The Words that Linger

Gina Butz culture 1 Comment

People often ask me if I am fluent in Mandarin. The short answer is “no.” To me, fluency means “I can say everything in that language” by which definition all those people who say they are fluent in Spanish after their 4 years of high school classes are mistaken. I cannot say many things in Mandarin, like ceiling or fertilizer …