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Posted on: NGO Guy
October 28, 2010, 05:07 PM

Awesome lesson!  Here are a few questions.

Is there a difference between 社会公益 and 社会福利 (fu2li4: welfare).  I am guessing that the former refers to material welfare (e.g., charity work) while the latter refers to a broader sense of well-being.  Am I right?

Also, many scholars refer to NGOs in China as GONGOs (government-organized non-governmental organizations).  How would I say that in Chinese?

Posted on: Catching a Train
July 19, 2010, 12:50 PM

Here's a potential topic: horrible train stories.  While travelling from Beijing to Xi'an, we shared a car with a man who snored so loudly that we couldn't sleep!  I was tempted to pay the extra money for a private car, but my wife talked me out of it. 

By the way, how do you say the different types of tickets (e.g., hard sleeper, soft sleeper, etc.)?

怎么叫不同种的火车票?(Did I ask that correctly?)

Posted on: Catching a Train
July 19, 2010, 12:44 PM

Did I hear correctly that comrade can refer to a gay person? Is it a derogative term?

Posted on: Blown Fuse
May 16, 2010, 06:20 AM


Posted on: Blown Fuse
May 15, 2010, 12:11 PM

What is the difference between 断 and 坏 (huai)?  Can they both be used in this case?  (E.g., 我们保险丝坏了。)

Posted on: Passive Verbs and 被
March 20, 2010, 05:41 PM

I suspect that 了is used with 被 to show a change in situation as well as to show completed actions.

Posted on: Physical and Virtual Schools
January 20, 2010, 03:26 AM

Whoever thought we would be excited about tests?  However, here I am, eagerly waiting for the opportunity to trash my confidence through a new test.  Any word on when the tests will appear?

Posted on: Dare to Use 敢
October 10, 2009, 05:59 PM

In honor of a great American film, "A Christmas Story," I will try this sentence:


(Ni3 ken3ding4 bu4gan3 tian3 na4 jin1 gan1).

I have no idea how to say I triple-dog dare you!

Posted on: Farewell, Sweet Pete
September 13, 2009, 02:18 AM

Thanks for everything, Pete.