A Chinese bank transfer slip - how much can you read?

How I learned Chinese – Part 3: Office Girl

I took a job in Langfang, a small city between Beijing and Tianjin, and my Chinese rose to a new level. I was often the only English speaker in the open office area where my desk was. Eavesdropping became a great language learning tool.

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Swine Flu

So 61 people (last I heard, anyway) at university city have been diagnosed with swine flu.  I’m not worried about getting sick or anything, but things are frustrating!! There are police blocks at both gates. Apparently during the day yesterday they weren’t letting people in or out. When you do go through (in or out)…

…and the new year begins

Hello peoples! It is time for another exciting* installment of the Life of Tanya! As it’s a new year, I’ve tried to clean up the mailing list a little – delete multiple email addresses, added some new friends, etc. As always, if you want off the list at any time just let me know –…

Magnolias at the Summer Palace

Tanya’s Crazy April

Hi everybody! It’s been over a month since my last update and a LOT has changed in that time. April is the one and only month of Spring we get in China so there are dramatic changes in weather and scenery. During April I… went to the Summer Palace for a digital camera scavenger hunt with…

I have a new apartment!

Thanks for all the prayers and well-wishes! I wanted to share my good news with you all :) I found a place! It’s much bigger than I need but I can afford it and there is so much about it that I love! I spoke to my new landlord this morning and will move in…