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Israel Lai
Schizophrenically diverse and stupidly ambitious.
Schizophrenically diverse and stupidly ambitious.
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Bel Canton: Hong Kong Slang for Romantic Relationships

At the time of writing, it’s the Chinese Lantern Festival, i.e. the 15th day of the first lunar month, also known as the Chinese Valentine’s Day. And a mere 3 days after that, it’s a day that many Hongkongers either relish or fret about: the western…

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The Art of Transliteration in Chinese: People Names (I)

“What’s my name in Chinese?” I cringe a little whenever I hear this question, because it comes up so often. To Westerners, Chinese is probably the epitome of an exotic language: it sounds sing-songy and weird and looks completely incomprehensible. But all…

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Again, it’s been a while since I last posted! As you might guess, it’s truly been a crazy term for me at university. For starters, I wrote and rehearsed two musical compositions. And as the term progressed, it’s only gotten worse: at the time of writing…

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I’m not even kidding. I’m not a wealthy student; travelling in western countries does take its toll on my wallet. It would’ve been a shame not to do it though, so during my year abroad, I did my fair share of excursions around the European continent, be…

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It’s been a while since I wrote something about my own language learning hobby, rather than my more educationally minded column. And fairly recently (around a week ago), I made a decision that might sound like a big deal or a dumb idea to many, but a…

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Bel Canton: More about words and 字

What’s a word? Funny question, isn’t it. A word is the thing in a text that stands between two spaces. But as you know,in Chinese languages you don’t write spaces. And if you caught up with my introduction, the structure of a text and how we look at it…

TBH I really like G+ right now, how it looks and functions. But practically speaking it's nothing but another reddit...if only I had a proper community here

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Read the previous parts: Day 0 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Thanks to my slow (albeit steady) publishing schedule interspersed with other topics, even the next polyglot event of the year has ended. But fear not! With my thick online face, I shall continue to…
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