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Posted on: Karaoke
January 01, 2009, 01:41 PM

I really, really don't care for going to KTV--and like John says it's *such* a cultural activity. I always thought if I could learn a few songs to get me through the initial period (before the booze hits and EVERYTHING becomes fun); so this lesson is great!

Any other suggestions for easy-peasy Chinese songs are welcome.

When I was at University, everyone on our particular study abroad had to learn the song "朋友" but I can only do an approximate job of it, at best ... "... 朋友不曾hmmn hmmn过,你生朋友hmmnn懂,... 还有我!!"


Posted on: Google vs. Baidu
October 21, 2008, 02:36 AM

本来的搜索引擎的效率挺低,我都记得网络的“bad old days”需要搜索好多搜索引擎才能找到有用的资讯


Posted on: Public Speaking Tips
October 13, 2008, 07:03 AM

Wow--WOW! This is so helpful. One of my most embarrassing moments ever occured in the context of public speaking in China.


I'd just talked my way into a new job in HK--telling my boss that the company 不得不 hire me, because I speak Mandarin! And all the opportunities that would present his company expanding into the mainland. So we get a sales lead--a presentation opportunity, to talk to Ping An in Shenzhen. And I am supposed to introduce the company in Mandarin. Well, I completely biffed it--the audience couldn't understand a word of the mandarin I spoke!! And my boss hasn't offered me any mainland opportunities since. ... :P


I will def be able to do the presentation now! 我们一起加油!

Posted on: Hungry Traveler: Hong Kong
June 13, 2008, 02:31 AM

Oh, good choice, Hungry Traveler. Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities in the world. A premier city for food of all types--lots of good Indian curries, too.

Yesterday my co-workers sent me down the street to get everyone kebabs, and yes they tasted just like England's. When I was living in the mainland and I missed choosing from a variety of International cuisines I would come to Hong Kong. Now, though, I miss the cheap prices of the Mainland!

Posted on: SBTG: Confucius
May 30, 2008, 04:21 AM




i love my "yan" :)

Posted on: Relativity
March 19, 2008, 04:18 AM

I really enjoyed this lesson! I thought it was great. And I do agree with the above commenters, Kien and others, about discussing China's legal system a little more in-depth. A lot of area for interesting vocab lists/discussion and I am looking forward to the snarky intro CPod always masterfully constructs around any topic!

Posted on: Registering with the Police Station
February 22, 2008, 05:11 AM

I have always wondered, what would happen if one scrawled two pages of obscenities on the order of: "In theory one f**ing day of grace period shouldn't be too much to ask but the f***ing %%*^# PCB officials $$% ^(*&^* and now I know i should have turned my registration in on time ..." or, if one drew a butt across two pages of paper, or some other such F** You to the man, what would happen? Would the sassy Foreigner get in trouble? Would the PCB just not accept it and ask for another? Would one receive a fine? I'm sure this has happened before---Americans and other foreigners don't particularly like dealing with this sort of bureaucracy; at least, we're not exactly used to it. Does anyone know what would happen?

Posted on: Equestrian
February 21, 2008, 09:12 AM

Speaking of equestrian, and HK, and bad air. I live in HK, and when i take the bus to work each morning it's a rare day i can see across the bay on Lantau island; when it's a sunny day, you can look straight up in the sky and see a circle of blue---surrounded on all sides by a heavy, brown cloud of Guangdong-produced smog. It gets better in the summer when the winds blow from the south, pushing that Guangdong airsludge into Hunan and provinces to the north.

Posted on: Choosing a Chinese Name and Safety
January 22, 2008, 06:20 PM

Oh, oh! What a great topic! I love my Chinese name, love it so much more than my english name (Emily--太普通了呀) My surname is 范Fan4 and my name is 晓嫣xiao3yan1 When I started studying Chinese my name was 美丽--AAGGHH!--and the process of changing it from a tacky, non-chinese name to a more authentic-sounding name took me first from 笑嫣 then to 晓嫣. Now i am satisfied.

Posted on: Getting Your Hair Done
January 15, 2008, 09:34 AM

Not just Shanghai hairdressers sport the mullet-afro-spike--I've seen it everywhere! I can't believe how timely (untimely?) this lesson is! I had a HORRENDOUS! haircut on the mainland--the mulletted hairdressers took a texturizing scissors to my fine, layered hair, and the damage they had wrought has only just today been fixed! And that at extortionate Hong Kong prices. Asian hair is the best, though, I would give an arm and a leg to be blessed with long, dark, glossy-black Asian hair!