User Comments - shanghai_helios
Posted on: Goodbye to a Co-workerJanuary 07, 2013, 11:41 AM
Would a departing employee really admit not having found a job? Especially to a co-worker that is not close? I would expect that the person would say something vague like her or she was going to study, travel, or just take some time off.
Posted on: Misunderstood Taxi DestinationDecember 30, 2012, 01:48 PM
Particularly because the two roads are seperated by Suzhou Creek without a bridge, wouldn't someone taking a taxi usually say 山西北路 or 山西南路 instead of just 山西路? Or would the taxi driver ask? (or the driver could have asked 陕西北路 or 陕西南路).
Likewise, I would have expected the passager to clarify the destinaton with 南京西路 or 南京东路, instead of just 南京路.
Finally, the driver said 刷卡。 I always hear 拉卡, and a receipt is given with either cash or a 交通卡.
Posted on: No TPDecember 24, 2012, 04:18 AM
ChinesePod should do a lesson on these standard trite excuses, such as "中国人很多" and "中国是一个开发中的国家". Even if much of the country is undeveloped and poverty is widespread, these expressions tend to ignore that China has (1) huge foreign exchange reserves, (2) many wealthy people, (3) a large and educated middle class and (4) advanced technology and transportation systems.
Posted on: No TPDecember 24, 2012, 12:34 AM
bodawei , of course, if people see something available that is not normally there for free, they may steal it. But plenty of offices and public places have TP and no one steals it. People's behaviour changes. In any event, just because a country has a low GDP means that people will steal things.
Besides, China resources are not always so limited. Shanghai subways have public restrooms. Hong Kong does not.
My point is that "China having many people" is a lame and lazy excuse for many things in China, whether it is traffic, politics, getting on the subway, TP, or whatever. The key factors may be poverty or culture, but not just because there are too many people.
Posted on: No TPDecember 23, 2012, 03:11 PM
If I may say, a kind of a dated and weak excuse that is often used to justify about about anything in China.
The reason many public restrooms don't have TP is because they never had any. No one expects them to have TP. But many office buildings and public facilities now will have TP.
Posted on: Sent by the CompanyNovember 19, 2012, 01:15 AM
This lesson could have been better without the usual and easy appearance of a Chinese teacher, language school, and the party talk. A better setting could have been with a HR director describing the assignment and benefits.