Mock me, but I'll keep having fun with 'ba sha' Mandarin

My wobbly grasp of the language doesn't stop me from trying to enjoy Chinese culture

When yusheng ingredients are tossed up in the air, the auspicious Mandarin phrases that are supposed to come out of my mouth fly out of my head instead.

I can never remember what we're supposed to holler while doing the lo hei for Chinese New Year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 25, 2018, with the headline 'Mock me, but I'll keep having fun with 'ba sha' Mandarin'. Print Edition | Subscribe