So, yesterday was Friday.
The very last day of a long week studying Chinese.
(One of) our beautiful, brilliant, sweet Chinese instructors had just finished grilling us on all manner of various Chinese language topics, and had told us that we had a quick (ten minute or so) break.
The three of us slumped backward in our chairs, exhausted. None of us even attempted to get up and leave. We didn't have the energy to even exit the classroom for our break. Not for the restroom; not for a drink of water.
We stared at her.
She stared at us.
"Well..." she began tentatively, and then told us that we could always use our break time to pull up a quick Chinese video she knew about that was very informative, very funny, very well done, and quite beneficial to not only our studies, but also as an introduction to what China is really like.
We were interested. A video? Videos don't require us to participate in any way and are sometimes even entertaining to boot! But then she upped the ante.
"Well...." she continued, telling us that she was hesitant to try to find it online, because the name of it was... um... questionable. Even though there was nothing wrong with the video itself! But she wasn't really sure if typing its name in order to find it in order to show it to us would make her look like a Bad Person.
At this point, we were WAY interested. We went from being mildly interested in seeing the video to being DESPERATE for the video. DROOLING for the video. What was the name of it? we wanted to know.
"Sexy Beijing," she told us. Perhaps, she suggested, we could just go home and try to Google it and find it ourselves? It really wasn't bad! It really was worth seeing!
"Oh HELL NO," exclaimed a happily married, male classmate of mine. "Oh HELL NO will I go home and Google search for something called "Sexy Beijing!"
We all nodded in understanding. Try explaining THAT to spouses: No, really, honey! My teacher told me to! It was practically assigned as homework! A recipe for perfect disaster.
So we all discussed it. It couldn't be bad, we all agreed, if we just looked for THAT one thing and then just chose THAT one thing. People would understand! It's not our fault that this extremely popular show is named "Sexy Beijing!" And we know language classes show beneficial videos off of YouTube all the time!
So a brave classmate went to YouTube and found the line of "Sexy Beijing" (hello, creepy Google searchers and welcome to my blog! Disappointed yet?!) videos. Our teacher chose the episode she wanted to show us, and we watched it. Hilarious!!
I'll show you the episode my teacher chose, but before I do that, I simply have to say that I've now watched most of the "Sexy Beijing" shows on YouTube. Careful! I guess they're modeled after "Sex In the City" (which I've never seen - a classmate had to tell me this), so some of them have the hostess of the program in a bikini or whatnot. A couple are racy! But most are not, and the two I'm putting up on my blog aren't, of course.
I love this one, so I'm putting it first. The hostess of "Sexy Beijing" is a single American girl who lives in Beijing and speaks fabulous Chinese. Her Chinese name is Su Fei (because her American name is Sophie). They're quick little videos - usually just a few minutes long. Take a gander:
(And be sure to X out of the info/advertisement box at the bottom of the YouTube screen so you can read the subtitles!)
This next one is the one our teacher showed us. It's about how Valentine's Day has infiltrated China and how Chinese couples celebrate (or not):
So there you go.
NO, tech folks looking at Google searches performed at FSI, it was for a harmless Chinese TV show! Honest!!