User Comments - Julesong

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Posted on: Chinese Green Eggs and Ham
March 02, 2008, 05:10 PM

I love it! I'm at my mom's over the weekend, and I told her Happy Birthday in Mandarin. :) And now to get the good doctor in Mandarin, too! Thank you!!! I would love it if you did more Dr. Suess equivalent... perhaps Horton Hears a Who? :)

Posted on: You're late again!
March 01, 2008, 03:57 AM

The PDF of this lesson would be greatly appreciated! :)

Posted on: Ordering Xiaolongbao
February 28, 2008, 07:25 AM

Thanks, Clay. :)

Posted on: Do you have vegetables?
February 27, 2008, 09:49 PM

Now we're getting to a topic close to my heart. :) Cooking! My favorite vegetable is gai lan (often known as Chinese broccoli in the states), and I'd like to know how to pronounce that correctly. Various veggies in black bean sauce is another favorite. Perhaps we can have a Newbie/Elementary lesson on sauces and condiments?

Posted on: Going on a Diet
February 27, 2008, 09:25 PM

Would it be possible to get a lesson about weight done for Newbie/Elementary level? I'm going to China next year, and while I plan on losing all the weight I can before going I expect that I will still be considerably larger than most women there. The "too fat" dialogue is simply not enough (and rather off-putting), and this lesson is intermediate. :(

Posted on: Ordering Xiaolongbao
February 27, 2008, 09:06 PM

Can we get a Newbie/Elementary lesson for the bakery? The different kinds of bun fillings, and so on? My favorite filling is red bean for snacking, or BBQ for a meal, but there are custard buns and pineapple buns, and and and and... :) It would be really nice to have a lesson on the different kinds and how to say them!

Posted on: Chinese Wedding Customs
February 24, 2008, 07:56 AM

This is the first time I'd heard that the lessons above elementary aren't given to us in the PDFs as pinyin. Oh my. Panic sets in... (luckily, I'm still a long way from needing those PDFS)... "It wasn't hard, just extremely laborious. Don't anyone even dare gripe about the format, pinyin it yourself! ;p" Glad to see the smiley at the end of that. :) However, unfortunately making it into pinyin to those who can't read the characters is, well, impossible. (Unless there's a free pinyin conversion program online someone can direct us to.) After all, the focus of the podcast is on spoken Mandarin. Giving pinyan seems a good compromise, considering the podcast's established and oft-stated focus. (And I was directed to this lesson for a completely different purpose, but yes, had to read through the entire discussion...) ;)

Posted on: Thirsty for Water
February 22, 2008, 06:36 PM

Thank you thank you thank thank you so much for covering this! I'm preparing to go to a dinner with Mandarin speaking folks and cannot drink alcohol, and I so needed to know about water. :)

Posted on: Requesting a Glass of Water
February 22, 2008, 03:46 PM

As someone who cannot drink alcohol, this lesson is especially important - thank you so much! Is bottled water usually available? And how would you request it?

Posted on: Cold Beer
February 22, 2008, 03:53 AM

MLowe talked about brewing up above - thank you! :) While I can't drink alcohol, my husband brews beer, wine, cider, you name it. Our garage is a brewery. *chuckle* I was quite pleased to be able to come home and tell him all my new beer words today! Since microbrewery is so big in the US, could we have a podcast about it? That way some of the terms others have asked about (Ale, Lager, Porter, Stout, Bock, Barley Wine - and others like wines and cider) could be covered. It would be much appreciated!