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  1. Originally Posted By: grungy-gonads
    It took you a few months?!
    Wow, you must be a slow learner.

    I am a soso learner. I never really looked seriously at Japanese. But i think Kanji has less characters the Chinesen, and that should make it a bit easier. I am not sure how many Kanji you need to get by. For Chinese you need about 3000 characters to read a newspaper.

    But I believe one can crack Kanji also with the right method. Problem for most is not really the learning but more the 'forgetting'. If you can prevent the 'forgetting' then your learning will be more efficient. "Heisig's" "Remembering the Kanji" looks like a good approach, I would try that, or similar ways to get the Kanji. And keep doing it every day.


  2. It will most likely get announced on Feb 9th.


    What really sux most on the iPad is the reflective screen. Almost impossible to use outside (other then as a poor quality mirror). Of course Apple fans will disagree, but I look at the device from a users point and not as a collector and certainly not as piece of worship.


    Another annoying thing, more general though, is iTunes. That I can't get Apps from other iTunes stores. I wanted to get the free Aldi-Süd App from iTunes Germany to keep me informed about discounts, but can't get it.

  3. Forget it!


    At least for now. Coz you lack the basics. How can you have a conversation without the basics?


    I don't learn Japanese, but the ways to learn a language, any language, are similar anyway.


    1. Get a good course (book + CDs). Check what's good. Ask for recommendation here. Then buy it and do the course.


    2. I really mean DO the course and not just browse through chapter 1-4


    3. Learn to read Hiragana and Katagana. It's simple and you can do that within a day. Kanji is more difficult though and can take a few month intensive study.


    4. Get some alternate source to read or listen Japanese. Soap, funny stuff, Jav porn, type does not matter, but you must be interested in the topic, not just coz it's Japanese.


    5. Get some primary children books that avoid Kanji as much as possible. Look at simple Kanji anyway.



    After you finished the course you can identify your weaknesses and get an online tutor to help you in that area. You can look for some on MSN, Skype etc. iTalki is very good, so is polyglot-learn-language.


    Not sure what you think about lingq, but I do have great respect for Steve Kaufmann. You can watch him here (1/5):


  4. Originally Posted By: Ezorisu
    If the bucket trick didn't work, there are always "adult diapers"...

    And while on the slopes they would also add more safety padding to your snowboard gear - and as an extra plus you avoid time wasting loo times! And since you snowboarders sit next to your board in the snow anyway it they give an extra layer of warmth, plus the warm poo!

    More cushioning + more time on the slopes + warm ass = win-win-win!
  5. Strange story. I wonder what their motives were. I think that happens not too often in Germany.


    What sounds rough here is maybe due to communication problems. Those police on the beat may not speak English well. Plus they like your hands to be were they can see them. Attacks on police are on the rise in Germany so I fully understand that. Why they asked you in the first place puzzles me.

  6. Originally Posted By: Mamabear
    not too sure I would be keen to pour the kettle over the [ahem] used loo - the rising stench would be worse than closing the lid and waiting for the weather to warm up! lol

    Coz I anticipated this potential problem I added a 'first'....

    If the ubend is solid frozen that won't help much I guess.
  7. I presume that hopefully other water in the house still work.


    In the very worst case, for those who don't know, snow melts into water when it gets over 0ºC.


    And again a practical advise, if you need to chose the "outside option" for your urgent toilet demands and still want to melt snow later do not grab your snow from the same spot!

  8. Originally Posted By: RobBright
    Great idea, pouring down water into an iced up toilet. :confused:

    If the inlet has iced up, there is a good chance the ubend or outlet has frozen too.

    Well, it said "Water supply non existant, iced up.". The ubend does not hold that much water, maybe you can break it. Or try to flush with hot water first.

    The main drain pipe is hollow and does not have water in it.
  9. Originally Posted By: pie-eater
    But, what is "beef"?

    It's not THAT finely minced, you can still see a normal beef structure.

    If you want to rant then go for the chicken nuggets, they are finely minced and I don't want to know what's all in it.
  10. Originally Posted By: Valve Bounce
    Originally Posted By: sunrise
    buy the smaller sized (cheaper) ipod touch and you'll have wireless.

    Actually, I wouldn't mind buying an iphone when I am in HK; the only trouble is that I don't have any contacts in HK anymore as I left there 13 years ago. I do know where to shop, but have heard some people ended up with fakes or copies which didn't work so well.

    iPhone 4 is currently (since Oct.) not available from Apple in HK and in the shops you pay WELL above the Apple price (HK$~7000 vs. HK$4988). The chance to get fakes is slim though.

    I bought an iPod Touch for my mobile WiFi use and I LOVE it. Only drawback, in China many hotel don't have WiFi and only Ethernet in the room, but a small RouterBridge can fix that (or Apples AirPort if you don't mind the US$~100)
  11. Originally Posted By: panhead_pete
    Originally Posted By: stemik
    Interesting to see. The lady without gloves on the pull lift....wow must be strong.

    She is a real champ.

    Thanks for the info Kraut, will be going to Harbin to see the Ice Festival on the 10th but will still drag my gear up there smile

    Google for "Yabuli", it's one of the biggest resorts in China. Bring also cold weather wax, you can have -30ºC on the slopes.

    (I had -28ºC on the top of mount Sölden and you could feel that the wax was not for that temperature - plus! - you MUST use a face mask!)

    Harbin Weather Link
  12. Originally Posted By: RobBright
    If Australia win, cue cries of "Australia isn't part of Asia..." blah blah blah. wink

    But in terms of football if not in Asia then they would need their own group with just NZ, and with some good will maybe the South Pole in it.

    AU and NZ in the Asia group is certainly good for otherwise below average football.
  13. Coz Pinyin got only introduced in the 1940th or 50th and nowadays all cities in China follow that romanization now. Other examples are Qingdao/Tsingtao or Chongqing/Chunking.


    IMHO that is something good, specially since we have in HK very poor romanization from Cantonese. 'Gold/金' is gam, but can be kam, kan, gan or jin. No system at all, just one big mix.

  14. Originally Posted By: Tubby Beaver
    a bit of a sidetrack here, but in Japan they still call Beijing, "Peking". Why did the name change after the commies took over?

    Nothing related to commies at all. Beijing would be the correct mandarin for 北京, or to make it very exact, Běijīng.

    Peking derives probably from the Cantonese "Bak King" and is still the cities name in some languages, German i.e.
  15. Originally Posted By: panhead_pete
    Have you been to any of the others Kraut?

    Nope, I did intensive research about ski in China but never went. Since I need to fly somewhere and then travel by bus a few hours time would be similar to Japan. I have checked for Yabuli near Harbin once, but cost was higher then Japan. And after you spend all that money on tickets you get one 500m slope.

    If I were in Beijing (or whatever place near a slope) I would try it, but just for ski. No.

    Originally Posted By: panhead_pete
    Appears there is something happening at the Bird's Nest at the moment...



    ...but last month I was in Sölden in Austria.
  16. Originally Posted By: Mantas
    I'm on the third book of Stieg Larssons trilogy. A very popular best seller at the moment. I don't normally read fiction but this is very good. I'm surprised no one has mentioned it here yet.

    I mentioned it! I finished the 1st one (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) last week and this book makes one really greedy for more pages. Took me just 4 days or so. Really eager to start #2....
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