Category Archive: Anecdotes

Chinese people, English names

Most Chinese young people, and some of the not-so-young people, have English names, apart from their official Chinese names which appear in their identity cards. Lots of them choose their English name (or their… Continue reading

“Don’t tell anyone you bought them here!”

Two blocks away from our compound there is a wet market where all the old ladies from the neighbourhood go shopping. Sometimes I also go there, as the fruits sold in supermarkets are… Continue reading

“Now you know how foreigners feel like in China”

A few days ago we took John to a sushi restaurant because he felt like eating sushi. John is the 9-year-old son of C.’s ex wife. C. and John lived together for several years… Continue reading

My encounter with the Chinese mafia

In March 2013 we received a strange visit in our office. A group of gentlemen, looking like Chinese rednecks, knocked on our door and asked to see “the boss here”. The receptionist told… Continue reading

A weird marriage proposal

There was this teacher in my university in Beijing. Well, he was not a teacher, just an administrative staff in the office, but he was called laoshi by all the students. He was… Continue reading

The North Korean girl

In September 2009 I was starting my second year in Beiwai (Beijing Foreign Studies University). It was a couple of days before classes started and I was with other returning students in the administrative building… Continue reading

The Hello Kitty plane

Last December we saw this plane in Shanghai Pudong Airport:   We had already heard about it. One of our friends was going to Taiwan very frequently and he had taken this flight… Continue reading

Why I started studying Chinese

I started studying Chinese during my first year in University, back in 2002. I studied Translation and Interpreting, my first foreign language was English and my second foreign language was German. I wanted… Continue reading

“Are you a foreigner?”

We paid for our shopping and headed for the exit. Standing next to the supermarket glass doors there was a kid reading a book. He looked at me. I looked at him. He… Continue reading