Saturday, June 04, 2022

What does the Chinese phrase 中菜西吃 (중채서흘) literally mean?

ANSWER: "Chinese food (中菜), Western eating (西吃)," which can translate as "to eat Chinese food in the Western way."

That would usually mean that instead of having communal dishes in the center of the table that everyone eats from by using their chopsticks, each person would have his or her own plate or bowl and serving utensils would be used to transfer the food from the communal dishes at the center of the table to each person's own plate or bowl. That way people could avoid sharing spit with each other.

Thursday, June 02, 2022

What is the Chinese word for "lunch"?

ANSWER: 中飯 (중반), which literally means "middle (中) meal (飯)."

The Korean word for "lunch" is 점심 (點心), which literally means "dot (點) heart (心)." I don't usually eat "dot hearts." In China, 點心 (점심) is a kind of dumpling that the Chinese pronounce as "dim (點) sum (心)." 
 

Monday, May 30, 2022

Besides "teacher," what does the Chinese word 先生 (선생) mean?

ANSWER: husband

And what does a good wife do for her husband?
ANSWER:
她每天給她先生做早飯 (타매천금타선생주조반)
"She (她) everyday (每天) for (給) her (她) husband (先生) makes (做) breakfast (早飯)."

And here is me just being silly: 

Where have all the good women gone?
And where are all the goddesses?
Where's my kitchen Aphrodite,
To cook and clean for me?
Isn't there a beauty with spatula and pan?
I look at my dirty kitchen
And dream of what I need.
I need a housewife.

Friday, May 20, 2022

What is the Chinese word for "flattery"?

ANSWER: 馬屁 (마비), which literally means "horse (馬) farts (屁)," though in China 屁 (비) can also mean "butt." Why?

Because in China (비) is also used as an abbreviation of 屁股 (비고), which is the Chinese word for "butt," though it literally means "farting (屁) thigh (股)." That suggests that the Chinese consider the "butt" to be part of a person's thighs, the farting part.
 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

What is the Chinese word for "tiger"?

ANSWER: 老虎 (노호), which literally means "old (老) tiger (虎)."
兩隻老虎 (양척노호), 兩隻老虎 (양척노호)
Two old tigers, two old tigers
跑得快 (포득쾌), 跑得快 (포득쾌)
Running fast, running fast
一隻沒有耳朵 (일척몰유이타), 一隻沒有眼睛 (일척몰유안정)
One of them with no ears, one of them with no eyes
眞奇怪 (진기괴), 眞奇怪 (진기괴)
Very strange, very strange
    

I am trying to teach myself to read Chinese books and writings using Korean pronunciations instead of Chinese. Why? Because I already know the Korean pronunciations of many Chinese characters and do not want to spend the time to also learn the Chinese pronunciations. If I wanted to learn to speak Chinese, then I would need to learn Chinese pronunciations, but since I only want to learn to read Chinese, I think I can skip Chinese pronunciations and just focus on Chinese grammar. 

 It took me decades to learn to speak Korean, and I do not have decades left to also learn to speak Chinese. 

 Koreans used to write in literary Chinese, and a majority of Korean words are Sino-Korean, which means they are formed from Chinese characters, so by learning to read Chinese I am hoping that I will also learn more about the Korean language. If I were a young man, I would be interested in learning to speak Chinese, but I am no longer a young man.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

How many Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the past 76 days?

 ANSWER: 26,650 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the past 76 days. That averages out to about 351 dead Russian soldiers for each day of Putin's invasion of Ukraine.

  • Russian soldiers killed: 26,650
  • Russian Tanks Destroyed or Captured: 1,195
  • Russian Combat Armored Vehicles Destroyed: 2,873
  • Russian Artillery Systems Destroyed: 534
  • Russian Multiple Rocket Systems Destroyed (MLRS): 191
  • Russian Air Defense Equipment Destroyed: 87
  • Russian Aircraft Destroyed: 199
  • Russian Helicopters Destroyed: 161
  • Russian Vehicles Destroyed: 2,019
  • Russian Ships / Boats Destroyed: 13
  • Russian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): 398

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

How many Russian soldiers have been killed in the first 75 days of Putin's invasion of Ukraine?

 ANSWER: 26,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the past 75 days. That averages out to about 347 dead Russian soldiers for each day of the invasion. If this rate of death continues, there will be 126,533 Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine on the 1-year anniversary of the invasion.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

How many Russian soldiers in Ukraine will see their mothers again?

 ANSWER: I don't know, but 25,500 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the 73 days since Putin's army invaded there, so they will definitely not be seeing their mothers again. That averages out to 349 dead Russian soldiers for each day of the invasion.

  • Russian soldiers killed: 25,500
  • Russian Tanks Destroyed or Captured: 1,130
  • Russian Combat Armored Vehicles Destroyed: 2,741
  • Russian Artillery Systems Destroyed: 509
  • Russian Multiple Rocket Systems Destroyed (MLRS): 179
  • Russian Air Defense Equipment Destroyed: 89
  • Russian Aircraft Destroyed: 199
  • Russian Helicopters Destroyed: 156
  • Russian Vehicles Destroyed: 1,961
  • Russian Ships / Boats Destroyed: 12
  • Russian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): 360

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

How many Russian soldiers have been killed in the first 69 days of Putin's invasion of Ukraine?

 ANSWER: 24,200 Russian soldiers have been killed in the first 69 days of Putin's invasion of Ukraine. That averages out to about 351 dead Russian soldiers for each day of the invasion.

  • Russian soldiers killed: 24,200
  • Russian Tanks Destroyed or Captured: 1,062
  • Russian Combat Armored Vehicles Destroyed: 2,567
  • Russian Artillery Systems Destroyed: 475
  • Russian Multiple Rocket Systems Destroyed (MLRS): 162
  • Russian Air Defense Equipment Destroyed: 80
  • Russian Aircraft Destroyed: 194
  • Russian Helicopters Destroyed: 155
  • Russian Vehicles Destroyed: 1,843
  • Russian Ships / Boats Destroyed: 10
  • Russian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): 291

Friday, April 29, 2022

How many Russian soldiers have been killed in the first 65 days of Putin's invasion of Ukraine?

 ANSWER: 23,000 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the past 65 days. That averages out to about 354 dead Russian soldiers for each day of the war.

  • Russian soldiers killed: 23,000
  • Russian Tanks Destroyed or Captured: 986
  • Russian Combat Armored Vehicles Destroyed: 2,418
  • Russian Artillery Systems Destroyed: 435
  • Russian Multiple Rocket Systems Destroyed (MLRS): 151
  • Russian Air Defense Equipment Destroyed: 73
  • Russian Aircraft Destroyed: 189
  • Russian Helicopters Destroyed: 155
  • Russian Vehicles Destroyed: 1,695
  • Russian Ships / Boats Destroyed: 8
  • Russian Fuel Tanks: 76
  • Russian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): 229

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

What happens to Russian tanks when they park in Ukraine?

ANSWER: They either get blown up or captured.

At least 918 Russian tanks have either been destroyed or captured in Ukraine in the past 62 days. That averages out to about 15 destroyed or captured Russian tanks a day. I have read that Ukraine now has more tanks on the battlefield than Russia does thanks to all the captured Russian tanks.
 

What is it like in the Donbas city of Rubizhne?

ANSWER: It is supposedly like Hell, but the Ukrainian soldiers fighting there seem pretty confident that they will win.
 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

How many Russian soldiers have been killed in the first 62 days of Putin's war in Ukraine?

 ANSWER: 22,100 Russian soldiers have been killed in Ukraine in the past 62 days. That averages out to 356 dead Russians each day for the past 62 days.

  • Russian soldiers killed: 22,100
  • Russian Tanks Destroyed or Captured: 918
  • Russian Combat Armored Vehicles Destroyed: 2,308
  • Russian Artillery Systems Destroyed: 416
  • Russian Multiple Rocket Systems Destroyed (MLRS): 149
  • Russian Air Defense Equipment Destroyed: 69
  • Russian Aircraft Destroyed: 184
  • Russian Helicopters Destroyed: 154
  • Russian Vehicles Destroyed: 1,643
  • Russian Ships / Boats Destroyed: 8
  • Russian Fuel Tanks: 76
  • Russian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): 205

How many Russian tanks can one squad of Ukrainians destroy in less than 4 minutes?

ANSWER: Four. 

I wonder why the Russians did not respond. Were they all taking a bathroom break? No ammunition? Were the tanks abandoned?
 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Does the Biden Administration want Ukraine to drive the Russian invaders out of Ukraine?

ANSWER: No! Driving the Russian invaders out of Ukraine does not seem to be the "policy objective" of the Biden Administration. Their objective is to protect NATO, and they seem willing to sacrifice Ukrainians to do it.

In the following interview, when asked directly if the U.S. policy objective right now was "for Ukraine to defect Russia," the Deputy National Security Advisor for the Biden Administration said the following:
So, I can say our objective is to continue to enable the types of activity that allowed the Ukrainians to win a victory in the battle for Kyiv. Russia intended to take over the capital of Ukraine, to topple the Ukrainian government. The Ukrainians won that battle. We think that exact approach is going to be the way we follow through in the battles ahead, now focused on the south and the east.

After hearing that very vague response, the reporter asked again, "By that logic, is the broader policy goal to see Ukraine defeat Russia writ large?"

The response from the Deputy National Security Advisor was the following:

In our view, Russia has already lost, has already lost many of its initial war aims. They have intended to divide the West. They have resulted in a West and a NATO alliance that is much more united than it's ever been. They thought that they would unsettle, and undermine, and maybe even overthrow the Ukrainian government. President Zelenskyy is firmly entrenched in power and the Ukrainian democracy continues. Russia is more isolated in the world. Its economy is weaker. They are failing at virtually every one of their initial objectives. And our objective is going to be to continue that trend.
"Russia has already lost"? What does that mean? That means that the Biden Administration does not really care if Russians stay in Ukraine as long as they do not invade NATO-member countries. In other words, the policy goal of the Biden Administration is to protect NATO, not Ukraine, and by dragging out the fighting in Ukraine for as long as possible they hope not only to weaken the Russian military but also keep them too distracted to think about invading NATO-member countries.

In summary, the Biden Administration and NATO are essentially using the blood of Ukrainians to protect NATO and the United States, which I think is shameful.

Only when Ukrainians are on the verge of driving the Russian invaders out of Ukraine will the spineless Biden Administration suddenly change its "policy objective" to one of Ukraine driving out the Russian invaders.