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2013-10-09 10:57:47 PM  

Kit Fister: I am a stubborn gun owner. No thanks.


Right there with you:

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2013-10-09 10:58:01 PM  

Ohlookabutterfly: OgreMagi: Thunderpipes: Ya, because EU countries are doing soooooo well.

They always forget their social programs were basically paid for with American tax dollars.  They don't pay for a military because the American bases keep them safe.

Personally, I'm all for closing all the bases in Europe and reducing our military along with the military budget by that amount.  We can no longer afford to be the world police.

No. You jerks ruined the world economy back in 08 and I lost my first home because of it. America has way more to make up for to the rest of the world than a few stupid useless military bases(who are you protecting everyone from, zee Nazis?) so take that bullshiat America first protectionist attitude and pound it. I say you guys hang all your wall street leeches and spread their wealth among all the worlds poor, downtrodden, and hungry, eh?


They aren't just useless military bases.  I won't pretend that the US spends almost half of its budget on the military for the protection of other countries (it's mostly for US self-interest) but a genuine side-effect has been the subsidization of military power for allied countries since the end of WWII.  Canada benefited directly from the nuclear umbrella during the cold war whether they wanted it or not and indirectly from weapons development for traditional warfare.  That isn't besmirching the Canadian military, it's just something that happened.

Japan, however, ceded almost all military functions to the US and we supported them during their industrial regrowth post war.  Parts of Europe did to a lesser degree.  It was a symbiotic relationship that allowed the US to take advantage of a stable industrial base and allied or axis countries to take advantage of a lower military cost.

Of course, that relationship is now fraying, but it's probably all good.  The US can still be isolationist because of geography, so if we decide to circle the wagons, it's an option for us.
 
2013-10-09 11:01:59 PM  
As globalization occurs
All will be shared.

Soon, all good stuffs will be available everywhere.
Then the cream rises to the top.

Americans distribute theirs...Europeans distribute theirs...
and so on for Asia, Africa, etc.

You can't keep a good thing secret.
 
2013-10-09 11:02:56 PM  

Secret Master of All Flatulence: Kit Fister: I am a stubborn gun owner. No thanks.

Right there with you:

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The vegetable chopping knife rules!
 
2013-10-09 11:05:21 PM  

Kit Fister: Holy hell a lot of hate for America here.


America, there's a lot to hate, and a lot to love. I'm feeling very emotional... *sniff*
 
2013-10-09 11:09:23 PM  
There are no king-sized Snickers in Europe
 
2013-10-09 11:11:39 PM  

RightToWork: olddinosaur: The residency tax in Switzerland is seven times your monthly rent, and since the cheapest apartment you are likely to find will run you $3000 a month, you are looking right into the teeth of $21,000 a year.

But on the plus side, there are no slums, I never saw a house I would not consider living in, and there were no tramps panhandling on the streets.  You can look down into a river and see fish swimming, walk through a forest where men have cut timber for 50,000 years and there are still plenty of trees, and walk the streets with no fear because there is almost no crime.  The people are so honest, if they see a Franc on the sidewalk they won't pick it up because it does not belong to them.

Beautiful place.

I'm not accusing you of it, but it comes off as silly to me when Europhiles pick some small, rich, homogeneous country in Europe to compare to the U.S. as a whole. We have places like you've described in the U.S. as well, with similar populations - they just aren't independent countries. It would be like if we put a fence around the millionaires living in Montgomery County, Maryland, declared it a territory, and then compared it to the average European living situation to prove the U.S. is superior. The U.S. has slums, sure, but not every county has them. It's always struck me as an apples-to-oranges comparison.


Yeah, Aspen is a great country.  Why can't everyone be rich white people?

What's amusing is when European style countries with smaller, homogenous populations get exposed to an influx of immigrants.  Two examples off the top of my head are France and Australia.  The number of illegal immigrants in the US is greater than half the total population of Australia.  Australians, however, are freaked out about boat people, who make up less than the number of people who overstayed a visa.  France simply doesn't have any idea what to do with their immigrants, so they choose to ignore them.  But in each case, you could play a game "US Southern white person circa 1902 or Australian/Frenchman?" when talking about minorities in each country.  France has already built their slums.  Australians are trying to avoid it by kicking people out.
 
2013-10-09 11:13:26 PM  

ransack.: There are no king-sized Snickers in Europe


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2013-10-09 11:13:57 PM  

rogue49: As globalization occurs
All will be shared.

Soon, all good stuffs will be available everywhere.
Then the cream rises to the top.

Americans distribute theirs...Europeans distribute theirs...
and so on for Asia, Africa, etc.

You can't keep a good thing secret.


All people will become the color of Padma Lakshmi.
 
2013-10-09 11:18:05 PM  

ransack.: There are no king-sized Snickers in Europe


True, but I've seen very few king-sized Snickers-sized Europeans.
/And they were OLD.
 
2013-10-09 11:22:53 PM  
Dammit...I just bought a car
 
2013-10-09 11:22:58 PM  

ransack.: There are no king-sized Snickers in Europe


No wonder they're always douches.
 
2013-10-09 11:23:33 PM  

gja: Bob Down: [th08.deviantart.net image 850x679]

Awww, how cute. Coming from somone's whose country was founded by the worst criminal elements the British empire had to deal with.

/glass houses and whatnot


Too much salt?
 
2013-10-09 11:26:13 PM  
"We are a nation that has a government-not the other way around."
-Ronald Reagan
 
2013-10-09 11:26:37 PM  
The money to do so naturally.  I'm stuck here
 
2013-10-09 11:34:33 PM  

perigee: Reason 1: Europe won't take you.

Two rules:
- Can't go without a job offer.
- Job can't be offered unless Nobody in the EU can fill it better than you.

So, unpack.


"Sorry, we're deporting all these illegal immigrants. You can have them back. You know, white people, black people, yellow people. They're yours, Europe/Asia."

/is red people
 
2013-10-09 11:41:04 PM  
I live half the year in Belgium, and half the year in Philly. And half of the year I wish I were in Belgium.

The article mentions most of the reasons, but ignores one thing the superior school systems of Europe.
 
2013-10-09 11:41:06 PM  
Moving to Europe or Canada is for rich people.  So yea, were all farked.

/really wish I was rich, never will be.
 
2013-10-09 11:53:33 PM  
Only if I can get to see the inside of that Tardis thingy. Then I'll move to Europe.
 
2013-10-09 11:54:08 PM  

phrawgh: fusillade762: 2. CHEESE

Hey now, I have access to plenty of extremely tasty cheese that comes from about a 40 minute drive away.

[shop.tillamook.com image 800x904]

You live 40 miles from a supermarket?


Actually, now that I look it up I live about 70 miles from Tillamook and the factory where that cheese it made. Though I could have sworn last time I made the drive it didn't take me much longer than 45 minutes.
 
2013-10-09 11:55:24 PM  
Dear Europe,

You're a great vacation spot. But you are too uptight and snobby for our liking. (For example, we like cheese. Just ask Wisconsin. But we are not going to look down our noses if another nation prefers one type over another type. It's freakin' cheese.) Thanks but no thanks.

your weird neighbors on the other side of the planet,
The Americans

P.S.  We do have castles here. Just not ancient ones.
 
2013-10-09 11:58:46 PM  

fusillade762: phrawgh: fusillade762: 2. CHEESE

Hey now, I have access to plenty of extremely tasty cheese that comes from about a 40 minute drive away.

[shop.tillamook.com image 800x904]

You live 40 miles from a supermarket?

Actually, now that I look it up I live about 70 miles from Tillamook and the factory where that cheese it made. Though I could have sworn last time I made the drive it didn't take me much longer than 45 minutes.


I live in Korea and I only drive about 10 minutes to the nearest Tillamook distributor (aka the commissary).
 
2013-10-10 12:09:37 AM  

Janusdog: Janusdog: What the hell is that curvy gray and pink thing?


I'm guessing custom magazine or gigantic dildo. Knowing that guy, it might well be both.
 
2013-10-10 12:10:19 AM  
Why are the euroweenies so upset that the metric system isn't more widely used here?  It isn't wanted here.  If it were, more people would be using it.  There's no law against newspapers, radio and tv stations from using metric measurements in news stories or weather reports.  If you own a grocery store or deli, there's against selling meat by the kilogram instead of by the pound.  If you run a hardware store, there's no law against selling rope by the meter or paint by the liter.  Americans don't want the metric system.  There was a law passed in the late 80s that would have required all signs on the interstates to use metric measurements.  People raised hell to the point congress repealed that law.
 
2013-10-10 12:11:32 AM  

Ohlookabutterfly: OgreMagi: Thunderpipes: Ya, because EU countries are doing soooooo well.

They always forget their social programs were basically paid for with American tax dollars.  They don't pay for a military because the American bases keep them safe.

Personally, I'm all for closing all the bases in Europe and reducing our military along with the military budget by that amount.  We can no longer afford to be the world police.

No. You jerks ruined the world economy back in 08 and I lost my first home because of it. America has way more to make up for to the rest of the world than a few stupid useless military bases(who are you protecting everyone from, zee Nazis?) so take that bullshiat America first protectionist attitude and pound it. I say you guys hang all your wall street leeches and spread their wealth among all the worlds poor, downtrodden, and hungry, eh?


Have you ever heard of the Marshall Plan?

Anyway I'm calling BS on the rest of your post. You said you were out of work on disability in another thread. Oh yeah, and daily altercations with co-workers too. How did our recession cause that?

Piss off.
 
2013-10-10 12:26:29 AM  
My gf is a pysch resident at the Univ. of Rennes in France...thinking about making the move from San Francisco. Ugh....I don't know what to do?!
 
2013-10-10 12:27:39 AM  

FunkOut: The only problem with Finland is Finnish is pretty bloody difficult to learn compared to Swedish or Danish.


Perhaps it would be worth checking out the other end of the Finno-Ugric language spectrum.  Anyone speaking Ugric these days?
 
2013-10-10 12:33:37 AM  
I agree with most of the list but the two about cars are just nuts.  The other 14 advantages that go to the EU do not make up for the average person there not being able to have a real car, or for their pussy, stinky-cheese and wine crowd form of racing.  Long live muscle cars, trucks and nascar.  Despite that last sentence I am not actually a redneck, just a normal car guy.
 
2013-10-10 12:41:55 AM  
What a useless article..Europe is as big as the CONUS. I've never been to all parts but I'm going to take a wild guess and assume that living in Vienna is probably not the same experience as living in say Limerick, Ireland.
 
2013-10-10 12:42:12 AM  
I'd love to actually. I really would. But I work in nuclear power, and I'm not a senior tech. That makes finding an in-house job very difficult in the USA let alone overseas. Also I have a reptile (can reptiles get passports?) and a cat that I refuse to leave behind.

I might, MIGHT be able to work in France, I guess? They're still very pro-nuclear. Germany not so much anymore. But expat jobs in nuclear require a lot of experience if you go through a contract company like Bartlett, even more if you want to go something like Westinghouse.

I dunno. I'd totally live in France. I don't speak French (I took Mandarin in college), but I guess I could learn and English is pretty ubiquitous in nuke. I'd also do any of the Scandinavian nations, because Metal music.

/any French nukees got a hookup?
//I'm a radiation protection technician with approximately 4900/6000 hours to senior
///radiation protection is not a mobile job outside the industry
////I mean ops can go to any turbine driven plant, same with anything else but RadPro
 
2013-10-10 12:42:35 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Um... what kind of moron doesn't know that "American" cheese is just processed cheddar, and that we produce basically every variety of cheese domestically?


I know I know I know!

An American moron?
 
2013-10-10 12:46:42 AM  

AutumnWind: ISO15693: Forget Europe. I'm moving to New Zealand.

Giant bugs of horror. Not worth it!


Weta you talking about?
 
2013-10-10 12:50:56 AM  

contrapunctus: menschenfresser: You kidding me? I'm so tired of Republitard derpnecks running this once-wonderful country, I'd be in the UK now if it weren't impossible to get in legally. As far as I know, if an employer will sponsor you there and prove a British citizen can't do the same job then you can get in for a little while. Otherwise, if you're a Russian gangster or middle eastern tyrant with millions of pounds to spend then they'll roll out the red carpet for you to buy a place in Knightsbridge. However, we innocent little Americans don't get any more preference for permanent entry than Libyans. :(

Here's the problem, though.

Even if you take out the teahadist portion of our population, the fact remains that America has done goddamn near everything in its power to self destruct anyway. And hell, the Tea Party is actually right about one thing: the US is debting itself into oblivion.

We shipped our manufacturing overseas. We shiat all over our tech workers with H1B visas. We allowed corporate power to wrap its tentacles around the mouth of every news outlet so that nothing even approaching a critique of the oligarchy will air.

Now we're staring down the barrel of wealth inequality on par with pre-Depression levels. The difference between now and 80 years ago is that the working class no longer functions as a united fighting force, but instead fights amongst itself with the Roman Circus R vs D 'debate'.

George Carlin was right. We have created a pile of shiat too thick to climb out of. Those of you who want to save America have my support and I truly honor your efforts, but anyone paying attention knows that we're facing an uphill battle of epic proportions to get this country back from the brink of corporate fascism.

I have roughly 40 years on this planet and I'd like to spend it somewhere civil and quiet, thank you.


This. You are awesome.
 
2013-10-10 12:53:29 AM  

Kit Fister: Holy hell a lot of hate for America here.


Weird, eh? It's like if you interfere with, manipulate and otherwise exploit other countries and regions purely to protect and advance American interests, everybody gets all pissed off. What is up with that?
 
2013-10-10 12:54:26 AM  
My $0.02...

Yes, western Europeans speak excellent English.  But that's because an overwhelming amount of their media comes from America--and usually it's just sub-titled so they're hearing English all the time and getting an immediate text translation.  I'll bet far more Germans watch movies from Hollywood than Americans watch movies from Babelsberg.  Not to mention the Marshall Plan that followed the SECOND time we bailed Europe out of a world war--that's why they get English all through their school years.  I heard some Belgians--typical Europeans who claim to speak a dozen languages--try to speak Spanish, and their Spanish somehow managed to be even worse than my Spanish.  At least the people in Iceland and Hungary realize that almost nobody outside of their culture besides tiny-dicked linguists are going to learn their overly-difficult languages and learn English instead.  Travel a bit, and you'll realize that English is the *ahem* lingua franca of the world and will probably be that way until Esperanto catches on.

If anything, American culture is bulldozing the hell out of European culture--go to any European city, and most of the hip, new businesses have English names (Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam, the Lunch Bunny restaurant in the City 2 shopping mall in Brussels, Starbucks and McDonald's with Cyrillic signs in Moscow, etc.)  Actually, I'm kinda saddened by how so many Europeans are trying very, very hard to act American.  Not to mention the many people in Russia who would kill to emigrate to America.

And the populations in Europe are imploding like crazy.  Most western European countries are well below replacement fertility--Germany is something like 1.3 kids per Frau--and that's with a huge influx of Muslims.  You simply cannot drive across Brussels without getting into a half dozen near accidents, and in Amsterdam, bicycles and Vespas seem to come out of nowhere and run you over.  Moscow has a ton of gangsta graffiti in Cyrillic and something like 80% of Russian guys smoke like chimneys.

Most of the people I know who rant on and on about how Europeans are so damned superior to Americans have never been to Europe.  Yes, I know there's the typical "Ugly American", but now we also have "Self-Loathing Americans" who seem to not understand that Europe is just as screwed up as America or Asia or Africa, etc...
 
2013-10-10 12:59:14 AM  

Schrodinger's Basement Cat: I would love to get a job and move to the UK. Unfortunately it's very difficult unless you are a citizen of an EU country.


Easy.  Married an Italian who has US citizenship, myself and children are entitled to EU passports and citizenship.  Kids will have many more choices for education than I did.
 
2013-10-10 01:07:37 AM  

The_Original_Roxtar: think about this situation: you're lying in bed, which weapon can you bring to bear faster?


Fists & feet.   I always know where they are even in the dark.  Stopping to put on earmuffs and body armor are you?  OK I'll wait.....

People who fantasize about their ability to wage a defensive gunbattle from their bed have screws loose or watched too many action movies.
 
2013-10-10 01:09:11 AM  
A really smart guy once told me "You can't solve your problems with geography", and I agree with him.  With the possible exception of Hawaii and the Cayman Islands, every place on Earth has its plusses and minuses (and Hawaii has issues with homeless people, meth, and unemployment).

Europe is no better or worse than America.  I haven't been to Mexico recently, but it wasn't as bad as all the negative stereotypes portray (Calderon's drug war might have changed things, though).  I think people have a tendency to idealize other places, but that's delusional.  And a lot of quality-of-life issues have to do with income levels--the richest people living in the nicest neighborhood in Detroit probably have it better than the poorest heroin addicts in the nastiest neighborhood in Rotterdam...
 
2013-10-10 01:09:36 AM  
Love Europe and Poland and Hungry and Ukraine... But You don't get HST in Europe...

encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-10-10 01:26:06 AM  
A bit off-topic...

Your typical American pseudo-intellectual who thinks he's hip to Chinese culture because he's got a Chinese character tattooed on his butt and saw every episode of "Kung Fu" (David Carradine isn't remotely Chinese, BTW) will tell you that each Chinese ideogram is a profound Zen koan that's a zillion times more brilliant than the collective works of Shakespeare.

Bullshiat.  There's something like 6,000 characters in Chinese and some of them have up to 50 or so strokes (and something like 39 strokes for simplified Chinese) and that is one very, very big reason why Chinese isn't popular among non-Han Chinese.  Chinese governments through the years have realized this and there's been many, many different proposals for Latinizing the Chinese writing system.  (Peking, Beijing, using spelling differences or diacritical marks for tones, etc., etc.)  Heck, there was even one government that seriously considered making Esperanto the official language of China.

The only practical thing about the Chinese writing system is that it allows the Chinese to communicate with each other.  Otherwise, there's no one 'Chinese' language--Mandarin, Cantonese, etc. are generally mutually unintelligible.  That's why it survives.

Ever wonder how they used to send telegrams with the Chinese writing system?  They'd first look up the character in a very thick code book--they can only alphabetize it by stroke count, so you'll look through potentially hundreds of characters--and then look up a 4-digit numerical code.  Then you transmit the numerical code by Morse Code and on the opposite end, you look up the numerical code in another book to translate it back to a Chinese character.  Imagine how many BILLIONS of man-hours of extra work that made, not to mention much more errors and slow transmission times.  If there were a runaway train full of explosives heading towards a Chinese railroad station, it would be blown to bits before the warning came through the telegraph line.

Ever see a Chinese typewriter?  Very big, very complex, and very expensive--and the speed demons of the Chinese typing world are lucky if they can bang out 4 characters a minute.  I'll take a wild guess that when computer scientists do programming in China, they probably don't write C+, Java Script or machine language in Chinese characters.  And I'll bet the engineering textbooks in China use the Greek letter Rho to represent density and Omega for angular speed--not to mention "C" for carbon, Latin names for species, etc.

But I digress...
 
2013-10-10 01:30:36 AM  
Subby:

After 9/11, and especially after the world's economy collapsed (*cough* Europe *cough*), it basically became impossible to emigrate to Europe. You guys get your cheap labour from Eastern Europe and your "educated class" can't find work... so companies aren't looking to bring foreigners in.

Facts. They're a biatch.

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2013-10-10 01:33:09 AM  
Really? Cheese? Ok you asked for it.

Behold, the cheese aisle at Woodman's...

Three refrigerator cases. First, the small one on the left.

i.imgur.com

Then, two more on the right. The cheese section ends at the second refrigerator case where the people are standing. The second case on the left is butter.

i.imgur.com

/Yes, they have Lurpak and Kerry Gold butter in addition to every conceivable variety of cheese
//What now biatches?
 
2013-10-10 01:36:38 AM  

fusillade762: 2. CHEESE

Hey now, I have access to plenty of extremely tasty cheese that comes from about a 40 minute drive away.

[shop.tillamook.com image 800x904]


perigee: Reason 1: Europe won't take you.

Two rules:
- Can't go without a job offer.
- Job can't be offered unless Nobody in the EU can fill it better than you.

So, unpack.

That and most countries require that you speak the language. So that only leaves the UK for most Americans.


And we don't want you.  No offence, but we've seen the crazy stuff happening over there and are worried it might be contagious.
 
2013-10-10 01:51:35 AM  

Mayhem_2006: So, unpack.

That and most countries require that you speak the language. So that only leaves the UK for most Americans.

And we don't want you.  No offence, but we've seen the crazy stuff happening over there and are worried it might be contagious.


You should be worried. We're already infecting Canada with our derpteria.
 
2013-10-10 01:51:36 AM  
I recently worked a gig on a Russian TV show and was appalled by how third-world the studio was.  The studio I worked in was a real piece of work--the stage bounced a lot due to the cheap plexiglass on it, the back stage hadn't been refurbished since the 70s, my equipment had a certain dollar-store quality to it, and the the plumbing in the bathroom was something you'd find in the Philippines.    Sure, many Russians have smartphones and drive Hyundais that were made in Mexico, but the infrastructure everywhere is what you'd expect in the poorest neighborhoods in Philadelphia.  I met some very classy Russians including one awesome cosmonaut who was very modest, but they're no better than anybody you'd meet just about anywhere.  The life expectancy of the average Russian male is actually less than it was under Communism due to the insane amounts of alcohol and cigarettes they consume.

Amsterdam is basically a cool city, too, but I don't think I'd want to live there.  Bicycles come out of nowhere and people regularly drive Vespas on the bike trails.  There's garbage in the canals and lots and lots of graffiti.  It's also very expensive there.  Most signs are bilingual and they usually put English on top of Dutch--they realize that Dutch is nowhere nearly as popular as French or German outside of Holland and have to accommodate the many foreigners that visit.  Even before I visited Belgium, I was aware that at one time, it had the highest pedestrian death rate in Europe.  Visit Brussels and you'll see it first-hand--the traffic is very intimidating.  Your typical American would crap his slacks at the thought of driving in Belgium.

I'm not ripping on Europe as much as pointing out that it's not the heaven-on-earth that Americans idealize that it is.  It's simply different; life in Bettendorf, Iowa or Manhattan, Kansas isn't any better or worse than life in Hattem, Holland or Reykjavik, Iceland...
 
2013-10-10 01:52:36 AM  
My first thought was "then get the f*ck out, shoo, and take your fellow complainers and quitters with you, crybaby." But that's not entirely how I feel. So you go ahead if you want. There is no wall up keeping you in, and I'll welcome you back if the grass over there sucks too. Moving about is just something humans do. If I ever leave I will probably relocate to Mexico or somewhere in Central or South America.
 
2013-10-10 01:54:03 AM  

Psycat: Otherwise, there's no one 'Chinese' language--Mandarin, Cantonese, etc. are generally mutually unintelligible.  That's why it survives.


Mandarin is then national language of China. They voted on it and everything. Cantonese is a close second. If you speak Mandarin you can get by all over China except in potentially the most obscure regions and there's probably still someone there who speaks Mandarin because again, it's the natural language and by law everyone's got to know it.

/took two terms of Mandarin in college
//now understand why translations are always farked up
 
2013-10-10 01:58:30 AM  

illannoyin: Really? Cheese? Ok you asked for it.

Behold, the cheese aisle at Woodman's...

Three refrigerator cases. First, the small one on the left.

[i.imgur.com image 640x480]

Then, two more on the right. The cheese section ends at the second refrigerator case where the people are standing. The second case on the left is butter.

[i.imgur.com image 640x480]

/Yes, they have Lurpak and Kerry Gold butter in addition to every conceivable variety of cheese
//What now biatches?


How much of that is orange dyed, processed 'cheddar?' Is there anything there that's not pasteurized?
 
2013-10-10 01:59:10 AM  

Ringshadow: Psycat: Otherwise, there's no one 'Chinese' language--Mandarin, Cantonese, etc. are generally mutually unintelligible.  That's why it survives.

Mandarin is then national language of China. They voted on it and everything. Cantonese is a close second. If you speak Mandarin you can get by all over China except in potentially the most obscure regions and there's probably still someone there who speaks Mandarin because again, it's the natural language and by law everyone's got to know it.

/took two terms of Mandarin in college
//now understand why translations are always farked up


Good that they have at least one 'official' language/dialect.  I remember reading that 30s Hollywood actress Anna May Wong visited China once on a famous tour and actually needed a translator because she spoke a different dialect.  Just out of curiosity, does two terms of college Mandarin give you the confidence to walk around in China and converse with the locals without having to resort to English?  I'm planning a trip to Germany in a couple of weeks and I think my high-school German is woefully inadequate...
 
2013-10-10 02:02:41 AM  
Good luck getting a visa.
 
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