User Comments - taiwanshaun
Posted on: New Employee in the OfficeMarch 16, 2011, 08:45 PM
I don't know if I'd agree. It seems like there are always more opportunities for listening comprehension (that's pretty much the whole point of the dialogue as well as the full lesson itself), so I appreciate having the opportunity to be able to attempt to convert a sentence from English to Chinese on the fly.
While I'd agree in theory that yes, ideally, the ultimate goal is to get "thinking in Chinese", realistically speaking, most people just aren't at that level yet, so I think going from English to Chinese is at least a stepping stone in that direction.
Posted on: Attitudes toward ReligionFebruary 23, 2011, 10:08 AM
Re-reading the entire topic, I realize the first sentence was an error.
Specifically directed at:
"Well, personally, I hope that ANY of the organised religions would stay OUT of china as much as possible. I hope the government would keep its ban on foreigners missionaries acting their spell on Chinese. They do not need to be saved, their system is working just fine - organised religion will only take this country apart."
Posted on: Attitudes toward ReligionJanuary 24, 2011, 07:21 AM
(sigh) Anything even distantly related to religion really brings'em out of the woodwork...
Allow me to quickly refute a couple of points:
If you allow the government control over something as intangible and nebulous as people's personal beliefs systems, you are effectively giving them the green light to start to expand their control over anything else that they deem to be culturally or morally unhealthy. By giving them the legal authority, this sets a precedent. Furthermore, I don't understand your reasoning that organized religion does indeed cause some kind of "national instability", why hasn't all of Europe been affected by this(please don't point to the medieval inquisitions or I'm going to facepalm)
2. Organized religion vs spirituality
Organized religion, like any social group, has been directly or indirectly responsible for great good and great evil throughout the world. Frankly, whether a person chooses to pursue their faith in a church, or in their home is a decision for them to make alone.
3. Keeping foreign missionaries out of China
When I read this, your tone made it sound like it should be reworded to: "Keep Christian missionaries out of China", or am I wrong in that regard? What exactly will this accomplish? I would like to think that the people of China are developed and mature enough to make up their own minds when encountering new ideas.
Finally, can we *please* for god/buddhas/galima's sake try to keep the snobbish pro/anti-religion opinions to a minimum? The discussion board in a lesson is meant to openly discuss questions related to the lesson and chinese culture, not a place to peddle your personal agenda.
Posted on: Fire in the Hallway!January 14, 2010, 09:46 PM
Most of the time, a sign is written in other languages as an act of consideration for foreigners. As long as the meaning is clear, awkward language is relatively unimportant. Be appreciative that they took the time to translate them at all.