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10 Mind-Blowing Facts About China

From Plautus , Bacchides, IV, 7, In this comic play, a sarcastic servant says this to his aging master. The rest of the sentence reads:

A measure of the systematic risk faced by an asset or project.

According to legend, he had four eyes and four pupils, and that when he invented Chinese characters, the demons cried and the sky rained millet. The Yellow Emperor, who reigned between BC or BC according to tradition, is regarded as the founder of Chinese civilization. At the time of the Yellow Emperor, records were kept using knots on ropes.

The emperor thought this system was unsatisfactory and charged Cangjie to create a writing system for Chinese. Cangjie did not know how to proceed at first, but was eventually decided to base characters on the special characteristics of animals, birds and other natural phonomena. The emperor was very pleased with the new script and had textbooks produced and sent to the different parts of his empire so that Cangjie could teach people his script.

The Jiahu site dates back to around 6, BC, and some believe that the symbols are Chinese characters, or perhaps a form of Chinese proto-writing.

Appendix:List of Latin phrases (P–Z)

Where is Chinese spoken? Chinese is also spoken by large communities around the world, from Singapore to London to Vancouver, although overseas Chinese are more likely to speak Cantonese or Hokkien, than Mandarin. What you already know about Chinese Well, for starters, your cup of cha in the morning comes from a Chinese word. A few words have also gone the other way too, from English to Chinese. Can you guess what these might be?

Similar to the American use of “shit” wherein calling something “shit” means that it is bad, while calling something “the shit” means that it is good.

Many of these were originally popularized by P. Some, especially the ruder ones, are still regularly used in Real Life. British English , and the Quintessential British Gentleman who probably uses these a lot. Note that this article contains many colloquialisms which may not indeed, rarely do have fixed definitions, therefore to some extent your mileage may vary. It seems there’s some aggro going on!

This one is definitely more used in Australia and South Africa. Also means aggravation in the UK, at least in England. Used as “She’s giving me aggro about Ass is occasionally heard as a Bowdlerised version of arse, a sort-of Foreign Cuss Word. It tends to be used in the sense of “donkey”, so that making an ass of yourself and making an arse of yourself are distinct and “ass” is much milder.

End the isolation of Chinese students in Australia

Allegedly the last words of Pliny the Elder before he left the docks at Pompeii to rescue people from the eruption of Vesuvius in Often quoted as audaces fortuna iuvat. Also worded as audiatur et altera pars “let the other side be heard too”. Refers to the ethical goal of reaching a virtuous middle ground between two sinful extremes. The golden mean concept is common to many philosophers, chiefly Aristotle. Later quoted by Seneca as “quod non mortalia pectora coges, auri sacra fames”:

The markets for financial assets and liabilities with maturity greater than one year, including long-term government and corporate bonds, preferred stock, and common stock.

Voluntary export restraint WTO: World Trade Organization Abandonment value: The value of a project if the project’s assets were sold externally; or alternatively, its opportunity value if the assets were employed elsewhere in the firm. ABC method of inventory control: Method that controls expensive inventory items more closely than less expensive items. The ability to produce a good at lower cost, in terms of labor, than another country.

Appendix:List of Latin phrases

The nation is big geographically, too; only Russia and Canada cover a larger land area. And you better believe all this bigness leads to craziness. The largest dam yet built, it created a reservoir the size of the Kingdom of Bahrain. It holds back some But the truly crazy part? The dam is so big that its construction slowed the rotation of the entire planet.

Bonds are exchanged on open markets including, in the absence of capital controls, internationally, providing a mechanism for international capital mobility.

Link The Chinese Communist Party exploits the isolation of Chinese students to expand its influence beyond its borders. Louie Douvis A few minutes after meeting him, he turned to me and asked: Most Chinese international students I’ve met don’t have any close non-Chinese friends and move entirely in Chinese circles. The Chinese Communist Party exploits this isolation to expand its influence beyond its borders.

The news, entertainment and ideas of Chinese students are controlled and influenced by the Chinese government. Dissenting students fear speaking out because of the further isolation they may face if their fellow Chinese students rule them persona non grata. It means they hardly come into contact with the ideas on which our democratic society was built. It means that they have never heard of Liu Xiaobo. At the forefront of the Chinese government’s grip on overseas students is the Chinese Students and Scholars Association , which has branches at nearly every university in Australia.

CSSAs are active adherents to a mentality that exacerbates the divide between Chinese students and the university community. It encourages them to consider anyone who deviates from the party world view as the enemy. Due to my student reporting, I have been the target of that enemy mentality and subjected to intimidation.

That same mentality has been highlighted by a recent spate of complaints against Australian lecturers who have been criticised by their Chinese students for displaying a perceived anti-China sentiment, including one lecturer who used a map showing borders between China and India not sanctioned by Beijing. Mr Garnaut, now an independent consultant, last month told a higher education summit, that universities needed to be aware of the “red hot patriotism” that China was encouraging on Australian campuses and the potential risk to national security.

Stock British Phrases

Probably India did not have a clear local name earlier because, like China , it seemed to be the principal portion of the entire world, and so simply the world itself. Sumeru or Meru , the only one inhabited with humans identical to us. The only question was how much of it was taken up by India. Indeed, India was once an island in the Mesozoic Ocean, but it moved north and collided with Asia.

In Chinese, we get various ways of referring to India.

Navigation and trade by ship along a coast, especially between ports within a country.

Chinese Phrases – Greetings

The discount rate that reflects only the business risks of a project and abstracts from the effects of financing.

Basic French Phrases, Vocabulary, Grammar, Pronunciation, & Listening Resources

A measure of the relative use of capital, compared to other factors such as labor, in a production process.

Flirting/Pick up Lines in Hokkien Chinese Language