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Posted on: Lili and Zhang Liang 14: Seeking Comfort
August 11, 2009, 01:14 PM

I know 安慰 from the lyrics to the song 我会好好的 (I'll Be Fine) by Cyndi Wang (王心凌)

我 要 你 默 默 走,  不 回 头
Wo Yao Ni Mo Mo Zou,  Bu Hui Tou
I want you to walk away silently. Don't look back

我 会 清 楚 明 白 你 要 的 是 什 么
Wo Hui Qing Chu Ming Bai Ni Yao De Shi She Me
I'll clearly understand what you really want

不 许 勉 强 的 安 慰 我,  说 奇 怪 的 理 由
Wu Xi Mian Qiang De An Wei Wo,  Shuo Qi Guai De Li You
You don't need to force yourself to comfort me or tell me strange reasons

Posted on: Lili and Zhang Liang 11: Confiding in a Conniving Friend
August 11, 2009, 02:34 AM

The end of the lesson sounded as though it was going to cue the chorus of my favorite Jolin song (檸檬草的味道):



Posted on: Lili and Zhang Liang 10: The Other Woman
August 10, 2009, 04:00 PM

motti, The voice reading the expansion also uses non-standard pronunciation but, hey, high speed and non-standard pronunciation are what you can expect if you talk to anybody from China, especially the conversation is taking place in China. I do think Chinese people are polite enough to slow down and speak clearly when they are speaking to foreigners but if you want to understand, say, what people are saying on TV then that's how fast it'll be.

Posted on: Lili and Zhang Liang 5: Love Letter
August 10, 2009, 08:47 AM

I'm answering my own question, in a way: I just listened to a recording of Cyndi Wang in concert (as opposed to on her album) and I heard her pronounce 甜言蜜语 as tian2yan2mi4yu3.  I don't know what to make of it.

Posted on: Interviewing an Ayi
August 10, 2009, 07:25 AM

For question 7 of Exercise 1 both answers are being marked wrong.

Posted on: Internet Slang
August 09, 2009, 03:19 PM

I've seen the letter G used to refer to chicken at a restaurant here in Taiwan.

Posted on: Lili and Zhang Liang 6: An Old Flame
August 09, 2009, 01:26 PM

Doesn't 以为 mean "suppose"?  In exrecise 2 it matches with "to (mistakenly) recognize" and "suppose" isn't even one of the choices. 

Posted on: Lili and Zhang Liang 5: Love Letter
August 09, 2009, 10:17 AM

In the song Honey, Cyndi Wang pronounces 甜言蜜语 as tian2yan2mi4mi5.  Did she say it incorrectly or is this another way of saying the same thing?

Posted on: Is China Scary?
August 09, 2009, 06:19 AM


I think I was quite clear.  Wars are scary so any country that has the capability to fight is scary.  I mentioned that some of the wars that the U.S. fought in were ones in which they invaded, ie U.S. soil was not attacked before hand.  Afghanistan is a unique case: the U.S. invaded Afghanistan but the U.S. had also been attacked by Al Queda which was operating out of Afghanistan at the time.

You'll notice in a later post I mentioned that criticizing the U.S. is viewed as "anti-American".  This is, unfortunately, a way to quell debate.  I think the lesson is guilty of the same thing: the Western media is accused of "exagerating" and being "negative" when all they might be doing is reporting the news.  People are warned to not follow the American media for fear of being "misled".  Again, the analogy is quite clear.

Does "scary" have a negative connotation to you?  What if I were to have said "powerful" in the military sense?  That's pretty much the same thing.  I'm reminded of the line from Iron Man: "They say the best weapon is one you never have to fire. I prefer the weapon you only need to fire once. That's how dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far."  That was before Tony Stark came to realise that the other side can also acquire the same weapons.

Posted on: Is China Scary?
August 09, 2009, 05:53 AM


Many times in the past people have argued that the world can only sustain a certain number of people and then there will be chaos but the fact is that in terms of health, education and food supply the human race is better off than we ever were.  One good thing about modernisation is that people want to have fewer children so that they can afford to educate them all properly.  That is what is going to save us in the end: in most industrialised counties couples have, on average, only two children which is merely what is required to sustain the population.



"china claims the south china sea , all of it"

Yes, but I think the UN does actually recognize China's right to the Spratly Islands in which case it is a non-issue to me.  I mentioned that China fought in fewer wars than the U.S. and listed a few that I knew of but I wasn't aware of China sending soldiers into Vietnam in 1979.  I also didn't know how many Chinese soldiers fought in Korea.  I'm not sure if the Chinese had officially decalred war on South Korea, however, or if they were just there to support North Korea.


What happens when the fifteen minutes are up?  Do I have to type really fast?