chinese housing

[Rq] Each house as: a language
  • Gryffindor: Spannish – popular and festive and maybe the fastest spoken you’ve ever heard ¡ olé !
  • Hufflepuff: English – everyone’s best friend, nice and easy, v chill dude
  • Ravenclaw: Chinese – very different relationship to the world than the others, art&poetry
  • Slytherin: French – hella complicated and like you either find them really hot or want to crush them into oblivion there’s no in-between
Kitchen Vocab in Mandarin

厨房 (chú fáng) - kitchen

厨房电器 (chú fáng diàn qì) - appliances

  • 冰箱 (bīng xīang) - refrigerator
  • 冷冻室 (lěng dòng shì) - freezer
  • 洗碗池(xǐ wǎn chí) - sink
  • 烤箱 (kǎo xiāng) - oven
  • 煤气灶 (méi qì zào) - stove
  • 洗碗机 (xǐ wǎn jī) - dishwasher
  • 微波炉 (wēi bō lú) - microwave oven
  • 搅拌器 (jiǎo bàn qì) - blender
  • 烤面包机 (kǎo miàn bāo jī) - toaster

厨具 (chú jù) - kitchenware

  • 叉子 (chā zi) - fork
  • 勺子 (sháo zi) - spoon
  • 刀子 (dāo zi) - knife
  • 筷子 (kuài zi) - chopsticks
  • 盘子 (pán zi) - plate
  • 碗 (wǎn) - bowl
  • 杯子 (bēi zi) - cup
  • 马克杯 (mǎ kè bēi) - mug
  • 咖啡杯 (kā fēi bēi) - coffee cup
  • 茶杯 (chá bēi) - teacup
  • 煎锅 (jiān guō) - frying pan
  • 烤架盘 (kǎo jià pán) - grill pan
  • 搅拌碗 (jiǎo bàn wǎn) - mixing bowl
  • 擀面杖 (gǎn miàn zhàng) - rolling pin
  • 打蛋器 (dǎ dàn qì) - whisk
  • 开罐器 (kāi guàn qì) - can opener
  • 刮铲 (guā chǎn) - spatula
  • 木勺 (mù sháo) - wooden spoon
  • 长柄勺 (cháng bǐng sháo) - ladle

烹饪 (pēng rèn) - cooking

  • 削皮 (xuē pí) - to peel
  • 切片 (qiē piàn) - to slice
  • 搅拌 (jiǎo bàn) - to mix
  • 搅动 (jiǎo dòng) - to stir
  • 注水 (zhù shuǐ) - to pour
  • 搅打 (jiǎo dǎ) - to whisk
  • 煮沸 (zhǔ fèi) - to boil
  • 煎 (jiān) - to fry
  • 烤制 (kǎo zhì) - to roast
  • 烧烤 (shāo kǎo) - to grill
  • 烘制 (hōng zhì) - to bake

i hope this list is helpful and as always pls lmk if i made a mistake so i can correct it asap :)

Inside the house -在房子里面(zài fángzi lǐ miàn)

Bed - 床(chuáng) 
Sheets - 床单(chuáng dān)
Pillow - 枕头(zhěn tou)
Wardrobe - 衣柜(yī guì)
Fireplace - 壁炉(bì lú)
Television - 电视(diàn shì)
Remote control - 遥控器(yáo kòng qì)
Sofa - 沙发(shā fā) 
Chair - 椅子(yǐ zi)
Table - 桌子(zhuō zi)

Coffee table/side table - 咖啡桌(kāfēi zhuō)or 茶几(chá jī)

Table cloth - 桌布(zhuō bù)
Picture - 照片(zhào piàn) 
Staircase - 楼梯(lóu tī) 
Plant - 植物(zhí wù) 
Washing machine - 洗衣机(xǐ yī jī) 
Shelf - 架子(jià zi) 
Cupboard - 柜子(guì zi)  
Heating - 加热器(jiā rè qì)
Light - 灯(dēng) 

Light bulb - 灯泡(dēng pào) 

Carpet - 地毯(dì tǎn) 
Curtains - 窗帘(chuānglián)
Doors - 门(mén)
Windows - 窗户(chuāng hù)
Walls - 墙(qiáng)
Ceiling - 棚顶(péng dǐng)
Floor - 地板(dì bǎn)

+Outside - 外面(wài miàn)

Doorbell - 门铃(mén líng)
Postbox - 邮箱(yóu xiāng)
Fence - 围墙(wéi qiáng)
Roof - 屋顶(wū dǐng) 


《古裝時代》 Evolution of the Chinese Period Theme Song  by Singaporean group The Teng Ensemble which uses both Western and traditional Chinese instruments.

A medley of Chinese theme songs from Chinese dramas and film from the past to the present. See how many you can recognize! I recognize way too many, it means I’m old :cries: Who is as old as me? :(

歌曲列表  Full List of songs:
1. 書劍恩仇錄The Legend of the Book and the Sword (1976)《書劍恩仇錄》
2. 天龍八部Demi-Gods and Semi Devils (1982)《兩忘煙水裡》
3. 射雕英雄傳The Legend of the Condor Heros (1983)《世間始終你好》
4. 西遊記Journey to the West (1986)《敢問路在何方》
5. 笑傲江湖The Swordsman (1990)《滄海一聲笑》
6. 黃飛鴻Once upon a time in China (1991)《男兒當志強》
7. 新白娘子傳奇The Legend of White Snake (1992)《千年等一回》
8. 六指琴魔Dreadful Melody (1994)《天龍八音》
9. 梁祝The Lovers (1994)《梁山伯與祝英台
10. 神鵰俠侶The Condor Heroes (1995)《神話.情話》
11. 還珠格格 Princess Pearl (1998)《當》
12. 水滸傳 Water Margin (1998)《好漢歌》
13. 臥虎藏龍Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)《月光愛人》
14. 英雄 Hero (2002)《For the World theme》
15. 十面埋伏House of Flying Daggers (2004)《佳人曲》
16. 功夫 Kungfu Hustle (2004)《東海漁歌》
17. 神話 The Myth (2005)《美麗的神話》
18. 滿城盡帶黃金甲Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)《菊花台》
19. 霍元甲 Fearless (2006)《霍元甲》
20. 葉問 Ip Man (2008)《Maestro》
21. 步步驚心Scarlet Heart (2011)《三寸天堂》
22. 后宮甄嬛傳Empresses in the Palace (2011)《紅顏劫》
23. 一代宗師The Grandmaster (2013)《一代宗師》
24. 武媚娘傳奇The Empress of China (2014)《無字碑》
25. 刺客聶隱娘 The Assassin (2015)

An Excerpt from Elsewhere University's Student Accommodation Guide, Accurate to Term Beginning September 20XX

(Handwritten RA’s notes in parentheses)

The Towers

Mid-20th century brick apartment towers, divided into Pelham, McGonagall, Byron, and Bulwer-Lytton. Despite rising to 14 storeys, they have no iron rebar frames supporting them internally, leading many students to say they can feel the Towers sway in high winds. While this is not true, they definitely have the finest views on campus, being situated on the top of The Hill. The Towers have ample kitchen space, but prospective students should be reminded of their thin walls and thin floors. They are regarded as the “party” flats, and many second and third year students will say if a bad decision is going to be made on a night out, the odds are good it will happen in the Towers.

(No one remembers inviting the slim boy with slicked-back blonde hair, but he brought rum and an electric personality and makes himself welcome. He suggests a drinking game none of you have heard of, and only you remember never to play a game whose rules you do not understand. Your friends are not so fortunate)

The Ziggurat

Built in an unusual art-deco architectural style, the ziggurat is officially known as the Carnarvon Memorial Building, and dates back to the mid-1920s. The outward-facing rooms have large windows and are generally well-lit, but rooms further into the interior have no windows at all. Despite pre-dating air conditioning, students report that the rooms at the heart of the Ziggurat remain cool even in the height of summer. Thick walls and shag carpets also make the Ziggurat among the quietest of on-campus accommodation, which many more studious undergraduates consider a bonus.

(She finds sand in her shoes all year round, but at least her food never spoils. An undergrad swears she sees a falcon roost outside her room every day at sunrise. A label on a box of leftovers reads “Whoever opens me without consent, there will be judgement, an end shall be made for him. I shall seize his neck like a bird… I shall cast the fear of myself into him”. Every assumes it is a joke, until the seal is broken.)

The Chinese House

A quaint piece of 19th century Orientalism, and the last survivor of an eccentric effort to build an international students village using architectural styles from all over the world. Most were demolished between the expansion of the football field, the construction of the Michelson-Morley building, and a terrible fire in the mid-20th century that destroyed the Dutch farmhouse. Despite an ongoing and heated debate among the student population over whether or not the building’s styling and history make it an unfortunate racist relic or an architectural piece worthy of preservation, the Chinese House’s residents report that it is pleasant and homely. Regardless of nationality or religion, residents are advised to participate in the Mid-Autumn Festival arranged by the Chinese House Residents’ Assistants, as a matter of etiquette.

(Every year, room 5B is taken by an Asian student with dark hair who keeps a rabbit. No one tells security, even though pets are not allowed in campus accommodation. Impolite questions about where she is from are met with a patient smile, and a gentle reminder that an American flag flies over her home)

Dadd House

A modest Victorian building with en-suite rooms and upholstery faithful to the original. The Accommodation Office must deny absolutely any and all claims that it is a re-purposed insane asylum, including rumours that rooms 2A-2F still have padded walls, or that the 3rd floor rooms have locks on the outside of the doors, as these are baseless and harmful claims which do no justice to the building’s proud traditions. We must remind would-be applicants that the continued existence of Dadd House is due to a very generous grant provided by an anonymous donor, with the proviso that the House is reserved for those majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Music, Music Theory, Ceramics, and Animation. Exceptions cannot be made for those studying Liberal Arts.

(Her music only improves during her residency, filling the dark, sad halls of the house with beautiful sound. He paints great swirls of colour over his canvas, over the walls, over the floor. Her mind is alive with poetry, and she finds herself speaking in hexameter. What had been normal motions startle her as she catches smear frames in the corner of her eye. A group of non-students stroll through the tiled corridors, golden eyes flicking from one delight to the next, furred ears twitching. They discuss who they shall give their ultimate patronage to, as gardeners would discuss which plants to nurture, and which to prune)

Elsewhere Square

An early 21st century addition to the campus, this is one of the more divisive accommodation buildings in recent years, and has been voted “Ugliest Campus Accommodation” in a National Students’ Union poll every year since its construction. Certainly its garish colours and incongruous position next to the venerable Morganwg Building make it stand out, but it is worth remembering that the Morganwg itself was once denigrated as “Gothic” in its day. The layout of the corridors may seem counter-intuitive at first, but students are sure to adapt to it quickly with help of Residents’ Assistants (known colloquially as “Pathfinders” in the Square). Due to a certain proportion of permanent residents, space at Elsewhere Square is limited, but rooms are en suite, and its position is convenient for all campus locations.

(At every junction and intersections, we carve symbols into the wall, and the freshers quickly learn their meanings. You have gone too far, they say, turn back and do not continue. Your rooms are behind you, and you are in unfriendly territory. The unwise head deeper into the building, finding corridors which narrow abruptly into squeeze-bys and stairs which descend below the ground floor. The corridors beyond warp as cheap plasterboard gives way to bare limestone rock, forcing those who descend to twist and contort themselves to pass. No one has ever failed to return from the depths of Elsewhere Square, but no one who ventures there returns unchanged)

Taliesin House

A rare survivor from Elsewhere University’s earliest days, this Romantic-styled house lies on the edge of campus between the Lake and the playing fields, offering pleasant verdant surroundings and easy access to the Sports Centrer for students in sports science courses. The Residents’ Assistants run a lively calendar of events, including socials at the spring and autumn equinox, as well as the summer and winter solstice fairs, as well as a poetry competition in the first week of August. The nearby forests are private property of the Dean’s House, and the Accommodation Office must stress in the strongest language the need for students to stay out of the forest, on pain of expulsion and a permanent mark against their academic record.

(The sports societies love Samhain. They spend all night cheering, drinking to excess, dancing around the ceremonial bonfire that campus security tacitly agrees to ignore. One of the RA’s wears a pair of stag’s antlers, and in the darkness you have a fanciful moment where you imagine they are sprouting directly from his head. Then two drunken members of the girl’s rugby team stumble into the forest together, and a carynx horn bellows through the night. Everyone is inside by the time they hear the thundering of hooves and the baying of the black dogs)

Your RA Suggests:

Residents are requested to keep communal spaces (such as kitchens and bathrooms) clean and tidy, although everyone makes an exception for salt spills.

We suggest you bring only cast iron kitchenware to Elsewhere University. If you can’t get any prior to arrival, remember that the Accommodation Office holds a Lost and Found sale during Fresher’s Week.

While Elsewhere University Campus Security prides itself on its effectiveness, the Accommodation Office must formally issue a warning to all students to avoid unfamiliar individuals, particularly at night and during periods of lunar occlusion. Watch your friends closely.

Campus traditions may seem quaint to you, but it is worth remembering that what appears to be random superstition to you represents hard-won knowledge for others. If you don’t want to participate in seriousness, then at least participate with a sense of fun.

Most importantly, remember that your accommodation is your home, and you should never feel out of place or uncomfortable in your own home.

(Fairies are real, words have power, your home is only as safe as you make it)

(AN: The Ziggurat, the Towers, and Elsewhere Square are direct references to existing accommodation at University of East Anglia and University of Essex)


Rooms of the house - 房子里的房间 (fángzi lǐ de fángjiān)

House-房子(fáng zi)
Room -房间(fáng jiān)
Living room - 客厅(kè tīng)
Kitchen - 厨房(chú fáng)
Dining room - 饭厅(fàn tīng)
Lobby - 大厅(dà tīng)
Bedroom - 卧室(wò shì)
Children’s room -儿童房(ér tóng fáng)  
Study (room) - 书房(shū fáng)
Laundry room - 洗衣房(xǐ yī fáng)
Bathroom - 浴室(yù shì)
Toilet - 厕所(cè suǒ)  
Washroom - 洗手间(xǐ shǒu jiān)

卫生间 - (wèi shēng jiān) have different meanings for bathroom, toilet/ restroom, washroom, lavatory。

Staircase- 楼梯(lóu tī)
Upstairs - 楼上(lóu shàng)
Downstairs -楼下(lóu xià)
Attic - 阁楼(gé lóu)
Basement - 地下室(dì xià shì)
Garden -花园(huā yuán)
Garage -车库(chē kù) 

House Pride // Ravenclaw

If only
closed minds
came with
closed mouths

(g) (s) (h)


Zodiac Sign: Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra | Sagittarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces |

Chinese Zodiac: Rat | Ox | Tiger | Rabbit | Dragon | Snake | Horse | Sheep | Monkey | Rooster | Dog | Pig |

Celtic Zodiac: Birch (The Achiever) | Rowan (The Thinker) | Ash (The Enchanter) | Alder (The Trailblazer) | Willow (The Observer) | Hawthorne (The Illusionist) | Oak (The Stabilizer) | Holly (The Ruler) | Vine (The Equalizer) | Ivy (The Survivor) | Reed (The Inquisitor) | Elder (The Seeker) |


Life Path Number: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 11 | 22 | 33 |

Four Temperaments: Sanguine | Melancholic | Choleric | Phlegmatic |

Alignment: Lawful Good | Neutral Good | Chaotic Good | Lawful Neutral | True Neutral | Chaotic Neutral | Lawful Evil | Neutral Evil | Chaotic Evil |

Enneagram: The Reformer (Type 1)  | The Helper (Type 2)  | The Achiever (Type 3)  | The Individualist (Type 4)  | The Thinker (Type 5)  | The Loyalist (Type 6)  | The Enthusiast (Type 7)  | The Leader (Type 8)  | The Peacemaker (Type 9)  |

Soul Type (I had a tie): Hunter | Caregiver | Creator | Thinker | Helper | Educator | Performer | Leader | Spiritualist |

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor | Hufflepuff | Ravenclaw | Slytherin |

Archetypes: Creative | Athlete | Rebel | Caregiver | Visionary | Royal | Performer | Spiritual | Tastemaker | Explorer | Advocate | Intellectual |

Brain Lateralisation Test: Left | Right | Equal |

Multiple Intelligence’s Test: Musical | Visual-spatial | Verbal-linguistic | Logical-mathematical | Bodily-kinesthetic | Interpersonal | Intrapersonal | Naturalistic |

Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale (Primary Psychopathy): 1 | 1.5 | 2 | 2.5 | 3 | 3.5 | 4 | 4.5 | 5 |

*Can I just say taking all the tests I’ve never tried before or knew existed was super fun!!!

Context: Our party had just come out of a ruined Chinese tea house after fighting some zombie ogres and drow to see a mob of brainwashed townsfolk at the door

Me (halfling bard): i walk up to a villager, kiss him, and cast charm person

DM: Even on your tiptoes you wouldn’t be tall enough

Me: Then I kiss his belly button!

DM: *rolls 17* He’s flattered but it doesn’t work

Me: God dammit

*whole table erupts with laghter*