Tag Archives: chinese

It’s a small, wonderful world after all

Today I had a wonderful experience and it came at the most opportune time. Lately I have been wracked with doubt – I wonder if anyone will ever read any of the books I’ve written or if the rejection letters are right. Should I give up? Should I stop trying? Why should I bother writing […]

Test-Driven Curriculum vs. Practical Application

I realize this isn’t exactly a topic for writers or about writing, but it is one that I felt like I needed to comment on. Many of the two or three of you who still read this blog probably have children, some of whom may have already taken standardized tests, might be prepping for the […]

Putting Elephants in the Refrigerator

The other day in Chinese class, I was learning about a grammar form that allows you to emphasize the object of a sentence rather than the subject. In Mandarin, the object comes later in the sentence and, without certain grammar tricks (like the one I learned the other day), you can’t put the object first […]

Cultural Acceptance of Poor Language Skills and Bad Translation

Lately I have been finding a lot of Heavy Metal music from China. It’s hard to find, but there are a couple of places on eBay that are probably making a good living from selling niche music to overseas buyers. I know I pay in shipping nearly what the digital version of these things would […]

More Thoughts on the HSK 2 Chinese Proficiency Test

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I took the HSK 2 Chinese Proficiency Test yesterday. What I didn’t mention in the previous blog post was the amount of effort I put into this things. I started learning Chinese on a casual basis by taking some VoIP classes a couple of times per week. […]