Curses! It took me almost 30 minutes to write those two measly sentences using MPS! I'm used to using Pinyin, but I'm forcing myself to only use MPS now because I live in Taiwan, and once you know it, it actually is easier to type Chinese using this system. This is because in Taiwan, they use traditional Chinese characters (as opposed to the simplified characters that people in China use). If I want to type traditional characters using pinyin, what happens is I type the pinyin, press enter, and then get a long list of characters to choose from. Why do I get this long list of characters? Because the computer doesn't know what tone I need (in Mandarin Chinese there are 4 tones). For example, in pinyin the word for love is ai4 or ài (fourth tone). However, for some reason there is no way (for traditional characters) that I know of for me to write ai4 and have the computer put in the exact character I want. Instead, I can only write ai and then choose from a list of at least 4 characters (I say at least because I'm not counting all of the homonyms). On the other hand, if I write the MPS for love, which is ㄞ , and then type in 4, it will give me 愛, the exact character I want. Maybe this is a bad example, because in the case of ài, there is one perfect MPS symbol that makes that sound. Usually, you have to use a combination of several symbols to get the sound you want. For example, the tattoo on my ankle (which says "living water" in Chinese) would be ㄏㄨㄛˊ ㄕㄨㄟˇ in MPS. In Pinyin it would be huó shuǐ, and the two characters for it are 活水. Anyway, if I lived in China and used simplified characters, I would be able to type the pinyin with the tone number and then get the simplified character that I want. But Taiwan always has to be different from China and maintain their identity (I'm not saying it's a bad thing), so they don't use pinyin and they don't use simplified characters. Oh my gosh, I am so sick of studying now. I just had to rant (if you know what I wrote at the top, you'll see that this post did indeed started as a rant)!