Most complicated Chinese characters I’ve learned at Nankai

Hey hey!

How is your week-end? Been thankful enough? What are you thankful for? For myself, i’m thankful for so many things, living a happy life with my family, friends. Of course, it is not always easy but hey, just never give up!

Ok, today, after une belle grasse matinée, breakfast/brunch, i will list you some of the most complicated chinese characters i’ve learned in Nankai University this summer.

Although, before doing so, i want to take a moment to explain you that in China, there are many dialects where the official one is mandarin (this is the dialect that i’ve been busting my ass off). There were traditional characters, but in the last century, the Chinese are using the simplified characters (except for some places such as Taiwan and Hong Kong).

Here is an example: a character of my Chinese name, bao, which means treasure. one has almost 20 strokes, and the […] Continue Reading…

What is GOOD TV? special mention for ‘Pushing Daisies’

Prison Break, 24, Friends, Desperate Housewives, Lost, House, Heroes, Grey’s Anatomy, Family Guy… are popular TV shows among my carefully-picked-scientific-sample (aka my Facebook friends)
What makes you addicted to a certain TV show? Suspense, relationships and humor seem to be essential for the recipe of success. Of course, some shows get more viewers than others. Unfortunately, many great shows get off the air due to poor ratings (I must take a minute here to express my sadness towards the cancellations of masterpieces such as Arrested Development, Wonderfalls, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, the Class, etc.)

Now, I would like to know what makes you watch a TV show? Why a show gets more ratings than another? Naturally, i would guess that it is the storyline, the writing staff, the actors,…

Anyhoo, I thought it would be nice to tell you some secrets about the TV industry. Well, maybe not so secret… […] Continue Reading…

James Blake: Do not give up, you should be…

… breaking back! I have heard many courage stories, but this one about JAMES BLAKE who lost everything and succeeded to win back his life particularly touched me.

This great tennis player impressed me a lot during the US Open. His forehand, his quickness to run all over the court are some of the reasons why he has so many fans. At every match he played, there was a section in the stadium called the “J-Block”, his fans were all wearing the same t-shirt and headbands. I was curious and wanted to know more about James Blake so a friend of mine lend me his book “Breaking Back, How I Lost Everything and Won Back my Life”

This People’s Sexiest Male Athlete in 2002 was living a dream life: family, fame, fans,… Then, in 2004, a series of unfortunate events happened. He broke his neck on a tennis net pole, his […] Continue Reading…

Novak Djokovic is a Superstar

You all know how much I adore Andy Roddick. Believe me, I still love him. The thing is that I find myself quite interested in another tennisman also. He may not be as sexy as Andy but damn he has a great personality. How can I say that without meeting him in person? well TV man, YouTube man!

Everyone loves his sense humor. Take a look at how nice he is at an interview where he just eliminated Carlos Moya in 3 sets yesterday. Please tell me what you think about his impersonations of Sharapova and Nadal lol
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Oh yeah, and did I tell you that he’s ranked 3rd in the world? that he beat Roddick, Nadal AND Federer in the SAME tournament? at the Rogers Cup here in Montreal :) Also…. he’s only effin’ 20 years old!!!!!!!! ahhhh he’s so great!

-isaSuperstar

Ever curious about my Chinese homeworks? 作业……

那,these last few days, i only spent time in front of our new 60″ TV. Is it the big screen that prevent me for having a normal life? not exactly… it is because i can watch those awesome, talented, sexy tennis players (such as Andy Roddick) on that big screen! Indeed, I’ve watched most of the games of the magical US OPEN. (who wouldn’t?)

Now the point of this note is that I’m afraid that my brain rots after that much time on the couch… The solution I’ve found is to write down some homeworks I did during my super intensive semester at Nankai University.

EVERYDAY, our teachers ask us to create sentences with the words we’ve just learned during the day. Obviously, we try to be creative so that we don’t write boring sentences like “The book is on the table” :P Here are some of my sentences, I reckon […] Continue Reading…

Was I stupid? 有人觉得我不要命……

Bonjour tout le monde,

are you all back from vacation? ready for school or work? for now, i want to review my chinese (because i’m horribly afraid to forget what i’ve learned!)

so here is a text about my trip to Mount Tai. (the most climbed in the world)

=== 爬泰山 climbing 6000 stairs

我跟同学一起去爬泰山。因为没有公共汽车,为了看泰山的日出,要夜里开始爬。去泰山以前我生过病,连饭我也不想吃;因此我爬这么高的山真的不是好主意。

虽然我知道,但是我觉得这是个很好的机会。听说泰山的风景非常漂亮,所以我想爬上去。

山上卖的东西越来越贵。最后我成功爬泰山。我累死了。我一来到山最高的地方的时候就给我的中国朋友发短信。手机很方便因为我会对他们说爬泰山那么辛苦(1545m!)

下去以后我要去医院因为我感冒得很厉害。这几天虽然有人觉得我有勇气,但是我的老师对我说:你不要命!^_^

6月11日

Yep, i was silly enough to climb the highest sacred mount in China even though i was sick. 1545m later, i was sooooo exhausted, but the view was amazing! so, i guess it was worth it… even though i ended up at the hospital… a chinese hospital…

June 11th

-isaSuperstar

What did I learn in China?

Bonjour! Hello everybody! 大家好!

many of you know that i’ve been to China for studying the wonderful language. i’ve said “intensive semester” more than once. now is the time to share with you what i’ve learned during my 2nd awesome experience in China…

try to guess what i am writing about :)

朋友们,请你们帮我练习我的汉语:feel free to correct my mistakes :) 谢谢

== 我在中国的生活 my Chinese life…

我刚毕业了。2007年5月6日是我的最后的考试。5月7日我坐飞机去中国。我知道南开大学的夏季学期是5月7日开始,但是我觉得我不会再来中国除非是拜访我亲爱的朋友。

两年之前我去广州学习国际贸易。在中山大学,我认识了很多热情的人。因为我是外国人,我的同学都想进一步认识我。他们以前还没有加拿大朋友

我告诉他们我不但喜欢看中国电影,而且我还喜欢听中国音乐。他们很感到惊讶。他们很喜欢我,总是邀请我去吃饭、逛街、卡拉OK、玩儿等。我的中国朋友希望我能感到像一家人一样温暖。

他们给我起了个绰号叫“SUPERSTAR”,因为我会打网球、打篮球、踢足球、说法语、英语、西班牙语、柬埔寨语等。另外,有S.H.E的这首“SUPERSTAR”。

虽然我在天津很高兴,有机会学习汉语,但是我很想念我的广州和香港朋友。在南开大学,我要努力因为我希望有一天我能用汉语跟他们交流。

2007年5月25日

-isaSuperstar

Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

Jason Mraz is a superstar, he shares his happiness through his songs. Life is beautiful, life should be beautiful. Of course, sometimes, we have some down times, we don’t see clearly, the darkness blinds us, but we have to be strong enough to get over it and get back on our feet. Time flies, and we should not let the sadness drown us. Do not hesitate, just live your life.

Today, I want to share with you his song “I’m Yours”. I love it since the first time I’ve heard it, which has already been a long time ago, I wonder when it’ll be popular all over the planet.  I hope that you will enjoy it as much as me :)

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What do you think about the lyrics?

Well you done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted
I fell right […] Continue Reading…