Posts by jetmasters

    What freaks me out is ... correct me if I'm wrong ... is that the written language is identical? As if an american spelled "Bill Smith" was called "Bill Smith" in Michigan, but "Rear Ditch" in Texas :S

    Written language is the same. Only difference is if it is written in local Cantonese or standard Chinese. Non Cantonese speakers reading Chinese written in local Cantonese would not make sense of it for local slang terms.

    And how much the "Hong Kong Cantonese” differs from let say the Cantonese in Guangdong, or Guangxi, etc in practical usage?

    And I think more people in Macau are bilingual speakers of Cantonese and Putonghua (Mandarin) in relative proportion to the size of population cf. HKSAR.

    Cantonese has few varieties depending on region. HK, Macau, and Guangzhou speaks the standard Cantonese. Western region Cantonese in Guangxi has different accents than standard and it is hard for some people to understand in standard Cantonese speaking areas. The hardest to understand is Taishanese among the Cantonese language/dialects. I think Mandarin was only added to the curriculum when Macau and Hong Kong was transferred back to China.

    Did Lang Ping ever say that, or is that just what everybody thinks happened?

    Not that I think what she said in the movie is necessarily true, especially since it was obviously part of a narrative move (the Xiaotong bit).

    We will never know the reason unless Lang Ping decides to tell everyone, which I think is unprofessional for any coach in any country. Fans believed she was left out because of her poor performances during the WGP. She and Shen Jingsi were tested but weren't good enough to make the final 12. Zeng lost to a noob Gong and Yang Fangxu, whom just recovered from a serious injury. That pretty much told how badly Zeng was performing. Shen Jingsi lost her spot to Wei Qiuyue with two busted knees. I think it's just bad luck sometimes.

    Zeng Chunlei was left off the Rio roster because she was playing poorly during WGP. She thought she was secured of the spot but her performance was really bad. One game she hit the antenna twice which was unacceptable at this level. Past performance didn't mean anything. If you have been following Lang Ping, she does not give seniority for anyone. She cleaned half the London roster after Asian Championships failure and built a new team around Zhu. The Rio roster had 3 vets from London, all had injuries to deal with. Winning gold was closed to a miracle.

    Chinese men's teams in any sport are mental midgets, always playing down their level to their opponents, and always fearing teams that have historical dominance over them.

    Actually China does not have millions of people playing volleyball nor does it have a lot of investment. Only two thousand people actually plays competitive volleyball from which to choose a world team, having won 3 Olympic golds, 2 world championships, and 5 world cups. The reason they play a lot of tournaments is because they won a lot, along with Japan, having the most world titles representing Asia. Europe has a lot of competitive teams but that does not guarantee they will win playing against world's best. Everyone went through world and continental qualifications to qualify so the only thing to complain is the format, not the teams.

    Has Wang Mengji surpassed Lin Li or has Lin Li's performance just regressed?

    Overall Lin Li is the better receiver but she has regressed due to injuries. Her weakness, from what I have observed, is receiving jump serve. I will stay take in form Lin Li over Wang Mengjie anyday.

    If you asked me this in June after that that match vs Italy, I'd agree with you. But we've seen Yao Di's sets in club world championships to Zhu and Yuan. And with Zhu Ting injured, how could they really build chemistry and practice together?

    Better hope Ding Xia is on form for the entire Olympics (or at least the 3 knockout matches)

    Well that was the original plan to have Zhu Ting build chemistry with Yao Di in case Ding Xia plays poorly. Both Yao Di and Diao Linyu have problems setting to Zhu as seen in previous tournaments. Since Zhu got injured, the plan went to waste. All we can hope is everyone is healthy to play in the Olympics.

    Tokyo roster is pretty much set unless someone surprises Lang Ping. Zhu Ting was sent to Tianjin in order to build chemistry with Yao Di and Li Yingying, both most likely will succeed Ding Xia and Liu Xiaotong. Don't think they will make another Olympic cycle due to age. Both will be 34 in Paris.

    I think Lang Ping will go with 4 OHs and 3 MBs like last time so OHs will be Zhu Ting, Zhang Changning, Li Yingying, and Liu Xiaotong. Last MB spot will be between Wang Yuanyuan, Yang Hanyu, and Zheng Yixin. OP will be Gong and Zeng. Setters Ding Xia and Yao Di. Libero: Wang Mengjie.

    thanks, brahmin, for this info.

    i don’t get why (ok, i know why, but... makes no sense), why are ARG (and KEN & CMR) ranked so high?

    ITA, THA, BUL should be higher. and POL could even be in top 12.

    Some teams don't get to participate in WGP and World Cup so no ranking points for them. It's not a fair ranking system. If everything is based on world qualifying, then we won't have Argentina and Kenya so high.