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Irish taught to students at Beijing Foreign Studies University

Interesting, with people's interests in learning Mandarin over here, Beijing Foreign Studies University has a course for teaching Irish. Its policy is to teach all the languages in the EU. Read more... (Source: Irish Independent)...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on December 26, 2010 10:32 AM

The popularity of Mandarin

What a coincidence, was talking about Mandarin schools/course in Ireland with some of the 2nd generation Chinese girls recently, and I came across this video based on the popularity of Mandarin in Singapore, Dept. of Education should really watch this:...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on October 8, 2010 09:42 AM

Great to meet up with IBCs today

Had a girlie IBC meetup at Good World today for dim sum (and yes, we had plenty of food leftover). The discussions was ranging from memories and finding out who was where in Chinese School (Dublin, of course, my cousin...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on October 3, 2010 11:57 PM

A Chinese Tongue Twister

Try saying these little ditties. Didn't say I warn ya, Mandarin is complex (still not as complex as Cantonese though). ;-)...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on September 7, 2010 06:42 PM

Chinese Playboy of the Western World

I would never would have imagined this, went to my French teacher's (secondary school) amateur production of the original, I don't think my parents would have allowed me to see it if it was anything like the Chinese version of...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on August 4, 2010 05:47 PM

Minister calls for Chinese in Leaving Cert

Foreign Affairs Minister, Michael Martin calls for Chinese as an option in the Leaving Cert. I wonder when this will ever come in though, it has been several years since I first heard about calls on bringing Chinese into the...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on May 27, 2010 10:47 PM

Did you see the Chinese The Playboy of the Western World?

Just passing this on:- Hi, my name's Emer O'Toole, and I'm doing a PhD on intercultural theatre. One of my case studies is Pan Pan Theatre Company's Mandarin Chinese version of The Playboy of the Western World. The play was...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on March 16, 2010 04:11 PM

British exchange student won Chinese X-Factor

Just saw this from the Beeb, a video on an interview with Mary Jess Leaverland and at the end, she sings a sample song, the best Chinese song sang since goodness knows when, those so-called singers in HK really can't...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on January 22, 2010 12:55 PM

Gordon Ramsay in F-Word tries his hand a dimsum

It was fun watching Sweet Mandarin on the F-word and just wanted to see what else I could find on the site, and found Gordon trying his hand at making dimsum. Heh, you need a patience to make dimsum, and...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on January 8, 2010 04:26 PM

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan on TG4

So, this is a Nick toon, was weird seeing it on TG4 (they also show Spongbob) so kids get to learn Mandarin and Irish at the same time. :) Maybe kindergarden should start teaching Mandarin, kids love watching telly in...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on January 6, 2010 02:20 PM

Mandarin in English schools

I posted about discussions on bringing Mandarin into the Irish Junior and Leaving Cert and just read this morning in the Beeb that English primary schools are introducing it this year and will be compulsory next year. (Via BBC News)...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on January 5, 2010 10:50 AM

Some of the hardest languages for English speakers

I knew it, even Cantonese is featured in it. Yet much more exotic vowels exist, for example that carry tones: pitch that rises, falls, dips, stays low or high, and so on. Mandarin, the biggest language in the Chinese family,...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on December 22, 2009 11:06 AM

Mandarin in JC and LC?

According to The Indo, a third of Irish employers wants students to learn Mandarin. UPDATE: Just read in The Irish Times on the strong emphasis of new languages to be taught in second level, especially Mandarin....
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on November 26, 2009 09:42 AM

10 things about my trip to HK

The weather, definitely not Irish weather anymore, it's the mid-20s and sunny, so I am wearing tees everyday. You know you are in HK because of the cheap and yummy food. I hear Cantonese (and some English) everywhere instead...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on November 12, 2009 09:52 AM

Changing faces and language around us

Being brought up as a Hakka-Cantonese kid, I noticed that Cantonese was predominant language amongst the Chinese community when I was young. A day trip to Dublin would entail dimsum at The Imperial before loading up with Chinese goodies from...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on October 22, 2009 03:52 PM

Different generation of restauranteurs

Being following Sweet Mandarin on Twitter for a bit now. It's really interesting how Lisa Tse is promoting Chinese cooking and the restaurant (also of same name). She just had a twitter event of teaching people to cook today via...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on February 28, 2009 03:59 PM

Meet ups in Ireland

Paul Chiu has been trying to prod me to get meet ups going, but it has not been going according to plan. There are sites that communicates when met ups are available like meetup.com (subscription needed) and upcoming.org (free). I...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on April 27, 2008 04:06 PM

Manhua Exhibition in London

To me, "Manga" in Chinese is Manhua (ok, in Cantonese, or maybe it's the same pinyin for Mandarin!). And there is an exhibition held in London right now! I found out via this interesting article from the Beeb. Location: London...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on March 16, 2008 12:51 AM

Anti-Racist Week - 5th to 11th Nov

Ireland's Anti-Racist Week will from 5th November to 11th November. In Limerick, there will be a few seminars taking place for both employers and employees. An information booklet "Newcomer’s guide to Limerick" will be launched by the mayor on Wednesday,...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on November 3, 2007 10:48 AM

Different way to learn Mandarin

Give a show of hands of those born overseas who can speak Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka etc). *Raises hand Okay, I can speak Cantonese, and understand Hakka. But I have no clue of Mandarin. Mandarin is getting so important to...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on April 12, 2007 10:39 PM

Launch Party in Manchester

Folks from Sweet Mandarin have asked me to forward on their invite to their book Launch party in Manchester. Would you be able to let your members on the site know about the launch - we would love to extend...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on January 17, 2007 08:14 PM

More and more people learning Mandarin

It's great that Mandarin is becoming more and more popular amongst non-Chinese according to the BBC article. I have even mentioned it in past blog entries. But I think it is gaining popularity for oversea Asians as well. I wonder...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on January 14, 2007 12:15 PM

Chinese students and racial discriminations

Came across this news article on Chinese students facing racial discrimination here in Ireland. And the article last paragraph shows how important it is for Ireland to take Chinese students and China's relation seriously. “China is going to be very...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on November 29, 2006 06:03 PM

Immigrants in Ireland

I have notice a massive influx of Immigrants from our EU Eastern European countries. You still hear locals giving out crap that they are taking away our jobs. But how come I still see "wanted help" posters in many businesses...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on October 21, 2006 10:24 AM

Mandarin coming into British schools

From the Beeb online: French for example is declining as an international language, but Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic are all languages of the future. Which is good, but I think English will still be the primary language. I only wished...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on February 18, 2006 03:20 PM

Chinese Garda coming

Just readin the Indo (need registration to read - free) that more than 200 non-Irish recruits passed the aptitude test to join the Garda. And half of them were Chinese! I was doing a search on more news about this...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on February 5, 2006 09:26 AM

Chinese Nannies all the rage in NY

That is what this article said. I blogged about multi-lingual nannies, but the wealthy elite are hiring Chinese nannies and are taking it to the next level! ...many Americans believe China will overtake the US both economically and politically by...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on January 6, 2006 11:41 PM

Holiday celebrations around the world

Saw this article on how other cultures celebrate Christmas. Nice little insight. :) Although in that titbit, he mention the Chinese pronunciation, and it's in Mandarin It is Dun Che Lao Ren (dwyn-chuh-lau-oh-run) or "Old Man Christmas" In Cantonese, it...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on November 20, 2005 09:32 PM

Mandarin to be more proper

Saw this article about Shanghainese to brush up on their Mandarin and then seeing this article about TV hosts not to use HK or Taiwanese accents when speaking Mandarin. Interestingly enough... Only just over half China's 1.3 billion people can...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on September 19, 2005 11:23 PM

BoI targets migrant workers

This is fantastic news! Bank of Ireland are providing Chinese (Mandarin) as well as Polish and Russian staff and literature for migrant workers. Wish they have someone who speaks Cantonese as well. (Discuss at the IBC messageboard)...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on July 9, 2005 10:27 AM

This year, Japanese....

...if you are wondering, yesterday was Japanese exams for Leaving cert students. Wonder when the Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) will make it here, since there are Chinese courses in UK, AS GCE in Chinese and Advanced GCE in Chinese. Would...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on June 26, 2004 03:49 PM

Learning a language

Boingboing's link to "Learning Mandarin is hard for native English speakers" rings true for Cantonese as well. A little inflexion and wrong intonation can cause a smile or a stern look... or just amusing laughter. I am probably very lucky...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on June 4, 2004 09:41 PM

Cantonese Classes at Asian Institute?

My BF was interested, but looks like the Asian Institute here in Dublin is not interested. They (the person) does not reply to emails, return calls or even bother ansering any of them. What's the story? Linguaphone is the way...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on March 4, 2004 01:07 PM

How do I feel as an IBC...

An interesting comment was posted recently. So I will give it a go answering story-style. But here is the comment first: What are the things about you that are Irish? Do you feel that you could go to London, or...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on December 20, 2003 06:50 PM

Mandarin getting more important

I have a realisation that I should take up Mandarin course now. Especially because when I visit HK in the future, people will start talking in Mandarin, which I do not understand! The transition of teaching in Mandarin as apposed...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on October 23, 2003 01:20 PM

Why are there not many Asians in Florida?

Was in Florida last week. Really nice, but what I wanted to write about here is that I did not see many local Asian people in the area of Florida I was at (Port St. John, by the way). Come...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on October 4, 2003 06:40 PM

International Chinese Meetup Day in Dublin soon

Look at what I found while searching (trying to) for Chinese sites in Ireland - http://chinese.meetup.com. It is an international Chinese Langauge meetup, and there is one soon in Dublin. Unfortunately, it is all Mandarin. I want to learn Mandarin,...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on February 22, 2003 10:38 PM

Chinese Culture - Enough influence?

Now that we are in the 21st century, do overseas Chinese have enough influence from Chinese culture?...
Posted in Irish Born Chinese Blog - 愛爾蘭出生的華人的網上日誌 on October 25, 2002 01:24 PM
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