User Comments - holothurian

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Posted on: A Trip to Nanjing
May 06, 2011, 02:03 AM

I find that if you spark a conversation with Shanghainese taxi drivers, they are generally pretty cool, and definitely have something funny to say. The Shopkeepers of shops I frequent in China lose their indifference pretty fast, and become friendly, in allot of cases going way out of the way to help if you need something.

There is a correlation between big town and small town differences in interaction in just about any culture. In China both classes of town are just bigger, hehe.

Posted on: Snoring Again
April 17, 2011, 12:58 AM

The shui zhe answered a question I didn't know I had. I always just say wo shui jiao le when I wish to convey I'm sleeping. thanks.

Posted on: 日本核危机
March 31, 2011, 01:25 PM

I see this at work allot, speaking mandarin amongst my co-workers, some being Shanghainese. Speaking to each other, the Shanghainese have an accent heavily influenced by the Shanghai dialect. If I join the conversation, they mimic the standard accent and slow down. (if I'm lucky). Americans and Englishmen do this at home as well, when mixed with people from other parts of their countries, or non-native speakers.

Posted on: The 着 (zhe) Chronicles: Verbs as States
January 01, 2011, 06:26 AM

Even if every facet of 了 is perfectly explained, it really comes down to listening and practice, it will come naturally.

Posted on: Band Practice
November 15, 2010, 03:47 AM

Thanks Cpod, I don't yet venture into Upper Intermediate much, but I play in a band in Shanghai and our drummer generally only speaks Chinese to me. This should help me  to not ask him to repeat so much, hehe

Posted on: An Introduction to Chengyu
October 20, 2010, 12:51 AM

hehe, It seemed that there must be a story behind it. Make sure you wiggle your way on camera

Posted on: An Introduction to Chengyu
October 18, 2010, 10:26 AM

@ Kang_jie 开门见山 is definitely easy to remember, good one.

Posted on: An Introduction to Chengyu
October 18, 2010, 10:12 AM

Hey Bodawei,

The curiosity about why TV stations as a subject are included almost forces me to ask why?

Posted on: An Introduction to Chengyu
October 18, 2010, 10:06 AM

For me, the flash cards are something I use on the phone or ipod during those 5 minute breaks like a short car, subway, bus ride. Or sometimes waiting for a meeting to start, whenever I have a minute. Then for the ones that stump me I go back and review the lesson they came from. Boring, I agree, but useful in my case at least. I have 1000 on my phone and Ipod, and it has helped expand my vocabulary.

Posted on: An Introduction to Chengyu
October 16, 2010, 03:57 AM

Also, it's great that in the dialogue you made them save-able as vocabulary, please do some more, a great addition to the flash card pile!