After a day cramming Mandarin as hard as I can on ChineseSkill, which is a total clone of DuoLingo, I am amazed at how simple and basic and minimalist and fun this language is. I is coming You is coming She is coming, too We is coming You is coming They is coming, as well …
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Wô de ming zi shi Jing; nî jìao shen me ming zi?

After a day cramming Mandarin as hard as I can on ChineseSkill, which is a total clone of DuoLingo, I am amazed at how simple and basic and minimalist and fun this language is.

I is coming

You is coming

She is coming, too

We is coming

You is coming

They is coming, as well

As far as I can tell, you create a past or future tense by saying, “I is coming yesterday,” or, “I is coming next June for sure!”

It’s amazingly minimalist and essential.

I prepped hard to work at a conference attended by scores of Chinese visitors, and do you know what?  I never got a single chance to welcome a single person with a single phrase!  I have no idea how bad my pronunciation actually is.  But I learned a lot of sentences and a lot of terms and words; Mandarin is a very friendly language!