Today I finished lesson 16 of “Pimsleur Comprehensive Chinese (Mandarin) Level 1”. It’s quite a fun way to learn chinese. But what it teaches you first is strange. By now I can say stuff like “Hello”, “Goodbye”, I can count to 50, and I can ask friends to go drink a beer. Oh, and I know how to bargain. What I still don’t know is how to call for help, how to ask where a hospital is, you know, the important stuff actually for serious problems. But I guess being able to invite a chinese lady for a beer is more important… Let’s see what the other 16 lessons of Level 1 have to offer.