Unspoken words for thought

A Brief lesson on playing/ kicking the shuttlecock, a popular pass time for Chinese children. Also, learn to count in Chinese :).


Dàjiā hǎo.
Hello everybody.

Xièxiè (nǐmen) zàicì lái shōukàn wǒ de shìpín.
Thanks (thank you) for watching my video again.

Jīntiān ne wǒ yǒu yīdiǎn huáijiù.
Today I feel a bit nostalgic.

Nǐmen kàn dào wǒ de shǒu li yǒu yīgè shénme dōngxi le ma?
Have you guys seen what’s in my hand?

Zhè shì shénme ne?
What is this?

Zhè shì yīgè jiànzi.
This is a shuttlecock.

Tā shì yòng lái zuò shénme de (ne)?
What do you do with it? What can you use it for? (Literal: This is used for what?)

Zhège dōngxi ne, shì yòng lái tī de. Suànshì yī zhǒng yóuxì ba.
So this thing is for kicking. Kind of like a game.

Jiù xiàng yīgè shābāo
It’s like a hacky sack.

一, 二, 三, 四, 五, 六, 七, 八, 九, 十, 十一, 十二, 十三, 十四, 十五, 十六, 十七, 十八, 十九, 二十, 二(十)一, 二(十)二.. . 等等.
Yī, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù, qī, bā, jiǔ, shí, shíyī, shí’èr, shísān, shísì, shíwǔ, shíliù, shíqī, shíbā, shíjiǔ, èrshí, Èr (shí) yī, èr (shí) èr.. . Děng děng.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22…etc. (When you count quickly, can omit the ‘ten’ in after the first number from 20 onwards).

Wǒ yǒudiǎn lèile.
I’m a bit tired.

Chuǎn bùguò lái qì.
Can’t breathe through (as in normally).


‘Humans make 900 000 000 000 000 000 000 molecules of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) per second. Another, this time in Inside the Brain, was that there are 150 000 000 000 000 synapses in the human neocortex, part of the cerebral cortex of the brain. Such large figures can be mind-boggling.’

via Big ideas.

Wow, wish we did something like this in school =]

Wellcome Trust Blog

The MBP2 project put real scientific research in the hands of A-level students at a school in Kent. Five years later and the initiative has spread. With a full symposium of student scientists having just taken place in December, the man behind it, David Colthurst, reflects.

Five years ago, I made an application to the Wellcome Trust for a People Award.  I had the idea that I could establish a novel research programme into multiple sclerosis in a secondary school, where the work would be carried out by Sixth Form students guided by academics from the Biosciences Department of their local university. Pretty insane really, but  remarkably, the Wellcome Trust agreed to fund this venture and the Myelin Basic Protein Project (MBP2) was born.

From the outset, this was a very personal project. My wife had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a few months earlier. I had wondered…

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Hi guys, why not give this tongue twister a go?- challenge yourself, challenge friends & family and improve pronounciation the fun way!

Hi everyone, thanks for listening to my channel
大家好,欢迎收听我的Chinese (Mandarin) Channel.
Dàjiā hǎo, huānyíng shōutīng wǒ de Chinese (Mandarin) Channel.

So today, let’s learn a tongue twister!
Jīntiān ne, wǒmen lái xué yīduàn ràokǒulìng ba!

This tongue twister is about four and ten.
Zhè duàn ràokǒulìng shì hé sì hé shí yǒu guānxì.

Four is four ten is ten
四是四 十是十
Sì shì sì shí shì shí

Fourteen is fourteen forty is forty
十四是十四 四十是四十。
shísì shì shísì sìshí shì sìshí.

Don’t say ‘shísì (14)’ like ‘(shíshì truth)’
不要把十四说成是 ‘实事’
Bùyào bǎ shísì shuō chéng shì ‘shíshì’

And don’t say ‘sìshí (40)’ like ‘xì xí”
yě bùyào bǎ sìshí shuō chéng shì’xì xí’.

If you want to say ‘sì (4)’ right touch your teeth with your tongue
要想说对四 舌头碰牙齿。
Yào xiǎng shuō duì sì shétou pèng yáchǐ.

If you want to say ‘shí (10)’ don’t straighten your tongue
要想说对十 舌头别伸直。
Yào xiǎng shuō duì shí shétou bié shēn zhí.

If you want to say ‘sì hé shí (4 and 10)’ right practice lots of ‘shí hé sì (10 and 4)’
要想练对四和十 多多练习十和四。
Yào xiǎng liàn duì sì hé shí duō duō liànxí shí hé sì.

Happy New Year! Welcome the year of the snake~


Word of the day.

So the other week I bought some lens extensions for taking macro images as one of my hobbies is to take pictures of nature. I thought I’d give filming in HD ago and chose the eye as my subject because of it’s intricately beautiful design.

As you can see the video reveals details of the iris and pupil including their movements- constriction and dilation in this case. This didn’t happen to a friend’s eye that I initially filmed. I’m puzzled by this…

After some research and looking at other videos that people posted I came across things such as autonomic nervous system, galvanic response, adrenaline levels… Maybe the pupil is changing in size due to the blood circulation? However someone suggested it could just be the lights. Although additionally, I should point out that I am affected by myopia- essentially shortsightedness which might affect the constriction/dilation as well?

I’m still not sure what exactly causes this relatively fast paced change in size in the pupil & is wondering if many people have eyes that behave like this….

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