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Anthony: Hi I am Anthony.
Echo: 大家好,我是Echo。
Anthony: And Echo, this is the capital of Sichuan province.
Echo: 成都。
Anthony: Sichuan is famous for Pandas, hotpot and hot women.
Echo: Right.
Anthony: And Cheng Doo has a special meaning for me and that I had firsthand experience of the infamies Sichuan earthquake.
Echo: 地震。
Anthony: In the summer of 2008, I was doing a study abroad program and luckily I have brought my camera to class and I actually happened to record the earthquake in progress.
Echo: 嗯,但很危险。
Anthony: Very dangerous and this was my first earthquake. So I am very unfamiliar with earthquake safety protocol.
Echo: 嗯,所以你没有椅子。
Anthony: Yes. Everything happened so fast that I didn’t know what to do. I might have even been laughing running out of the building.
Echo: 真的?
Anthony: Yes.
Echo: 天呐!
Anthony: Luckily for us, our campus did not sustain that much damage but there are other places outside of Cheng Du that were very heavily hit and I am sure you saw this on the news because there is extensive news coverage 24/7.
Echo: 对。
Anthony: Most of the citizens were afraid of aftershocks. So ten cities were built outside where people moved into. We tried to do our part assessing with the rescue effort. So we delivered some milk cartons to the local Red Cross which was an experience in itself. For more interesting experiences from Sichuan and China in general, go to
Echo: Chineseclass101.com
Anthony: I am Anthony.
Echo: 我是Echo。
Anthony: Bye bye.
Echo: 再见。


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Sunday at 06:30 PM
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Have you ever been in an earthquake? What was your experience like?

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Friday at 05:43 AM
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thank you for the lesson transcript

favorite phrase is: 嗯,但很危险。


Monday at 01:11 AM
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Also that people *followed* the construction standards. I remember reading an article a while ago about a shopping center being built in Chongqing or Chengdu where they were still using occasionally corroded steel of seriously substandard thickness in the construction.

Subcontractors and subcontractors and subcontractors: each taking a little bit of profit in watering things down, and with very little in the way of enforcement. Hopefully the Chinese government will get its act together on this sooner rather than later.

Sunday at 11:15 PM
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Your comment reminds me of my experience in Chile. I lived there about 8 months, and had earthquakes almost every two weeks. However, I felt pretty safe there, because there is no “tofu construction” at all. You have to reach a certain housing standard made by the government, then you will be allowed to starting building things.


Friday at 06:54 PM
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Living in the San Francisco Bay area I am very familiar with earthquakes. We have had 3 this week (so far!), though they were pretty small, in the 3.6 to 4.0. They were all very close both in area and depth to my home in Berkeley, so we probably felt it more than any other city in the area. I was here in 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake, our "sort of big one" as we call it hit, collapsing a portion of the Bay Bridge and collapsing one of our double decker type freeways where people on the lower deck were crushed in their cars as they drove home (hit at about 5:05 p.m. on the cay of the World Series which was being held across the Bay-and closer to the epicenter, at the Giants stadium, Candlestick Park. It was scary, but of course the Wenchuan earthquake was much, much bigger than what I experienced, and of course California is much better prepared for earthquakes than any place I've seen in Chengdu (my wife's hometown), and the areas to the northwest like Beichuan which was so badly hit that half the people in town were killed and this was one of the cities where schools preformed very badly while government buildings in the same or exactly same area rode out the quake with almost zero damage. Another example of graft, and resulting "tofu construction" meaning obviously shoddy buildings made out of crappy substandard materials. You don't have to worry about the cadres taking care of themselves first! :mad:

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