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Sibagu update

This blog has been pretty inactive of late, and the main reason is that I have been overwhelmingly busy with the Sibagu website (Sibagu : Bird Names in Oriental Languages). I’m pleased to announce that sections for Birds of Thailand … Continue reading

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What is a ‘sheep station’?

I’ve always found it more than a little annoying that most of the world thinks the standard English-language word for a large property that runs sheep or cattle is a ‘ranch’. Of course, I know better. Such a property is … Continue reading

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Dutch and Flemish, Mongolian and Inner Mongolian

Recently I was looking at the Wikipedia post on Flemish. Flemish is, of course, the Dutch language as spoken in Belgium. The Wikipedia article explains the various dialect areas involved, and the role of both Hollandic and (to a lesser … Continue reading

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Learning Inner Mongolian (4): Language-learning site

The now completed second term at my Mongolian classes was devoted to building up reading skills. This was done by reading from a children’s textbook. As we went along, we were told the meaning of vocabulary, given an idea of … Continue reading

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Searching for Gladys

In May 2006, inspired by the book A Small Woman by Alan Burgess, I embarked on a trip to Yangcheng (陽城 / 阳城) in Shanxi province. This was my own personal adventure for the May holiday break that year. Rather … Continue reading

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Learning Inner Mongolian (3): Learning the script

I’ve now done a page on making sense of the Mongolian script, based on my learning experience with the Mongolian Language and Culture Classes. As mentioned previously, I started learning this script by myself in 2008 but dismally failed to … Continue reading

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Use of numbers in Chinese slogans

The use of numbers in Chinese slogans is well known and has been covered very wittily by Ted Anthony at his article on Chinese Use Numbers as Slogans. The best-known example is probably the Four Modernisations (四个现代化 / 四個現代化 sìge xiàndàihuà) … can you get viagra at walmart

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Learning Inner Mongolian (2): Spelling pronunciations as a method of teaching

I initially taught myself the traditional Mongolian script in 2008. It was always a struggle to keep the script fixed in mind and even more difficult to hazard a reasonable guess at the pronunciation of written texts. Learning the script … Continue reading

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China decides that second-best is best

It’s now over a week since China wrapped up the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (中国共产党第十八次全国代表大会 Zhōngguó Gòngchǎndǎng Dì-shíbā-cì Quánguó Dàibiǎo Dàhuì or 十八大 Shíbādà) in Beijing. Predictably, in the leadup to that momentous event, the … how much viagra cost in indian rupees

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Learning Inner Mongolian (1)

One reason this blog has become sporadic of late is that I’ve started attending beginner-level Mongolian classes once a week at Minzu University. The classes started in September, but thanks to three weeks in Tokyo and the Chinese national day … Continue reading

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