Friday, October 10, 2008

Chinese Word of the Day

The US economy is going to shit and China is buying up most of our debt.

We're slowing down, they're still accelerating.

Bottom line: China is the going to be the largest economy in the world within the next generation or two, period.

Being that we operate web-based businesses that have a global reach, I think it's reasonable to assume we'll either have Chinese:

  • Customers
  • Investors
  • or Business Partners
at some point in our careers.

I grew up in Flushing, Queens here in New York:

That's where I first picked up Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin). Then I went on to Major in East Asian Studies in college where I studied Chinese for 3 years solid (spoken and written) and spent several months in China.

While I'm far from an expert, I can definitely get by.

So in the spirit of global business and global communities, I decided to start teaching Chinese one word at a time to all those who are interested.

I'll be doing this via my twitter account: @WayneMulligan

So if you'd like to pick up a new language, I'll be posting a new Chinese Word of the Day each and every day. I'll write the word out in Chinese characters, give the romanization/phonetic spelling and provide a little context.

I'm going to try and make most of the words market/business oriented but if anyone has requests or suggestions just @reply me or DM me on Twitter.