Mulan

On Friday the girls hired the disney movie Mulan. It is a typical Disney movie but this time set in china. The first time around I did not see it as I was too sick and chose the go to sleep option. The girls loved it. They wanted to be more Chinese.

I did . . . → Read More: Mulan

Lunch @ China Bar

Quite some time ago Kirsten suggested I go to the China Bar to have lunch. But her directions were dodgy and I did not know where it was. Then the other day, at Chinese New Year we walked past it and she pointed it out.

So today, I headed down there . . . → Read More: Lunch @ China Bar

Observation Tuesdays – money and the Chinese

The children gave this little ditty which I think rates as a 1 in the Gobels racist ranking score. Somehow Australia still seems to have regressed in its ways.

My fathers Chinese, My mothers Chinese, I’m Chinese, Give me money please.

Observations tuesday – learning characters

I was teaching Krysta her first Chinese characters and came to a realization. The old style characters are sometimes much easier to teach than the new. Take 馬 (mǎ, or horse).

The old version (馬) looks much more like a horse with 4 legs and a rider than the new, stylized . . . → Read More: Observations tuesday – learning characters

Observations tuesday – learning characters

I was teaching Krysta her first Chinese characters and came to a realization. The old style characters are sometimes much easier to teach than the new. Take 馬 (mǎ, or horse).

The old version (馬) looks much more like a horse with 4 legs and a rider than the new, stylized . . . → Read More: Observations tuesday – learning characters

Bullying Tactics

In the last 12 months I have been subject to much more bullying that used to be the case. It seems that Australia is becoming a land of bullies. Here are some examples, they are mostly to do with fear of the Internet.

. . . → Read More: Bullying Tactics

English as a second Language

A long time ago (January 1993), in China, Barbra, who taught English as a second language at RMIT, said that I spoke English like and advanced chinese student who spoke English as a second language.

For a long time this caused me very great difficulty. I mean it raised the question . . . → Read More: English as a second Language

Lucky (幸)

We had a bit of a discussion about the work lucky today. In a normal sense it is to do with chance and being lucky in that chance (particularly over things you have no control of) gave you a good outcome. But in Australian and Chinese it has different meanings.

. . . → Read More: Lucky (幸)

Links 2009-11-29

Climate Not that I ever really wanted to go there, but it seems that the chances of going the north pole and standing on ice are going down. . . . → Read More: Links 2009-11-29

Shanghaiese Restaurant

Well I had a day of eating. I went out for lunch with Claudia and we went to Malaya. I have tried going there a few times, but it has always been full. The food was good, though pricey. The service excellent. It was almost the kind of Malaysian Chinese food I have . . . → Read More: Shanghaiese Restaurant