SAVE THE DATE – Mandarin Roundtable, 3/3 and 3/17

You’re invited join informal conversations in Mandarin twice a month. These Language Roundtables are open to all interested and to all levels of Mandarin Chinese. Free of charge. Wednesday March 3, 2021 – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Wednesday March 17, 2021 – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Due to Covid-19, until further notice, meetings are heldContinue reading “SAVE THE DATE – Mandarin Roundtable, 3/3 and 3/17”

Can a water dragon breathe fire when it’s wet? And other conundra

By Patrick Murphy – January 2012 The Chinese have an amazingly complicated calendar, but for all its sophistication and complexities you would think they could, at least, get the placement of Spring correct, right? Apparently not, as this is Chinese Spring. What we call “Chinese New Year” is called by the Chinese “Spring Festival.” Hello?Continue reading “Can a water dragon breathe fire when it’s wet? And other conundra”

Why I Love China, Reason #297

By Patrick Murphy – April 2009 The internet in China, as everywhere, can be somewhat user unfriendly. Factor in technoglop in a foreign language (like “Make sure the subnet mask is disengaged”) and it becomes simply impossible to achieve connectivity unaided. Not only was I faced with that challenge, but my old computer had becomeContinue reading “Why I Love China, Reason #297”