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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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Useful Chinese Words & Phrases

Forms of Address




Forms of Address

The following are traditional forms of address.They were used extensively in prerevolutionary China but fell into disuse during the Cultural Revolution when they were condemned as bourgeois.To the extent that they have been used in recent years, they have been reserved for very famous and high-ranking people. The titles are now making a comeback, however. They are often used to describe a foreign guest. It's best not to use TONGZHI "comrade", when speaking with the Chinese. They tend to use it frequently among themselves but as a guest in China you are not, strictly speaking, a comrade.


Sir  先生 Xiān shēng (she'anne shung) literally 'first born'

Mrs   夫人 Fū rén (Foo ren)

Miss  小姐 Xiǎo jiě  (sh'ow [ow as in ouch] gee'air)

Qualified worker eg: taxi driver, bus driver, tradesman    shī fu  (shh foo)

Teacher  老师  Lǎo shī  (l'ow [ow as in ouch] sher)


Some Useful Words:  I/me is "wore" - You "knee" - Us "wore men"He/She "tar" (the same for both he & she) - Yes "sher" - No "boo" - To have "y'oh" - To want  "y'ow" (ow as in ouch) - Good "how" - Not Good "boo how" - Hello "knee how" - Goodbye "z'eye jee'anne" - Where is the toilet? "cher sore z'eye nar lee" - Left "zore" - Right "yo"


The words in brackets ( ) are the phonetic pronunciation - they are not exact but they will get you by in China. First say the hyphenated words separately then join them as one word.

At times I just give the phonetic pronunciation when there is no need to go into detailed explanation.

TONES - If you are just going to China for a visit the tones are not that important. If you say the phonetic words (in brackets) most Chinese will understand you. Your pronunciation will be poor, but that does not matter. It would be like someone from overseas visiting your country and asking you a question with a heavy accent. You would try to understand and be helpful. It is the same in China. (If you are learning Chinese, then, yes, the tones are important)

Don't worry too much about nouns. All you really have to do is point or wave your arms or use the dictionary APP you loaded into your mobile phone before leaving for China. There are good free ones at Google Plus, I use 'Pleco'.



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