vlog

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 …

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 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!

Mar 10, 2020

Dance for zero

The latest craze celebrating human cooperation against a virus

We want you to #danceforzero, too!

This week, Luzhou hit zero active cases of Covid-19, so we wrote a song to celebrate. But, we realized, as the virus is still making itself known around the world, #danceforzero can mean many different things. Yes, we’re at zero cases, but we’re also cheering for the rest of the world to hit zero.

To that end, we invite everyone to join the #danceforzero. You can download our Bowie-esque tune at Bandcamp (for free) and make your own dance, either celebrating with us, or willing the world strength to make it down to zero. Upload it to YouTube, and hashtag it “danceforzero.”

In the meantime, keep washing your hands!

Mar 5, 2020

A brand new channel trailer

Now with Covid-19

I’ll say it: We look impressive!

Peter does a great job keeping our YouTube channel trailer fresh and current. He just uploaded a new version, which now includes footage of us goofing off in face masks during the Covid-19 outbreak. It’s important to stay current.

It’s fun for me to see these different trailers, because it makes our life in China seem so impressive and exciting. I mean, life is exciting and wondrous all, but it doesn’t always feel that way while your living it. We should all be so lucky as to have someone cut together a personal highlight reel.

Mar 2, 2020

Hanging out downtown

As seen in the New York Post

After more than a month away, we confirm that downtown Luzhou still exists.

As indoorsy of a person as I am, it was still pretty rough to not really leave the house for five weeks. So we we kind of giddy to get out and into Luzhou city center. Things are still much quieter than usual, and all the teahouses and KTVs along the Yangtze are closed. We’re on the way back to normal, but we’re not quite there yet.

Also, I wrote about my experience with the quarantine for the New York Post. During the editing process, they did keep pushing for more lurid details, like, “how many people died in your city” and “aren’t you scared to go to the hospital?” To which I answered, “no one” and “Please. I’ve been to the hospital.” It ran online only, and that may be why, but I’m pretty proud with how it came out.