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Old 2009-10-24, 07:31 PM   #16
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Also, sorry my pictures are so large. Will shrink them down in the future.
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Old 2009-10-25, 04:21 AM   #17
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Sorry, lost the chinese characters in my previous post. Here they are again.
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Old 2009-10-25, 06:46 AM   #18
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Johnfoss, you know both Cantonese & Mandarin!!
Uh, not really. I know "unicycle" in a bunch of languages but I'm by no means an expert. "Danlunche" is how they said it in Hong Kong, at least among the unicyclists I knew there in the 90s and 80s (HK Cycling Association and others).

The "Doo lun churr" version is my spelling of the way they said it in Beijing. That said, anyone actually living in Asia is way more Chinese than me.

In 1983 I went to Denmark and visited Jean Ascher, founder of the Dansk Uni Cykel Union. At the time, he told me there were three possible ways to say/spell unicycle in Danish. I asked him which one was the official one, and he said none. I suggested it was up to him to establish one. Not sure what they ended up with, or if it stuck...
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Old 2009-10-25, 06:46 AM   #19
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Well we now learn that John's northern chinese
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Old 2009-10-25, 02:02 PM   #20
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@johnfoss - yes, I think in Beijing they put the r sound on a lot of words, its like our southern affliction ( I was born in the south).
I asked a student tonight for clarification and he said the danlunche is more common to him (he is from this area) but he recognized both terms.
I wonder what it is in Hungarian, arent they supposed to have like 40 noun cases so the word used depends on the sentence structure?
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Old 2009-10-25, 02:17 PM   #21
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@the wandering unicyclist - pretty entertaining writing.
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Old 2009-10-26, 09:06 AM   #22
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Here is my chinese english classes choice of word for "unicycle".
By the way, for anybody out there who needs a new life experience, there are hundreds, probably thousands of ESL jobs teaching English in China. You could teach them to ride a unicycle, they would love it
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Old 2009-10-26, 01:32 PM   #23
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Perhaps you should just say that your name is "Dan Lunche". It will make the explanations much easier.
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Old 2009-10-26, 11:11 PM   #24
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Your right. Lets just make it Dan Lunch.
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Old 2009-10-26, 11:48 PM   #25
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Clear as mud. Apparently your students will say what they think you want to hear!

My dad had a 1965 MGB.
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Old 2009-10-27, 12:46 AM   #26
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@johnfoss - yeah, it was a terrible experiment.
The chrome bumper mgs are great, I didn't really know about them before I got involved with my rubber bumper one but no regrets.
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The chrome bumper mgs are great, I didn't really know about them before I got involved with my rubber bumper one but no regrets.
My dad bought his MGB new, and drove it to work every day. In Michigan. By 1975 it was a rusted out piece of junk. He referred to the rubber bumpers on the later ones as a moustache.
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Old 2009-10-27, 06:10 AM   #28
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My dad bought his MGB new, and drove it to work every day. In Michigan. By 1975 it was a rusted out piece of junk. He referred to the rubber bumpers on the later ones as a moustache.
It's true that MGBs tend to rust, especially in the sills and wheel wells where water and salt accumulate. I built my MG from two shells and it still has rusty sills and fenders. Its slow and not very nimble like many other sports cars and lacks the sports car sex appeal of a TR8, or Spitfire, or Miata or any highend sports car. My MG is old and creaky and sometimes breaks down on the side of the road but I don't get angry with it and berate it, I laugh about it and fix it and motor on. And one thing I would never, ever call it is "a rusted out piece of junk". Having an MG is in fact a love affair with a car that has personality, simple needs, and a history - kind of like you might have with someone you really love.
As to the moustache, even that grows on you.
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