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Posted on: 5000 Years of History
May 06, 2011, 03:23 AM

//australia has 70000 years of history//

depends on your definition of history

if we are talking about written records, there's very little before 1770

if we are talking about events themselves, including those unrecorded, then the statement becomes rather meaningless

The world has about 5 billion years of "history"
Life on Earth has about 3.5 billions years of "history"

Posted on: 5000 Years of History
May 06, 2011, 01:37 AM

This expression is a bit interesting: 真的假的

Posted on: Adventures in Newbieland
May 05, 2011, 07:42 AM

I've shared the Pinyin Program files with a number of friends

Great resource!

Posted on: A Visit to the In-laws
December 30, 2010, 11:52 PM

I think it's rather mean spirited to criticize someone's English when it is obviously not their first language and they are making their best effort to use it properly.

I'll tell you what I have no patience for, and that is people who are native English speakers and they still mangle the language. If a person only speaks one language and still can't manage to be articulate in it then that is a matter of concern, I should think

Posted on: A Visit to the In-laws
December 30, 2010, 11:46 PM

sorry if I seem to be harping on about this

but I've been wondering for quite a while why some people write a romanized chinese that seems to differ from standard pinyin

I see people write Kong, when to me it sounds like Gong

and they write Tang when it sounds like Dang

and they write Pa when it sounds like Ba

what is going on here? am I missing something?

Posted on: A Visit to the In-laws
December 27, 2010, 10:15 PM

just wondering

wouldn't 'ba' be a more accurate pinyin representation of 爸?

Posted on: Skincare: Moisturizing Cream
December 13, 2010, 12:10 AM

and 肤 are both useful words to know, but hand cream and face cream are not topics I can remember discussing in any language.

Posted on: This Needs to be Dry Cleaned
December 13, 2010, 12:02 AM

i can still remember my laundromat days.

lugging clothes back and forth was good exercise

and I used to catch up on a lot of reading there, too

Posted on: Talking Numbers
June 09, 2010, 12:56 AM

I used a number of resources for studying Cantonese, but my favourite ones were written by Betty Hung and published by the Greenwood Press

Posted on: Talking Numbers
June 07, 2010, 10:36 AM

I see

I never liked Cantonese romanizations that use numbers to indicate tones

it looks messier and more complicated that way.

I'll go with Yale every time