Learning to Learn
I was not Chinese educated but I studied basic Chinese just for a matter of four years when I was in the primary school. But only one Chinese book. Those days I just loved to read and write the Chinese characters.
I even sent my kids to Chinese school so that I could still keep in touch with the basic ones.
So when I started to help my husband in his shop three years ago, I had to refresh my Chinese. What I did was I wrote the pin yin for those Chinese words. I could recognize those basic Chinese characters but not those difficult ones.
You can imagine me taking photos of those Chinese herbal stuff, got them printed out and put them in the album. My friend helped me to type out all those Chinese herbal characters and I wrote the Cantonese pin yin beside those characters. Of course I asked my friend to read to me.
But it was too much to absorb in a short time. I needed much longer time to learn all those stuff. Until now, I still couldn't remember some of them. Thankfully, I have the sifu with us. But he's retiring soon. And a new sifu would be here next month. So I'm quite relieved!