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    • ClaDriver
      Can anyone translate this for me?  Thank you
    • suMMit
      After reading this thread https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/59014-chinese-learners-are-forced-into-a-standard-box/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-458885 I thought of this resource I've been using:   I'm not going to write an in depth review, but I thought I'd post a link to a resource I've been quite enjoying. It focuses on listening to normal speed Mandarin and a wide variety of accents ie. Beijing dongbei, guangdong, Sichuan, Shanghai, etc.They are also a variety of ages and personalities. I think its a great resource for improving listening, reinforcing some basic grammar structures and even vocabulary. It features 150 short videos at beginner/elementary/intermediate level, with 6 different people asking 6 other people a  question. You listen first with no aids, then with pinyin and characters, then with English subs, then there are 3 quizzes. The topics are quite varied. It is probably too easy for a high intermediate level. The music in the intro video is kind of cheesy, but there's no music in the actual videos. Its also a bit pricey, but it is obvious that the creator has put a lot of work into this, and the quality shows. It's not incredibly extensive, But doing 3 videos a week, it'll take me a year to complete.  I find it educational and entertaining at the same time.  money was well spent imo.   Here's the link: https://mandarinhq.com/real-spoken-chinese-vault-course/
    • Wahed
      Do foreigners have this or can get this? As far as I can tell (Baidu search), we don't but then how do we utilize services that require this to register such as some of the bicycle sharing programs? Is there an equivalent?
    • Gem
      I am interested to know the process on how a Taiwanese passport holder without national Id work in China. Have recently heard the news that there is no more work permit required for Taiwan nationals as long as they hold the compatriot pass (台胞证).   However, as I do not have any national id, I am unable to get this piece of document. 
    • Flickserve
      When I ask about a Chinese non-standard pronunciation, I get told by many people the 'standard' pronunciation. Yup. I know the standard pronunciation. I am asking about the accent.   Why are mainland Mandarin speakers so obtuse about a foreigner learning the nuances of a regional accent?    I think most English speakers are pretty open about accents in English unlike Chinese speakers and Mandarin.
    • Cathcj
      Hello all.. I wanted to apply for the one year scholarship of Chinese Language in September 2020. One of the requirements is to have a letter from the recommendation institute. In where I live they dont have any Confucius Institute. I tried to email other CI in my country but no one has replied my email so far. Where can I get this recommendation letter? Anyone has the same issue with me feel free to comment
    • 韩松磊
      Hello! It has been many years since I posted on this site, but I haven't stopped learning. In fact, I've moved to 杭州!   I recently made a utility for myself to use when practicing handwriting. It generates handwriting practice sheets with whatever characters you want, and it supports three fonts. I thought it could be of use to some members here. I used to pay archchinese for this service, but I realized it isn't too hard to code...   https://dian-dian.co/buildpracticesheet     Hope it helps. I'm open to suggestions or feedback.     As an aside, my Chinese name has changed since I made this account (ex's dad gave me this name, ended up not sticking, etc.). Is there a way to change that?   I've attached a screenshot an example practice sheet:
    • abcdefg
      This morning about ten a.m. we had loud "air-raid" type sirens 防空警报 going on for several minutes and then repeating in a short while. My maid 阿姨/家政 was here at the time doing the weekly cleanup. I asked her what this meant and she said they were commemorating the Nanjing Massacre 南京大屠杀。Every year on the 18th of September.    Found this on-line:    Quote 发生于1937年12月13日,日军占领南京后开始了长达几个星期的大屠杀,死难者约30万人,有约8万名妇女惨遭强奸。 9·18事变是指1931年9月18日日本关东军以演习之名对东北军发动进攻,一夜之间占领了沈阳城,三个月之内占领了东北三省。   Here's more: https://baike.baidu.com/item/南京大屠杀/26188?fr=aladdin     Has anyone else heard them where you are? (in China) Was wondering if this observance was widespread. Don't think I've noticed it in years past. 
    • Larry Language Lover
      Here's a cool link where you can enter any Chinese character or word and hear it used in context by native Chinese speakers in tons of different Youtube videos. You can also choose Mainland, Hong Kong, or Taiwan accent. The site also works for several other languages.   https://youglish.com/chinese
    • ZhuoMing
      Hello, I am in the process of planning a big trip to China. I want to spend around 8 months in China, with the first 4 of the months being spent studying at Keats in Kunming, and the remaining time living at Chengdu and travelling all over the country. I was wondering how to handle the visa situation.  I am currently wondering what the exact requirements for getting an X1 visa are, and if there is some way to get that even if I will only be spending 4 months studying. One thought that came to my head is perhaps if I did say, 2 months at Keats, followed by two months somewhere else, and then return to keats for another 2 months for a total of 6 months. Would I be able to get an X1 visa in this case? And if I did would I be able to stay another two months after my studying is over?    Obviously another option I have is to get a multi entry tourist visa, and just do little trips to other countries every two or three months, depending on whatever stay duration I get on the visa. This is doable but probably not optimal. Otherwise, I could get an X2 visa for the time I spend at Keats and switch it to a tourist visa afterwards. If I did this, how much extra time can people stay on an X2 visa? Will they grant a few extra days, weeks, months? I did a semester in China a few years ago on an X2 visa, and I remember some of my classmates stayed in China for a few weeks after the semester ended. I wonder how long this can be stretched out, and if there is a maximum time they will allow people to stay after their study period ends. This option would probably be better than staying on a tourist visa for the entire time, but I imagine it will require me to file a second visa application, and still do a few Hong Kong runs for the final few months of my stay.    So my main questions are: Is there some workaround I could use to get the X1 visa in my situation? Whats the longest duration I can milk a student visa for after I finish studying? If necessary, what is the process for switching a student visa to a tourist visa?
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