User Comments - siyi
Posted on: Shopping in ChinaMay 29, 2011, 06:25 PM
In 1975, I shopped at the 友谊商店 in Beijing. The clerk asked me which national minority I was, as I spoke Mandarin, was dressed in a blue padded jacket I had bought to ward off the Beijing March cold, hair in braids, but blue eyes!!
Posted on: One-Way Street ScuffleNovember 12, 2010, 01:49 AM
Does 车让人mean car yields or is yeilded to?
And what the heck can 车让车 mean?
Posted on: One-Way Street ScuffleNovember 12, 2010, 01:29 AM
Is there a difference of tense or meaning between
Posted on: A Stroll through the HutongsOctober 01, 2010, 07:00 PM
I just returned from 3 weeks speaking French, which I learned when I was a kid in school. Every time I opened my mouth to speak, Chinese jumped into my brain, turning me into a stumbling idiot. I kept switching pronouns, saying ta 他 intead of tu/you, and ni 你 instead of nous/we, leaving whoever I was talking with mystified.
Nice to get this lesson today. I understood the dialogue easily and naturally on the first reading. Feels great after weeks of struggling to understand.
You've stirred memory of the Beijing hutongs in 1975 and again in 2006 when I went to see the former home of my language partners family who were moved to a tower apartment near the 4th ring road. I did not rent a 三论车， but did visit a six squatter.
Posted on: Smelly CheeseJuly 29, 2010, 01:10 AM
In Yunnan we ate a fried goat cheese made by the Bai people of Dali. It is called 乳饼 rǔbǐng.
It's Bai name is youdbap, meaning goat's milk.
It is made by mixing heated goat's milk and a souring agent, traditionally a mixture called năiténg (奶藤; lit. 'milk cane') made from a cultivated vine.It is often served pan fried, and dipped in salt, sugar, or mala powder. It may also be stir fried with vegetables in place of tofu. Much like paneer or queso blanco it is an unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer cheese, but with the aroma of fresh goat's milk.
Thinking of Yunnan, a wonderful part of China,
Posted on: Female takeover of ChinesePod!March 23, 2010, 06:28 PM
Will the grammar guide be available to non-premium, basic subscribers?
I enjoyed meeting with Jenny and seeing the home of CPod on a beautiful October day last year.
Your fellow female language geek,
Posted on: Saying Goodbye at the AirportMarch 01, 2010, 07:40 PM
I think of 平安 as smooth, 一路平安，as an even flat, calm road for your journey, without mishaps...no potholes!
Posted on: Red Chinese MusicNovember 23, 2011, 12:57 AM
I was hoping in this lesson to hear songs from when I was in China in 1975.
There is great persistance of vocabulary memory through songs.
I can still sing parts of these favorites:
Cartoon version: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTk1OTA4Mjg=.html
Rock and Roll version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOrgBW_ETgQ
东方红 DongFangHong The East is Red