Since I’ve been in China for 28 years, and speak Chinese reasonably well, I am often asked 2 questions (by foreigners), neither of which have easy answers. One is “are you fluent?” My response is usually “fluent enough to get myself into and out of trouble.” The second question is even harder: “how long did […]
I’ve decided to blog around a theme this week, namely the Chinese language and language learning. Each day there will be a new post related to that theme. At the same time I am launching a subscription drive, complete with a “lucky draw.” New subscribers and/or those who recommend new subscribers will be entered to […]
With the end of the semester upon us, I know there are thousands out there who are completing a course of Chinese language learning. Maybe it was a semester; maybe a year; maybe two years. It doesn’t matter. The hard slog is nearing an end ( or perhaps already over for you), and you’re ready […]
I spotted this sign in Shanghai and of course did a double-take. They speak English on Mars? I’ve heard of American English and British English, but Mars English??? Who knew?
I spotted this sign on a public toilet in a park in Xining, Qinghai Province this weekend: I have no idea what an “atomized bobbling system” is, and I’m not even sure I want to know!
During our two days here in the town of Yibin, we have been trying to solve a couple of things that have been puzzling us about the life and work if Esther Nelson. The first is….what was her Chinese name? Everywhere we go, people have been asking us what her Chinese name was, and unfortunately, […]