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Anyone in Shanghai?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by anksta, 19 Feb 2010.

  1. anksta


    Joined: 19 Jan 2005

    Posts: 2,722

    Is there anyone on here in Shanghai at the minute? I just got here yesterday and am currently building up the nerve to leave my hostel, I think the trip from the airport has scared me a little, I've been having mandarin lessons for a few months back in the uk but every time a chinese person talks to me it all deserts me and I'm left looking like an ignorant tourist.

    I'm supposed to be living here now and I'm freely gonna admit to a bunch of strangers that I'm terrified and I want to go home. I've not heard from the guy who is supposed to have gotten me a job in a while and I'm seriously hoping that I dont, then I go home all 'outraged' that the guy let me down.

    Anyway, is there anyone on here that is in shanghai at the minute? Or knows it well at all, at least knows whether or not the ticket machines in the metro stations are in english?
  2. Nix


    Joined: 26 Dec 2005

    Posts: 19,839

    Man up and have an experience you big girl.
  3. Feef

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 27 Oct 2003

    Posts: 2,349

    Yes, the ticket machines are all touchscreen with an option to select English. I think if yo want to buy an Oyster-style top up card, you need to actually talk to the guy at a desk, but all the machines are easy enough.

    Don't worry too much about not understanding what's going on - there's loads to take in when you first land in China, and they could be speaking Shanghainese anyway. For now I'd just recommend having a wander about the city and visiting the different districts to get a vague feel for the place (admittedly very vague), but don't give up! Get in touch with your contact and wait until you have a chance to become a bit more settled.
  4. anksta


    Joined: 19 Jan 2005

    Posts: 2,722

    yeah cheers I am gonna give it a go, I'm just on my own completely at the minute and not at all built for this sort of adventure.

    I never even wanted to come in all honesty, I did it to impress some bird and I'm not even bothered about her anymore, although I do have to say she is very impressed with me. I'm gonna give this a go for a few weeks I think and then when I dont get a job I'll bounce home with an experience and a story to tell everyone that I was jipped and I'd taken to this like a duck to water.
  5. Sankari


    Joined: 29 Dec 2007

    Posts: 27,051

    Location: Adelaide, South Australia

    This fella might have some advice:

  6. Sone


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,674

  7. Van Hellseek


    Joined: 2 Jun 2004

    Posts: 18,423

    Find some ex-pat drinking spots, go there and talk to people. Get them to give you some helpful tips/advice about the place.
  8. meghatronic


    Joined: 24 Nov 2002

    Posts: 16,379

    Location: 38.744281°N 104.846806°W

  9. Doohickey


    Joined: 8 Aug 2004

    Posts: 9,341

    Location: Shropshire

    You went all the way to Shanghai to impress a girl...!
  10. "andy"


    Joined: 9 Jun 2005

    Posts: 13,905

    watch lost in translation and afer youve finished drooling over Scarlett johansson realise that your not the only one to ever have such problems
  11. WebOS


    Joined: 22 Jan 2010

    Posts: 195

    time to watch lost in translation then
  12. PapaLazaru


    Joined: 23 Dec 2009

    Posts: 17,914

    Location: RG8

  13. Syph


    Joined: 22 Jan 2004

    Posts: 5,524

    Location: Nottingham

    A friend of mine is currently teaching in China - though not Shanghai. He also taught in Japan for a year. Because he got himself a job in teaching, with other English speakers, I think he found it easier to settle. You need to get in touch with your contact ASAP and try and find some local spots with English speakers who can give advice. Are there none at the hostel?
  14. unclebob123


    Joined: 28 Jul 2007

    Posts: 640

    I just left Shanghai. In total I spent 2 months in china, currently i'm in Hong Kong. I don't see the problem to be honest, Shanghai is a western style city, with tons of English speakers.
  15. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 157,593

    I'm with you on that. What is this all about!
  16. Deyvy


    Joined: 14 Sep 2006

    Posts: 569

    As been said could be speaking Shanghainese or even just mandarin with a heavy northern accent. They tend to speak a lot faster then down south.

    A few months lessons? Harsh, I had a whole semester learning mandarin full time in Guangzhou, when I went up north. It was like :confused: . It's like leaning English then trying to talk to a Glaswegian.

    Usually though, if you speak english most will be very helpful. Unless they want to do you over or rip you off. :rolleyes:

    Serious note, just get out there. Its stuff like this later in life you look back and realise it was awesome. Good story telling to future birds:D
  17. Sone


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,674

    you got out yet?
  18. House


    Joined: 16 Jun 2005

    Posts: 2,880

    Location: Back in the UK

    he's probally down one of the markets buying callaway golf clubs, north face jackets and about 500 DVDs.

    That or the moutai got him.
  19. Freefaller

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 5 Jun 2003

    Posts: 87,588

    Location: Falling...

    You're half way around the world. Bloody well go out there and enjoy yourself, learn about a new culture and get lost in it. Don't be such a wet rag!