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Post time 2014-5-7 13:50:36 |Display all floors
Thank every member who answered readers' questions from last time. Chinese English learners from Wechat are very happy to recieve your replies. Here are more questions from them:

1 In China, we have here the so-called "courtesy seats" that are reserved for the elderly, pregnant women, sick people and children on subway and buses. Do such courtesy seats exist in your country? Is the translation appropriate?


2 How to choose an appropriate English name? Foreign companies in China like to call staff's English name. So many of us need to have a English name. I know the common practice is to find a English word that sounds similar to your Chinese name. But what if there's no similar name? I have a friend who was asked to choose himself an English to use in the workplace. To avoid the embarrassment of having a same name with other colleagues, he chosen a rare name: Casper. But the company did not use the name. Maybe they think it was too odd.

3 We know that westerners greet each other by hugging and kissing. But how exactly do they do it? What's the extent of the hug or kiss? What's the etiquette?

4 Why do Westerners like to adopt Chinese kids, or Asian kids?

5 There's a catchword in China to describe a fan who adores her/his idol so much that she/he believes every single word by her/his idol. No matter what her/his idol does, she/he thinks it's good and reasonable. Is there an equivalent to that word in English?

6 Chinese couples take wedding photo in photo studios before their marriage. They choose several suits of dresses and a few scenes from dozens of options the studio offers. A photographer will tell the couple how to pose and smile. The photos will be photoshopped to perfectness before sending to the couple. They will hang them on the wall of their new house on the Big Day. This kind of wedding photo costs at least RMB4000. I never see that happen in Western movies. Do couples in the west take wedding photos?

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Post time 2014-5-7 18:24:14 |Display all floors
1, courtesy seats exist in the UK but why the need for them? Would it not be better if people automatically gave up their seats if someone in need was standing, I hate to see kids seated while old people are standing and often in China your see kids sitting while their parents stand, it shows a lack of respect

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Post time 2014-5-7 18:26:46 |Display all floors
I realise that English names are sometimes needed ( but I am not a fan of this and prefer Chinese names to be used where possible ). To choose a name how about searching the internet for lists of currently popular names given to babies at the moment, that way they will be more up to date. Avoid using words that are rarely used as names in English speaking countries.

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Post time 2014-5-7 18:28:31 |Display all floors
3, this question can not be answered, it differs from country to country and to some degree differs in different parts of the same country, there are no hard and fast rules

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4, Actually more Westerners adopt kids from their own countries than they adopt Chinese kids. When they do adopt Chinese kids they feel they are doing good and realise that the chances of adoption in many Asian countries are slim if only relying on their own countryfolk to act

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Post time 2014-5-7 18:34:19 |Display all floors
6, In the UK wedding photos are taken only on the wedding day and include different cloths only if the couple choose to change for the evening function and although the photos are formal they are less contrived than those taken by Chinese couples.

In the UK many of the photos also include friends and family, we find it odd that Chinese couples take pics months before the wedding and in the UK it is considered unlucky for the groom to see the brides wedding dress ahead of the ceremony

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Post time 2014-5-7 19:08:04 |Display all floors
Yes it does exist in Africa .In Africa ,we don't only give seats to the elderly ,but help the elderly When u see him or her carrying sth .When an elderly is carrying sth we have to go and carry it for him or her to his or her home .

We also greet elderly by kneeling down or kowtowing .
Its raining in Gz now just indoors

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