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Ping: Keith Oates

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Melvil, 1 May 2008.

  1. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Keith,

    I've always meant to ask this - I'm curious - how much chinese do you speak? Is it absolutely necessary in order to live in China?
     
  2. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    I speak sufficiant to go to restaurants, travel on buses and trains and can normally make myself understood at work, but I can't hold conversations. It's not absolutely necessary but it does help a lot and of course it's courteous to the Chinese people to show you've made the effort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Fair enough, cheers!

    I learnt some Mandarin at school and was wondering if my limited amount (and a bit of refreshing) might be up to the possibility of going out there. Nothing at all firm but I'm just pondering...
     
  4. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    i knew a chinese bloke at uni. he has invaluable in the local chinese takeaway. imagine it on a friday night, four deep at the counter, and he gets our order in (in chinese) from the back and the queue was thus jumped.
     
  5. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    :tongue: Very good!

    Now, after not having eaten an 'English' Chinese for yonks, I am overwhelmed by a huge desire for a double chop chicken curry with egg-fried rice, with a chicken noodles starter! ;)

    In fact, the last Chinese meal I had, was with the Keith himself in northern Vietnam!
     
  6. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    And another question if i may Mr Keith...
    I've went to China once... Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing... there are squillions of ordinary folk on wrecks of bicycles... how do you thread your way through these, and how do you cope with frantic traffic (making London look a doddle) or do you cycle somewhere where these aren't an issue?
     
  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    And yet another question! :eek:

    Do people leave 'their' bikes unlocked and then just take any old one out of all the millions left around when they're going home?
    And how bad is bike theft? Must be a field day for thieves, until they get caught.