I am always on the look out for new ways to connect with my seniors. One of my goals for the year was to improve my ability to speak Mandarin which is a Chinese dialect spoken by many of the elderly I work with.
Despite growing up speaking Cantonese I have always had difficulty picking up additional dialects. Looking back I am amazed by the number of times I have vowed to start learning Mandarin after each of my trips to Asia. As my daughter Grace is now beginning to speak I am reminded that it’s easier to pick up a language at a young age.
Now’s here’s some good news. My command of the language has improved steadily these past few months.
Although my vocabulary is still considered basic, the awkward silence during conversations are gone and my comfort level has jumped a few notches.
Previously what was a barrier is now a bridge that is helping me to further connect with my seniors and their caregivers with the goal of providing the best care possible.
[...] I have shared previously I’ve been working to improve my Mandarin which is one of the most widely [...]— A Day in the Life » Blog Archive » A Recap of 2011 / December 30th, 2011 at 10:20 pm