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Archive for November, 2008

Financial Crisis Posted by on Nov 30, 2008

If you’re in the thick of the 金融危机 (financial crisis), you’re not alone.  The crisis is also more commonly known as the 次贷危机 (subprime loan crisis).  No matter who you are, you are likely to 受到影响 (be affected).  Large numbers of companies have either 破产 (gone bankrupt) or 倒闭 (closed shop), depending on the severity…

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Thanksgiving! Posted by on Nov 29, 2008

Last Thursday marked the holiday of 感恩节 (Thanksgiving).  American families at home and abroad sat down to hearty portions of 火鸡 (turkey), 土豆 (potatoes), 小红梅酱 (cranberry sauce), and 南瓜派 (pumpkin pie).  Thanksgiving is a 家庭团聚的节日 (holiday for family gathering).  Typically, it’s a time for people to 对家人表示感激 (express appreciation for family).  On your Thanksgiving, don’t…

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Birthday! Posted by on Nov 28, 2008

The other day marked the occasion of my 生日 (birthday).  In China, people will usually ask someone’s age by asking his or her 属相 (Chinese zodiac sign).  People’s numerical reports of their age may vary based on their 周岁 (actual age) and 虚岁(age based on Chinese zodiac).  Birthdays are accompanied by 生日卡(birthday cards),生日蛋糕 (birthday cakes),and…

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Computer Buying Part the Second Posted by on Nov 24, 2008

Aside from the decisions you’ll be making about the origin of your hardware and legality of the software, you’re going to want to know how to take a closer look at the computer. A good laptop usually comes with 2Gb of 内存 (memory/RAM), a sizable 硬盘 (hard drive).  Don’t worry too much about that though…

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Computer Buyer Primer – The Process Posted by on Nov 24, 2008

For anyone based in Beijing, locating low-cost electronic equipment is no sweat.  A quick trip to one of the many hardware/software hubs in the northwest part of the city will be met with endless hawkers, touts, and advertisements all competing for your yuan.  When you finally do get to a vendor whose prices are what…

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Election Posted by on Nov 20, 2008

Hello!  Sorry for the delayed update, there are now a bunch of posts in the hopper.  One big event since my last post was the US Presidential Election!  奥巴马 (Obama) won over 麦凯恩 (McCain) to become America’s 总统 (president), and the 民主党 (Democratic party) now outnumbers the members of the 共和党 (Republican party) in America’s…

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