Old Guy Gives it a Try

August 15, 2010, 04:10 AM posted in General Discussion

Hi everyone:

I'm 65 and I thought it's time get off the pot and take a stab at this. I have my own business and still work a gazillion hours a week so I'm trying out the seven day trial to see if I could handle it with my schedule.

BTW, I have two questions:

1. Is there a Chinese slang word to indicate a VERY large undefined number as we have in the US (gazillion, bazillion, etc.)?

2. Does anyone else find that pages on this site take very long to load? To me it's almost a deal breaker.




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August 14, 2010, 09:44 PM

Hey there!

Glad to see you on the site. 

1. The slang Chinese word for an undefined very large number at the moment is the very popular "N多"。N meaning a variable as in a math equation, and 多duō meaning 'many'. This is, however, a very slang-y word and won't appear in formal publications of any kind. Funny, eh?

2. Stick around! The site is undergoing a major server problem that is causing all kinds of bugs on the site and slowing everything down. The site, and all the avatars, should all be back up to speed on Monday when the tech team gets back in the office. This kind of semi-site meltdown is very rare, and I think if you want to see the site at it's best (i.e. normal), try to stick it out for a for another day or two and give it another shot.

Hope to see ya around.

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August 14, 2010, 09:52 PM

Hi Ken

亿万 yi4wan4 is used to mean millions and millions.

btw-the site is slow this weekend due to some server issues. Its a recent thing and they are working it. The same problem is responsible for the lack of avatars at the moment.

Stick around - we had a Ken once and need a replacement.  As for time, you go as fast as you have time for. To each his own.

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August 15, 2010, 12:13 AM


Welcome. The beauty of this site is that it's perfect for folk like you who have a very busy schedule, as you can dowload lessons in a jiffy and listen to them via an mp3 player anywhere [eg driving to work]. You can also use the site any time of day or night. There are so many resourses here to help, and a supportive community [teachers and users] that just loves answering questions.Good luck. :)