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Chinese Soaps and Spanish Football

Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen the Euro Cup final and want to, don't read this


Per Iain's request, I have to write a little bit about the Chinese soap operas that I've been watching with Christina and her mom. They're subtitled (in Chinese, but it's still easier to follow) so I can work out a good amount of what's going on based on what I understand and body language. My favorite one is called "我和老妈一起嫁" or "Mom and I are going to get married together" (roughly translated). It's more like a sitcom than a soap because it's really funny, but it's about the youngest daughter whose mother desperately wants her to get married. After she and her fiancee break up, her mother and his father (who are also dating... yeah) trick them into getting back together. It's the easiest to follow, by far. Then there's one called "Undercover" about spies in the war between the Communists and the Nationalists and I never have a clue what's going on because I don't know who's on which side. Aside from those there are three or four others that I've seen. I can usually get the jist on my own, and Christina fills me in on the details. It's good practice. And heck, it's funny. Korean soaps are popular here, too. We saw one that was dubbed into Chinese. It actually took me a while to figure out that it was Korean.

Christina and I woke up at 2:45 a.m. today to see the final of the Euro Cup and if you haven't seen it, you should (whether you like football or not). It was a truly spectacular game where our favorite team (Spain, duh) creamed Italy 4-0. It was beautiful. There were remarkable goals by several players and their goalie, Casillas, is apparently looked upon as one of the best in the history of the game. He had some spectacular saves. This makes Spain the first team to win three consecutive championships (Euro Cup 2008, World Cup 2010, Euro Cup 2012). The only other team that has won three is Germany. Spain also became the first team to ever successfully defend the Euro Cup title. It was quite the victory.

Anyways, the past couple of days have been extremely hot and humid and both Christina and I have been really sleepy, so I really haven't done much other than read and watch TV. I know, I can do that in the US. But when I'm tired wandering around in 90 degree heat and 30% humidity is not my idea of a good time.

Posted by MAx1992 00:02 Archived in China

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You would't be watching TV in Chinese at home and I know several people who learned English by watching TV. Walking around is important, but you did go to improve your vocabulary, so enjoy!

by Mom

As I remember Americans are not big fans of Football (Soccer). It is fun, but still Baseball, Basketball, and.... are more fun for them. However, when you come to other continents Football (Soccer) has more fans in the world. I am glad you watched Final Euro Cup, it was wonderful. I appreciate your step in getting involved with other cultures as watching football. My friends and I watched it when it was being broadcasted around 1:30 am. Spain was your team ha? THEY CHEATEDDDDD, haha I am just kidding, but if Italy would have won, I would have been much happier now :)
Enjoyed reading your blog Miranda.

by Moheb

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