Hi, everyone. I'm a Northern Canadian, and I seem to have gained a circle of interests that circle around China, so I thought it was time I learned the language. In the end, I'd love to learn traditional characters so that I can read Buddhist writings in the language they were either written in or translated into early, but maybe I'm too old to learn so much!
I also practice Yang style Tai Chi, traditional hand form and some saber so far, so it would be good to have an understanding of the names of the poses and the saber form poem. Also, I have an on again off again relationship with Waiqi (aka Go), although I know only Japanese terminology when it comes to that. Finally, I LOVE tea. Never big into that really expensive pu 'erh stuff because I'm not that rich, but I might go out of my way for some half decent dragonwell tea, or even some smoky lapsang souchong on a cold and rainy day.
Beyond some futile years learning French in school, this will be my second language.
So, nice to meet you, fellow students. Ni3 hao3 ma?