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Lost languages leave traces on the brain

Basil - Yesterday, 12:53 PM in General Study Advice and Discussion

Hit and run post. Too busy at the moment... but worth a read.   "The researchers focused on 21 Chinese children who had been adopted early in life. The average age of the children at adoption was 12.8 months, which meant that they were likely to have learned to recognize tone before being adopted. Since adoption, the children had been exposed exclusively to French, had grown up as French monolingual speakers, and had no remaining conscious knowledge of Chinese."   http://arstechnica.c...s-on-the-brain/...
Latest of 1 replies by realmayo at 58 minutes ago.


Pedroski - Yesterday, 10:05 AM in Grammar, Sentence Structures and Patterns

Pedroski avatar In this sentence, is 拿 = 把?   您不要拿我开玩笑了,这可不行!
Latest of 7 replies by ZhangJiang at Yesterday, 10:47 PM.

Can you help correcting my chinese text

bay32ft - Nov 21 2014 11:05 PM in Reading and Writing Skills

  Hello, can anyone very good in chinese help me to correct this little piece of text ? 你好 最近怎么样?现在我住院,昨天我开车真不小心、就出了车祸、车子都撞坏了,只好买新的。 自从这件事情以来我很怀旧,我记得去年在北京我问到全聚德吃烤鸭,好景不长。 给你报喜来了、我打算明年在天津搬家,法国经济不景气,我应征那么多次可是没有回应,老板说我太青年,更糟糕的事经验不足。 你看我在中国投资?一定的判断正确才能累积财富。我知道你经济学毕业,你是很聪明的人,我们俩会累积很多钱。 希望你同意、祝全家幸福。 你的朋友。 2014年11月20日 Thanks a lot!  
Latest of 0 replies by bay32ft at Nov 21 2014 11:05 PM.

New Android Update - Chinese settings

Steingletscher - Nov 21 2014 07:46 PM in Chinese Computing and Electronics

I updated my android phone, a Google Nexus 5, the other day to the new operating system, called lollipop. On it, they seemed to have changed the Chinese settings and now I cannot draw characters in anymore. As you can see in the screenshot, I only have two options built into the operating system for typing Chinese. Does anyone else have this problem? What is a way to solve it? Though I don't use it everyday, I find myself using it once or twice a week when I am trying to type in a more rare character that i...
Latest of 1 replies by Shelley at Nov 21 2014 09:28 PM.

HSK and Chinese Government Scholarship

chais - Nov 21 2014 04:26 AM in The HSK Exam, and others

Hello!   I want to take the HSK exam this spring and also try my chance with getting the scholarship, too. But I have some questions.   As far as I have read, the speaking section is considered as if it's a whole different exam and isn't written on the HSK certificate either. One should apply separately for them, too. (Please correct me if I am wrong, though)   So, my question is, would only taking the written HSK exam and not the HSKK exam be enough to be able to apply for the Chinese Government...
Latest of 0 replies by chais at Nov 21 2014 04:26 AM.

How much does the pollution bother you in China?

Johnny20270 - Nov 20 2014 08:19 PM in Life, Work and Study in China in General

Anyone in Beijing will have noticed the pollution level today and yesterday. I am just new here but I can feel myself being chocked up with the level of pollution. Not used to it.   Looking at the US embassy "Air Pollution: Real-time Air Quality Index Data" I see it is around the 400 mark where I live. This corresponds to their highest category on their Hazardous scale.   Just wondering for you long timers here in China, how much does this bother you? I must admit I could never live in this country lon...
Latest of 19 replies by Takeshi at Yesterday, 11:12 PM.

Is there a name for this?

li3wei1 - Nov 20 2014 03:47 PM in General Study Advice and Discussion

I'm wondering if there's a term for this phenomenon, which must be fairly common in Chinese, both for non-natives and for children learning to read, and possibly even for native speakers. I was reading a book about techniques for teaching Chinese, and came across this phrase: 用一些非常规的办法 I'm familiar with 非常, but not with 常规, so I spent some time trying to figure out how and why 规 was acting as an adjective. Of course I'm also familiar with 非 on its own, but the commonness of 非常 pushed me down the wrong path. So i...
Latest of 7 replies by hedwards at Yesterday, 11:15 AM.

I didn't do anything

ralphmat123 - Nov 20 2014 03:45 PM in Vocabulary, idioms, word lists . . .

How would you say I didn't do anything in chinese? As in if someone asked you what you did over the weekend. I thought 我没有多什么做 That's probably completely wrong though. Thanks
Latest of 7 replies by Demonic_Duck at Nov 21 2014 11:43 AM.

Thoughts on the less "PC" culture in China

ablindwatchmaker - Nov 20 2014 03:03 PM in Society

ablindwatchmaker avatar I just wanted to get people's thoughts on this and whether or not they found this refreshing, insensitive, or maybe a combination of the two.   One of the first things I noticed about having serious conversations in China was that I could essentially turn my filter off, as long as I wasn't talking about certain geopolitical issues, of which we are all aware, and wasn't directly challenging the CCP. I appreciated the candid nature of conversations and noticed the stark contrast between US and Chinese culture...
Latest of 47 replies by renzhe at Today, 03:28 AM.

I am confused about "ge" in "Zhè ge" and "Nà ge"

calibuddy25 - Nov 20 2014 01:08 PM in Grammar, Sentence Structures and Patterns

Why is "ge" not found after "Zhè" in this following sentence:   Zhè shì wǒ de shū.   I thought it should be:   Zhè ge shì wǒ de shū. "This is my book"
Latest of 8 replies by Shelley at Yesterday, 10:55 PM.