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Share Seven Pony-Tailed Heads
2015-6-19 11:12
Seven Pony-Tailed Heads
This weekend is Dragon Boat Festival 。 That is a time when, after months of practice, people race a boat called 龙舟 long zhou – literally dragon boat. It occurs on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month. No surprise that it is called the Double Fifth Celebration. The boat – actually a skiff, is a long, light water craft traditionally found around Asia. A typical crew consists of 20 rowers, a steersman and one drummer to set the pace for the rowers. Come festival time the boats are deco ...
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Share We Don't Chat
2015-6-18 12:44
Thanks so much to this community for being so... communal. There are so many opportunities to meet, to chat, to become friends. One avenue apparently closed to me is Wechat. I've been trying for over a month to join. First, I had no access to the wireless world. Once I got access I downloaded a QR scanner, and then promptly scanned the code on our Wechat page. I got a whole list of... something. My friend figured out I had to install the application on my phone. That being don ...
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Share The Campus Newspaper
2015-6-16 09:37
This is a university campus; of course there is a newspaper. It comes out monthly. I’ve seen copies of it floating around and have even been given copies of it. It seems to be a nice publication: red banner headline, nice pictures, and presumably great stories. Presumably, because they are all in Chinese and I’m not that good at reading Chinese yet. However, judging by the veracity that students and faculty alike display in reading it, the stories must be good. Surely they are not jus ...
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Share Go Fly a Kite!
2015-6-14 10:01
Go Fly a Kite!
To not go out when the weather is so spectacular would be lunacy. With blue skies above and crutches tucked under my arms, I made it to the Yangtze River, relishing the time with the sun on my shoulders and the wind in my face. As I crested the staircase to the boardwalk, I couldn’t help but gasp in surprise. There, aloft, were what seemed like hundreds of kites! Multicolored and various shapes, all flying about in the sky along the river. What a sight! It seems everyone wh ...
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Share Spoonerisms solved!
2015-6-6 09:53
I hope you enjoyed my previous entry and got a good laugh out of those silly sentences. In case you were not able to decipher some/any of them, here are the answers: 1. Pleasecomefordinner:I’mcookinga potof noodles. - Credit to Dr. Bill for publishing this answer! 2. Besuretousethat table cloth. 3. Spring’sarrivalisheraldedbya green leaf. 4. ...
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Share Poking Fun at English
2015-6-4 13:32
Oh,sure!We ’veallhadgreatlaughsaboutChinglish,thoseunintentionalbutsometimeshilarioustranslationsofChineseintoEnglish. MighttherebeanopportunitytolaughatEnglish,aswell?Ithinkso. Spoonerisms,sometimescalled‘sillyspoonerisms’,arenamedafter&n ...
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Share Five Things I miss About Winter
2015-6-2 12:27
SummeriswellandtrulyhereinWuhan.AsIshowerthestickinessofthedayoff,Ithink:whatdoImissthemostabout winter? 1. Nobugs.Nocreepies,nocrawliesandnomozziesthat bite,inearlymorningorlateatnight. 2. Nodust.Wel ...
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Share In Time for Children's Day
2015-5-31 21:39
He shows up at my door, tall and reed-thin, pale and disheveled. In spite of his piercings and his Mohawk he has the potential for handsomeness beneath all the road grime. His scant belongings all fit into a duffel bag, and it is not even 3/4 full. He hails from distant parts and will stay for one week or so, and then take off again for some random destination. He is gaunt from lack of food and weary from his travels. His very being exudes a tiredness of life. He eats as much as his sto ...
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Share Paradox
2015-5-28 12:30
I often daydream about being a tour guide to friends and family who might visit China for the first time. I know where I would take them. I’ve studied some of the more significant history attached to all of the tourist spots I know so that I can impress them with the depth of Chinese history and culture. Or maybe the depth of my knowledge… but I think it is more the former. I don’t like to show off, you know. Invariably I wonder how they would see China: as a progressiv ...
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Share In My Lifetime
2015-5-26 13:51
I must have a ponderous mindset this week. I think it is due, in part, to a conversation I was having via email with a friend. Among other things, he maintains that feminists have really messed up things for inter-gender relationships. Nowadays women don’t want protecting, he says. And then there are those who bristle at car doors being opened for them, meals being bought for them, other small courtesies paid to women exclusively based on their gender. His most inflammatory remark may ...
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  • The 'Face' Effect 2017-3-29 08:28

    HailChina!: Truth.
    In Australia that would be strewth (mate).

  • What is Rude? 2017-3-27 15:57

    oh dear . I whoheatedly agree with you . I am very tired of uncivilized acts like this . I have seen a video which was filmed by a british man who was hit by a car , he was standing on the sidewalk and a drove into him , he requested him to aologized and the driver refused and said : this is china !!! the act was widely condemned by chinese netizens !!

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