Thursday, December 15, 2005

A New Look!

The web page has a new look! I collected some pics I took in Taipei and created this banner and hope you folks will enjoy it. BTW, Episode 4 is coming soon! Keep listening and let me know how you like the new banner.

Wan An!

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Taipei? Taibei?

Recently there's a question that really intrigues me. Why is Taipei not "Taibei"? It's actually the first time that came across my mind. I've never used the spelling of "Taibei" as far as I can remember, not that it's not correct(the sounds are definitely correct), because in the pin-yin system this is how you spell it in order to spell for the character "臺北 / 台北(táibĕi)". But the thing is, I just don't think I live in Taibei at the moment. After all, the word isn't just a sound, it's a city with some history behind it.

Let's see how people in the world pronounce this city's name:

Tā'īpa'eتائی پئےUrdu
Taibei臺北 / 台北Chinese

French* (thanks to Ronan's correction)
Dutch, English
Taipei台北 / タイペイJapanese
TajbèjТайбэйBelarussian, Russian
Hungarian, Polish
Tāybāyتايباي / تايباىArabic
Tāybayتايبي / تايبىArabic


Or you can try Google "taibei" and see what turns out. It actually asks me "Did you mean to search for: taipei "

Wan An!


Saturday, December 03, 2005

Night 3: Are You Looking 4 Ur Friend?

**Episode 3 is available now!! Click the icon to download or stream it online by visiting my PodcastPickle or Odeo pages.** (and gimme a quick vote!)

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After several struggles of gathering ideas and sorting information, I am finally putting together all the pieces to make a good show for you. I’ve been extremely busy and handling so many projects altogether. All I know is that a man can only do what a man can do… that is: STOP GIVING ME ALL THE EXTRA WORK!!! Don’t expect me to show up on a free-service at 8 o’clock on Saturday morning while I only got home half-dead every Friday night at 11p.m.! And yes, I will try to do something to my jammed-packed schedule. There’s just too much to handle at the moment. I need more time and space. Ok, enough for the bitching.

For the couple of weeks, I successfully (I don’t know if I should say that) got some more emails and comments. Some people suggest me to put out the printable material for reviewing which I agree. So if you out there who need this, please let me know, ok? But considering this is the similar approach that I pick up some basic German and French, I would strongly recommend you to listen to it tons of times. Preferablely 3 times in a row daily! This will deepen your impression and train your ears to get used to the Chinese sound. And in the near future, I will put up a special session focusing on the Chinese tones with its Pin-Yin systems. So stay tuned!

I’ve updated my website and added more banners which enable you to Auto-Subscribe if you have newsreaders like NewsBurst, Rojo, Newsgator or Bloglines. But most importantly, you should definitely check out my Podcast Pickles page as well as my Odeo and Yahoo Podcast pages. The links are right on the side bars. If you happen to be on those pages, don’t forget to vote for me if you think my Podcast is cool. Thanks in advance!

Aside from that, you can now leave a message without needing to sign up for Blogger because I’ve disabled the function after realizing that I can actually save my audience’s time. So just leave a comment. This would really put a smile on my face :-) And one should never under-estimate the power of word-of-mouth.

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I've launched the Headline Animator. It's a cool tool and can make my Podcast look more interesting (and professional). I decided to give it a try and please tell me what you think. PLEASE!! Your opinions really are valuable to me!! This is the best way to help improve my site and show your support!

The long-awaited Episode 3 is coming up soon. I've been quite busy but always I take time to think about how to teach better and easier. Hopefully everything you learn will come to use someday :) Stay tuned!

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