Posts tagged "China"
Update and Restart

Update and Restart

This is it. Today’s the day. To those who have been nagging the last few months about not letting this and other projects die on the vine: you’re the best. The blog is back. Some may remember that when I started writing I had recently found myself out of work and was gearing up for...
Ni hui shuo Zhongwen ma?

Ni hui shuo Zhongwen ma?

Guys will go to great lengths when attempting to impress a girl (or guy). Typical efforts may include flowers, the home-cooked dinner, gratuitous displays of chivalry. When I started dating my wife I decided to learn Mandarin Chinese. I seem to have trouble being satisfied until I have found the most difficult way to accomplish...
Reading Tea Leaves

Reading Tea Leaves

The Mandarin (as well as Japanese) word for tea is cha, written 茶, and is one of the first things I learned to speak and read when I began studying each language. I was about to say that this was due to my great appreciation for the elixir, but considering that I recently found myself...
The Nose Knows

The Nose Knows

The other day I visited my doctor for a follow-up on treatment of a bout of sinusitis. Since this was the third one in about two years, I went with a list of questions about what environmental factors might be making me more disposed to the condition. During my quick research prior to the visit,...