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    • roddy
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      Hopefully next week I'm going to be switching us over to HTTPS, which means everything between your browser and the server is encrypted and so, eg, your passwords are more secure. I'm wondering if this might cause problems for people behind various internet filters - not just the Great Firewall, but also (Chinese) campus networks. If the site suddenly disappears or something, drop me a line at admin@chinese-forums.com   You can switch to https currently by changing the address in your browser if you want to test it, but it won't persist when you click links and you might get warnings about insecure images.
    • flray
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      Hello All,       Thanks  in advance.  I am a self taught Mandarin learner who is probably at the advanced beginner to low intermediate level. For the past year I have worked at a large Asian grocery store.  My coworkers have been heavily from Southern China(Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Taiwan) but also some from Northern and Central China (Xian, Inner Mongolia, Tianjin etc.).    I have gained a lot of knowledge from repetition and expanding my lexicon but know I haven’t fully taken advantage of the opportunity.        I am now looking to travel  to mainland China and specifically the Dongbei region  to improve my Putonghua. I would like to study of a budget minded private school for about 3 months.  I would study at a university but it doesn’t seem to line up with my time frame.   Yanji       I would like to study or at least spend a couple weeks in Yanji. I have seem several posts on the forum about Yanbian University does anyone know of any private schools? If nothing else I will try to spend a little time and get a private tutor.  I find the bilingual aspect of the city to be very interesting.  I  will attempt to document street signs and put them on a platform(instagram etc) for others to use as well. The way my mind works it will help keep my study of Hanzi interesting as well as improving my Hangul.   Dalian        Dalian seems like it would be a very pleasant place to study.  The air pollution levels are almost off the charts in many cities most specifically in the north east and they seems to be 1/3 to  ¼ the levels in Dalian. I am currently inquiring at Aushi Language training school. The language on the street might be jiao liao dialect of mandarin but close enough. In the same way I would study in Taiwan but want the input from the simplified Hanzi all around.   Harbin      Bincai seems like a good choice in Harbin. If I am right it is 266 Usd a month for the group classes for 20 hours  and 250 usd for  a shared apartment.    1 on 1 mandarin workshop. I have heard this program is very good with 4 hour a day individual instruction and a private apartment.  If I wasn’t stretching my budget this would be at the top of my list.   Changchun      I have heard of a Private school called “Aliens” and found a general location but not specific info.   Chengde     Living the Language seems to be a good school but a bit pricy.   I will do a follow up with contact info and cost breakdown for what I can find. Thanks all.
    • Khan112
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      I want to apply at fudan university but it says that i have to give ielts result or i should be a native english speaker.I have completed o level and a level and studied for 12 years at an english medium school.Do i have do give ielts or not
    • tentate
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      雁塔区后村西路绿地海珀紫庭 西安市, 陕西省   Thanks everybody!
    • 叫我小山
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      大家好!   I'm working my way through learning the HSK syllabus, and have just finished level 4, along with learning to write the words together and the individual characters. My question is, If I am in an environment where mainly traditional characters are used, should I also learn tradition along with my simplified characters, or should I hold off until I complete the HSKs?   I live in Canada, where there are a lot of Cantonese-speaking immigrants, so I find that many shops, restaurants, newspapers, etc. are all written in traditional characters. If I want to take advantage of these learning opportunities, I feel I shouldn't waste time in going through the whole HSK syllabus first in simplified, but that I should try both at the same time. My girlfriend says it will be too hard and that I will start mixing up which characters are traditional or simplified.   Has anyone else had issues with this? I feel traditional characters are beautiful (albeit harder to learn [and write]), and I would have access to most of the Chinese written world if I acquired knowledge of both character sets. Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, and most areas of every Chinatown and Chinese immigrant area in the world employ traditional characters as well.   Thank you in advance for your wisdom
    • jgraham11
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      Hi everyone, this is my first post here glad to be apart of the forum. I have a quick question on learning through the methods I listed above. I learned Mandarin in a 1 on 1 setting for about 8 months or so, but I've been at it for the past year. I feel pretty good about my skill, but I'm not fluent of course. Anyway that's some context on where I'm at   Now for the question. I sometimes understand a good amount of what's being said on these channels. Shows like baba qu nar ( 爸爸去哪儿) or that dating show on Jiangsu tv with 孟非 the presenter. My question is should someone after a year of learning be able to understand all of it, or most of it? Furthermore, how advanced are those shows vocabulary exactly? Sometimes I feel like they use a more complicated type of dialogue than they would need to (more so the dating show)   I haven't taken the HSK tests yet but I would assume I'm a level 3, maybe a level 4, but judging by how I miss a good portion of what's said in these shows I'm not sure. So anyway, yeah any advice/opinions or help on this question would be appreciated   Thanks
    • x3ckid
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      1. 你每天都跑步吗?为什么? 我喜欢跑步,因为他让我健康 2. 请说说一件让你高兴的事。 我喜欢看书和吃中国菜 3. 你的汉语老师怎么样?请介绍一下。 我的老师很善良和乐于助人 4. 请介绍一下你的家人。 我的家庭是大和富有 5. 请介绍一件让你觉得快乐的事。 有成功和通过考试让我快乐。 6. 猫和狗。你喜欢哪个?为什么? 我喜欢猫,因为他们是美丽的。 7. 下雨的时候。你喜欢做什么? 当下雨我喜欢在电脑上玩。 8. 你想做老师吗?为什么? 我想乘务一名老师帮助人们学习 9. 你累的时候,会做什么? 东握累了,我试着休息和睡觉。 10. 不高兴时候,。。。? 我不高兴,因为汉子很难,我恐怕不会通过考试。
    • msteve60
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      Hello everyone, I will be coming to Kunming to study at KUST in less than a month. The problem is that I will probably be arriving with a tourist visa, since I am currently working in China and can get this without leaving the country. KUST told me that they can convert the tourist visa to a student residence permit, but they are on holiday until Feb. 25. However, the latest I can apply for my tourist visa is Jan. 24. The visa is for 31 days, but I'm afraid I won't be able to convert this to a residence permit until KUST reopens after Spring Festival on Feb. 25, which is more than 31 days. Does anybody know of a possible solution to this problem? Since KUST already gave me all the necessary paperwork for getting a student visa, would it be possible to go to the PSB in Kunming myself to apply for a student visa or residence permit before Feb. 25? I have tried to contact KUST about this but they are extremely unresponsive. I've sent them a whopping seven emails about it with no reply. I appreciate any help or advice you can offer. Thanks. ficklestix
    • Napkat
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      Hi all,   As some of you know, I currently teach English at a middle school in Beijing. It's my first year of doing so, and it's coming up to that time where I need to think about what I'll do next year - whether or not to renew my contract. There are two options that I'm considering, and I'd like to hear the opinions of forum-goers.   Option 1: Renew my contract for a second year. Wage increase by 1000 RMB/month to make 9500/month (pre tax) including accommodation, utilities and other perks for low, low hours (10-11 hrs/week including planning time). Handy for cash, and would net me a valuable second year of working experience in China.   Option 2: Apply for a scholarship to study Mandarin for a year at BLCU or Tsinghua. I'm aiming to take the HSK 5 before the end of August (and therefore presumably before a potential start at one of these universities), so would be spending the year working from that level upwards. I imagine the progress in Mandarin would be immense, but I would lose out heavily on earnings.   Things to note: In terms of what I'm aiming for, fluency in Mandarin is definitely the main goal, which I'm currently loosely defining as HSK 6 (although I respect that this is a bad way of measuring fluency, I think it's a good milestone to start with). Beyond this, I hope to move to France or Germany and work to achieve fluency in either of these languages (with the end-goal here being fluency in both, be it either through study in-country or working in-country). I'm aiming to achieve this by the time I turn 25 (within the next three years), latest 26, so there is a somewhat arbitrary time limit. As a result, I'm currently not sure whether I'd want to spend more than one more year in China for now.   What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear your opinions on this. If you have any alternate suggestions also, I'd love to hear them!   谢谢大家!                  
    • Fred0
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      I am curious about the origin and meaning of the idiom 沉得住气,meaning to stay calm, to keep one's composure. Is there a good place to look up such things?
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