This snippet is from my current WIP, an historical romance set during the Boxer Rebellion (China 1900). Unlike most of stories which have dual point of view, this one is a single point of view, making it fun and challenging to write. It also meant that I get to make use of my three years of studying Mandarin – though I still need to refine those sentences more, both the Chinese and translation.
Alfred ran his hands up Zhang’s body till they rested on either side of his face and held his gaze. “Teach me. Teach me to speak your language like you speak mine.” It wasn’t the most romantic of sentiments, but the smile that stretched out on Zhang’s face, he may as well have told him, I love you.
“Xing, Alfred. Yao shi wo jiao hanyu ni, jiu wo gaoxing. It will make me happy to teach you.”
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