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Need help in Hainanese!

sk sng - Yesterday, 11:35 PM in Non-Mandarin Chinese

Hi, I'm new to the forum; need help for some work regarding spoken Hainanese in Singapore & Malaya (as it was then) in the old days (from 1915 onwards). Present day information is fine too.   "Towkay" refers to 头家,or boss. Do the Hainanese address their bosses differently? ie. Hao ge?   Thank you so much!   rgds SK Sng
Latest of 0 replies by sk sng at Yesterday, 11:35 PM.

Advice needed to go beyond intermediate level

spetsnaz84 - Yesterday, 10:13 PM in General Study Advice and Discussion

spetsnaz84 avatar Hi,   Let me first introduce myself: I am a 30 year old male living in Western Europe. Almost three years ago, I married my Chinese wife and we have been living together happily. From the moment we got married I started studying Chinese with some ups and downs. I took an evening course here and there and some private tutoring but I was never happy with the former as I had already progressed beyond the highest level they offered and the latter option was getting too expensive.     I recently passed...
Latest of 0 replies by spetsnaz84 at Yesterday, 10:13 PM.

Cold and flu medication

MoTzu - Yesterday, 09:52 PM in Life, Work and Study in China in General

Hello, I'm new to china and I don't speak Chinese yet so I'm unable to explain to the pharmacist what I need. I feel like I'm coming down with a flu and I was wondering if there's anything simple I can ask for in a pharmacist that works fairly quickly similar to codral or any of the other brand name western cold and flu tablets
Latest of 2 replies by kdavid at Yesterday, 11:09 PM.

Chinese with Mike

ianwat - Yesterday, 05:31 AM in Resources for Studying Chinese

Hi, Has anyone had any luck with the new Chinese with mike series of learning material as their are no reviews on amazon Thankyou
Latest of 1 replies by Shelley at Yesterday, 08:23 PM.

Chinese breeze books

ianwat - Yesterday, 05:28 AM in Resources for Studying Chinese

Hi, I have just ordered a chinese breeze book level 1, is it simplified chinese & would these flashcards on amazon (Chinese Flash Cards Kit Volume 1: Characters 1-349: Hsk Elementary Level) cover the characters in the book, also without sounding daft as a complete beginner thats just starting to learn do you read these books the english way left to right & from the front the book. Thanks
Latest of 3 replies by Zeppa at Yesterday, 08:05 PM.

Looking for Sanda school and Chinese tutoring

MoTzu - Jul 23 2014 10:30 PM in Harbin

Hi, I have recently (about 9 days ago now) moved to Harbin from Australia. I'm looking for a Sanda class in Harbin that either has experience teaching westerners or someone that is understanding of the fact that I don't speak/understand Chinese and be patient with me while I try and pick it up. I learned a little Wing Chun back in Australia and most classes were taught in Cantonese, while I still dont speak cantonese it didn't take long to start recognising what they were telling me to do   Secondly I'm int...
Latest of 17 replies by grawrt at 49 minutes ago.

Help with song lyric needed (Little Apple 小苹果)

danqi - Jul 23 2014 07:51 PM in Vocabulary, idioms, word lists . . .

I am trying to get back into Chinese. Besides learning vocabulary, I also want to memorize a song or two, so that I pound some grammar, phrases, etc. into my brain. Some may say a song is technically not the best for grammar, but it will be fun for me and easy to memorize.   I came across Little Apple 小苹果 by the Chopstick Brothers 筷子兄弟. (https://www.youtube....h?v=LzHFD1sEqpE)   It is somewhat terrible, yet also incredibly catchy. So that's what I am going with. I started by looking at the c...
Latest of 3 replies by Basil at Jul 23 2014 11:41 PM.

Accepting compliments (without rejecting them)

Bird in a Forest - Jul 23 2014 04:42 PM in General Study Advice and Discussion

Bird in a Forest avatar Hello everyone, I find it much more sincere to accept compliments and show how grateful I am rather than to belittle myself. Therefore I would like to know some phrases in Chinese to accept compliments and show my gratitude rather than overhumbling myself. I do not want to know phrases like 哪裏哪裏. How do you accept compliments in Chinese without coming off as really arrogant (taking into consideration that the Chinese culture in general highly values modesty and humility)? Although in the West it is certainly pos...
Latest of 21 replies by Bird in a Forest at Yesterday, 03:14 PM.

z-Visa best method

Eqrm - Jul 23 2014 01:03 PM in Visa Issues

Hi Guys,     I'm looking for some advice.   I recently finished my studies in Beijing and now plan to find work in China. (needing a Z-visa) However I do not have full 2 years of experience as I did my Masters straight after my bachelors. I heard hiring a good agency would help a lot, any good suggestions?   I'm currently in Beijing but heard it might be easier to succeed applying elsewhere, say Shenzhen.       Thanks, Q
Latest of 1 replies by zhouhaochen at Yesterday, 12:36 PM.

How Do You Make Learning Chinese Both Fun and Efficient?

Yadang - Jul 22 2014 03:02 PM in General Study Advice and Discussion

I've read in many places on these forums that to really be able to continue learning Chinese for a long period, one has to find a way to make studying Chinese fun. I used to think this was perhaps something that a person might do who didn't have enough motivation in the first place, but not something that people would have to do if they were dedicated enough to learning Chinese that the dedication and the thrill one gets at slowly achieving one's goal in learning Chinese would be enough motivation to keep going....
Latest of 12 replies by MPhillips at Jul 23 2014 10:28 AM.