Boy did I wow those Chinese with my Mandarin. I honestly don't think President Hu had heard anyone else speak Chinese before. I could have lectured him for hours in Mandarin. I told him all about my son's learning problem, my daughter's cold sore, my next door neighbours love of Ho Mai dim sims and my weakness for Soy Sauce. He suddenly said he had to go and handed me a family pass to the Olympics. It had John Howard's name on the envelope - clearly he's not a multi lingual world leader like me, you know...there aren't many of us.