Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Desperate Quake Victims Await Aid in Indonesia

Heavy rain and damaged roads were hindering efforts to help survivors of a major earthquake in Indonesia, as officials put the death toll at more than 5,100 dead, 6,500 seriously injured and thousands more left homeless.
(statics were just released a while ago)

This is really a devestating news. A co-worker of mine's girl friend is from there. Her village is no more than 15 minutes away from the worst destructive earthquake. Taiwan has already sent a First Aid Group on Saturday to the area. God bless them.

The Indonesian Red Cross site is here.  You may show your support if you wish.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you ever gonna make another Chinese podcast?

11:37 PM  
Blogger JT said...

Hi Anonymous,

First of all, thanks tfor your support (I think you are the same person as previous questions? Why not put a nickname or something so I know which one is you?! :) I've come across that question a couple of times and even by myself! The answer is YES!

At present, I'm sort of stucked at the bottle neck for work and getting extremely busy as the term going toward the end. As a podcaster, I am very much open to the audience for whatever suggestions you make. I would much prefer it to be a two-way communication media!

I'm planning on getting into the tones of Chinese Mandarin, any suggestions or comments?

Thanks for your message again. Highly appreciated! (and a big boost to my low-energy at present)


4:03 AM  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Yeah, I'm the one that posted most of the other questions (if not all) :). Sorry, I wasn't sure how to put my name before. By the way, I've been trying to make up a Chinese name. Do you have any advice? I don't want a long awkward-sounding name like most foreigners use (you know, how they use so many characters just to transliterate their first name). I just want the same amount of characters as a native Chinese. If my name was Andrew Pace, for example, how about 平安? Or are there other characters whose pronunctiations sound kind of similar to "Andrew Pace" that sound more like actual Chinese names? (although 平安 does fit my character...)
About getting into the tones... I'm not sure what you should do for lessons (it's your podcast!).
I don't know... I've learned a whole lot of Chinese from other podcasts and books in the past couple of months, so if you picked up right where you left off it would be too easy for me... however I'm not the only one that listens to your podcast so no problem if you want to start back from where you were.
By the way, what age group do you teach?

12:51 PM  
Blogger JT said...

To Andrew:

First of all, let me congratulate you on your success on learning Chinese Mandarin! It's definitely not the easiest foreign language in the world considering the tones and the writings. But it's not the most difficult I must say. You are on your way! Congrats!

I think it would sounds nice if your name is 裴安如(Pei An Ru). "安" for "平安"(safe and peaceful), "安康"(safe and healthy) or "peace; quiet". "如" for "如意"(as one's wishes).

Personally, I think it's a more classical name, something may relate to a man of literature kind of name.

As for my students' age groups, they range from the crawling 2-yro-babies to 14-year-old-teenagers. But they have one thing in common-- they love learning and having some good laughs with me :-)

P.S. New episode coming soon! Stay tuned...

12:20 AM  

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