User Comments - maxiewawa

Profile picture


Posted on: Chinatomy: Iconic Tunes and Hairy Crabs
November 01, 2008, 05:28 AM

What's the name of the Eye Exercise Tune? The 眼保健操歌?I'm trying to find a recording.

Posted on: Prescription Drugs and Overseas Chinese
September 09, 2008, 09:19 AM


That's the whole issue! What is "Chinese"?

I'm born to mixed parents overseas, I always take exception when people call me Chinese.

I don't mind so much when people make the observation that I look Chinese, or that I have a considerable advantage when learning Chinese, but when people imply that I should be welcoming them to the Olympics, or should hold certain political views, or that I should understand the PRC better because of my genetics, I get a bit annoyed.

Whenever someone pulls the "we're all Chinese" card on me it ticks me off a bit.

Posted on: Chinglish in Reverse and University Culture
August 25, 2008, 11:06 AM


Here's an interesting dialogue. The situation: I walk into a restaurant toilet. There is only one cubicle, and a Guy 1 is waiting.

Guy 1:朋友,你快好了没有?(Friend, can you hurry up?)
Guy 2: 对不起,我拉肚子了,等一下!(I’m sorry, I have diarrhea, just a moment!)

They certainly don't mind mentioning 拉肚子 here!

Posted on: The More Than One Child Policy and Taking Trains
August 12, 2008, 08:00 AM

I have quite a few pairs of twins that I teach; this is the natural way to beat the one child policy~!

Posted on: How many people are in your family?
August 08, 2008, 04:46 AM


Posted on: Microsoft
July 28, 2008, 08:54 AM

I have a Chinese speaking friend on MSN who always greets me with 你来了 when my little avatar pops up. I always respond with 还没有 as a joke.

The first time I did it I convinced him that I hadn't actually 来了 and that he was having a conversation with a computer program that I had written that was designed to simulate the reactions that a real person might make. He always maintains that he was just playing along though.

Posted on: Taxi Small Talk
July 25, 2008, 01:44 PM

You might even try "wilkommen!"

Posted on: Aussie Rules
July 21, 2008, 06:58 AM


Congratulations to 粘土老师 for his debut as host.

Posted on: Pollution and Hot Drinks
July 06, 2008, 02:51 AM

What do Australians get for Chinesepod's Australian month? Is there a plan for Australian year any time soon? How about

Posted on: Regional Accents Part II
May 26, 2008, 10:19 AM

I'm from Australia, one of the farthest flung outposts of the english ln the world, so I admit that I am a little biased when I say that there is no "correct" accent in any language. I think that it's a myth perpetuated by midwest americans, beijingers, tokyoites, and parisians; that their accent is "correct" and that others should speak like them. It was mentioned that Jenny's accent isn't "correct"... I was mildly offended by that... To say that Jenny's accent marks her as Shanghainese, I'd say "of course", but to say that there's something wrong with that, I'd say "of course not". Do others feel the same?