Wow, Kim Jong-il died
Obviously North Korea isn't China, but China almost definitely will get involved in the aftermath of Kim Jong-il's death, along with the other countries in the region and the U.S. Hold onto your seats. It might get crazy after the power struggle gets into full gear.
bababardwanDecember 19, 2011, 03:47 AM
You are only 8 years behind the times Phil:
mate, you do have your finger on the pulse. I was just joshing of course.
"double who died"
..or it could be the understudy of the understudy's understudy.
Here's a current article:
Let's put it this way: I've noticed that certain topics receive less treatment in Cpod lessons than others. If you give Cpod credit for making dry topics interesting, then you could argue that no topic should be off-limits merely because it's boring. But many topics have been suggested by subscribers (not just me) over the past couple of years that haven't been turned into lessons.
I take it that you think this is topic with which Cpod should have no problem?
"no topic should be off-limits merely because it's boring"
...so are you saying you think it would be a boring topic also?
"I take it that you think this is topic with which that Cpod should have no problem?"
dunno. I don't have a strong opinion on whether CPod should have a problem with it or not. I realise that everyone is a little anxious over the transition of power In N Korea, and the importance of stability in the region, etc etc. I know that CPod and sites in China have to be careful in discussing Chinese politics, and that China has a relationship with N Korea. I'm just not sure how touchy or otherwise things are discussing N Korea on a Chinese language learning site. You are probably right. Degree I guess is the key word...of course I realise there may be some need for caution, but I'm not sure to what degree and whether it would actually mean such a media lesson could not be published. Of course I'm living in a place where you can say what you like, and as I've never been to mainland China I don't have a strong sense of just exactly what can and can't be discussed. So it was a genuine question and not a challenge to your opinion. In other words, I was deferring to your opinion and anyone else that cared to join in to see what they thought. Anyhow, it's no biggie for me. I don't care whether a media lesson on this topic is produced or not...I just thought as it's so topical and relevent to what's going on in the region that it might be.
I should have just not made my comment at all. Your suggestion that this be a media topic was a good one.
I think this would be a very interesting topic, as it's been in Chinese news a lot. I just saw aspects of it on 中国新闻 China News 20 minutes ago, and were it not for having pictures to look at, I wouldn't have known it was about North Korea. I think cpod should definitely get in the habit of taking news topics and turning them into lessons, as it would help me understand the news better. Maybe i'm expressing a desire for more variety in lesson topics, but letting my cynical nature get in the way :-).