Monthly Archives: March 2009

Stubborn Twig

  I have just begun reading this book about three generations of Japanese families living in Oregon. Advertisements

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When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

  I just finished reading this wonderful book by George Carlin, surely one of the greatest American humorists.   This book is outrageous and true.   I highly recommend it.  

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Spelling Rules

I also must remember that, at the beginning of a syllable, “I” is written as “y” (e.g. iě is pronounced yě). “I” is written as “yi” when it forms a syllable all by itself. (e.g. ī is pronounced yī) At … Continue reading

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Third tone sandhi

I must remember that, a third tone, when immediately followed by another third tone, should be pronounced in the second tone, but with the tone mark “3” remainingunchanged.  For example, “Nǐ hǎo” is pronounced “Ní hǎo” “Wǒ hěn hǎo” is … Continue reading

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We bought a parakeet

Allen and his lovely wife just bought a bright blue parakeet.  The parakeet does not yet speak English, let alone Chinese.

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Teaching Chinese to my fish

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Lesson One Chinese

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