Providing emotional support isn't exactly our forte here at Popup Towers, and it probably isn't wrong to call our philosophy closer to the sink-or-swim variety. But when an esteemed listener wrote in requesting a lesson on how to console a distraught friend, we couldn't say no. So if you're curious how to handle yourself the next time a Chinese-speaking friend suffers a nervous breakdown, we have your back with this podcast. Because life will probably get better for them. Maybe.
 said on
July 7, 2012
Yet another fantastic lesson! I really loved this 像个男人点儿。丢不丢人? This is just a perfect line and I can come up with so many use cases already... I just wish my cantonese friends will be able to comprehend. By the way, what would right term for that disgusting thing they do, growing one finger nail extra long? 养甲?
 said on
July 7, 2012
@maminglei,

You can say 养指甲. I never understand why would people do that.

--Echo

echo@popupchinese.com
 said on
July 7, 2012
@Echo

Thanks, this will help me to make fun of my friends! I actually have one very good friend, who is otherwise in perfectly normal mental health, and also pretty smart guy, but he likes to keep his two little fingers' nails long. It's very handy on lot of things he claims... Could it also be to show that he's not working on any physical labor?
 said on
July 8, 2012
@maminglei,

Hmm... maybe it's just because of the convenience.

--Echo

echo@popupchinese.com
 said on
July 25, 2012
I've heard long fingernail(s) advertises they do not do physical labor. I saw it on few engineers in Guangdong.
 said on
August 2, 2012
Almost everyone in 广州 have long fingernails. Apparently they come in very useful for many different things. I have personally observed the following uses: Picking their ears, Picking their noses, Picking someone else's nose (often a child or girlfriend). I came to the conclusion it is to reach all those hard-to-reach places.

(All observations occurred on the GZ Metro.)
 said on
August 2, 2012
@Down South

I agree. In Shenzhen, even production operators have long pinky finger nails. It does not seem to interfere with their work though.
 said on
August 2, 2012
@Down South & jasper.obviar,

我的天哪~~我还想去吃午饭呢 :(

--Echo

echo@popupchinese.com
 said on
August 2, 2012
不好意思 Echo, 但是我说的是真的.

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