Archive for January, 2006

Date: January 31st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Chu4 – Ram, Knock, Feel

觸電 – Chu4 Dian4 – Touch Electric — Electric Shock

Date: January 29th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Yan4 – Rest, Banquet

宴會 – Yan4 Hui4 – Banquet Gathering — Feast

Happy New Year!

Date: January 29th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– She4 – Society

黑社會 – Hei1 She4 Hui4 – Black Society Group — Mafia

Election is a very different kind of Hong Kong gangster movie.

Date: January 28th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Ben3 – Benzene

That’s right, Benzene.

Date: January 27th, 2006
Cate: Geekism
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Google.cn: two levels of censorship

据当地法律法规和政策,部分搜索结果未予显示。

That’s the message that Google China shows when you search for “sensitive” things, like Tiananmen or Falun Gong. (compare vs Google.com: tiananmen, falun gong) It means something like “Due to local laws and regulations, some search results were not shown.” I was surprised, however, to see that that sentence does not show on a search for Taiwan (台湾)! But then, I compared the actual search results to what Google.com return, and found them quite different. The Google.cn results are all Chinese government sites, but the Google.com results include the “real” Taiwan sites, including some at .gov.tw. Does this mean that Google.cn has two distinct levels of censorship? The kind they admit to, and the kind they do silently?

Date: January 27th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Que1 – Lack, Scarce

缺乏 – Que1 Fa2 – Lack Exhaust — Shortage

I just saw an ad from the local furtiture guy on tv talking about how he’s keeping his prices low… despite the FOAM SHORTAGE. I immediately yelled “THERE’S NO FOAM SHORTAGE!! HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE!!!!!!” Then I went to the internet… guess what… foam shortage! “The recent hurricanes in the Gulf Coast caused extensive damage to petrochemical processing facilities which have resulted in a temporary foam shortage that is affecting North America furniture and mattress manufacturers.” Somehow it was such an issue that there is even a website dedicated to the issue: foamallocation.com.

Date: January 26th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Yu4 – Nourish, Cultivate, Rear

體育館 – Ti3 Yu4 Guan3 – Body Nourish Hall — Gymnasium

I never knew that the word Gymnasium has as its root “place to be naked”. I bet Effie knew.

Date: January 25th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Yang3 – Oxygen

And 二氧化碳 – Er4 Yang3 Hua4 Tan4 – Two Oxygen Chemical Carbon — Carbon Dioxide

Date: January 24th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Chao1 – Transcribe, Plagiarize, Shortcut

抄道 – Chao1 Dao4 – Shortcut Way — Shortcut

包抄 – Bao1 Chao1 – Wrap Shortcut — Outflank

Date: January 23rd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Yu3 – Talk, Words, Language

頭字語 – Tou2 Zi4 Yu3 – Head Letter Words — Acronym

Are you like me? Do you like your movie titles to be acronyms? Then you have a reason to watch SPL. Otherwise, avoid.

(Actually, I can only think of one other movie with an acronym title: 2LDK. Are there others? Even Google doesn’t help!)

Date: January 22nd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Tu3 – Earth, Dust

土司 – Tu3 Si1 – Toast

法國土司 – Fa3 Guo2 Tu3 Si1 – French Toast

Date: January 21st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Gai1 – Terrace

I have a feeling that there is a more common word for terrace (as in the agricultural kind) but I don’t know what it is. Prompted by these amazing pictures of terraces and other beautiful things in China. I remember while flying there seeing some absolutely amazing terraces from the air that seemed to go on forever, all the way to the top of mountains, and half way down perilous canyons. I tried waking Jenny up to take a look but she refused!

Date: January 20th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Tong1 – Go Through, Connect, Open, Communicate

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Date: January 19th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Ru3 – Milk, Breast

乳液 – Ru3 Yi4 – Milk Liquid — Lotion

Or 手乳 – Shou3 Ru3 – Hand Milk — Hand Lotion.

Date: January 18th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Qi1 – Wife

妻子 – Qi1 Zi5 – Wife

Apparently 妻子 is a formal way to say Wife. I’ve only heard 太太 before. (why does that mean Wife?)

Date: January 17th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Wo1 – Whirlpool, Vortex

漩渦 – Xuan4 Wo1 – Whirlpool

Date: January 16th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Dong4 – Freeze

Everything froze today. I was lucky to be able to get one door of one car open, by kicking it, a lot. I couldn’t get into the other car at all and I think it will have to be abandoned until spring.

Date: January 15th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Tai2 – Platform, Stage, Channel

臺灣 – Tai2 Wan1 – Platform Bay — Taiwan

Often simplified (even in Taiwan, where they don’t use the simplified characters) to 台灣.

Date: January 14th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Dan4 – Carry, Bear, Burden

擔心 – Dan1 Xin1 – Burden Heart — Worry, Anxious, Uneasy

Date: January 13th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Hao4 – Waste

Today I made lots of progress. Retrograde progress.

Date: January 12th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zhi4 – Mole, Birthmark

“What’s the word of the day?”

“Mole.”

“Why?”

“Because I’m looking at them.”

Date: January 11th, 2006
Cate: Mobile

The official Pain-O-Meter

Date: January 11th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Yang3 – Itch

When you are 癢癢 – Yang3 Yang3 – Itchy you should 抓抓 – Zhua1 Zhua1 – Scratch.

Date: January 10th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Qian1 – Thousand

This is the ONE THOUSANDTH Word of the Day! I can hardly believe I’ve been doing this that long.

Date: January 9th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Ying1 – Jar

罌粟 – Ying1 Su4 – Jar Grain — Poppy Seed

Claim:   The consumption of poppy seeds used on bagels and muffins can produce positive results on drug screening tests.

Status:   True.

Date: January 8th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Beng1 – Collapse, Fall

雪崩 – Xue3 Beng1 – Snow Collapse — Avalanche

Date: January 7th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Yi4 – Discuss, Opinion

會議 – Hui4 Yi4 – Gather Discuss — Meeting

What kind of person calls a meeting, at 9 AM, on a SATURDAY? A slightly better person than the kind that actually would SHOW UP.

Date: January 6th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zhuang4 – State, Condition

粉狀的 – Fen3 Zhuang4 De5 – Powder Condition – Mealy

I had a terrible mealy apple today. 三喵, being crazy, would have loved it. Mealy apples are her favorite! Give her some nice, fresh, super crunchy super juicy apples right off a tree, and you know what she’ll say? “Nice… but not mealy enough”.

Date: January 4th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Zhou1 – Congee, Gruel

I had some nice gruel for dinner tonight. 燕麥粥 – Yan4 Mai4 Zhou1 – Oat Gruel — Oatmeal, to be exact.

Date: January 4th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Chan3 – Give Birth, Produce

生產率 – Sheng1 Chan3 Lu4 – Grow Produce Rate — Productivity

Productivity: actually fine! Good thing I don’t program in Perl, I’m not that good with the symbols.

Date: January 3rd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Lie4 – Split, Crack

分裂 – Fen1 Lie4 – Divide Split — Fission

聚變 – Ju4 Bian4 – Gather Change — Fusion

Date: January 2nd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Hun1 – Marriage, Wedding

We finally saw WEDDING TERMINATOR: two hours of Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn doing their usual schtick.

Date: January 1st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Pi2 – Skin, Leather

皮帶 – Pi2 Dai4 – Leather Belt

同步帶 – Tong2 Bu4 Dai4 – Same Pace Belt — Synchronous Belt, Timing Belt