May 30, 2020

The kids are alright

Let them do it themselves

After a cold knocked Emily out of commission for a week, she’s back with Chinese language sentences about disappointment.

So, we’re part of a genre now. We belong!

May 26, 2020

Bye bye Happy Face

Hello karaoke

We want to reward your good behavior, so keep watching Hello Uncle Foreigner and your Happy Faces are in the mail.

The new washing machine is here! Finally we can clean our clothes.

May 16, 2020

I got paid!

Glasses for everyone!

As of today, our YouTube channel has more than 600 subscribers! Have you seen the light?

My school is back open again and handing out paychecks, was the significant thing that happened this past week. The kids are getting their temperature taken every five minutes and they get hand sanitizer squeezed on them as they walk in the door, so, you know, normal stuff. Also, I have all these empty bottles, but I don’t know what to say about them in Chinese. If only there were a language-based-jackassery podcast that could tell me what to say …

May 6, 2020

Am I safe in China?

It’s all about asking the right questions

Peter fixates on one aspect of living in the world.

Stories are made interesting by the questions we ask, not the answers we provide. And here’s a question that gets asked a lot.

Apr 22, 2020

A normal Chinese lunch with us

Tofu and ham!

How do you learn a new language? Is it by talking to people? That sounds impossible.

Over our favorite tofu soup, we discuss how hard it is to learn Chinese, why people are microwaving their mail, and the existence of face masks for children. Yum!

Apr 9, 2020

Hello Uncle Foreigner: The game show!

Making learning language ridiculous!

Wait, WHAAAA?! … hopefully the first in a series.

We’re a little overwhelmed by the tide of news about the VIRUS, so we took a break with a completely silly show. The thing about language learning apps and textbooks is that they are full of phrases that would never actually come up in real life … or would they. We try to find the situations in which some of these language-learning sentences would be useful. And it’s funny!

Mar 30, 2020

Simple machines need maintenance

More news you can't use

Getting back on the pull-up bar is hard after two months inside.

The sun is out and our restrictions are loosened — a perfect time for exercising.

I had just gotten started on the Reddit r/bodyweightfitness Recommended routine this winter after my gym closed. And then … I had to take a two-month Covid-19 break. Getting back out there was hard, but I’m really glad to be using my muscles again. Indoor-yoga-sometimes doesn’t really cut it.

Mar 25, 2020

This just in

The side door at the supermarket is open again

Hot off the virtual presses, we went grocery shopping.

I’ll say it, the news is annoying. Even at the best of times, and these are not the best of times. So here’s some news you can’t use. But you can dance to it.

Mar 21, 2020

What you can do inside

In addition to watching Hello Uncle Foreigner, of course

Introversion jokes aside, sheltering in place can be a weird experience. But there’s always a plank competition to keep you occupied.

It seems like America’s finally buckling down and giving this social distancing thing the old college try. As people who’ve lived through it, we have some tips*-for-staying-inside with Chinese characteristics.

**Tips provided are in no way intended to be actual information.

Mar 14, 2020

America, stop dropping the ball!

You're making us look bad

Well, now we’re just sitting over here having feelings!

It’s been hard to sit back and watch — after successfully living through our own quarantine — the politicized mess that is the Covid response in the U.S. Viruses are real, old people are important, and … what are you doing with all that toilet paper! Well, we cover all this in the video. Anyway, it’s weird to be on the other side of “What the heck is going on over there?” for once.

Do your part! Flatten the curve!