Top Mandarin Quotes

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1. "Say something in Mandarin," said Tessa, with a smile.Jem said something that sounded like a lot of breathy vowels andconsonants run together, his voice rising and falling melodically: "Nihen piao liang.""What did you say?" Tessa was curious."I said your hair is coming undone — here," he said, and reached outand tucked an escaping curl back behind her ear. Tessa felt the bloodspill hot up into her face, and was glad for the dimness of thecarriage. "You have to be careful with it," he said, taking his handback, slowly, his fingers lingering against her cheek."
Author: Cassandra Clare
2. "There were dumplings on the train, sold by grim men and women with deep lines cut into their faces by years and worry and hunger and misery. This was the provinces, the outer territories, the mysterious China that had sent millions of girls and boys to Canton to earn their fortunes in the Pearl River Delta. Matthew knew all their strange accents, he spoke their strange Mandarin language, but he was Cantonese, and these were not his people.Those were not his dumplings."
Author: Cory Doctorow
3. "Cantonese, which has up to nine tones as opposed to the five in Mandarin, is much more versatile and one of the richest dialects in Chinese."
Author: David Tang
4. "Varljivo je brdo Život, nema šta... I veruci se Uz i silazeci Niz patimo za predelima s one strane vrha, a vrh je senka, tren, senka trena, Vrh je najveca prevara u citavoj prici...Cim ga dotaknemo on potone tromo, kao lubenica na vodi, i vec sledeceg trena izroni nam za ledima, obeshrabrujuce uzvodno, plutajuci kao velika crna bova koja iz nekih zvezdanih razloga obeležava to razvede Vremena Koje Nam Je Dato, vremena koje nam je udeljeno, ubogima, kao milostinja pred Crkvom Beskonacnog...Danas je uveliko išcekuješ, a vec sutra ti ostaje samo da se secaš, i tek na kraju ukapiraš da su Prave Stvari uvek s one strane brda, ali ovu misao ipak ne smem pripisati sebi...Zvuci suviše poznato?Neki voštani mandarin iz treceg milenijuma pre nove ere je sigurno još davno patentirao slicnu izreku"
Author: Ðorde Balaševic
5. "Toadstool mandarins are a form of toxic jellyfish whose tentacles are loaded with entheogenic venom. The effects of a mandarin sting are threefold. The first is a sharp stinging sensation; the second a nasty red welt, which may fester if not treated with a salve of toadstool mandarin doodoo. And the third is a bold of self-awareness, thanks to the entheogens in the venom. Having been stung, a victim's typical reaction will be something like:Owww. Zark, that hurts.Then:Oh no. Look at this nasty red welt. I'm in the swimsuit competition later.And finally:What? I'm a latent misogynist with father issues!If a person is allergic to mandarin venom, one sting will prompt total self-awareness, leading to either immediate catatonia or a career as a talk show pundit."
Author: Eoin Colfer
6. "Te abrazo y corren las mandarinas; te beso y todas las uvas sueltan el vino oculto de su corazón sobre mi boca."
Author: Gioconda Belli
7. "I speak Mandarin and can read and write a little. I took a few classes at Harvard to get better in my reading and writing skills."
Author: Jeremy Lin
8. "Mandarin ducks mate for life and will die of loneliness if separated from their chosen mate."
Author: Katherine Paterson
9. "I was born in Scotland and have lived there all my life. I speak conversational Cantonese with my dad when I'm at home, and very basic Mandarin."
Author: Katie Leung
10. "All you had to say was, 'I am a writer,' and you became one. You didn't even have to write anything. You could just sit in a coffee shop with a notebook and stare into space, with a slightly bemused look on your face, judging the weight of the world with a jaundiced eye. As you can see, you can be completely full of shit and still be a writer...I also thought it was going to be a great way to meet girls, but it wasn't--probably because as I was staring into space, I no doubt looked mildly retarded. You see, I wanted to write plays, which in retrospect is a lot harder than learning Mandarin, I think. How I ended up in this delusional state shall be saved for another time."
Author: Lewis Black
11. "I majored in Chinese Studies. I'm probably the only director of chicken Indian zombie movies who can speak pretty good Mandarin."
Author: Lloyd Kaufman
12. "Speaking biologically, fruit in a slightly shriveled state is holding its respiration and energy consumption down to the lowest possible level. It is like a person in meditation: his metabolism, respiration, and calorie consumption reach an extremely low level. Even if he fasts, the energy within the body will be conserved. In the same way, when mandarin oranges grow wrinkled, when fruit shrivels, when vegetables wilt, they are in the state that will preserve their food value for the longest possible time."
Author: Masanobu Fukuoka
13. "I wanted to do something far from my intellectual and physical home, so I went to live in Beijing for eight months and took Mandarin Chinese."
Author: Mira Sorvino
14. "Listen to Your Lover (Or Babe, Sweetie Cakes, Hot Rod, Honey, Dancing Queen, Dairy Queen, etc.)If she tells you she likes it when you bite her neck—do it! It doesn't matter where she learned that she likes it or why she does, just be thankful you got the tip. Girls don't always express what they want, so when she does say it, you really want to make sure you are paying attention. Also, learn her language (unless it is Mandarin, because that shit is impossible). If you start pulling her hair and she starts moaning, that's her way of saying, "Ohmygod, please do this more, and by more I mean all the time." And the more you please her, the more she'll want to do it with you. It's a win-win!"
Author: Olivia Munn
15. "Everybody at home speaks mandarin except me."
Author: Rupert Murdoch
16. "Because, ten-year-olds of the world, you shouldn't believe what your teachers tell you about the beauty and specialness and uniqueness of you. Or, believe it, little snowflake, but know it won't make a bit of difference until after puberty. It's Newton's lost law: anything that makes you unique later will get your chocolate milk stolen and your eye blackened as a kid. Won't it, Sebastian? Oh, yes, it will, my little Mandarin Chinese-learning, Poe-reciting, high-top-wearing friend. God bless you, wherever you are."
Author: Sloane Crosley
17. "My parents are European immigrants. And I think as Europeans there are so many languages in close proximity that it's part of the culture to try to learn at least one other language. So my parents really encourage it in the house. Chinese would be really great to learn - like Mandarin or Cantonese. Portuguese would be incredible."
Author: Stana Katic
18. "I do speak Mandarin, and I also relate to the hunger that China has for culture and architecture and style."
Author: Vera Wang

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