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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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The Lion Awakes - ARCHIVES
Nursery Rhymes
Sunday
Mar252012

 

Chinese Names for Fingers


 

 

 


English         Chinese     Pinyin Pronunciation
Thumb          拇指            mǔ zhǐ     

Forefinger     食指            shí zhǐ     

Middle finger 中指            zhōng zhǐ     

Ring finger    无名指         wú míng zhǐ     

Little finger   小指 / 尾指   xiǎo zhǐ / wěi zhǐ     

 

A  这......这是在哪儿啊?
    zhè......zhè shì zài nǎr a?
    Wh..where are we?

B  嘿嘿,还认识我吗?
    hēihēi, hái rènshi wǒ ma?
    Ha-ha, do you still recognize me?

A  啊!是龙哥!你......你想干什么?
    à! shì Lóng Gē! nǐ......nǐ xiǎng gàn shénme?
    Oh! LongGe! Wha--what are you doing?

B  哼,今天我得给你点儿颜色看看。
    hēng, jīntiān wǒ děi gěi nǐ diǎnr yánsè kànkan.
    Hmph, today I have to let you know who's boss.

A  啊?!不要……不要啊!
    à? ! bù yào......bù yào a!
    Agh? Don't, don't!

B  少废话!今天就先砍你一个手指,你自己选个吧!大熊,过来!
    shǎo fèihuà! jīntiān jiù xiān kǎn nǐ yī ge shǒuzhǐ, nǐ zìjǐ xuǎn ge ba! Dàxióng, guòlai!
    Stop jabbering! We're going to cut off one of your fingers today. You choose! Come on over, Big Bear!

C  大拇指?
    dàmǔzhǐ?
    Your thumb?

A  不行!大拇指最有劲儿!
    bùxíng! dàmǔzhǐ zuì yǒujìnr!
    No way! The thumb is strong!

C  那食指?
    nà shízhǐ?
    Then what about your index finger?

A  食指我要用来指路!
    shízhǐ wǒ yào yònglái zhǐlù!
    I need the index finger to give directions!

C  中指吧!
    zhōngzhǐ ba!
    How about your middle finger!?

A  不不,中指要用来骂人!
    bù bù, zhōngzhǐ yào yònglái màrén!
    No, no! I need that to flip people off!

C  那只剩下无名指和小拇指了!
    nà zhǐ shèngxià wúmíngzhǐ hé xiǎomǔzhǐ le!
    Then all that's left are the ring finger and the pinky!

A  无名指我要戴结婚戒指!小拇指我要用来挠痒痒。
    wúmíngzhǐ wǒ yào dài jiéhūn jièzhi! xiǎomǔzhǐ wǒ yào yònglái náo yǎngyang.
    I'm saving the ring finger for my wedding ring. I use my pinky finger to scratch itches.

B  听明白了!你是五个手指都不想要了!
    tīng míngbai le! nǐ shì wǔ ge shǒuzhǐ dōu bù xiǎng yào le!
    I get it now. You don't want any of your fingers!

 

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Key Vocabulary

手指  shǒuzhǐ    finger
大拇指  dàmǔzhǐ    thumb
食指    shízhǐ    forefinger
中指    zhōngzhǐ    middle finger
无名指    wúmíngzhǐ ring finger
小拇指    xiǎomǔzhǐ    pinky finger