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    • Eyinlojuoluwa
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      Good day everyone, Who have received message from Zhejiang Sci-Tech University about the outcome of CSC scholarship for 2019?   I was sent a message to wait till they receive response from the CSC before they send the documents. But i checked their online portal to see all the Research focus in COMPUTER APPLIED TECHNOLOGY in the school, but i couldnt see anything.   Who else know about the course and the various research areas in the school...... Thanks
    • Laban
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      I am starting to learn mandarin (again...) and have a question on word order.     English: "I often drink coffee before work"   Is it more correct to say: Shàngbān yǐqián, wǒ chángcháng hē kāfēi.   Or:  Wǒ chángcháng shàngbān yǐqián hē kāfēi.   Thanks.   Ps. I am using pinyin since I am not learning characters (at least not yet).  
    • lonny tao
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      Today I found in a store a porcelain bowl with characters on the bottom. Is the mark Chinese? Factory mark? Can someone tell me what it means?
    • murrayjames
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      I have a question about the pronunciation of the word 蓦然 in the sentence 蓦然想起一件事.   现代汉语规范词典 says 蓦 is pronounced mò, adding: 注意 不读mù. A native speaker from Sichuan disagreed and advised me to say mùrán, because “No one says mòrán.”   Which pronunciation is most commonly used?
    • Viktor10
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      Hey everyone! I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question but I will give it a go! I am planning to study at a Mandarin language center next summer (2020) in Taiwan, Taipei. I am looking for programs that last for 3 months during the summer period (beginning of June to late August approx.). I am wondering if anyone have any recommendations? From other forums online I gather National Chengchi University, Chinese Language Division Language Center (CLD) National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Normal University (MTC) are good. Which of these would you recommend or if you have any other recommendations? For reference I have studied Mandarin for a year now full-time and will continue to study till next summer. So I am looking for more advanced classes (and connected to unis of course). I'd appreciate any input!
    • StChris
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        Platform(s): PC  Where to buy: Steam Release Date: 23rd May 2019 Languages: English and Chinese (both simplified and traditional characters, both audio and text), several other languages too Chinese Level Required: ? Proportion of play time where you'll be using Chinese: ? Specific/specialised Vocab Learned: ? Trailer: youtube,  youku   Quote Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is the first in the award-winning series to recreate epic conflict across ancient China. Combining a gripping turn-based campaign of empire-building & conquest with stunning real-time battles, THREE KINGDOMS redefines the series in an age of heroes & legends.     For those unfamiliar with the Total War series, here's a brief description of the gameplay. They are basically grand strategy games, mixing turn-based strategic map gameplay, with epic real-time battles. In the turn-based overhead map part of the game, you will research technologies, strengthen your empire by building various buildings, and position your armies for battle:     Whenever any of your armies meet an enemy army on the map, you will be immediately transported to a real-time battle, where you will have to act as general and command your troops to victory:     Until recently, the game was primarily historical based, being set in various periods of history, from Ancient Rome, to Shogunate Japan. But in 2016 the first fantasy-based game, Total War: Warhammer, was released. Three Kingdoms seeks to satisfy both sets of fans, with a more historically based Records mode, and a more fantastical Romance mode, featuring superhero type characters:     There have been many tweaks to the formula throughout the years, and Three Kingdoms is no exception. In my opinion, the most interesting improvement this time round is the 关系 (guanxi - relationship) system. Although the Total War games have always had an RPG-style character development system, it looks to be much more involved now. Anyone familiar with the Romance of the Three Kingdoms story will know that attracting intelligent and capable generals/administrators is vital to success, and the game reflects this with its in depth relationship mechanic. Characters will have personal friendships, rivalries and grudges throughout the game and you will have to decide who to promote, appoint and betray as you seek to maintain loyalty and gain allies in your struggle to unite China:     I think many people here will already be familiar with the Three Kingdoms period and story. For those that aren't, Sega have you covered with this short sponsored video giving you a simplified overview:   youtube
    • marcop1
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      Is it easy to find blades for my Gillette razor and if so would it be available in most stores?
    • Moshen
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      Chinese Zero to Hero has a new course called "Path to Fluency" that looks really interesting and helpful, explaining how to go from textbook/course learning to really being able to understand and use Chinese.  I will post a review here when I finish the course.   In its first lesson, it takes a position on fluency that I find highly questionable, though, and I'd love to get your reactions to it.   After demonstrating that people's definitions of fluency vary greatly, it points out that many Chinese learners reach a point at which they can speak reasonably well, yet when they turn on Chinese TV or listen to a podcast, they can't understand what's being said.   It explains that you need a much bigger vocabulary to understand than to speak.  Therefore, it posits listening comprehension of native material as the "Holy Grail" of foreign language fluency.  "If you can understand complex and specific messages, you should have no problem articulating your own ideas."   Here are my issues with the above.   1)What about the people who can understand quite well, but have trouble expressing themselves in the foreign language?  Aren't there an equal number of those? As for me, my listening ability in Spanish (and French) is far ahead of my ability to express myself in those languages.  I've spent four years listening to Spanish audio material, podcasts and TV telenovelas, as well as reading Spanish novels and news reports, but not had that much practice speaking.  It feels to me like I have a hugely much bigger vocabulary when it comes to hearing the language than when it comes to being able to come up with the right words to express myself.   It also seems to me that when I travel, I meet a lot of people who can get by listening to or reading English, but can't express themselves in English.  This comes out as them saying they don't know English when in fact they can read a book in English or watch an American movie, yet can't speak.   Those of you who know linguistic terminology can probably explain and comment on this phenomenon intelligently, if you agree with me.  (Maybe passive vs. active mastery?)  Or if you agree with Zero to Hero, you can back that up.  What say you?   2)Does it make sense to you to peg "fluency" to listening ability rather than speaking ability?  I feel this goes against what most people think about when they assess someone's fluency in a language.  It would seem very odd to me to describe someone as "fluent in Chinese" who can understand native TV, podcasts and conversation extremely well but who stumbles horribly when speaking.   When you think about reaching fluency, are you thinking about being able to listen and understand, or being able to speak well - or both?   Well, that should get a good discussion going.  I also have questions about native-language mastery vs. acquired language mastery prompted by this course, but we can get to that in a separate thread, if there's interest.
    • MrDuque
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      Is it possible yo get a Taiwan visa in mainland China?, the only method that I have found so far is to go to one of the SARs and apply for it while in there. I know is really obvious that It would not be possible to get it while being in the mainland, I just wanted to know if there was any other way to do it.   Thanks in advance
    • Eli24
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      Hi guys, Can someone kindly tell me what is the Chinese word written in the below low quality image? Thank you in advance, Eli
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