly) by an English thought.
Well last week I woke up and thought 今天我很累 [ ]. Only then did I think "what does that mean"? (today I am very tired).
I think this is some kind of milestone, the next thought that happened at the weekend was even more funky. I am just getting over a bad cold and sinusitis and at the weekend was a little out of it (not completly feverish but not making a lot of sense either). My family took the opportunity to do a little shopping and I couldn't even raise my usual miserly interest in what they were buying. Something was triggered in my sub-concious though. Throughout the rest of day I kept absent mindedly mumbling 多少钱 [ ] It wasn't until the evening I realised what I was saying and what it meant. It means HOW MUCH MONEY :0