Xiaomanyc lived in Beijing for a year and has excellent Mandarin and Cantonese and is also beginning to learn Fuzhounese, a very difficult language to master. “The other day we white guys who speak perfect Chinese went out to NYC’s Chinatown to the nail salon. They were “gossiping” about us (in a loving way!), not realizing we spoke Mandarin, and then we totally shocked them by switching to Chinese! We ended up having a really deep and interesting conversation with them in Mandarin and the rare Chinese dialect of Fuzhounese.”