Since there are doubtless schoolchildren reading this, let us paint a picture for you: you've just arrived in China after a series of adventures in Southeast Asia and - hungry after the eight hour cargo flight from Nepal - head out to a local canteen to grab some dinner before heading back to your hotel. You've barely walked in when a small gang of local thugs saunters over to size you up. "A foreigner," the leader smirks, "I guess it's about time to see how much milk your stomach can handle...."

Learning Chinese? It doesn't take much experience socializing with almost anyone in China (but perhaps especially northern China) to realize that basically every social event is an opportunity to put this lesson into practice. Birthdays, weddings, and even official work dinners are opportunities for shared dairy consumption with your fellow Chinese friends and coworkers. In this Chinese podcast, we help you figure out what is going on. Just be careful not to die from excessive lactose consumption.
 said on
December 12, 2011
the consensus seems to be:

猜丁壳 (吧)

&& if you look under the "口令" heading it lists a few other 地区's way to say "rock-paper-scissors".
 said on
March 27, 2012
This lesson has really grown on me. At first there didn't seem to be much in the way of grammar or vocab, but my Chinese friends seem pretty impressed that I know about the shrinking head crab drinking game, and it's led to a number of really interesting conversations.

I'm kind of torn with Brendan's question about Echo's childhood games. My Chinese students often ask me the same banal questions about "English/American/Canadian culture" (depending on the nationality they think I am) and I can't really answer them, because, well, it's boring. I share Echo's reluctance to answer but at the same time I share Brendan's fascination with Chinese minutiae of this sort. I actually used it with a language exchange partner to spark a conversation, maybe that's one way it can be used.

Great podcast as always, tho :)

 said on
September 15, 2012

The standard definition of this term appears to be poliomyelitis.

This is quite different from "cerebral" infantile palsy. Cerebral refers to the brain. Polio selectively affects the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord, which make both conditions "upper motor neuron" but anatomically (and clinically) different. Not that we see much of polio these days, thank God.