这是什么 (about)

这是什么 (zhè shì shénme) is Mandarin for “this is what?” (in direct translation). It’s one of the only complete Chinese sentences I can say, and I say it 2 dozen times a day. I walk around China like a demented parrot or a two-year-old, asking, “this is what? this is what? this is what?” I say it and point at things, or people, or off in random directions. More than that, though, when I don’t understand what’s going on, I’ll wave my hands in the air as though to indicate the entire situation while asking, “this is what?”

It seemed like a good title for my “about this blog” page.

I’m Erin. I’m spending a semester teaching English to high school students in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, China, and I don’t know if that’s inspired or insane. But here I am. And that’s what 这是 (zhè shì).

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