Alan Crafar is learning some Mandarin so he can communicate with his former farms’ new owners.
Preparations are well in hand for the imminent takeover of Crafar Farms by Chinese firm Shanghai Pengxin.
Farm staff have been undergoing training to prepare themselves for working with their new owners, including cultural, dietary and language lessons.
Bay of Plenty residents are being asked to ready themselves to welcome the new owners to the region too by learning a few basic words of Mandarin.
Not the News is joining in the effort to welcome our guests by providing the first in an occasional series looking at some useful phrases to understand.
You may need to practise a little to get them right, but as always, a little effort will be appreciated by your new friends.
|Can I help you with that?
||Sum ting wong|
|I’d like a chat with you||Kum hia nao|
|Do you know what you are doing?||Wai so dim|
|Lunch break is at 12||Wai yu mun ching|
|The wash room is over there||Yu stin ki pu|
|I don’t think you understand||Dum fuk|
|This is how we do it in China||Yu do mi wae|
|Time to finish||Wen sun gon|
Despite some resistance to the sale of the farms, the government is planning further asset sales to the Chinese, so be prepared.
Sign up now to the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic’s new Mandarin language course starting later this year – contact tutor Suun Aw Be Long Us.