Archive for April, 2006

Date: April 23rd, 2006
Cate: Otherwhere
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Three unrelated pictures

1) Who could possibly resist buying this after seeing it in the vending machine?

2) Nice to see they’ve finally captured Gamera.

3) No explanation.

Date: April 19th, 2006
Cate: Otherwhere
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In Tokyo, again

We got here! The trip was fine, the room is nice, the internet works, life is good. Now we have to find some dinner and try to get some sleep.

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

– Jin4 – Prohibit, Forbit

禁運 – Jin4 Yun4 – Prohibit Transport — Embargo

Word of the Day EMBARGO is officially ON! We’ll be back May 2nd, and word of the day will be back some time soon afterwards.

Date: April 16th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Lu3 – Travel, Trip

旅館 – Lu3 Guan3 – Travel House — Hotel

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

– Ban4 – Trip, Stumble

絆腳石 – Ban4 Jiao3 Shi2 – Stumble Foot Rock — Stumbling Block

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

– Wo1 – Nest, Den

狗窩 – Gou3 Wo1 – Dog Den — Doghouse

One Doghouse Dormer, two Doghouses Dormer.

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

– Hu4 – Protect

護蓋物 – Hu4 Gai4 Wu4 – Protect Cover Matter — Mulch

Jenny thinks it would be a good idea to buy some ground up tires and spread them around our garden.

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

– Sao1 – Reel Silk from Cocoons

Yes, there is a word just for that.

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

– Qi2 – Divergent

岐義 – Qi2 Yi4 – Divergent Meaning — Ambiguous

Date: April 11th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Ding4 – Arrange, Settle, Subscribe, Book

訂機票 – Ding4 Ji1 Piao4 – Book Airplane Ticket

Booked! We’re going to Tokyo and Singapore! We leave next Tuesday and will be in each place for about a week.

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

– Lian2 – Connect, Join, Successive, Link

連鎖 – Lian2 Suo3 – Connect Lock — Chain

Guess what: chain restaurants just aren’t that good.

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

– Nian2 – Sticky

黏土 – Nian2 Tu3 – Sticky Dirt — Clay

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

– Yi4 – Skill, Art

藝妓 – Yi4 Ji4 – Art Prostitute — Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha seemed to be about the most straightforward, shallow, and bland way you could have made that book into a movie.

Date: April 6th, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Yuan2 – Head, Primary, Dollar (Yuan)

Renminbi? New Taiwan Dollar? It’s all just 元.

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

– Bei4 – Perverse, Rebellious, Counter

悖論 – Bei4 Lun4 – Perverse Theory — Paradox

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

– Xing2 – Model, Type

字型 – Zi4 Xing2 – Letter Type — Font

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

– Lao2 – Tuberculosis

Only in Wikipedia will the article on Tuberculosis end with this fact: The character Tachibana Ukyo from the Samurai Shodown series of games had Tuberculosis, and frequently coughed blood before and after matches.

Date: April 2nd, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day

– Pa4 – Kerchief

手帕 – Shou3 Pa4 – Hand Kerchief — Handkerchief

Date: April 1st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Shou4 – Bear, Stand, Endure

受虐狂者 – Shou4 Nue4 Kuang2 Zhe3 – Endure Cruelty Mad Person — Masochist

You might wonder how it is that I end up seeing so many bad movies. Answer: I read reviews like this one. Then I watch the movies. ON PURPOSE.

Date: April 1st, 2006
Cate: Chinese Word of the Day
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– Lan4 – Overcooked, Soft, Rotten

The Promise: Rotten!