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Talking with Beauties: Female Foreigners Speaking Korean

Wed, Apr 1, 2009

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After featuring foreigners who spoke Chinese really fluently, I decided to look into foreigners who could speak Korean fluently.  In my search I came across a KBS (Korean Broadcasting Show) called “미녀들의 수다.”  “Global Talk Show” is the official English translation of the show according to KBS, but other English translations include: Talk with beauties, Talking with beauties, a Chat with Beauties, and even the Beauties’ Chatterbox.  The premise of the show is quite simple.  Get beautiful foreign females who live in Korea and get them together to discuss various topics related to Korea.   (more…)

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20 Most Powerful Chinese Celebrities – Part 1

Mon, Mar 30, 2009

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Forbes did an article titled China’s 25 Most Powerful Celebrities where they compiled a list of the most powerful and influential Chinese celebrities for 2008.  This list and rankings was based on a combination of factors like wealth, income, and the number of appearances in popular media (television, websites, newspapers, etc…).  While the list is interesting to read it doesn’t really give a glimpse into who these celebrities are beyond their income and a brief one-liner about them.  I decided to profile the top 20 from their list.  In this 4 part series we’ll take a look at Chinese celebrities ranked 20 all the way to number 1.  Today in part 1 we’ll look at celebrities ranked 20 through 16. In this group there are five celebrities that are related to hustling Kung Fu, badminton, Sam Neil (of Jurassic Park), a fear of flying, and Gucci. (more…)

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French Women Are Sexual Predators

Tue, Mar 24, 2009

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Carla Bruni, an ex-model and musician, who now is the wife of French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been quoted as saying “I am a tamer [of men], a cat, an Italian… I am faithful… to myself. I am monogamous from time to time but I prefer polygamy and polyandry [its female equivalent].”  Granted she isn’t French, but her attitudes on sex seem to be aligning more with the general attitude French females have toward sex.

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Korean Karaoke Videos Are for Everyone

Fri, Mar 20, 2009

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Some of you may or may not be familiar with the folk musical comedy duo named Flight of the Conchords.  They are originally from New Zealand and dub themselves “Formerly New Zealand’s fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo a capella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo.”  As you might be able to tell Flight of the Conchords aren’t your typical band.  HBO loved them so much that in 2007 they launched their own show appropriately called Flight of the Conchords. (more…)

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Becoham – David Beckham Inspired Chinese Condoms

Thu, Feb 26, 2009

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So the story supposedly goes like this.  A Chinese condom manufacturing company was suffering lackluster sales in the marketplace.  In effort to boost sales the company tried one last tactic by changing the brand name to “Becoham” which in Chinese sounds exactly like Beckham, as in David Beckham, the celebrity soccer player.  Thanks to this change now Becoham is the most popular brand of condom in China. Here is the yahoo news blurb that reported this. (more…)

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Genki Japan: Fun Japanese Learning Songs

Tue, Feb 24, 2009

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In my random searching for good or fun Japanese learning materials I came across a website which takes a very unique approach to Japanese learning.  It’s called GenkiJapan.net (though for some reason when you get to the site it redirects to GenkiEnglish.net).  “Genki” in Japanese means “energetic” or “fun” and “Japan” means Japan the country (I couldn’t resist).  Their approach to beginner Japanese is rather than bore you with lectures their lessons are all in sing-song form. It’s not very advanced Japanese learning but like their website says: (more…)

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Top 10 Foreigners Who Speak Chinese Better than Me

Thu, Feb 19, 2009

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Considering my parent’s are immigrants from Taiwan and I’ve been studying Chinese since I was a kid you would think I would be pretty good at Mandarin.  However, I suck.  While it doesn’t take much to find someone who speaks better Mandarin Chinese than me here are 10 non-native Chinese speakers who rock the language. I was inspired by the Peking Order’s blog post Laowise – China’s top 5 famous foreigners. For anyone who thinks that Chinese is impossible to learn let these guys serve as your inspiration.

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Panda, Nature’s Language Master and Teacher

Wed, Feb 18, 2009

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For better or for worse , I’ve started to notice a trend in foreign language education.  Apparently, pandas are the most qualified to teach children foreign languages.   Of all of nature’s animals–monkeys, giraffes, sharks, owls, etc … — pandas are the one animal who’s language ability surpasses all the other animals and is the animal that children will listen to while learning languages.  Don’t believe me?  Just take a look at some of the products out there which feature pandas as the teacher. (more…)

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French Women Not Into “He’s Just Not That Into You”

Wed, Feb 4, 2009

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Liz Tuccillo is the co-author of  the best selling American book HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU and past writer on the HBO show Sex and the City.  After lackluster sales of her book in France, which was also one of the last countries to buy the rights to the book, she decided to investigate why the French had snubbed her mega popular American book.   In this four part video series she tours around France interviewing men, women, and couples to find out if the French are just too proud to read self help books or maybe they know something Americans don’t know.

Before I get to the videos I wanted to contrast how popular the book is in the United States versus France.  I decided to compare the number of customer reviews the book received from Amazon.  In the US vesrion of Amazon.com the book received a healthy 846 reviews (as of today’s date).

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In France, the book is called is translated into Laisse tomber, il te mérite pas ! (which according to google translates to “Forget it, you deserve it!”) and on France Amazon.com it received a whopping 2 reviews.

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I never followed Sex and the City, but I’ve seen snippets of the show to get a feel for each of the characters.  Watching Liz in these videos I can’t help but get the feeling that the spirit of Carrie Bradshaw is haunting me.  Come to think of it that whole show haunts me…Either way these videos are pretty amusing and eye-opening as well. (more…)

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10 Spanish Popular Music Artists You Probably Don’t Know

Wed, Jan 28, 2009

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When it comes to Spanish language and culture, I don’t know very much besides the things most Americans might associate (correctly or incorrectly) Spanish culture with like Taco Bell, Ricky Martin, Tapas, etc…When it comes to “Spanish” singers and music I can only come up with Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Shakira, Selena, and Jennifer Lopez.  Just to clarify that when I say “Spanish” music I mean music that’s in the Spanish language, not necessarily music from Spain. However, that got me asking myself what is popular music from Spain like? Who are the famous and popular singers and what do they sing about? I figured it was time to educate myself, and hopefully others who might not know either but are curious to learn.

Where to start? Like all questions I have I turned to Google to provide me with a starting point. I Googled “spanish pop culture” and found a page dedicated to Popular Spanish Music.  It lists and briefly describes 17 popular Spanish music acts and groups (Spanish as in from Spain or has roots in Spain).  It has links to the Amazon product pages and fan clubs for these bands, but I was more interested in who they are and seeing what they are like.

There are 10 different Spanish popular artists I’ve highlighted.  Here’s my summary of each of the artists:

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