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Old 06-07-2017, 07:54 AM   #151
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Re: Eliminating Problems in the Far East

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speaking of trolling, my current favorite is to tell students that hamburgers are healthy because they balance meat, dairy, bread and vegetables. Theyre usually pretty flummoxed.
Taiwan is my troll. A couple of tenth graders wanted to do their project on Greenland, I told them its not a country and to do Taiwan instead.

I was explaining "controversial" to the tenth graders and as an example cited the Diaoyu Islands belonging to China, Japan or Taiwan...oh Taiwan isn't a country? My bad. China, Japan or Republic of China.

When classes start again next week Chinese Taipei winning the East Asia Basketball championship and China finishing fourth will definitely come up in class.
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Old 06-10-2017, 01:12 PM   #152
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So I downloaded the tantan app, added a few pictures and swiped for like 10 minutes, maybe swiped 5 people right, and then a message pops up that says my account was blocked because I used a fake picture. So I added another picture, a few minutes later it starts working again, then a few minutes later it gets blocked again. It happened 3 times in less than an hour. Never even matched/messaged a single person. I think they just have never seen somebody so handsome and think the pictures were fake so they reported it. You guys have similar problems?
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Old 06-10-2017, 03:21 PM   #153
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Post your pics here ldo.
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Old 06-10-2017, 08:30 PM   #154
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Haha, so many Chinese people use fake pictures on social media people probably assume yours is.

When I had my party people were joining my facebook group that I didn't recognize. Didn't use their Chinese name, their English name or have a picture of them-self. Annoying as hell playing twenty questions to figure out who they were. My boss said she uses her English name on wechat but would never use her Chinese name. When I asked her why she looked at me like she'd never even considered it. What's the paranoia? It's not like people are posting a bunch of political stuff and wanna hide from the police.

Maybe it's similar to everyone having bars on their windows like theyre living in the ghetto.
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Old 06-10-2017, 10:34 PM   #155
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Old 06-12-2017, 10:54 PM   #156
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The World of Chinese has a particularly interesting roundup this week. A few thoughts.

1. Sounds like rich people problems. They're the only ones who could afford an apt in Shanghai anyway. Still it seems like buyers got screwed (and the sellers made out well). If the regulation said you can't sell one of these converted apartments vs "you can buy it, but must make it unlivable" I wouldn't be sympathetic at all.

2. the original video they mention is worth a watch. It's amazing how people can act like locking up a share bike "aint doing nothin wrong". What kinda a dick do you gotta be to put needles on them? Deserve a solid beating, that's just anti-social.

3. Sounds like a good idea. I think big and dangerous breeds should be banned generally. And fortunately, Chinese people don't think having whatever kind of dog they want is some kind of sacred right. It pisses me the hell off seeing people keep huskies in Guangdong or farm dogs in tiny apartments.

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The makers say that the main problem that it had was with the questions themselves. It had a tough time understanding the nuances of language and so would misinterpret specific problems.
this is why I think that teaching and learning languages will remain worthwhile pursuits for the foreseeable future. Even the best free tech today (google/wechat translate, this bot) is spotty at best when trying to understand written language, and when you add spoken language it gets absurd (look on youtube for Trumps NATO speech with youtubes auto transcriber-the audio isn't perfect, but any fluent speaker would transcribe it no problem, but the software is HILARIOUSLY off).

Of course I'm not an expert on that, so if someone has some reading on it I'd be ears.

5. Yeah the gaokao is high pressure. I think Japan still crushes China in school related suicides. I kinda hate schools altogether. I had an unschooling experience from 2-12th grade and I liked it. ANd unlike public school, it didn't crush the love of learning out of me.

6. That video is rough. If you are ever hit by a car, you'd better pray it's not in China. It's unlikely anyone will help the laowai lying broken in the gutter. This isn't just a result of callousness-it's a common scam to get hit (or pretend to get hit) by a car and then demand cash or get sued.
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Old 06-22-2017, 05:05 AM   #157
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Just found out today that about 20% of our graduating class will be attending Baylor next year. Really, really pissed off at our program manager right now. She is completely unfamiliar with any of the scandals as our a few of the kids I talked to (carefully).
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Old 06-22-2017, 09:59 PM   #158
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I'm also completely unfamiliar with any scandals. BUt then it's not my job.

reddit/china is one of the worst places for info about China. I subbed when I first was planning to move, and before I even left I had to unsub. It was constantly negativity and bitching, not to mention outright racism towards Chinese (which I get enough of in any expat community). The scorn directed towards Chinese is only matched by their disdain for English teachers. My current job is pretty much a breeze. It's mostly just chatting with people. Sometimes for "oral practice (LOL) class that's literally what it is. I do very little teaching in the sense of giving them information. They can learn new vocabulary words and grammar themselves. Mostly I'm there to facilitate them speaking and make sure it's directed towards specific goals. It's not hard, but that doesn't mean anyone can do it. The good teachers I know all have very good social skills. On Monday, I went to work, taught one class (which was the aforementioned oral practice). Then I had a long break that I studied Chinese, went shopping, ate dinner etc and taught three more classes, which were quite easy (it helps if yuo actually prepare a little first). The job has about as little stress as possible-I have no responsibilities other than showing up and teaching the classes. For this kind of work I get paid enough to save $1,000/month with ease and have job security that'd make public servants jealous. I don't think of it as a career, as it's hard to move up. BUt as a j-o-b it's pretty good.

Some of you may be interested in a blog post a friend of mine wrote here that compares Mandarin and English. I've had similar thoughts before about the utter simplicity of Chinese compound words compared to English, but never had such a long write up about it.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:07 PM   #159
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How hard is English for Chinese? This is my best student-by far-out of a class of 20. Given the prompt of "earning extra money" she writes:

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I love money, even though it smells bad. And I love the money, which is made on my own. Since most of us are a nine-to-five employee, we usually have buffer time but are living on a tight budget. Tips to make extra money using the pieces of time are really getting our attention. Below I suggest some ways to do:
Firstly, find a part time job which can make full use of your knowledges and skills. For example, being a programmer, you may have a good command of various computer language. And some tiny companies who dislike to hire a full-time IT guard but still need the services from now and then could be your potential cooperator.
Secondly, make money online. As network is a main stream of the life, people are used to find anything they want. At the same time, it means many new chances to make money. Something like selling games’ coins, opening online stores, being a host of live streaming. All are just required less expense but maybe making high profit.
The third, invest 30% savings to stock market, but you should learn first, since the investment always exists somewhat risk.
All the above ways could bring some extra money to you. But most effective way to make more money is to keep studying and get best achievement in your current job.
Not bad ideas, and I admire than she wrote something about 3x longer than the rest of the students. The grammar is all over the place though.
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Old 06-22-2017, 11:01 PM   #160
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Something like 50 rapes by football players over a few years covered up by the entire administration. Similar to Penn State in some ways but almost certainly a lot more individuals involved in the cover up.

Its not just that its dangerous--obviously sexual assault happens at every college campus--but that also Baylor's reputation is absolute garbage. Its 80k a year for the kids to go to high school here and the whole purpose is to prepare them to attend a US university. The administration not doing due diligence about the schools the kids are applying to is unacceptable.

I already signed a contract to come back next year because this job is awesome--I get to teach economics and all my classes are in the morning so 90% of the time I can leave around 13:00--but this has me a lot more shook than the standard "this is China, just have to deal with it" sort of thing.

And yeah, r/China is an absolute cesspool. I'm absolutely convinced that the hatred towards English teachers mostly comes from English teachers with a complex about it (absolutely nothing wrong with teaching English--I used to and still do part-time). Notice also how everyone on that forum is fluent in mandarin.

If I had a thousand RMB for every variant of "how can I be racist when I fetishize Asian women?" on r/China and other online expat hangouts I'd have enough money for a smoking hot 小三.
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