User Comments - helandou

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Posted on: Noodles and Child Labor
July 13, 2011, 05:55 PM

I've lived in Hangzhou for 1 1/2 years, and especially at the lanzhou lamian places it's almost always a small kid that serves you. It never crossed my mind that these kids should be in school! Can't believe how sometimes you can be in the middle of something "wrong" and you don't even see or think about it...  

Posted on: English Teaching Jobs in China
February 14, 2011, 09:50 PM

Hmm. I'm a bit disappointed Beijing standard time isn't just about interviewing locals. 

Posted on: Inside the Baozi Business
February 14, 2011, 09:40 PM

Loved it! To my opinion you could skip the introduction and let it just be the interview. Maybe you can put a picture of the interviewed person next to the lesson next time?

Posted on: Ordering Food for the Group
August 26, 2010, 02:37 PM

I think a lot of new chinese pod users will not have studied the other lessons you are talking about, and they will not look back to all of the older lessons.

Also, food and everything that comes with it is a very important (if not the most important) thing in China, so I believe you can't repeat enough vocabulary for that.

Posted on: Dog Meat and Animal Rights
March 23, 2009, 07:18 PM


haha, that would be interesting, warnings for terrorists on cigarette packs... no, you misunderstood me. What I meant was that they try to scare people off with scary lines (or even pictures, so I heard) on cigarette packs, and also(but not on the cigarette packs :) try to scare us off by 'bombing' us with terrorism-threats (supposedly Holland is high on the list...)


Posted on: Dog Meat and Animal Rights
March 22, 2009, 09:10 PM

Wow, never seen so many comments on one topic! I didn't expect so many c-pod listeners would be offended by the picture and intro (haven't seen them, but I think I get the idea..).

I've seen a dog hanging roasted on a spit in China, and yes, it was a bit strange to see, but well, it looks a lot like a roasted pork.. And no, I wouldn't eat it, but I don't see the difference between killing and eating a pork or a cow, or a rabbit, or a donkey or whatever animal to be honest. As long as the animal doesn't have to suffer much (which unfortunately isn't the case a lot of times) it is ok with me. Don't want to offend anybody, but I do agree with the male in this lesson's diologue that we are a little hypocrite on this issue. 

We still throw little male chickens (don't know the word..hens?) into the grinding machine..

Anyway, I'm so surprised to see so many people offended by this, and especially chanelle's remark about the fur coat still puzzles me. I mean, then you would even stimulate the animal-abuse or shoot-for-nothing practices instead of stopping them.. but I think it might be the irritated feeling (the nerve hit) that made you think of it,right?

Hmm.. difficult. It is true that scaring people off is a very effective tool of getting the attention about a certain matter. Look at the pictures/lines on cigarette packs, the governmental alarm about terrorism etc. Not so nice, but effective... Even this whole discussion made a lot more listeners seriously think about animal abuse than that they would have done would there not have been the intro and the picture in the beginning...

Posted on: Pregnancy Series 3: Prenatal Checkup
February 28, 2009, 08:22 PM

Is the translation of '老婆' really 'babe'? I always thought it was just a neutral word for 'wife'.

Posted on: Lao Wang's Office 8: Trimming the Fat at the Office
February 17, 2009, 04:15 PM

yes, they forgot to fry ;-)

Posted on: Lao Wang's Office 8: Trimming the Fat at the Office
February 16, 2009, 06:04 PM

Hmm, I would like to see a new theme, cause courtroom words are not the ones we will probably use in daily life and also I think the lao wang series is long enough already.

Great that you can choose for the english subtitles!


Posted on: Health Check
February 09, 2009, 08:24 PM

great lesson! A lot of vocabulary to learn, but without them I could still get what was said in general. Motivates me more to learn the vocab than when I have to learn the vocab in order to understand the dialogue! (which I usually have to do when studying upper-intermediate lessons).

I agree that in China it is much more common to call someone fat, but I noticed that girls and women want to get slimmer as much as we in the west do. The fact that doctors/friends/family will keep calling normal to chubby people fat might lead to more and more anorexia/boulimia cases. Not so great. On the other hand, people who are a little chubby or fat might be more motivated to do something about their weight, whereas in the west they might ignore it. Hmm.. don't know what's best.