User Comments - linfeng2008
Posted on: Funny RiceMay 26, 2009, 04:23 AM
Thanks so much for this lesson. It has proven to be a lot of fun. I like the simple songs too, but These jokes do a much better job of allowing me to gain face than my poor singing.
Posted on: Learning the Lei Feng SongDecember 18, 2008, 02:29 AM
I can remember witnessing Lei Feng Day. Initially I was skeptical, but can't we all learn from the message just the same? I wondered about his existence too. But then again, I have my children believing in Santa Claus and that he only brings presents to good little boys and girls.
Great cultural lesson just the same. My classroom in Canada now has the slogan in Chinese caligraphy, "Learn from Comrade Lin Feng!"
Sadly, nobody gets it.
Posted on: Military TrainingOctober 26, 2008, 06:00 AM
Although the clip was completly above my level, I really appreciated being given some words to listen for. I tried to listen for them in context and so it was good practice. I also liked the way it was repeated with more pictures. This was another fun way to learn even though it was above my level. But this is not too different from how it would be if I were living in China again.
Posted on: At the Hair SalonSeptember 05, 2008, 03:46 AM
I love it! ChinesePod really does make learning Mandarin fun and convenient. How I wish this all existed 12 years ago. And aaaaaah, what I would do for another 45 minute hair wash on a Friday night for 15 kuai.
Posted on: SeoulJune 04, 2008, 04:13 AM
Yeah. I don't want to come across as critical, but the matching exercise did not challenge me to think. They are not mixed up. I feel so clever for discovering this too.
Posted on: Do you have...?April 14, 2008, 02:33 PM
This lesson reminded me of a post office experience I had in the spring of 1995. Here in Canada it is common for people to go to the post office and buy a whole sheet of stamps (10, 25 or more stamps at a time). This is for the convenience of putting stamps on letters whenever you have one so that the letter can be put in the mail box on the way to work or someplace. Apparently this was not common practice in China at the time. When I asked for some stamps, the lady gave me 2. When I asked for some more, she gave me a strange look and gave me one more (she could see that I did not have mor than 2 letters to mail at the time). I politly explained that I wanted many stamps and shre replied with, "Mei you." Not understanding what her thinking was, I raised my voice and said, "What do you mean? This is a post office! You have stamps!" I was so annoyed that I licked the stamps she gave me right in front of her and put them on the envelopes (I had been told that this is one thing that Chinese find gross. In Post offices there are glue bottles to be used for sticking on stamps). Today I understand more about the culture shock I was experiencing.
Posted on: Chinese New Year!February 08, 2008, 02:01 PM
In 1995 it was the noisiest 24 hours I have ever experienced. In my small village of 1.5 million people in southern China, there was never even an instant of silence from all the firecrackers. It seemed that fireworks could be bought anywhere and they were so cheap compared to Canada. Our fun ended when a "roman candle" back fired into my mouth. Be careful!
Posted on: Choosing a Chinese Name and SafetyJanuary 22, 2008, 01:17 PM
Powerfuldragon, I had fun with English names too. Since the school I was in was just opening in 1996 and the small village of 1.5 million people had never even seen a foreigner (never mind have an English name) I had the pleasure of naming most of the elementary students. I honored all of my friends and relatives by naming somebody after them. After that I had to resort to movie stars and character names from TV shows. Today, it appears that most of them have changed their English names to something they personally like better. :(