Watch “The Vaccines – Handsome” on YouTube

The Vaccines – Handsome:

Can you understand the Chinese in the video? 🙂


Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard (为什么中文这么TM难?)


A funny article by David Moser (from University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies) about the difficulties of learning Chinese. Quite long but interesting, see whether it will strike a chord with you? But I hope you are not going to be afraid of Chinese after reading! 🙂


From Schriftfestschrift: Essays on Writing and Language in Honor of John DeFrancis on His Eightieth Birthday (Sino-Platonic Papers No. 27, August 1991), edited by Victor H. Mair

“The first question any thoughtful person might ask when reading the title of this essay is, “Hard for whom?” A reasonable question. After all, Chinese people seem to learn it just fine. When little Chinese kids go through the “terrible twos”, it’s Chinese they use to drive their parents crazy, and in a few years the same kids are actually using those impossibly complicated Chinese characters to scribble love notes and shopping lists. So what do I mean by “hard”? Since I know at the outset that the whole tone of this document is going to involve a lot of whining and complaining, I may as well come right out and say exactly what I mean. I mean hard for me, a native English speaker trying to learn Chinese as an adult, going through the whole process with the textbooks, the tapes, the conversation partners, etc., the whole torturous rigmarole. I mean hard for me — and, of course, for the many other Westerners who have spent years of their lives bashing their heads against the Great Wall of Chinese.”

Read the whole article in PDF format.


Miss Granny: Chinese Movie of the Month


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What happens when Taiwanese director Chen Zhengdao remakes a hit Korean movie in which the basic premise is “I bet your grandmother was really hot when she was twenty”?

It’s probably not something most of us have spent too much time contemplating; what if you could meet your grandmother as she looked at the age of 20? This isn’t about meeting your grandmother as she was at 20, but meeting your old age pensioner grandmother trapped inside her hot 20 year old body.

the movie starts off with a high school teacher asking students about their attitudes to old people the movie starts off with a high school teacher asking students about their attitudes to old people

Despite being a remake of a Korean film, to Western viewers this movie will be highly reminiscent of Freaky Friday with it’s body swapping shenanigans. It might even be tempting to see it as containing some sort of social commentary, questioning how much our attitudes to…

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