June 11, 2008
finally after the failure of translating my name into japanese (jakomo= “ja” snake+”ko” kid, child+ “mo” moist and many others, last name gets into a simple “hit me”)
in chinese i coud find giacomo>>
jacques ( its french translation)>>
yake ( which is its chinese common translation) ya( elegant)+ke (translitteration)
Butte becomes a bu (“not” a negative particle) te (fearful, nervous timid)
so all together an elegant translitteration without fear.
Brave greetings from Tokyo
June 9, 2008
here some useful website if you want to start studying chinese:
http://www.mandarintools.com/ links to flash cards software and computer tools that are helpful when studying mandarin.
http://www.chinesecomputing.com/ this will solve problems of visualization
if you are Firefox user, these pop up translators are very useful.
For podcast check http://chinesepod.com
June 3, 2008
There is one thing terribly irritating in Japan: the continuous waste of plastic bags.
Even when buying chewing gum I was offered a plastic bag.
Since yesterday China has banned free plastic bags in shops.
Whwn is it going to be in Japan and USA?
May 30, 2008
Congo, Brazzaville, 2007.
The Savorgnan de Brazza high school is the most respected school in the Congolese capital but is in very bad need of repair. Jean de Dieu Malanga, professor of Chinese, is giving the students of the second year their annual examination. He himself has studied in China during the 80’s and makes a living as a translator for the Chinese bosses at the numerous construction sites besides his work as a teacher.
An article about chinese expansion in Congo.
May 29, 2008
“Beijing, evidently, has other priorities. For all the sleek modernity of much of the construction, there’s no mistaking the old-fashioned monumentalist approach behind it. This is an Olympics driven by image, not by sensitive urban planning.”
This and much more in an interesting article of Paul Goldberger
May 28, 2008
I like yoghurt. Eating it in Tokyo or Beijing is quite a different experience:
In tokyo one enters the omnipresent “conbini” open everyday, everyhour.
Then wonders inside in a storm of colour and lights. Goes to the “no-door” fridge and takes what he prefers.
At the counter the yoghurt ( one cup) will be placed in a plastic bag with the plastic spoon inside another plastic bag.
One can go out now but where to eat it? apparently beside construction workers nobody seems to eat in the streets so it is up to you to find a place hidden enough to eat your yoghurt. After eating one may want to go back to the conbini that is probably still the closest place where to find a trash bin.
Beijing: the shops, unless you are in the western like center might look like that.
The yoghurt is sold in a thick ceramic cup. With a grey green colour. A foil seals the top. There is one type, no choice. After buying one has to drink it with a strow . He cannot leave the area around the shop because the cup will be recicled.