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Posted on: Language Power Struggle
August 26, 2008, 05:55 AM

i had basically this exact conversation many times... hahaha... 

@andrewcorrigan - yes, many chinese people are afraid to speak out if they haven't mastered the language yet, but those people usually don't associate much with foreigners (since they feel their english is not good)

... so, the chinese people who will "seek" me out to be friends usually want to practice english.  BUT, i have a rule that i live by in taiwan - when only two people (not in public) i am willing to speak english.  but, in public, i think it's more appropriate to speak chinese to everyone, since we are in taiwan... i have some friends who try to speak english to me around a group of friends who can't understand and i feel it's very rude (also, i don't need a translator haha)... i mean, would i go around a group of americans who don't know chinese and speak chinese to my chinese friend???  of course, i don't allow it anymore and i always use chinese in group settings :P  this way everyone wins - my friends can practice english with me in private, and i can practice chinese in public :)

Posted on: The Stingy Boss
August 14, 2007, 03:37 AM

how would you say "appreciate" in chinese??? for example, how to say "my boss doesn't appreciate my hard work"

Posted on: Jaywalking
August 02, 2007, 05:48 AM

in Taiwan, it's funny when a scooter runs a red light and the traffic officers are blowing like crazy on their whistle while being completely ignored... maybe they should equip those traffic officers with a bag of rocks that can be prompty thrown at the helmets of disobeying motorists...LOL :)

Posted on: What meat is this?
July 30, 2007, 09:45 AM

i've heard from some chinese people that you can eat dog in the south of taiwan, but usually only during the winter (although i've never seen it for myself). i also heard in korea there are "dog meat" chain restaurants that use cartoon dogs as their mascots. that's all hearsay though... as for the bull penis, i've seen that first hand, and "不用, 謝謝" NO THANKS :p

Posted on: Please Speak Chinese
July 27, 2007, 04:42 AM

maxiewawa... i believe you are from austrailia originally and live in shanghai, but (to me anyway) your features look a lot like you could be of chinese descent... so i'm curious... how do chinese people usually approach you? as a foreigner or do they mistake you for a local?

Posted on: Lili and Zhang Liang 17: It's Over (Again)
July 24, 2007, 06:59 AM

...and as for the story between Zhang Liang and Lili... i think... end the relationship, but keep the characters' stories going. maybe Lili in Austrailia adjusting to married life overseas or Zhang Liang becoming a crazy party animal after the break-up. ;)

Posted on: Lili and Zhang Liang 17: It's Over (Again)
July 24, 2007, 06:57 AM

@weixiao... i have found that it is really the case... in general, in asia the guys want a beautiful girl and the girls want a wealthy guy. if you meet a chinese girls parents, you will see... they won't ask you what are your hobbies, they will ask you how much money you have, do you have a good job, a car, a house, etc...??? her parents will ask for your exact salary and job title and future goals. if you don't have something, you can expect some opposition. the general concensus is that a relationship cannot survive on love alone.

Posted on: Lili and Zhang Liang 17: It's Over (Again)
July 23, 2007, 03:30 AM

The re-make of the break-up was appreciated, but I'm a little disappointed - I was expecting Zhang Liang to REALLY let her have it. it's obvious Lili overreacted about his coworker and was totally in the fault. And then she has the nerve to put Zhang Liang down? Why? Because he doesn't have money? How shallow is that? What's so great about Lili anyway? After all, I'm assuming Lili and Mr. Money Bags probably broke up in the past because he cheated on her - that's probably why Lili is such a distrusting and irrational person now. And now, she is showing her stupidity by choosing the playboy over the guy that really loves her, and Lili will probably get hurt again. This story CANNOT be over. We can accept the relationship is over, but we need some additional storyline here.

Posted on: Chinese Seasonings
July 18, 2007, 04:32 PM

Speaking of loanwords, I was talking about this topic with my students today... I was wondering if anybody had any additional information about loanwords from chinese to english. thanks!

Posted on: Snacks
July 18, 2007, 04:23 PM

yaaaa.... eating snacks are a national passtime in Taiwan (second only to singing KTV)... there are so many different kinds of snacks, and most are available at the night markets... 好吃囉!!!