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Posted on: How Often Do You Workout?
August 07, 2016, 01:50 PM

Cultural question: I noticed when I lived in China (many years back now) that Chinese seem less into going to the gym/working out than Americans and more focused on diet (to stay healthy, lose weight, etc). Do you find this to be true and is this changing more recently? 

Posted on: Putting Documents on the Cloud
June 03, 2014, 07:10 PM

I miss the old intro music as well. :)

Posted on: College Kid Expenses
August 27, 2013, 02:33 AM

A very timely lesson :)

Posted on: Have you bought your Shanghai Expo ticket?
March 24, 2010, 06:42 PM

What did Jenny say after "they are highly sought after" at 4:46 in the dialogue? 什么意思

Posted on: A Cell Phone Ad on TV
February 12, 2010, 06:00 AM

yeah, it'd be interesting to see some statistics about how many people in China use mobile phones as a primary internet access tool, outside of going to the 网吧. In particular, differences between urban and rural populations. But it seems that so many phones are either refurbished or 假的, reliable statistics are probably hard to come by.

Posted on: A Cell Phone Ad on TV
February 12, 2010, 04:46 AM

I've a somewhat ignorant question: anecdotally speaking, how widespread/pervasive are phones with internet/上网 functionality in China? Do pay as you go type phones, which many people in China seem to use, have smart phone capabilities?

Posted on: Fire in the Hallway!
January 14, 2010, 07:41 AM

我现在有别的问题: "行"是不是及物动词吗?

Posted on: Fire in the Hallway!
January 14, 2010, 06:41 AM


Posted on: Fire in the Hallway!
January 14, 2010, 06:35 AM

Hi there,

I'm a little confused about the purpose of your question. You asked why there's a difference in decomposing 行人 and 人行道. So are you wondering if there's some general rule about forming compound nouns (there's probably a better phrase for this)? As opposed to something you just have to memorize?

I'm a novice so this more than likely wrong. But if pedestrian were ren2xing2 noun + verb, wouldn't you need an object? ren2xing2dao4 makes sense to me because it's noun+verb+noun, a verb phrase + noun as @crystal_counselor put it: "people walk on road". With xing2ren2 the xing2 is describing ren, like "walking people", as opposed to "people walk". Sorry, I probably butchered that.

Posted on: Fire in the Hallway!
January 13, 2010, 08:33 AM