I’m not sure what stars aligned in the googley cosmos, but this is the second guest post I’ve gotten this week. In this recipe post by blogger Rosie Zhao, we learn how to make cake in a rice cooker (bless you, Rosie, bless you). This is particularly relevant if you live in China, the land of no ovens. You can find the original post, with delicious cake-filled pictures, here.
Well well well, lookie here. A guest post! Today we’ll be reading Rebecca Chua’s (Chinese name: 蔡幸彤) translation of an essay from her textbook. The post is about the rewards of honesty. I remember my own textbook being full of these types of essays, so thank you, Rebecca, for the traditional read.
Been a little while since I posted, I’ve been a bit wrapped up in my new iPad app, Hanzi Reader, which is, may I say, amazing for reading practice. It’s very much like this site, except you can choose any Chinese text you like, copy-paste it into the reader, the reader analyses the text. After the analysis is complete, pushing any word in the text pops up an English and pinyin translation – truly a wonderful reading tool.
Hey hey! This site has made it through two years online and 100 posts! That makes an average of 50 posts a year, which averages out to a little less than one a week. Not terribly shabby, huh? In any case, on with the Chinese.
I’ve been having a bit of trouble rounding up truly beginner texts, and whenever I try I end up with an intermediate post. But this one, though not earth-shattering, should certainly do. We’ve got three short jokes here of the silly variety, appropriate for young kids.
You know you need a KTV song! Beijing, Beijing is a slow ballad sung by Chinese artist 汪峰 wāng fēng and was in the Baidu Top 100 top 10 for a bit this year. Now it looks like it’s fallen between the 30th and 40th place on various music charts, but it’s still pretty popular, particularly in, you know, Beijing. If you can find it in yourself to embrace the painful 80′s growly I-mean-it man voice and the “Streets of Philadelphia” emo-dad thing, you may find that the song is a good karaoke song if you’re just starting out because it’s repetitive, it’s not abstract, it’s sung slowly enough to sing along and it’s so emotionally over-fraught that it’s fun.