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    Shanghai
  • Nationality
    Poland
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    foreign languages and cultures, sports, traveling,writing, entrepreneurship

About Me

My name is Gosia and I come from Poland. I set up my blog - Shanghai City Girl - out of my passion for writing,Chinese language and Shanghai itself.My goal is to explain Chinese slang and peculiar local culture, give tips about health and saving money in this overwhelming city!
ShanghaiCityGirl

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Jun 01, 2015 08:44

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 21

‘Never expect anything from anyone, Gosia. See – this is your problem. You are so tough on yourself . Therefore you expect a lot from others so you end up feeling disappointed or worse when they fail’.That’s what my friend Ana – already back in the land of tequila – has been ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 28, 2015 08:40

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 20

Since the whole world recently celebrated Labor day with a blissful 3-day weekend, this episode will be dedicated to our dear, life keeping work. Before we could start our long awaited holiday, my colleagues and I had to attend our least favorite part of the week: the staff meeting. And this time we were surprised ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 27, 2015 10:23

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 19

Good news - especially for big fans of dropping F-bombs. It is official and scientifically proven – swearing is good for you! During my tedious 5 year study of applied psychology I learned that there are many coping styles and strategies for dealing with stress. Among the most popular and most effective ones ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 24, 2015 20:47

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 18

The dating scene in Shanghai creates the hard knock life for us – stead of treated…we get tricked, stead of kisses…we get kicked. That’s the ugly truth and last week, during one of my morning survival drills aka work commute, I came across an article that shattered all remaining illusions. ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 21, 2015 10:18

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 15

During my early education times, despite my ‘nerd’ accolade from my classmates, my pastimes were no different from any other teenage girl growing up in the 90s. That included reading the 90's classic ‘BravoGIRL’, exchanging the posters you could find inside, and of course discovering ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 20, 2015 09:34

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 14

So it happened – the first best friend I made in Shanghai - Ana - just left China. After all our shenanigans, our crazy, sleepless trips to Hong Kong, our sexy picture posing classes and more ( which one day will make it into my book), my favorite life mentor decided her mission in the Middle Kingdom is over. ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 19, 2015 11:13

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 13 - DAMA

Ok, laowais! Let’s have a quiz to check your knowledge of this unique country we live in. The Chinese calendar symbolizes this year with which animal? “Nobody really knows”...correct! Weishenme is it ok to drive a pink Ferrari wearing a gold Gucci sweat suit as ‘Xiao pingguo’ rumbles ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 17, 2015 13:02

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 12

When the blissful holiday is over, we go back to the city of lights, back to our offices and schools. Facekinis need to wait for at least a couple of months at the bottom of our closets until they see sunshine and salty waters again. If you feel a bit down because of that, there is some good news! We live in one of ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 16, 2015 00:51

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 11

The good news is, summer is here. The lucky ones will start enjoying their well deserved, long awaited break very soon. Everyone probably thinks of hitting some dreamy Asian beaches. Therefore, every girl needs to check her list of beach vacation basics: flawless manicure and pedicure – done; waxing – ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 15, 2015 21:35

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 10

There has been an intense competition recently among me and my two other colleagues: who will master Chinese faster. I am trying to explain to them that there’s no way they can exceed me, but they are really stubborn. One of our favorite ways of adopting native Chinese expressions is to pick the brains of our ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 14, 2015 08:55

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 9

Although I have been in China for 2,5 years and feel like I've changed a lot, there is still one thing that gets me into trouble. I am brutally honest and straightforward. And this trait is NOT in high demand in China. If you want to get along with locals, the #1 rule is never cause anyone to ‘lose face’ ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 14, 2015 08:51

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 8

Do you remember in ancient times when we took pictures just to catch elusive, precious moments? And the anticipation before picking them up from the photo studio? Next there was buying the albums, segregating the photos and finally inviting family and friends over to admire the highlights of the vacation in Greece. ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 13, 2015 12:03

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 7

China is not for everyone. For the uninitiated audience, a quick recap: learning Chinese is a must for daily living; you are always beset by a crowd while commuting, and your personal privacy bubble is bound to be burst on a regular basis; and local habits will challenge everything mama taught you about acceptable ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

May 09, 2015 16:07

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 6

I will admit it officially here. No false pretense. Just brutal honesty. My knowledge of chemistry and physics, to put it mildly, is quite limited. Despite my family being chock full of science nerds, (my friggin' mom worked in a Polish military lab) I couldn't tell a quark from a crayon. Suffice it to say that ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Apr 23, 2015 20:53

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 5

"You are crazy" this is the most frequent comment I receive from my friends in reaction to my weekly updates. And vice versa. Actually, at some point we started having those ‘arguments’ over whose craziness levels were higher, but there is nothing negative or judgmental about it. ’You think I am ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Apr 22, 2015 09:37

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 4

Before anyone says anything about my choice of topic for this episode – yes, I do realize it is about money again. Money and China, to be exact. But well, whether you like it or not, the truth is that you won’t pay your bills with love (well, maybe in some places it would be feasible, but I bet not ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Apr 22, 2015 09:01

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl commented on ShanghaiCityGirl 's blog Found in translation episode 2

That's an interesting question.'Copying blogs from an external site'? Dear sorrel, I have had my own blog since November 2014 and all the episode of 'Found in translation'published here have been written solely by myself.Just like everyone else here,I have the right to publish my own pieces no matter when they were ... Full Comment>>

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Apr 21, 2015 10:39

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl commented on ShanghaiCityGirl 's blog Found in translation episode 2

Thank you for your comment.I referred to the cartoon specifically, not the book.To me personally the cartoon and Shrek himself is a hipster, because just like this subculture, he shuns mainstream societal conventions and is not influenced by ethnocentric ideals of beauty. Full Comment>>

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Apr 21, 2015 08:44

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 3

If you maybe by any chance remember Episode 2, I was brutally honest in saying that in modern China, an ugly Ogre , even with the purest heart, would never be able to marry BAI FU MEI –ish ( Chinese ideal of a woman) princess, because BAI FU MEI is supposed to be reserved strictly for the GAO FU SHUAI – ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Apr 20, 2015 16:04

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 1

To help me start this piece, I asked my workmate Matt – almost a New Yorker - to give me some examples of American slang that you would never find in an ESL textbook. He said that he uses so much slang, it’s difficult to choose just one. EXACTLY, Matt, thank you - you helped me by default here! ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Apr 20, 2015 08:37

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in translation episode 2

Before some ‘hipster’ cartoons like Shrek became popular, aiming to teach kids that beauty is only skin deep and a rich princess would rather give up her luster and wealth to marry rude and ugly ogre, most of people born in their 80s got a little brainwashed by Disney productions. In practice that means ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Apr 16, 2015 20:52

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog Found in Translation Episode 17

Tea – the 5000-year-old staple of Chinese culture. Engine of economic development. Embodiment of the spirit of civilization, and the spirit of Chinese ideological form. Since 2737 BCE, when first discovered by the legendary Chinese emperor Shennong, it has gained popularity in its various types, colors and ...

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ShanghaiCityGirl

Apr 16, 2015 20:41

Blogs : ShanghaiCityGirl Posted a new blog http://shanghaicitygirl.wix.com/shanghai-city-girl

When I first arrived in Shanghai - this one-of - a - kind city in the world, I was doing the cultural exchange program called Au-pair or Cultural Ambassador. It was an amazing experience that helped me immerse into culture and Chinese language BIG TIME ,however - it wasn't some amazingly paid job.Still, I wanted to ...

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