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MY SECRET SIGNATURE RECIPE REVEALED

CLICK HERE TO SEE RECIPE: https://evareynolds.wordpress.com/baking-2/my-signature-dish-brioche-and-butter-pudding/

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THE OLYMPICS

An estimated global audience of 4 billion people are expected to watch the opening ceremony on July 27, 2012. (London Councils 2012 Team)

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HOW TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF IN MANDARIN

This week I am taking a week long intensive beginners course in Mandarin Chinese. It is very intensive and difficult, however there is something very fun about learning a new language from scratch.

I thought it would be a nice idea to give a quick Mandarin lesson for those of you who are interested. In this post I will teach you how to introduce yourself in Mandarin. I am going to use the pinyin system of written Mandarin. Pinyin Chinese is the official system to transcribe Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet to teach Mandarin Chinese.

THE BEGINNING: THE 4 TONES: There are 4 different tones you need to know when speaking Mandarin. They are as follows:

  1. The 1st tone: This is a relatively high level tone as when singing the note “la”
  2. The 2nd tone: This is a rising tone which works in the same way as the last word of a question in English raises up. For example the word ‘far’ in the question ‘is this far?’ The same sound is used for the 2nd tone.
  3. The 3rd tone: This is a dipping tone as when irritably saying “So?”. It starts high then dips low and then ends hi again
  4. The 4th tone: This is a downward tone as when adamantly saying “No!”
The 4 symbols for each tone when written

Watch this youtube clip to hear the different tones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh2Gt4HzAw8

I have not included the 5th tone in this lesson because the 5th tone is a neutral sound.

HOW TO INTRODUCE YOURSELF:
In China, when introducing yourself, you say your last name (family name) first. Point 1 and 2 below show the different ways in introducing yourself from using your last name first to using your first name. I have written the Mandarin words in the pinyin way so you can learn how to pronounce the words whilst using the correct tones. Number 1 is how to introduce yourself using your last name first and number 2 shows how to introduce yourself using your first name.
  1. Wǒ xìng Reynolds
  2. Wǒ jiào Eva
Here you can see how it is written, now I will teach you how to pronounce each sentence.

HOW TO PRONOUNCE THE WORDS:

The O in Wǒ has the 3rd tone, it dips
The I in xìng uses the fourth tone as does the A in jiào.
The X in xìng is pronounced as sh as in banshee
The ing in xìng is pronounced ing as in ring
The J in Jiào is pronounced roughly the same as in english
The iao in jiào is pronounced as ee-ow (quickly)

Click here to check your pronunciations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZfbkC9bTTc

I hope you have managed to learn a small amount of Mandarin. Look out for further posts  featuring lessons in Mandarin.

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PHOTOS FROM MY DAY OUT AT THE HYPER JAPAN SHOW

CLICK HERE TO READ: https://evareynolds.wordpress.com/culture-2/hyper-japan-2011/

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NEW ARTICLE ON ENVIRONMENT PAGE: SAVE OUR WILDLIFE
CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE: https://evareynolds.wordpress.com/the-enviroment/wildlife-help-wildlife-with-your-outdoor-space/

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HARRY POTTER

AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 has been said to have sold a staggering $475 million in tickets around the world over the weekend. This breaks all the major box office records.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_kDb-pRCds

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THE HAIR CARE PRODUCTS I LOVE TO USE:

Over the past few years I have been in search of finding effective hair care products to repair and protect my hair. I have naturally fragile hair so it is important that I to keep it replenished and protected. I have managed to find some excellent products that I now cannot go anywhere without that do just this.

Here are my 4 best finds for protecting and replenishing my hair:

1)  Moroccan Oil, The Original Oil Treatment For All Hair Types. I have just recently discovered this product and it is absolutely amazing, it is by far my new favourite product, my hair seems to absolutely love it. It makes my hair look and feel incredibly shiny, smooth and soft. You put a little on damp hair and style as usual. It is especially good for hot holidays where your hair can look and feel dry. Thank you Jan for introducing it to me.

2) Shu Uemura, Silk Bloom Restorative Treatment: This is one of the best treatments for restoring my hair after the sun, sea, and excessive styling. I can really feel the difference after using this treatment and I always decant some when I go on holiday to revive my hair. This treatment does come at a cost, it is quite expensive, however it does last an amazingly long time and it really does work. If this product is too pricey then the next product is a great alternative treatment that is also excellent and replenishing my hair and is a lot more affordable

3)  John Frieda Frizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Strengthening Crème Masque: This product is also excellent at replenishing my hair. It makes it feel stronger and softer and my hair really enjoys this treatment. This hair treatment is a lot more affordable than the Shu Umera treatment yet still effective so it is a good alternative. I often buy this product due to this fact.

John Frieda Miraculous Recovery Deep Conditioner 250ml
 

4)  Kerastase, Nectar Thermique: This product is a great hair protector especially if you often style your hair. It works with the heat of styling which is why I like this product. You apply a small amount to damp hair after a shower and leave it in and then style as usual. Since using this product I can tell a difference in my hair because it really does protect it well

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