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Posted on: Reviewing in Class
July 22, 2010, 10:09 PM

Pablo is a free online download, which is so valuable in so many ways, including watching stroke order. But if you are inside the ChinesePod Skritter program, you just need to click and hold the shi (示) button. It moves kind of fast, but you can see the correct order. If you have a Skritter membership, you can adjust the speed of the animation.

Also, I can tell you, as a former Special Ed. teacher, that it will help you to use "Sky Writing" in big strokes, with your non-dominant hand-- especially for the more difficult characters. Try do to the whole thing with your eyes shut and "visualize". This is a method which has a lot of success for cursive handwriting in children with learning disabilities; but I found it also increases motor memory for Chinese characters as well. Good luck!

Posted on: The White Spectrum of Meaning
February 06, 2010, 11:13 PM

It puts a new light on the time a couple of boys saw me on a college campus; and one pointed at my hair and yelled, "Bai toufa, bai toufa-- AH, ha, ha, ha, ha!" (And then he ran away.)

Posted on: Introducing Catherine
November 26, 2009, 02:07 AM

ioaadafa:  as an American high school (and former grade school) teacher, I have to say that chinesecatherine knows her Thanksgiving history quite well.  The Pilgrims of America's first Thanksgiving WERE, in fact, British subjects.  They left England for America (though they first tried Holland) because at the time they didn't have religious freedom.  Still, they wanted to bring up their children with English language and customs-- which they kept long after they landed here.

The focus of that first Thanksgiving is the theme that many of us still observe each year: that the blessings of life cannot be taken for granted, and we are grateful for family, health and the hand of Divine Providence on our lives for another year. 

Wishing all of you a spirit of Thanksgiving all year 'round!

Posted on: Long Distance and Cultural Mysteries
February 23, 2008, 05:31 PM

Another thing about Chinese dining that I found challenging was that, every time I lifted my glass to drink my tea (in nice restaruants, as well as homes), the Chinese friends/hosts immediately picked up their baijiu (I am a seldom drinking female) to raise a toast. It was such an awkward thing that I finally left the tea alone and just ate!

Posted on: Long Distance and Cultural Mysteries
February 23, 2008, 05:27 PM

Wow. bbjt... I have eaten at banquets, in cheap places and in people's homes-- but I have NEVER seen anyone do that with the rice. Different hosts have told me rice is served at the end to make sure that the guest gets full.

Posted on: #36
February 06, 2008, 02:50 AM

Very interesting! I know the movie-- I do wish I could remember how to contact Clay or Amber...

Posted on: #29
December 22, 2007, 03:34 AM

wow, it's the first time I've ever figured it out-- too bad I still don't have a clue where to fo to guess (for next time, since someone already got there for this one)