You can learn another language! (Matt 24:14; 9:38; okm 07/5; Awake! 2007 3 p10-12)

* attitude / effort+perseverance / some ways easier & more fun / fine results / need your help

* master some basics - how to build sentences

* gather a beginner's vocabulary & key phrases - use word lists

can speak like a child - express simple thoughts [pictures] joined by link words

be adaptable - open mind to different form of expression - say it their way

practise - a little and often - immersion - eat, drink, sleep it [6 days at start?]

a rut or a step up? - set manageable portions to apply immediately

Lets use Mandarin Chinese as an example here.

 

1 (Word list, key phrases up - to 10 words at a time)

I

we

wǒmen

you

YOU

nǐmen

he, she, it

they

tāmen

speak

shuō

Hi! Hello! Howdy!

Nǐ hǎo!

 

2 (Simple thoughts)

I

you

he, she, it

we

YOU

they

speak

wǒmen

nǐmen

tāmen

shuō

 

3 (Ask questions)

Mandarin

pǔtōnghu

is it so?

ma?

 

4 (How to build sentences)

You

You speak

shuō

You speak Mandarin

nǐ shuō pǔtōnghu

You speak Mandarin, is it so? [=do you?]

nǐ shuō pǔtōnghu ma?

 

5 (Be ready for answers)

correct!

du!

I do speak it

shuō

no, not

b [or b]

I do not speak it

b shuō

 

6 (Suitable for immediate use in field or meetings)

xīwng

would like to

mngbai

understand

bāngzh

help

Shngjīng

the Bible [Holy Scriptures]

 

7 (Adapt your use of different words)

You understand

Nǐ mngbai

You understand, do you? [= is it so?]

Nǐ mngbai ma?

You understand the Bible, do you?

Nǐ mngbai Shngjīng ma?

 

8 (Build up sentences gradually)

We

Wǒmen

We would like

Wǒmen xīwng

We would like to help

Wǒmen xīwng bāngzh

We would like to help you

Wǒmen xīwng bāngzh

We would like to help you to understand

Wǒmen xīwng bāngzh nǐ mngbai

We would like to help you to understand the Bible

Wǒmen xīwng bāngzh nǐ mngbai Shngjīng


9 (Use link words to join two simple thoughts)

If [= in the case that ]

rguǒ

then [=in that case ]

nmuǒ

come

li

go

q

study

xux

meeting

jhu

 

 

You would like

 

Nǐ xīwng

 

You would like to study

 

Nǐ xīwng xux

 

You would like to study the Bible

 

Nǐ xīwng xux Shngjīng

If

you would like to study the Bible

Rguǒ

nǐ xīwng xux Shngjīng

 

 

I would like

 

Wǒ xīwng

 

I would like to come

 

Wǒ xīwng li

 

I would like to come to help

 

Wǒ xīwng li bāngzh

 

I would like to come to help you

 

Wǒ xīwng li bāngzh

then

I would like to come to help you

nmuǒ

wǒ xīwng li bāngzh nǐ

 

10 (Try to find a simpler expression)

For example, re-express If you would like to go to the meeting I'd be happy to come and pick you up.

You

would like

I

come

help

you

go

meeting

, mm?

xīwng

li

bāngzh

q

jhu

, ma?

 

11 (Learn some phrases for your purpose)

Please

[you]

accept

this

invitation

Qǐng

[nǐ]

jiēshu

zhfn [or zhge]

qǐngtiě

 

Please

write

you

r [='s]

name

and

mobile

number

Qǐng

xiě

de

mngzi

h

shǒujī

homǎ

 

Very

happy

to get to know [=meet]

you

Hěn

gāoxng

rnshi

 

Thank you,

thank you!

Xixie,

xixie!

 

12 (Use experienced help, if available)

Your elders know how to advise you.