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Posted on: Foreign Father Loses His Cool
July 02, 2013, 05:48 PM

This is exactly my situation at this moment. Mother-in-law is currently shutting all the windows. More of these please, Chinesepod :)

Posted on: The Life of a Programmer 2: The Work Piles Up
April 19, 2013, 09:36 AM

Check out the Task I uploaded for this lesson! Download

Posted on: Translation Tools
May 21, 2012, 12:38 PM

A small thing I like to do is add keywords to my browser (usually Firefox) to quick search sites like e.g.

1. Add to bookmarks, then in the bookmarks:

2. Add "" as's "location"

3. Add as a keyword "nc" (or whatever you prefer)

4. Now you can, in the address bar of the browser search like so:

nc 受

this will then go to

more info here: You can do the same in Chrome. Other sites can be set up in a similar way. Super convenient searching :)

Posted on: Wheelchair Access to the Great Wall
March 11, 2012, 03:52 PM

A few years ago I went to 黄花城 (yellow flower great wall). Definitely no disabled access had  only just started being restored and was deserted. Fabulous!

Posted on: Chinese Kung Fu
November 06, 2011, 01:42 AM

Actually, I don't know if it's in book form. For other 武侠 you could try 三國演義 (Romance of the 3 Kingdoms) - I have it in 2 volumes and it's excellent, apart from the Wade Giles system of translation! I also just found this website: wu xia wiki which may have some good tips :)

Posted on: Chinese Kung Fu
November 01, 2011, 01:43 PM

I've always liked 黄飞鸿 (Once Upon A Time in China) with 李连杰, which has a wonderfully rammed home moral regarding Chinese martial arts vs. modern foreign powers. Also, while it isn't Chinese, Eiji Yoshikawa's Musashi is a good read concerning the (fictionalised) life of legendary Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi

Posted on: Favorite Sports
October 25, 2011, 09:22 PM

我最喜欢攀岩。(wǒ zuì xǐhuan pānyán)

Is rock climbing big in China? Are indoor climbing centres becoming popular?

Posted on: Fun at the Beach
October 11, 2010, 08:11 AM

既然英国人很爱晒黑,但是怕cancer,她们用tanning salon/tanning beds。“tanning salon"中文怎么说?她们也用"spray on tan" .这个怎么说? (actually, tanning salons have been found to cause skin cancer - there are incidents of very young girls with skin cancers caused by using tanning beds. Spray-on tans seem to be safer but leave you looking orange! Lots and lots of really orange girls walking around London!)

Posted on: Night Cat
May 24, 2010, 10:25 PM

打瞌睡 is to doze off. "周么叫我”意思一样吗?我在这儿看: Also off topic, what is the best way to do quotation marks in Chinese? “” or《》?

Posted on: Beards Are for Old Men
May 20, 2010, 08:10 PM

Apparently the Japanese authorities don't care for beards either: