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Re: I am in Asia

Postby one-word-plastics » April 22nd, 2011, 8:23 pm

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one-word-plastics wrote:Mei wen ti in South China. Good reception in Shenzhen.


I'm just curious: are you getting by in Shenzhen with English? Or do you speak Mandarin? Funny thing: I visited Hong Kong once and I actually had an easier time getting around speaking English than I did with Mandarin--and I'm fluent in it!



I'm ashamed to say... After 25 years of traveling in the Shenzhen area I only know about 100 words of Chinese. The reason is simple - I'm always surrounded by English speaking people. And with picture menus, phrase books, iPhone translation apps, and a few other tricks I've never been pressed to learn very much Chinese. I really should know more Chinese.
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Re: I am in Asia

Postby one-word-plastics » April 22nd, 2011, 8:25 pm

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Timf wrote:one word plastics - Wow the knowledge of the Shanghai reception is getting around. Tse Tse, or Mgoi Sai depending on where you are.

davidhu - While Hong Kongers are learning Mandarin, Cantonese is the language of the SAR.


I think that's Xie Xie. That's one of my 100 words.
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Re: I am in Asia

Postby davidhu » April 23rd, 2011, 12:00 am


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Timf wrote:one word plastics - Wow the knowledge of the Shanghai reception is getting around. Tse Tse, or Mgoi Sai depending on where you are.

davidhu - While Hong Kongers are learning Mandarin, Cantonese is the language of the SAR.


I expected HK would speak Cantonese, but I thought I would be able to get around with Mandarin (I had assumed it was a three-language region, including English), but actually very few people whom I asked for directions on the street understood it.

Let me guess: Tse Tse is thank you and Mgoi Sai is no problem/it's ok in Cantonese?

Re: I am in Asia

Postby davidhu » April 23rd, 2011, 12:03 am


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one-word-plastics wrote:
davidhu wrote:
one-word-plastics wrote:Mei wen ti in South China. Good reception in Shenzhen.


I'm just curious: are you getting by in Shenzhen with English? Or do you speak Mandarin? Funny thing: I visited Hong Kong once and I actually had an easier time getting around speaking English than I did with Mandarin--and I'm fluent in it!



I'm ashamed to say... After 25 years of traveling in the Shenzhen area I only know about 100 words of Chinese. The reason is simple - I'm always surrounded by English speaking people. And with picture menus, phrase books, iPhone translation apps, and a few other tricks I've never been pressed to learn very much Chinese. I really should know more Chinese.


Don't feel bad: back in high school, I met a girl whose parents were Portuguese working in Taiwan, was born and raised in Taiwan (she was 16 at the time), went to an international school in Taipei, and still spoke no more than 10 words of Mandarin. She lived and got around just fine.

Re: I am in Asia

Postby Timf » April 25th, 2011, 4:27 pm

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one-word-plastics ; There are different spellings for just about every word in Mandarin. Both your spelling and mine are correct.

davidhu: Hong Kong is trying to be trilingual but as their Mandarin goes up their English goes down.

Re: I am in Asia

Postby lingmiester » May 12th, 2011, 12:08 am

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Re: I am in Asia

Postby Timf » May 15th, 2011, 7:38 am

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I am in Beijing. Jet lagged, but not as bad as usual.

Re: I am in Asia

Postby motocycledog » May 15th, 2011, 5:59 pm


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Hey what about South Korea? I am a professor of design here in Seoul. Anyone in Korea?

Re: I am in Asia

Postby designbreathing » May 15th, 2011, 9:48 pm

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Motorcycledog...I'm in Seoul. Industrial Design Teaching and consulting.
Form follows culture....

I've followed the discussions on this forum since it began...Asia is the future and I'm here to share my views and experiences.

Nice to meet you...http://designsymbiosisblog.wordpress.com/

Re: I am in Asia

Postby epic » May 16th, 2011, 9:25 am

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designbreathing & motocycledog:

I'm in Seoul. I'm actully not here following the design career path. I've moved here for taekwondo, but I'm teaching English to get by. I would love to get design work here, but the closest I found was working at Hongik University.

If something came up, I'd be interested.

Re: I am in Asia

Postby motocycledog » May 16th, 2011, 7:28 pm


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Nice to meet both of you
oh hey I teach at Hongik in the Digital Media Department. @epic Where are you studying Taekwondo? @designbreathing where are you teaching and how is the ID consulting going? I am at motocycledog at yahoo.com.

Re: I am in Asia

Postby epic » May 16th, 2011, 10:04 pm

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mcd: I am training near Gangnam stations - private lessons through someone I met back home. I got told that I'm going to be turned into "Taekwondo robot, like terminator".

I can't wait.

Regarding work, what's the process like to get work at Hongik? I don't have a masters or any university teaching experience.

Re: I am in Asia

Postby designbreathing » May 17th, 2011, 7:47 am

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motocycledog wrote:Nice to meet both of you
oh hey I teach at Hongik in the Digital Media Department. @epic Where are you studying Taekwondo? @designbreathing where are you teaching and how is the ID consulting going? I am at motocycledog at yahoo.com.


I'm on the faculty at SNUST and have worked with a number of consumer product and telecom firms in and around Seoul.
Form follows culture....

I've followed the discussions on this forum since it began...Asia is the future and I'm here to share my views and experiences.

Nice to meet you...http://designsymbiosisblog.wordpress.com/

Re: I am in Asia

Postby epic » May 18th, 2011, 9:17 am

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Have either of you been here long? I'm finding it a very big change from back home...I think in a good way though...

Re: I am in Asia

Postby motocycledog » May 24th, 2011, 12:02 am


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I have been here about 2 years.
Sorry to say if you don't have a terminal degree or are totally famous your chances of getting a full time gig at Hongik are pretty slim. But there are lots of resources in seoul for making things, like cheonggyecheon area for materials and fabrication and yongsan for electronics. How long have you guys been here?

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