Can’t Live without A Car?

Mar 11th, 2010 by Tracy Posted in Culture | 2 comments »

Every time I think of having to drive for almost two hours to commute back and forth to work every day, I already feel so tired and reluctant to do it. At first, it seems cool and fun to drive between two cities, but after a while you just start to feel the pain, and the torture continues. Especially during rush hours when the traffic is extremely bad, it is the worst. Not that I didn’t think of taking public transportation but it is almost impossible because it can waste relatively more time than driving to get to my destination. Of course there are public transportation systems. In big cities, public transportation is well-built and convenient, and people depend on it. Small cities or suburbs also have public transportation systems, but they are not really considered convenient – 30 minutes, or even an hour, a bus, and it may stop running after 7 pm or earlier. Not to mention that there are places where public transportation is totally unavailable. Read more »

Let the Tea Talk…

Mar 7th, 2010 by Si Si Posted in Culture | no comment »

The beauty of Tea Culture is not only about slowing down the steps, but also about the people showing their respect to others while drinking. There are many “rules” during the tea in China. I have no ideas about those “hidden rules” at the beginning, but recently I paid key attention on those not too obvious gestures, so next time when I go back to China, I’ll have full confidence to have tea with others. =) Read more »

Craving for Authentic Chinese Food…

Feb 28th, 2010 by Tracy Posted in Culture | no comment »

Sometimes we just miss homemade food. Chinese food can be found everywhere in the States, but it is the authenticity that makes the difference. We recently discovered a dumpling restaurant in our neighborhood where we could get not only dumplings with all kinds of stuffings but also many traditional Chinese dishes, such as green chives pancake (韭菜盒子), onion pancake (葱油饼), beef pancake (牛肉馅饼), marinated steamed bao (小笼灌汤包), raddish cake (罗卜丝饼), pot stickers (锅贴), bean paste crispy cake (豆沙酥饼), sweet or salty donuts (甜/咸蟹壳黄), and handmade noodles. Everything on their menu is made from scratch, and the food reminds us of our Moms’ dishes. It just feels very down home and welcoming. Read more »

Syllables beginning with the initial “s”

Feb 20th, 2010 by Hui Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Learn the syllables that consist of both initials and finals respectively.

NOTE: not every initial can be “spelt” with every final.

The following are syllables beginning with the initial “s” Read more »

Syllables beginning with the initial “c”

Feb 20th, 2010 by Hui Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Learn the syllables that consist of both initials and finals respectively.

NOTE: not every initial can be “spelt” with every final.

The following are syllables beginning with the initial “c” Read more »

Syllables beginning with the initial “z”

Feb 20th, 2010 by Hui Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Learn the syllables that consist of both initials and finals respectively.

NOTE: not every initial can be “spelt” with every final.

The following are syllables beginning with the initial “z” Read more »

Syllables beginning with the initial “r”

Feb 20th, 2010 by Hui Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Learn the syllables that consist of both initials and finals respectively.

NOTE: not every initial can be “spelt” with every final.

The following are syllables beginning with the initial “r” Read more »

Syllables beginning with the initial “sh”

Feb 20th, 2010 by Hui Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Learn the syllables that consist of both initials and finals respectively.

NOTE: not every initial can be “spelt” with every final.

The following are syllables beginning with the initial “sh” Read more »

Syllables beginning with the initial “ch”

Feb 20th, 2010 by Hui Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Learn the syllables that consist of both initials and finals respectively.

NOTE: not every initial can be “spelt” with every final.

The following are syllables beginning with the initial “ch” Read more »

Syllables beginning with the initial “zh”

Feb 20th, 2010 by Hui Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Learn the syllables that consist of both initials and finals respectively.

NOTE: not every initial can be “spelt” with every final.

The following are syllables beginning with the initial “zh” Read more »