David BK Tan

Even Dogs Dislike Me who is a President!

“当家三年,连狗都嫌。”  ——台湾前总统马英九2011年平安夜接受电台专访时如此自我调侃。他说,执政有包袱,主持国家政务不可能每件事都让人民满意,但重要的是面对问题的态度。他也反驳外界给予他的“无能”评价,自认很多几十年都不能做到的事,他都做到了。 Translation: “Even dogs dislike me during my 3 years’ of presidency.” Source (in Chinese) from Singapore’s LianHe ZaoBao : https://www.zaobao.com.sg/wencui/politic/story20111225-165294 – Ex-President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan made this self-depreciating remark tongue-in-cheek during a radio interview in 2011. He said – there are “baggage” in political administration and it is not possible to please …

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A look at China’s pilot of digital yuan via Shenzhen’s “red packet”

Shenzhen has just announced that it is giving away ‘free’ digital yuan in a bid to stimulate consumption. The gifts are 50,000 electronic red packets, each containing 200-yuan (US$29.5) worth of digital currency to selected consumers in the current digital currency pilot. You can read the news (in English) here. I am attaching additional details …

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The Spring Mob

One creative segment of 2017 CCTV Spring Festival Gala for the Year of Rooster to me was the Flash Mob (  快闪 kuài shǎn)  item “Greetings from the overseas Chinese”. Kuài means fast and shǎn means to dodge, hence it means a group of people who perform suddenly and quickly dodging the onlookers after the …

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Springing into action

Below picture (taken from www.news.cn) depicts a woman who is working in the field at Xincun Village of Siba Town in Luocheng Mulao Autonomous County, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Feb. 20, 2019.  It is the time that people across China begin to engage in farming in early Spring. We will cover chūn …

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Let it Snow!

Below shows that a giant panda is resting when snow visits Beijing Zoo on Feb. 12, 2019. Source : www.news.cn. Beijing is a two-syllable word comprising of Běi (third tone) and jīng (fourth tone). We will cover the individual syllables of Běijīng in Lesson 5, so stay tuned!