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WHAT IS THE ‘BEGINNER’S SAFETY KIT’ FOR MANDARIN LEARNERS?

9Oct,2016

Since 2012, October 15 has gained a significant meaning to me . It marks the commencement of my Shanghai life, as it was on that day that I arrived here from Chengdu, after unprecedented ( for me, personally) 37-hour train…

TOP EMERGENCY VOCABULARY STRICTLY FOR LADIES!

11Aug,2016

It’s an undeniable fact – girls have it harder when they travel or move to another country. Not because of unequal job opportunities or because we are more afraid than guys. The culprit is our complex physiology.If you have read…

HOW TO APPLY PSYCHOLOGY TO CHINESE FOOD?

10Jul,2016

If you remember my earliest blogging babbles, I mentioned that my university major was Applied Psychology.In short, this is the use of psychology to overcome practical problems in other fields,such as business management, product design,transportation, ergonomics, nutrition, law and clinical…

5 WAYS TO OFFEND PEOPLE WITH FOOD

8Jul,2016

If you read previous Found in Translation ( I know, been a while),you might remember my promise to focus on food – related expressions.In a city home to about 20,000 restaurants (and counting) ,dubbed by many a ‘Dining capital’, knowing…

6 WAYS TO DESCRIBE BEAUTY WITH FOOD!

17Apr,2016

It’s been a while since the last Found in Translation, I know. However, the best things don’t come easily and are always worth waiting for – hopefully those of you particularly keen on this part of my blog will agree….

WHEN IN SHANGHAI,SPEAK AS THE SHANGHAINESE DO!

29Feb,2016

I will never forget my first day in our beloved sin city of Shanghai. After reaching my Mandarin class by bus without getting lost, a girl from the class who would later become my best friend commented, ‘Seems like your…

IF HAPPY-EVER-AFTER DOES EXIST, WHY NOT EXPRESS IT LIKE THIS?!

20Feb,2016

Alright,  we  have covered quite a few useful topics here already: sex, cheating, divorce, drinking…. daily life in Shanghai. The other day, during my evening jog  I deliberated intensely about what might still be missing  and got enlightened – it’s…

4 THINGS FUERDAI WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND

10Jan,2016

Let’s start this New Year’s Found in Translation’s teeny – tiny lectures with some essential life’s knowledge. In 1989 an irritable American academic, Thorstein Veblen,  published his first book – The Theory of the Leisure Class. There, he argues that…

FOUND IN TRANSLATION’S TOP 10

27Dec,2015

So here it is – another year is almost gone. And because the tradition is for all the media to flood us with  ‘life changing,’ ‘can’t-live-without-it’ top 10 lists : celebrity hookups, breakups  or best selfies of the year etc,…

TOP 5 STRUGGLES OF A YOUNG,NEWLYWED CHINESE GIRL

20Dec,2015

Becoming a mature adult that is safe to be around is not easy. Especially when you are an only child ( checked and confirmed myself, however my mum made efforts sending me to quite a few survival camps during my…