I am conducting a survey about English l

I am conducting a survey about English learning. Please take a moment to visit the link and please share with your friends. Thanks! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KPK2RYL


你好! just got back from nearly a year of living in kaifeng (开封) china. i have so much to catch everyone up with! ttfn!

你好! just got back from nearly a year of living in kaifeng (开封) china. i have so much to catch everyone up with!  ttfn!

Are they like us?


Well, this is my last post on this page for a little. I begin my journey to Kaifeng, China at 430am EST, so I will be off the grid for a few weeks.

As I am about to embark on college life in another country on the other side of the world, that has a different political system and value system then us; I wonder: are Chinese college students like us?

I stumbled on to this page today and realized that yuppers they sure are….lol








More Pics here: China Porky’s: Chinese Students Revenge, 110 pics – china-underground.com.

The Lastest Invation into North Korea? K-pop!

According to the website donga.com  The K-pop Wave that has been sweeping
Europe and all of Asia has jumped the fence into North Korea.

Can this be the diplomatic event that could
bring the peninsula back together? I don’t know but I am happy to watch them
try….for hours and hours…

Heres the scoop:

South Korean pop music, or K-pop, has reportedly
started to gain popularity in North Korea.Despite a stern crackdown by the North’s security authorities, many people in
the North led by the children of high-income families are learning the latest
South Koreanfolk songs and dance, news reports say.Introducing this trend, the U.S.-based Radio Free Asia said Tuesday, “Names
of South Korean dance groups, such as Girls’ Generation’ and Big Bang are no
longer unheard of in North Korea.”

A Chinese trader who frequently visits North Korea told the broadcaster,
“South Korean dance fever is sweeping young people in Pyongyang,” adding, “A
homemaker of a well-heeled family asked me to get a Girls’ Generation CD to her

The Radio Free Asia report said dance is so popular among children of the
North`s rich and powerful in their teens and 20s living around Pyongyang’s
Junggu or Daedong River districts. Rumors also suggest that “those who cannot
dance disco cannot play with other children.”

Private lessons for dance have gotten popular, and tutors even teach dance
and singing at homes and exercise rooms for 20 U.S. dollars per month.

The trader said, “These days, homemakers of rich households don`t tell their
children to learn the accordion or another instrument, and are more interested
in teaching modern dance entailing both dance and singing.”

The children of senior North Korean officials who attend prestigious schools
such as Kim Il Sung University and Pyongyang Commercial University are enjoying
South Korean and Western music by dodging the relatively loose crackdown on
them, he said.

“Hallyu,” or the Korean Wave of South Korean pop culture, has been repeatedly
confirmed by North Korean defectors. With more South Korean dramas and music CDs
flowing into the North via the North Korea-China border, chances are high that
famous South Korean singers, including girl groups, will enjoy increased
visibility, experts say.

An official at Hanawon, a state-run training center assisting North Korean
defectors to settle in the South, said, “Many North Korean students really like
South Korean songs and dance, and they easily follow South Korea’s singing and
dancing,” adding, “Dance performances staged in the trainees’ completion
ceremony at Hanawon is just as impressive as performances by South Korean
singers or students.”

North Korean authorities are stepping up their crackdown on hallyu, with one
saying, “The inflow of external trends, including the Korean Wave, should be

Pyongyang apparently believes that external winds of this nature could pose a
stumbling block to consolidating the structure of power succession for heir
apparent Kim Jong Un.

In a visit to Shinuiju early last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il
reportedly criticized his country`s fashion and social disorder by saying,
“North Pyongan Province has become a dance hall of capitalism.” He then ordered
a stronger crackdown.

青岛 Qingdao Invites You to Drink Beer in China|Chinese Culture Blog

青岛 Qingdao Invites You to Drink Beer in China

Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 12:03.

The sandy beaches of Qingdao (Chinese character: 青岛, pinyin: Qīngdǎo) are getting ready to host beer enthusiasts from around the world. The Qingdao Beer Festival attracts breweries from all over the globe who wish to share their beverages with festival goers.


Serious drinkers and casual imbibers flock to the sunny beaches of China´s Shandong Province (Chinese character: 山东省, pinyin :Shāndōng shěng) to quench their thirst for beer. The best of China´s drinking culture is on display at the largest beer festival in Asia. International breweries feature beers from around the globe including Beck´s from Germany, Carlsberg from Denmark, Heineken from Holland, and of course, China´s own Tsingtao (Chinese character :青岛, pinyin: Qīngdǎo). Before you enter one of the many beer tents be sure you understand “Gan Bei” (Chinese character: 干杯, pinyin:Gānbēi) literally “bottoms up”.

Qingdao Beer Festival has more than just sweet, sweet beer to offer. There is an array of Chinese and Western food to indulge in, parades, beer-drinking competitions, sand sculpture contests, fireworks and if you are feeling good and want to display your singing talents in front of a large crowd, there is also karaoke. The beer festival started in 1991 to celebrate the city´s 100th birthday, and what a way to celebrate!

Qingdao is the perfect place for an idyllic getaway. The city boasts European architecture, has some of the best sunbathing and swimming in China (Shilaoren beach is only a 10 minute walk away) and undoubtedly great beer.

So enjoy the party atmosphere! But don´t forget to buy your new friends a round.

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Learning: \\\’Poor baby\\\’ in Chinese – hǎo kě lián! – 好可怜! – Study More Chinese

Okay so that picture is most likely a Japanese Sumo and I realize that this is a Chinese Mandarin site but what the hell, I liked the picture.

via Learning: \\\’Poor baby\\\’ in Chinese – hǎo kě lián! – 好可怜! – Study More Chinese.

One of my favorite things to say when I was learning Spanish was pobrecita meaning poor baby (girl). It can be used seriously or more importantly, it can be used in a sarcastic manner when someone was whining about something. Needless to say, I have been looking for a mandarin equivalent.

The first I got was kě lián可怜 – which I was using for a while until I did a online translation that included kě lián. It translates into pitiful, pathetic, wretched and meager. Much harsher than I usually intend to use it.

Luckily for us, I asked my new language exchange friend what I could say that might not be so harsh.

If you want to say ‘So Sad’ try these;
hǎo shāng xīn! 好伤心!
hǎo nán guò! 好难过
hǎo kě lián! 好可怜!
tai shāng xīn le! 太伤心了!

Or if you need to tell a kid that ‘it’s okay’ use these;
méi shì 没事
méi shì de 没事的

And last but not least, if you have to give counsel to a poor sweetheart like the kid who just got snubbed while trying to give a flower ( huā) to Megan Fox, you can say ‘Don’t be sad’;
bié nán guò – 别难过
bié nán guò le – 别难过了
bù yòng nán guò – 不用难过

Poor kid! hǎo kě lián!好可怜!

I love when I accidentally find great music! NeeHaoMag & Beilei

While reading on a new magazine i am enjoying NeeHaoMag I found this awesome artist Beilei. So I searched on Youtube and found her videos there. She is awesome! Check her out!!

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