User Comments - bicycle-repairman
Posted on: The Trouble with Marrying a ForeignerMay 31, 2013, 08:34 AM
Ha! Good question! I could be Chinese-Canadian but I am not. White as can be and no particular cultural background other than North American. Also: I live in my parents basement suite not actually sharing-a-kitchen with them. To Asians this is not really a big enough distinction to save my husband's parents pride. Probably because there aren't really any basements suites in Asia. I don't know how common this is. I moved into their suite because they have a nice convenient place and I got sick of lousy landlords and bad neighbours and I like my parents. When we got married we just decided to stay living there because it was convenient and comfortable. I suspect in North American this arrangement is pretty common in areas where real estate is quite expensive.
Posted on: The Trouble with Marrying a ForeignerMay 30, 2013, 03:45 PM
I am a Canadian married to a Korean. We're pretty successful but his parents don't live with us. Ironically when we live in North America we live with my parents who get along brilliantly with my husband! This is a bit humiliating for my husband's parents, but they really don't want to live with either of us actually!
Posted on: Hamsters, Snakes, and OwlsSeptember 28, 2012, 12:50 PM
I have had pet rats and pet mice and they are defintely different. Rats are smarter and more people oriented - and they don't have that body-mash thing where they can squeeze through bars! Also mice are somewhat lacking in the humour department. Whereas rats are so great, like dogs, love their owners. (Just try and convince a chinese person of this . . . .)
Posted on: A Qing Wen to Our ListenersMarch 31, 2012, 02:44 PM
A Qing Wen on occupations would be helpful.
I am always asking people what they do for work and I only understand roughly 1/3 of their answers. When we learn chinese we always just learn: doctor, teacher, nurse, lawyer, but in real life in China we rarely run into just those professions. Types of jobs in sales and business (and even landscape architecture) seem more common.
Posted on: Shopping for the WifeNovember 15, 2011, 06:49 AM
Useful expressions: dress shirts with button down collars, french cuffs, and "My husband is picky"
And I also agree that it is pretty unrealistic to buy footwear absent the spouse.
More useful expressions: navy peacoat, leather jacket with sheepskin lining, actually just "lining" is a pretty helpful word to know