[quote=“ironlady”]Same as you. I’m not in Taiwan anymore. I do have the Maryknoll tapes (!) – would love the CDs instead as the tape quality is really bad – and I could learn from those materials if I had waaaay too much free time (are the lessons still as long and incredibly vocabulary-packed as before?) but I dunno, it just doesn’t seem worth it for an annual trip back of maybe 3 weeks.
I’ll be spending 5 weeks in Hawaii this summer and I do plan to try to find a tutor/language informant and learn some basic Hawaiian, and of course I’ve bought the usual “teach yourself Hawaiian” half-useless materials and CDs set just for fun. I realize that Hawaiian isn’t really widely spoken, but it just seems cool to learn about it, if not to learn it well.
I will be trying to find time to teach my MIL basic Mandarin prior to her visiting Taiwan this fall for a couple of weeks, but she is definitely one of the “give me five words and a map and I’ll go have fun for a day” types who is really into the idea. Won’t mention Taiwanese other than really common things like “phai-seh”, I think. (Plus I can hardly remember any more than that at this point.
What I’d like is an Internet arrangement to teach me Minnan, the way it’s easy to get a pretty decent Mandarin teacher for about US$7 an hour.[/quote]
The cd quality is excellent. The books are the same, yes very vocab rich, with lots and lots of exercises. Definitely some of the best language books I’ve ever used. In fact, I believe it was you who recommended them to me.
For a couple of months I was working through the book steadily, but then for some reason stopped and I haven’t seriously started up again. At the time I was living in Houston and spend between 2.5 to 3 hours in the car M-F. I listened to the CDs over and over again, and studied the texts when I got home. I studied Mandarin during my lunch hour at work.
When my in-laws speak Taiwanese to each other I feel completely lost, the way I used to feel before I started studying Mandarin (which isn’t to say I understand 100% of their Mandarin, but I can usually struggle through). I don’t mind normally mind, but sometimes it is obvious they are talking about me and I don’t much care for being left out of those conversations.