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Archive for March, 2009

Wuhan Adventures Posted by on Mar 31, 2009

The other weekend I got back from 武汉 (Wuhan), where I was giving a 演讲 (speech).  Some pretty memorable things happened there.  I went with my host to a  偏远的农村 (very rural village), which was where he grew up before leaving to attend high school.  We dined on 农家菜 (countryside food) such as meatballs and…

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Money Posted by on Mar 30, 2009

It’s just about time to 交税 (pay taxes) to the 税务局 (tax bureau).  Hopefully nobody went over their 预算 (budget) for this year and were able to be a little bit 节约 (economical) rather than 贪钱 (greedy).  Hopefully you were able to 存钱 (deposit money) into your account and have it noted on your 存折…

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Great Wall Posted by on Mar 29, 2009

The other day, I went hiking on the great wall with my landlord and a friend.  We took a 公交车 (public bus) to Huairou County, where we proceeded to 爬长城 (climb the Great Wall).  There were a lot of places where it would be very easy to 摔 (slip), and the hills could be quite…

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Nutrition Posted by on Mar 28, 2009

No matter where you are, 营养 (nutrition) is key.  It can be the deciding factor in lowering your 胆固醇 (cholesterol) and preventing further buildup in your 血管 (blood vessels).  Although there are people in the states who outright condemn 碳水化合物 (carbohydrates), there are plenty of places in the world where they’re the staple of the…

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Fitness part 2 Posted by on Mar 27, 2009

When you’re in the gym, what’s next?  Are you just going to hop in the 更衣室 (locker room), put your business suit into an 衣柜 (locker), change into some 运动服 (workout clothes), and go to the track and 跑几圈 (run some laps) and call it a day?  Or are you going to step up, load…

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Fitness in China Posted by on Mar 26, 2009

If you’re in China, eventually you’re going to have to get yourself to a 健身房 (gym).  A major fad in China right now is to find the quickest way to 减肥 (trim fat).  A gym is a good place for you to 锻炼 (exercise) under the guidance of a 教练 (coach) while having access to…

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Classrooms in China pt 1 Posted by on Mar 25, 2009

When you’re in the 教室 (classroom),you’ll need your basics like your 铅笔 (pencil), 笔 (pen), and 笔记本 (notebook), all set out on your 桌子 (desk).  The 老师 (teacher) will write something on the 黑板 (blackboard) using a piece of 粉笔 (chalk) likely instructing you which pages in your 课本 (textbook) you’ll need.  If you’re sharing…

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