On Saturday, 17 May 2014, and again on Sunday, 18 May 2014, Beijing will hold its annual Foreign Languages Fair (World Languages Fair). I’ll play a very active role this time ’round.
Readers, both old and new, of the book, as well as subscribers via the WeChat / AM774 web site channel, are welcome to join me onstage or offstage. I intend to make this an open forum so that people go away with lots of learning to make their next overseas trip smoother, or to make their next encounter with expats in China less difficult.
So to make this conversation two-way and to make the learning “stick”, there will be take-home handouts (expected to be plenty in number). ▶
This report was first published in Chinese on 16 April 2014 by reporter Wang Dongliang of the Beijing Daily.
The Handbook of Everyday English was released yesterday by the Beijing Municipal Foreign Affairs Office and the Beijing Speaks Foreign Language Committee, amongst other bodies. The WeChat and e-learning channels were launched at the same time. Residents are now just taps away from learning English.
David Feng, international teacher at the Communication University of China and a member of the Handbook‘s editing team, spoke about the launch to our reporter. He stated that in spite of city efforts to improve English and train reception industries ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, there are still reports by expat drivers stopped by police officers, only to find they were unable to speak English well, being only competent to say, “My English is very poor”. ▶
2013 is a new year for us, but this year is special — it will be the first year since 1987 where each of the four digits of the year is a different number. And that’s a hint for you to “be different” this year. Much like Apple’s former slogan, Think Different, set it out from the rest of the pack, being different and going to different places is probably the best way to start the new year right, and to give you one of those beginnings you won’t quite easily forget.
Probably the best way to start this new trip is to take to somewhere totally new on the first day itself. I still remember my first short-haul trip right on 01 January 2012, when I took the train to Langfang — not too far away, a mere 60 km outside of Beijing. But at least I got off my sofa and went somewhere. I think you can do more than just 60 km in the new year: try heading to a city or a country you’ve never been to — ideally on the first day. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and into newer territories.
After being probably scared to death last year about “Are we going to die in 2012?”, I’m sure you’ve been scared as much as I’ve been. The good news is: We just about all survived. So here’s a thing: take into the new year and go places. ▶
I will be appearing with wife Tracy on Sunday, 08 April 2012, from 18:00 through to 20:00 (Beijing time) on Top FM 101.8 on China National Radio (CNR). We’ll be talking about trains and Chinglish!
For the full two hours (which is quite a bit when you think about it), our live show will go through the amazing stories of my 120,000+ km of train travel, 2,200+ Chinglish shots, as well as my travels in nearly 20 countries and territories. I’ll also do a bit of “multilingualism” over the airwaves.
You can listen in online on at Top FM 101.8 — either in Beijing at FM 101.8 or over the online airwaves. ▶
I’ll be on Radio Beijing’s well-known Music Radio tonight (21:00-22:00 Beijing time), 20 July 2011, talking about multilingualism, English in China, and this insanely fun Chinglish phenomenon. I knew that I had to stay in the business of — well, finding and rooting out Chinglish, when I went to the bank and they asked me for my Sex of Gender.
(Male, in all cases.)
I’m also going to be, as they say in perfect, excellent Chinglish, make big the propaganda about my latest Chinglish concoction — Jiong Chinglish (囧图就在你身边: 雷人 Chinglish), my April 2011 debut work. I might be able to sneak in on some of my latest findings. I’ll leave you with one of these now:
(Temporary Bus Stop)
As of late, more and more people in China are expressing concern about Green Dam — new software that’s supposed to keep people away from “unhealthy” sites, but which others have concerns about regarding content control and general security. This doesn’t make it quite “green” at all!
Lately, I’ve been interviewed by lots of media, both online and offline, in the UK and elsewhere. My concerns expressed were less political / “censorship”-related, and far more issues regarding how secure the new software was, as well the existing issue of sites in China that already have low-brow content in the form of controversial ads. Some content were already quite “suggestive” — even on officially approved sites!
The most interesting thing that happened was that during one of the interviews, late-breaking news came and I was informed the plan to roll out such filtering applications would not go ahead. ▶
I hope this edition of Travel Bar — What A World, which was co-hosted once again with Juanzi, doesn’t land us in editorial trouble (or end you up in the loo after you’ve “savored” our odd collection of eatables). We’ve come out with some of the craziest snacks, food, and “eateries” all around on the surface of our planet.
- Monkey Toes (doesn’t sound good over the mic)
- Squirrel Brain (I love squirrels; do nothin’ to ‘em!)
- Calf’s Head (un-Swiss)
- Pork Brains (sick-o!)
OK, so now that we’ve told you what you won’t hear… it’s time to get ready for your arrival in the land of Square Watermelons, Wasabi Choc Blocks, and more. ▶
I’ll be on the air again at Net FM (netfm.com.cn, AM 774) from 20:00 through 21:00 on Wednesday, August 6, 2008 and will be on all about Beijing.
This show sees me as both a Beijinger and a Laowai, for I’m a Beijing-born resident with a Swiss passport. The show will see a mix of views both local and international, and will see me talk about discovering Beijing, Beijing in the mix, Beijing A to B (although not the website itself!), Beijing beauties (especially the gorgeous scenery), and a lot more. The Olympics — oh yes, that, too, will be part of the show! ▶
Another blog to call mine for the moment.
I’ve started a bilingual (English and Chinese) blog at Radio Beijing, where I’ll throw in a few pics about topics I’ll talk about. And I’ll update it when the spirit moves me (in other words, as soon as humanly possible).
Technically speaking, the site’s in China, so for those of you outside the mainland access to the site can get a tad on the slow side. (Ask the techies for the 101 on why this is the case.) However, I’ll still be able to feed this whole thing via my Twitterfeed — just subscribe to David Feng on Twitter (twitter.com/DavidFeng), and you should be able to get all updates. ▶
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January 3, 2008. A live travel show on the air. Hey, it couldn’t get any better — what a way to kick off the new year!
It was brilliant… I finally got the “kind of semi-job” or “add-this-to-my-other-gigs job” I was looking for: being a regular guest on a travel program on Radio Beijing. The host: Jane (or Juanzi) Chen, one of the very people I used to work with during my Radio Beijing internship. I corrected scripts and did voiceovers back in summer 2006 (did you catch me over the airwaves then?).
The task: share your thoughts on a few “odd stories about highways”, then introduce yourself. Fill up the airwaves for a full hour. ▶