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Here is a brief introduction to my life in Shanghai, in English, Chinese, and Pinyin, thanks to Google Translate and my Chinese teacher ShaSha.

Hello. My name is Gaurav. I am Indian. I am thirty three years old. I work in marketing, but sometimes I think of myself as a thinker and writer. I want to write many books. I want to use my ideas to change the world.

Two and a half years back, in September 2010, I first came to China for work. Since then, I have come to China many times for work, mostly to Beijing and Shanghai. Six months back, in September 2012, I moved to Shanghai. Before that, in the last five years, I have lived in Mumbai, Delhi, and Washington DC.

I am learning Mandarin. My teacher tells me that I already know more than four hundred words. But, I can’t write Mandarin characters yet. This year, my goal is learn at least one thousand words. I am writing about my life in Shanghai, in Mandarin, to practice my Mandarin.

Sometimes, I think of myself as a nomad. I travel for work all the time. In the last three years, I have traveled for almost two-third of the time, and visited more than twenty countries, mostly, India and China. So, you can imagine why I am tired of traveling.

This year, I want to travel less. I want to stay in Shanghai; explore and understand the city. Everyday, I want to eat healthy, do yoga, and go out on long walks. I want to learn Chinese and Tai Chi. I want to read a lot, write a lot. I want to make a lot of new friends. These are simple things, don’t you think?

Why Shanghai? Shanghai is my favorite city. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would choose Shanghai. Shanghai feels like the center of the world, with unlimited energy like New York, and unlimited possibilities like Mumbai. That’s why I love Shanghai.

I also love Shanghai because it has four seasons, and both Spring and Autumn are beautiful here. I love walking around, especially in the French Concession, which is filled with wine bars, restaurants, and historical buildings. Everyday, I walk to work in Jing ‘An; I love watching old people exercise in Jing ‘An Park. I rarely take a taxi, maybe only once a week.

Two or three times a week, I go out with my friends for dinner. On the weekend, sometimes, I meet my friends for brunch or tea, and we talk for many hours. Sometimes, I sit in a wine bar by myself, reading a book and sipping red wine. Maybe once a month, I invite my friends, and their friends, to come to my house, for a party.

I like that I have friends from many nationalities in Shanghai, but I don’t like that almost all of them work in marketing. In the future, I would like to make friends with people from different fields of work: artists, writers, musicians, internet geeks, entrepreneurs and changemakers.

I am excited about writing in a new language. I can only use the simplest words to write about the simplest things, but I am hoping that these simple words will give you a sense of who I am. I use Tencent WeChat (gauravonomics) to share updates about my life in Shanghai, so do feel free to add me.

– X- X- X –

您好。我的名字叫高睿。我是印度人。我三十三岁。我做营销工作,但是有的时候我觉得自己是一个思想家和作家。我想写很多书。我想用我的想法改变世界。

两年半以前,于二零一零年九月,我第一次来到中国工作。从那时起,我就已经来中国工作很多次了,主要是北京和上海。六个月以前,二零一二年九月,我搬到了上海。在这以前的五年, 我一直生活在孟买,新德里和华盛顿特区。

现在我在学习中文。我的老师告诉我:我已经学了四百多词了。但是我还不会写汉字。今年,我的目标是学习一千个词。我想用中文写一些我在上海的生活,来练习我的中文。

有的时候,我觉得自己是一个流浪者。我一直在出差。在过去的三年里,差不多有三分之二的时间我都在出差,我去过二十多个国家,但主要是在中国和印度。所以,你可以想像,为什么我有一点儿厌倦旅行了。

今年, 我想少一点儿出差。我要呆在上海。探索,发现和了解这个城市。每天,我想吃得很健康,做瑜伽和出去散步。 我也想学中文和太极。我想看很多书和写很多东西。我想认识很多新朋友。这些都是很简单的事情,你觉得呢?

为什么是上海?上海是我最爱的城市。如果我可以住在世界上的任何地方,我一定会选择上海。上海好像是世界的中心,就像纽约一样充满了无限的能量,像孟买一样充满了无限的可能。这是为什么我爱上海。

我爱上海,也因为她四季分明,春天和秋天都很美。我爱散步,特别是在法租界,那里有很多酒吧,餐厅和古老的建筑。每天我走路去静安工作。我爱看老人们在静安公园锻炼身体。我很少坐出租车,也许一个星期一次。

一个星期两到三次,我会和我的朋友出去吃晚饭。在周末,有的时候,我会见我的朋友,我们一起吃早中餐或者喝茶,我们会聊很长时间。有的时候,我会一个人坐在葡萄酒吧,看书和品啜红酒。也许一个月一次,我会邀请我的朋友和他们的朋友来我家玩。

在上海我有很多来自不同国家的朋友,但是大多数朋友都做营销工作。 以后,我也想结识其他领域的朋友们,比如说艺术家,作家,音乐家,互联网怪才,企业家和变革者。

我很兴奋可以用新语言来表达我的想法。现在我只能用最简单的词语写最简单的事情,但是我还是希望这些简单的文字可以帮你们了解我。现在,我一直用腾讯微信(gauravonomics)和大家分享我在上海的生活, 如果你有兴趣,请加我。

– X- X- X –

Nín hǎo. Wǒ de míngzì jiào Gāo Ruì. Wǒ shì yìn duó rén. Wǒ sānshísān suì. Wǒ zuò yíngxiāo gōngzuò, dàn shì y ǒu de shíhou wǒ juéde zìjǐ shì yīgè sīxiǎngjiā hé zuòjiā. Wǒ xiǎng xiě hěnduō shū. Wǒ xiǎng yòng wǒ de xiǎngfǎ gǎibiàn shìjiè.

Liǎng nián bàn yǐqián, yú èr líng yī líng nián jiǔ yuè, wǒ dì yī cì lái dào zhōngguó gōngzuò. Cóng nà shí qǐ, wǒ jiù yǐjīng lái zhōngguó gōngzuò hěnduō cìle, zhǔyào shi běijīng hé shànghǎi. Liù gè yuè yǐqián, èr líng yī’èr nián jiǔ yuè, wǒ bāndào le shànghǎi. Zài zhè yǐqián de wǔ nián, wǒ yīzhí shēnghuó zài mèngmǎi, xīndélǐ hé huáshèngdùn tèqū.

Xiànzài wǒ zài xuéxí zhōngwén. Wǒ de lǎoshī gàosu wǒ, wǒ yǐjīng xuéle sìbǎi duō cíle. Dànshì wǒ hái bù huì xiě hànzì. Jīnnián, wǒ de mùbiāo shì xuéxí yīqiān gè cí. Wǒ xiǎng yòng zhōngwén xiě yīxiē wǒ zài shànghǎi de shēnghuó, lái liànxí wǒ de zhōngwén.

Yǒu de shíhou, wǒ juéde zìjǐ shì yīgè liúlàng zhě. Wǒ yīzhí zài chūchāi. Zài guòqù de sān nián lǐ, chàbùduō yǒu sān fēn zhī èr de shíjiān wǒ dū zài chūchāi, wǒ qùguò èrshí duō gè guójiā, dàn zhǔyào shi zài zhōngguó hé yìndù. Suǒyǐ, nǐ kěyǐ xiǎngxiàng, wèishéme wǒ yǒu yīdiǎn er yànjuàn lǚxíngle.

Jīnnián, wǒ xiǎng shǎo yīdiǎnr chūchāi. Wǒ yào dāi zài shànghǎi. Tànsuǒ, fāxiàn hé liǎojiě zhège chéngshì. Měi tiān, wǒ xiǎng chī de hěn jiànkāng, zuò yújiā hé chūqù sànbù. Wǒ yě xiǎng xué zhōngwén hé tàijí. Wǒ xiǎng kàn hěnduō shū hé xiě hěnduō dōngxi. Wǒ xiǎng rènshi hěnduō xīn péngyǒu. Zhèxiē dōu shì hěn jiǎndān de shìqíng, nǐ juéde ne?

Wèishéme shì Shànghǎi? Shànghǎi shì wǒ zuì ài de chéngshì. Rúguǒ wǒ kěyǐ zhù zài shìjiè shàng de rènhé dìfāng, wǒ yīdìng huì xuǎnzé Shànghǎi. Shànghǎi hǎoxiàng shì shìjiè de zhōngxīn, jiù xiàng niǔyuē yīyàng chōngmǎn le wúxiàn de néngliàng, xiàng mèngmǎi yīyàng chōngmǎn le wúxiàn de kěnéng. Zhè shì wèishéme wǒ ài shànghǎi.

Wǒ ài Shànghǎi, yě yīnwèi tā sìjì fēnmíng, chūntiān hé qiūtiān dū hěn měi. Wǒ ài sànbù, tèbié shì zài fǎzūjiè, nà li yǒu hěnduō jiǔbā, cāntīng hé gǔlǎo de jiànzhú. Měi tiān wǒ zǒulù qù jìng’ān gōngzuò. Wǒ ài kàn lǎorénmen zài jìng’ān gōngyuán duànliàn shēntǐ. Wǒ hěn shǎo zuò chūzū chē, yěxǔ yīgè xīngqí yī cì.

Yīgè xīngqí liǎng dào sāncì, wǒ huì hé wǒ de péngyǒu chūqù chī wǎnfàn. Zài zhōumò, yǒu de shíhou, wǒ huìjiàn wǒ de péngyǒu, wǒmen yīqǐ chī zǎo zhōngcān huòzhě hē chá, wǒmen huì liáo hěn cháng shíjiān. Yǒu de shíhou, wǒ huì yīgèrén zuò zài pútáojiǔbā, kàn shū hé pǐnchuài hóngjiǔ. Yěxǔ yīgè yuè yīcì, wǒ huì yāoqǐng wǒ de péngyǒu hé tāmen de péngyǒu lái wǒ jiā wán.

Zài Shànghǎi wǒ yǒu hěnduō láizì bùtóng guójiā de péngyǒu, dànshì dà duōshù péngyǒu dōu zuò yíngxiāo gōngzuò. Yǐhòu, wǒ yě xiǎng jiéshì qítā lǐngyù de péngyǒumen, bǐrú shuō yìshùjiā, zuòjiā, yīnyuè jiā, hùliánwǎng guài cái, qǐyè jiā hé biàngé zhě.

Wǒ hěn xīngfèn kěyǐ yòng xīn yǔyán lái biǎodá wǒ de xiǎngfǎ. Xiànzài wǒ zhǐ néng yòng zuì jiǎndān de cíyǔ xiě zuì jiǎndān de shìqíng, dànshì wǒ háishì xīwàng zhèxiē jiǎndān de wénzì kěyǐ bāng nǐmen liǎojiě wǒ. Xiànzài, wǒ yīzhí yòng téngxùn wēixìn (gauravonomics) hé dàjiā fēnxiǎng wǒ zài shànghǎi de shēnghuó, rúguǒ nǐ yǒu xìngqù, qǐng jiā wǒ.


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Here is a brief introduction to my life in Shanghai, in English, Chinese, and Pinyin, thanks to Google Translate and my Chinese teacher ShaSha.

– X- X- X –

Hello. My name is Gaurav. I am Indian. I am thirty three years old. I work in marketing, but sometimes I think of myself as a thinker and writer. I want to write many books. I want to use my ideas to change the world.

Two and a half years back, in September 2010, I first came to China for work. Since then, I have come to China many times for work, mostly to Beijing and Shanghai. Six months back, in September 2012, I moved to Shanghai. Before that, in the last five years, I have lived in Mumbai, Delhi, and Washington DC.

I am learning Mandarin. My teacher tells me that I already know more than four hundred words. But, I can’t write Mandarin characters yet. This year, my goal is learn at least one thousand words. I am writing about my life in Shanghai, in Mandarin, to practice my Mandarin.

Sometimes, I think of myself as a nomad. I travel for work all the time. In the last three years, I have traveled for almost two-third of the time, and visited more than twenty countries, mostly, India and China. So, you can imagine why I am tired of traveling.

This year, I want to travel less. I want to stay in Shanghai; explore and understand the city. Everyday, I want to eat healthy, do yoga, and go out on long walks. I want to learn Chinese and Tai Chi. I want to read a lot, write a lot. I want to make a lot of new friends. These are simple things, don’t you think?

Why Shanghai? Shanghai is my favorite city. If I could live anywhere in the world, I would choose Shanghai. Shanghai feels like the center of the world, with unlimited energy like New York, and unlimited possibilities like Mumbai. That’s why I love Shanghai.

I also love Shanghai because it has four seasons, and both Spring and Autumn are beautiful here. I love walking around, especially in the French Concession, which is filled with wine bars, restaurants, and historical buildings. Everyday, I walk to work in Jing ‘An; I love watching old people exercise in Jing ‘An Park. I rarely take a taxi, maybe only once a week.

Two or three times a week, I go out with my friends for dinner. On the weekend, sometimes, I meet my friends for brunch or tea, and we talk for many hours. Sometimes, I sit in a wine bar by myself, reading a book and sipping red wine. Maybe once a month, I invite my friends, and their friends, to come to my house, for a party.

I like that I have friends from many nationalities in Shanghai, but I don’t like that almost all of them work in marketing. In the future, I would like to make friends with people from different fields of work: artists, writers, musicians, internet geeks, entrepreneurs and changemakers.

I am excited about writing in a new language. I can only use the simplest words to write about the simplest things, but I am hoping that these simple words will give you a sense of who I am. I use Tencent WeChat (gauravonomics) to share updates about my life in Shanghai, so do feel free to add me.

– X- X- X –

您好。我的名字叫高睿。我是印度人。我三十三岁。我做营销工作,但是有的时候我觉得自己是一个思想家和作家。我想写很多书。我想用我的想法改变世界。

两年半以前,于二零一零年九月,我第一次来到中国工作。从那时起,我就已经来中国工作很多次了,主要是北京和上海。六个月以前,二零一二年九月,我搬到了上海。在这以前的五年, 我一直生活在孟买,新德里和华盛顿特区。

现在我在学习中文。我的老师告诉我:我已经学了四百多词了。但是我还不会写汉字。今年,我的目标是学习一千个词。我想用中文写一些我在上海的生活,来练习我的中文。

有的时候,我觉得自己是一个流浪者。我一直在出差。在过去的三年里,差不多有三分之二的时间我都在出差,我去过二十多个国家,但主要是在中国和印度。所以,你可以想像,为什么我有一点儿厌倦旅行了。

今年, 我想少一点儿出差。我要呆在上海。探索,发现和了解这个城市。每天,我想吃得很健康,做瑜伽和出去散步。 我也想学中文和太极。我想看很多书和写很多东西。我想认识很多新朋友。这些都是很简单的事情,你觉得呢?

为什么是上海?上海是我最爱的城市。如果我可以住在世界上的任何地方,我一定会选择上海。上海好像是世界的中心,就像纽约一样充满了无限的能量,像孟买一样充满了无限的可能。这是为什么我爱上海。

我爱上海,也因为她四季分明,春天和秋天都很美。我爱散步,特别是在法租界,那里有很多酒吧,餐厅和古老的建筑。每天我走路去静安工作。我爱看老人们在静安公园锻炼身体。我很少坐出租车,也许一个星期一次。

一个星期两到三次,我会和我的朋友出去吃晚饭。在周末,有的时候,我会见我的朋友,我们一起吃早中餐或者喝茶,我们会聊很长时间。有的时候,我会一个人坐在葡萄酒吧,看书和品啜红酒。也许一个月一次,我会邀请我的朋友和他们的朋友来我家玩。

在上海我有很多来自不同国家的朋友,但是大多数朋友都做营销工作。 以后,我也想结识其他领域的朋友们,比如说艺术家,作家,音乐家,互联网怪才,企业家和变革者。

我很兴奋可以用新语言来表达我的想法。现在我只能用最简单的词语写最简单的事情,但是我还是希望这些简单的文字可以帮你们了解我。现在,我一直用腾讯微信(gauravonomics)和大家分享我在上海的生活, 如果你有兴趣,请加我。

– X- X- X –

Nín hǎo. Wǒ de míngzì jiào Gāo Ruì. Wǒ shì yìn duó rén. Wǒ sānshísān suì. Wǒ zuò yíngxiāo gōngzuò, dàn shì y ǒu de shíhou wǒ juéde zìjǐ shì yīgè sīxiǎngjiā hé zuòjiā. Wǒ xiǎng xiě hěnduō shū. Wǒ xiǎng yòng wǒ de xiǎngfǎ gǎibiàn shìjiè.

Liǎng nián bàn yǐqián, yú èr líng yī líng nián jiǔ yuè, wǒ dì yī cì lái dào zhōngguó gōngzuò. Cóng nà shí qǐ, wǒ jiù yǐjīng lái zhōngguó gōngzuò hěnduō cìle, zhǔyào shi běijīng hé shànghǎi. Liù gè yuè yǐqián, èr líng yī’èr nián jiǔ yuè, wǒ bāndào le shànghǎi. Zài zhè yǐqián de wǔ nián, wǒ yīzhí shēnghuó zài mèngmǎi, xīndélǐ hé huáshèngdùn tèqū.

Xiànzài wǒ zài xuéxí zhōngwén. Wǒ de lǎoshī gàosu wǒ, wǒ yǐjīng xuéle sìbǎi duō cíle. Dànshì wǒ hái bù huì xiě hànzì. Jīnnián, wǒ de mùbiāo shì xuéxí yīqiān gè cí. Wǒ xiǎng yòng zhōngwén xiě yīxiē wǒ zài shànghǎi de shēnghuó, lái liànxí wǒ de zhōngwén.

Yǒu de shíhou, wǒ juéde zìjǐ shì yīgè liúlàng zhě. Wǒ yīzhí zài chūchāi. Zài guòqù de sān nián lǐ, chàbùduō yǒu sān fēn zhī èr de shíjiān wǒ dū zài chūchāi, wǒ qùguò èrshí duō gè guójiā, dàn zhǔyào shi zài zhōngguó hé yìndù. Suǒyǐ, nǐ kěyǐ xiǎngxiàng, wèishéme wǒ yǒu yīdiǎn er yànjuàn lǚxíngle.

Jīnnián, wǒ xiǎng shǎo yīdiǎnr chūchāi. Wǒ yào dāi zài shànghǎi. Tànsuǒ, fāxiàn hé liǎojiě zhège chéngshì. Měi tiān, wǒ xiǎng chī de hěn jiànkāng, zuò yújiā hé chūqù sànbù. Wǒ yě xiǎng xué zhōngwén hé tàijí. Wǒ xiǎng kàn hěnduō shū hé xiě hěnduō dōngxi. Wǒ xiǎng rènshi hěnduō xīn péngyǒu. Zhèxiē dōu shì hěn jiǎndān de shìqíng, nǐ juéde ne?

Wèishéme shì Shànghǎi? Shànghǎi shì wǒ zuì ài de chéngshì. Rúguǒ wǒ kěyǐ zhù zài shìjiè shàng de rènhé dìfāng, wǒ yīdìng huì xuǎnzé Shànghǎi. Shànghǎi hǎoxiàng shì shìjiè de zhōngxīn, jiù xiàng niǔyuē yīyàng chōngmǎn le wúxiàn de néngliàng, xiàng mèngmǎi yīyàng chōngmǎn le wúxiàn de kěnéng. Zhè shì wèishéme wǒ ài shànghǎi.

Wǒ ài Shànghǎi, yě yīnwèi tā sìjì fēnmíng, chūntiān hé qiūtiān dū hěn měi. Wǒ ài sànbù, tèbié shì zài fǎzūjiè, nà li yǒu hěnduō jiǔbā, cāntīng hé gǔlǎo de jiànzhú. Měi tiān wǒ zǒulù qù jìng’ān gōngzuò. Wǒ ài kàn lǎorénmen zài jìng’ān gōngyuán duànliàn shēntǐ. Wǒ hěn shǎo zuò chūzū chē, yěxǔ yīgè xīngqí yī cì.

Yīgè xīngqí liǎng dào sāncì, wǒ huì hé wǒ de péngyǒu chūqù chī wǎnfàn. Zài zhōumò, yǒu de shíhou, wǒ huìjiàn wǒ de péngyǒu, wǒmen yīqǐ chī zǎo zhōngcān huòzhě hē chá, wǒmen huì liáo hěn cháng shíjiān. Yǒu de shíhou, wǒ huì yīgèrén zuò zài pútáojiǔbā, kàn shū hé pǐnchuài hóngjiǔ. Yěxǔ yīgè yuè yīcì, wǒ huì yāoqǐng wǒ de péngyǒu hé tāmen de péngyǒu lái wǒ jiā wán.

Zài Shànghǎi wǒ yǒu hěnduō láizì bùtóng guójiā de péngyǒu, dànshì dà duōshù péngyǒu dōu zuò yíngxiāo gōngzuò. Yǐhòu, wǒ yě xiǎng jiéshì qítā lǐngyù de péngyǒumen, bǐrú shuō yìshùjiā, zuòjiā, yīnyuè jiā, hùliánwǎng guài cái, qǐyè jiā hé biàngé zhě.

Wǒ hěn xīngfèn kěyǐ yòng xīn yǔyán lái biǎodá wǒ de xiǎngfǎ. Xiànzài wǒ zhǐ néng yòng zuì jiǎndān de cíyǔ xiě zuì jiǎndān de shìqíng, dànshì wǒ háishì xīwàng zhèxiē jiǎndān de wénzì kěyǐ bāng nǐmen liǎojiě wǒ. Xiànzài, wǒ yīzhí yòng téngxùn wēixìn (gauravonomics) hé dàjiā fēnxiǎng wǒ zài shànghǎi de shēnghuó, rúguǒ nǐ yǒu xìngqù, qǐng jiā wǒ.


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