Lobby bar, I think
2 July 2022 | 2:05 am

From Instagram: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jared Turner (@mandarin_companion) The Chinese of the item circled in red reads: dàtáng ba 大堂吧 ("lobby bar") With 1,500,000 ghits, this expression may be counted as a genuine term in Chinese. Google translate dàtáng ba 大堂吧 ("lobby") Bing Translator dàtáng ba 大堂吧 ("lobby bar") […]

Huge Pinyin on storefronts in Sichuan
2 July 2022 | 2:04 am

Video from Douyin:  Post by Mark Swofford on Pinyin News:  "Big Pinyin on Chengdu Storefronts" (6/30/22): Fan Yiying and Gu Peng have posted a story at Sixth Tone that is both surprising and not surprising at all: State Media Criticizes Chengdu Shop Signs in Romanized Chinese. The main points I’d like to make about this are: […]

A grammar of quickstick errors
28 June 2022 | 2:48 am

Chopsticks:  in cookery, designates: a pair of thin sticks, of ivory, wood, etc, used as eating utensils by the Chinese, Japanese, and other people of East Asia   [C17: from pidgin English, from chop quick, of Chinese dialect origin + stick1] Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 That's for the English […]

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