Archive for April, 2010

Spring in My Mind…

Apr 18th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Spring is my favorite season throughout the year when I was in Beijing. In my childhood memory, spring in Beijing means a brand new beginning of the year. After a long long winter, everywhere seems to regain its spirit. I remember when I was a kid, I used to insist on wearing a pink dress with flower patterns on it, and kept on spinning around from the same spot. Read the rest of this entry »

Health Care for Everyone?

Apr 14th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

When I first learned that there were so many health insurance providers with various insurance plans, I felt totally lost. Most people receive health insurance through school or work, and as insurance plans vary, coverage levels can be very different. Having a health insurance plan does not mean you can just visit any hospitals or clinics – it all depends on the plan you have. Some hospitals and clinics only accept health insurance plans from certain providers, and the insurance plan decides the benefits you receive at the hospital and clinic. Read the rest of this entry »

Lesson 7 – Set up time (约时间)

Apr 5th, 2010 Posted in Lessons | no comment »

Lesson’s Main Characters:

Julie Chen – Teacher, Chinese
Helen Li – Student, American

Conversation Situation:

In this lesson, Julie asks Helen out for a movie, and set up a time to meet up… Read the rest of this entry »

Lesson 6 – How have you been? (你最近怎么样?)

Apr 5th, 2010 Posted in Audio, Lessons | one comment »

Lesson’s Main Characters:

Julie Chen – Teacher, Chinese
Helen Li – Student, American

Conversation Situation:

Do Chinese people really say “Ni hao ma (你好吗?) to greet their friends? In this lesson, Julie and Helen use an alternative way to greet each other… Read the rest of this entry »

Lesson 5 – Hobby (你喜欢做什么?)

Apr 4th, 2010 Posted in Audio, Lessons | no comment »

Lesson’s Main Characters:

Julie Chen – Teacher, Chinese
Helen Li – Student, American

Conversation Situation:

In this lesson, Julie and Helen talk about their hobbies… Read the rest of this entry »

The Hot Roasted Chestnuts

Apr 2nd, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Well, I was extremely lucky to find someone who sells roasted chestnuts(糖炒栗子) in a van, in Toronto(It’s been years that I haven’t had a bag of roasted chestnuts.)  I actually smell the chestnuts immediately before I approached the van…the smell combines with those old time Hutong memories in Beijing, plus the sweet scents from the chestnut itself…I remember I used to wait in lines to get a bag of hot roasted chestnuts; usually during the winter, this would be the most appropriate time to eat the chestnuts since they were really hot, and can helped to keep your hands warm. Read the rest of this entry »

Eat Healthy, Live Happy

Apr 1st, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

What we eat reflects on our appearance and body image. I was talking with Ms. Hou the other day about a TV show in which the host travels to places where people have bad, ridiculous eating habits and teaches them how to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. In this episode the host visited an elementary school in a small town, and he was shocked to know that the school’s breakfast menu for them was frozen pizzas, French fires, and sodas. It was even more shocking that the kids didn’t seem to recognize any vegetables. All they knew and wanted to eat was fast/junk food. Almost every kid was over-weighed and many of them had health problems. Read the rest of this entry »