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Archive for December, 2009

Hong Kong Posted by on Dec 30, 2009

After leaving 伦敦 I had to spend some time in Hong Kong.  Having never spent time at 兰桂坊 (Lan Kwai Fong, an area similar to Beijing’s 三里屯 [Sanlitun] district), I went with some friends to investigate.  There I met an American 本地人 (local) who had moved to Hong Kong when he was a toddler, as…

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Christmas at the Airport Posted by on Dec 25, 2009

Today I was at the London 机场 (airport) on my way back out to China.  When I went into downtown London, it was truly a scene of 人烟稀少 (barely having a trace of human activity).  I saw a 旅行团 (tour group) including people from 山东 (Shandong province in China).  While going to Big Ben in…

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Shipping Woes Posted by on Dec 23, 2009

When ordering 包裹 (packages) purchased online, there is almost always a way to get a 单号 (tracking number) which you can 查询 (look up) online to track the progress of your package.  However, you may sometimes encounter some 差异 (discrepancies/differences) between the information on record and the real-time data.  Worst of all, some large companies…

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China’s National Soccer Team Posted by on Dec 20, 2009

In my previous post, I talked about my experience attending an NFL game.  A great way to understand the people of a country is to understand its sports.  For China, a large headache is the organization jokingly referred to as 国猪 (national pig), which is short for 国足(the national soccer team)- the 中国国家足球队 ([official name…

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A Real NFL Game Posted by on Dec 15, 2009

The other day I attended a live 橄榄球 (American football) game with family and a friend.  As we approached the 运动场 (stadium) sponsored by a company which manufactures 剃须刀 (razors), we observed large numbers of  球迷 (sports fans) preparing their 烧烤 (barbecues).  The idea of eating meat before watching a gladiatorial match made me wonder…

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Words I Never Thought I’d Understand the First Time I Heard Them Posted by on Dec 13, 2009

Below is a list of words that I never thought I’d end up hearing or speaking. 摩丝码 – (mo2si1ma3) – morse code.  I would not have understood this word if it were not for the context.  Understanding 码 as “code” when it is connected to other words can be very helpful.  If someone has a…

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H1N1 Vaccine Posted by on Dec 9, 2009

Hi All, Since returning to my hometown in Massachusetts, I have encountered some situations that would be very unlikely to occur in China.  The other day I went to get the H1N1 疫苗 (vaccine) in order to 预防 (prevent) the spread of the virus.  The vaccine was being distributed for free as part of a…

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