President Hoover and the First Lady spoke in Mandarin
October 10, 2019 6:25pm CST
Sometimes you just want a bit of privacy and in America's top high profile job, that's just not easy to come by. Lou Henry Hoover devised the best way of having private conversations with her Husband the President while under the scrutiny of advisors and the like. She simply spoke Mandarin, a language she and her husband both knew because of their previous residence in China. She also well versed in Latin and helped her husband translate a 16th century Encyclopedia of mining. Source : Wikipedia - Lou Henry Hoover
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• United States
Yes, I've heard that you can say a completely different word just by altering the inflection. She and her husband lived in China in the late 1800's, she would have had to learn with private lessons or juts by going around the streets of the city.
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• Hangzhou, China
Hoover,is that loser who took the power in 1929?we learned about the America History,it said his reform is totally a catastrophe that almost ruined USA,people lost their jobs,the economy collapsed,everything is just in the hell I never know Hoover's wife would speak Mandarin,it's not a easy language to learn.Even for me,who have written the Chinese poems for 14 years,i still can't say that i am proficient in Mandarin. Especially the Ancient literature and poem,even for the Native speaker,it's also very difficult and hard to understand
• United States
I don't actually remember my history when it comes to Herbert Hoover as it's been years since I've been in school. Yes, I've learned that there are very many words that are similar and require just a change in the way you say them to mean something totally different. I am not sure if she was ever taught to write in Chinese but I imagine she may have been.