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Posted on: The Popular Decline of Calligraphy
May 11, 2012, 05:00 AM

today's topic is great

Posted on: Visiting the Aquarium
May 10, 2012, 01:05 PM

really? if so, I think this should have been briefly mentioned in the podcast. It only would have taken about 15-20 seconds to make it clear. I've actually used to word 水族馆 while pointing at small aquariums in restaurants and got the feeling that it wasn't the appropriate word

Posted on: Visiting the Aquarium
May 10, 2012, 06:10 AM

okay, and just one more question.

Is 水族馆 also the word used to say a small aquarium in someone's bedroom? So, if I have a little aquarium in my bedroom with 3/4 fish in it, is that also called a 水族馆 ?

Posted on: 上海法租界
May 08, 2012, 04:44 AM

what does this mean 法国梧桐 ?

Posted on: A Short Haircut
May 03, 2012, 02:31 PM

How do we say "The girl bought a razor and shaved her legs", in Chinese?

Posted on: Controversial Wartime Martyrs
May 02, 2012, 08:02 AM

I think the last one is lei2 feng1

Posted on: Turn It Down, Please
May 01, 2012, 06:05 AM

I partly agree with what Mark said, except I think that sometimes it's even improper to add the 儿 . Sometimes Beijing locals say that the 儿 is necessary for some words , but I think it's mostly just dialectical and perhaps even improper at times. Also, it's not just Beijing locals that do this; lots of other northern Chinese people do it as well.

Along with this, Beijingers also do another thing that's not right: the "v" sound. For words like 玩, which they are guaranteed to say 玩儿,they pronounce it "vár" instead of "wár" . There isn't even a "v" sound in standard Mandarin. So they're basically speaking their local dialect that's mutually intelligible with Mandarin speakers. There's a common misconception that Beijing dialect is Mandarin, but this isn't true. Beijing has it's own dialect which is different than standard Mandarin

Posted on: Where Do You Work?
April 29, 2012, 12:58 PM

speaking of rating lessons, I think it would be a good idea for the Chinesepod hosts/teachers to encourage listeners to rate lessons. I don't recall any of the hosts ever mentioning rating the lessons

Posted on: A Much-Needed Discussion of 需要 and 要
April 28, 2012, 02:58 PM

this Qingwen was cool...but it was sort of simple though. I think  the English definitions of 需要,要, and 不用 are pretty straightforward. 

I still enjoyed listening to ya'll~~ 

Posted on: Where Do You Work?
April 24, 2012, 08:38 AM

nevermind this person, Jenny. You guys are awesome, and I thought this particular lesson was cool