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Will you get pregnant on the subways of Beijing?

On the closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games in 22nd, Aug, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, was given the Olympic Flag from Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong. Johnson then asked Guo about his experience on the solution of Beijing’s traffic situation; Guo said to humor him: “I am also thinking about that. But one thing for sure, I will not be so mean as you that charging drivers congestion road tolling.”

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你会在北京的地铁里怀孕吗?

在今年8月22日的北京奥运会闭幕式上,我行我素、不拘一格的伦敦市长鲍里斯•约翰逊(Boris Johnson)从北京市长郭金龙手中接过了奥林匹克会旗。约翰逊随后问起郭金龙对于解决北京交通问题的经验,郭金龙幽默地说,我也在为这个问题伤脑筋,不过有一点可以肯定的是,我不会像你这个冷酷无情的伦敦市长一样向司机征收交通拥堵费。 不过可爱的北京市长必须想出其他办法来解决北京的交通拥堵问题。如今,北京的街上跑着300万辆汽车——而且,这个数字每天会增加1000! 如此庞大的汽车数量使整个北京90%的道路趋于饱和。官方公布的统计数字是:在北京交通高峰时间,道路汽车的平均车速是每小时20公里,在最繁忙地段的车速只有每小时7公里——只比步行的速度稍微快一点! 为了鼓励市民乘坐公共交通,政府把票价定的出乎意料的便宜。例如,你只要花4欧分就可以乘坐大多数公共汽车去任何地方;只要20欧分,就可以随意乘坐北京的任何地铁到任何地方。只不过乘坐公共交通你也许需要更大勇气。有那么一个不太上的了台面的笑话是形容北京地铁的:一个男人说,地铁太tm挤了,上礼拜我老婆居然被挤流产了!另一个男人摆摆手说,那算什么,上礼拜我老婆被挤怀孕了! 这只是一个笑话。不过北京和日本的地铁里确实有专门的保安员,他们的工作是礼貌的向你道歉之后,使足力气把你推进地铁。北京的保安员有时甚至会提供“下车服务”——对于那些身体纤弱的乘客,只需要把胳膊扔给门口的保安,他们会把你从厚厚的人群中给揪出来! 北京的政府官员们正在绞尽脑汁设想能够改善北京交通状况的措施。他们开设了一个网站,专门收集对改善北京交通状况的建议。如果你有好点子,不妨到这个网站告诉他们,网址是:http://zw.bjjtw.gov.cn/wsxx/jyzx/

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France – Belgium: bilingual road signs

When you talk to a truckdriver in Belgium (come on, you know it will happen one day), there’s every chance that … he’s actually not Belgian ! Road traffic counts more and more foreign truckers crossing that lovely small piece of a country: 41,3% last year, this is +10% compared to 2000 ! Although, taking the roads in Belgium nearly implies to be trilingual… True story. Read further.

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Language survival 101: Feel local (in Poland)!

In this questionnaire, we plan to interview top language bloggers to get tips on how to learn their native language. Instead of offering run of the mill advice, we tried a different approach, more unconventional, which might even help people NOT be labeled as a tourist in the first 2 minutes!

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