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    • 艾墨本
      Was searching the forums for discussion on what is likely to be a big change for Pleco and found nothing.   I am excited for it particularly because of the many times my questions about flashcard features is "that will be included in the 4.0 update."   Well, what are you all looking forward to in the update? Any questions for @mikelove who is always quick to answer questions? Does anyone know of a list of features expected to be included in 4.0?   Beyond the revamped note cards, I'm hoping for an expansion on thesaurus-type searches. My dream would be a button below "dictionary" that read "thesaurus." Now at the higher levels of Chinese learning, 同义词、近义词、和反义词 are all stubbornly important and I really hate most of the Chinese created dictionaries out there (Youdao!). 
    • georjungcocaine
      Where can I find a dabase of exceptions of the stroke order to be expected following a certain standard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroke_order#General_guidelines? Input methods' lists of input sequences could be used for this issue.
    • js6426
      In class the other day our teacher was talking about 在 being used as either a 副词 or 介词.  The examples he used were 我在教室 and 我在上课.  He then gave us a bit of simple sentence structure to determine whether 在 is functioning as a 副词或者介词.  After this he said it's really important for us to learn the names of the various parts of speech, because if we do that then we can get used to the general sentence structures that appear in Chinese, and when we discover new words, we can check what type of word it is, and generally know how to use it in a sentence.  For some reason I had never even thought of this before, but it sounds like it can make life a whole lot easier!  The only problem is, we haven't done much more than the simplest of sentence structures, and we will cover more as time goes on.  So I am starting this thread to ask if anyone knows of an existing thread/website where there is a good comprehensive overview of some general sentence structures, covering the major parts of speech.  If not, would anyone care to add any? I had a look on the grammar wiki but couldn't find anything relating to general sentence structure.  Perhaps this is simply too general and changing to make a list, if so then no problem, I just thought I would ask in case!
    • Fred0
      I am reading a story in which the narrator is describing a young woman who is beautiful and talented. The kids in her grade school called her 画皮。 I understand what that means, but then he goes on to say:   他们不嫉妒,相反,他们怀揣着敬仰,一律把姚子涵同学叫作“画皮”。   可“画皮”决不2B,站有站相,坐有坐姿,亭亭玉立,是文艺青年的范儿。   Question 1: What does 2B mean.   Question 2: Is 站有站相,坐有坐姿 a set phrase of some kind, and whether or not, how is it to be understood?
    • Pengyou
      I am moving into an old apartment that has a weak electrical system.  It has a radiator system but i would like to find a supementary source of heat that does not use electricity. Is kerosene or propane an option?
    • Christa
      I've had many Chinese speakers translate 烏/乌/wū as meaning "black". But is that really correct?   Wouldn't "dark" be a more accurate translation?   Or is 烏/乌/wū to 黑/hēi what 青/qīng is to 綠/绿/lǜ  -  a more figurative, literary way to express the same colour?   Anyone got the answer to this one?     C
    • Elizabeth_rb
      Hi guys!    I'm a long time forum member, albeit a quiet one recently, but I also maintain a cruelty free cosmetics list. One of the criteria, given the animal testing laws in China, is that products mustn't be sold on the Chinese high street.   One company that concerned consumers are having a hard time getting a straight answer out of is Rituals Cosmetics. They'll freely say they have no stores in China, but won't answer if their products are sold in other stores there, leafing to doubt. Can you forum members who live out please there tell me if you've ever seen Rituals Cosmetics products on the shelves when you've been out and about?   Many thanks for your time and help.
    • philipbeckwith
      Hi Everyone, I know a person who says "smile every chance you get" as a catch phrase. I would like to say it in a natural way yet simple. Below is my try. Any suggestions?   你每次有机会,微笑一下   Thanks!
    • Luxi
      Central TV's 央视新闻 APP is a multi-media news and current affairs app, combining text, videos and radio. The current version started well early this year, but soon run into trouble and became barely functional for several months - it may have been 'chastised' because it had published a few articles criticising some sectors of the establishment, the news became 'frozen' on a date in April and live streaming stopped working.    It seems to have stabilised now and recovered full functionality. Of course, propaganda and 'journalistic restraint' rule paramount, there's a lot of Xi Jingping, the Party and the military, but there is enough variety of content to always have something interesting to offer. The app's structure makes it very easy to find one's type of articles.   The app has 3 main parts: a radio streaming news 24X7; a video and text part with several different topic-sections; and a video part, with live streaming of cctv's news channel  (cctv 13)  and archived videos from various current affairs TV programs, where one can select one's own favourites. Most of the videos have Chinese subtitles, a few from cctv 4 also have English subs.    It's free and available for IOS and Android (can be downloaded from CCTV news web pages.  The Apple store has iPhone and iPad versions. 
    • Prof Dang
      The number of Chinese students moving to the UK for higher studies is growing at 10% every year. It was 2.1 million in 2000 and was a whopping 5 million in 2014, and is steadily increasing.   What is the reason?   Does their employability increase after studying the UK?
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    • js6426
      Week 12 - 阅读期中考试 By js6426 in Chinese Language And Literature Degree 2
      This has been an awesome week, and I felt like I really learned a lot.  First of all, for some reason I am still unable to upload photos.  I have sent Roddy a message and so hopefully by next week I can put some up.
      I got my reading/writing midterm back, and it turns out I actually did write 容 correctly, and I got 100%!  Obviously I am over the moon with that, but it led to something even more cool.  There were 9 of us who did really well on the midterm, and so our teacher said that after looking at our results, attendance, and homework each week, we don't need to attend class between now and our final exam in January if we don't want to.  She said we are welcome to come, but our time is probably better spent devising and studying our own 内容。  She said we obviously still need to take the final exam, and we need to make sure we cover what's in the book as that will all be on there.  Each week we have to send photos via Wechat showing that we have been studying, and we have to produce 3 paragraphs/articles each week, on whatever we choose.  We can either send photos of those to her, or leave them in the classroom the night before and she will correct them for us (I am definitely doing the latter so that I actually continue to learn).  I am really pumped about this. The remaining Hanzi in the book that will be on the final are fairly common, and so shouldn't take long to learn.  Most of them I can read, I just need to remind myself how to write them.  But it means I have more time to study personal vocabulary, and writing the articles will be really fun and allow for a lot more experimentation with new words and grammar.  Finally she said after our final exams she will reassess and let us know whether she wants us to return to class, or we can continue to do our own thing. 
      I just started a thread on sentence structure, so I won't repeat it here, but one of our teachers gave me a brilliant revelation when he was teaching this week - basically, if we know general sentence structures (subj + v + obj) and all that, then when we discover a new word, in most cases we can work out how to use that word by just checking what type of word it is.  I have always struggled with this when looking up words in the dictionary!  Now it seems so simple, why on earth was I finding it so hard, I should have just checked what kind of a word it was and then I would know how to put it into a sentence!
      I spent some time hanging out with my friends at the tattoo place on Friday which was fun.  They wrote me a list of vocabulary as I walked around the shop pointing out things I didn't know, and then trying to explain things.  I think (I haven't actually checked them all in the dictionary yet though) I managed to get outline and shading, which I was quite proud of, or at least I will be if they are right hah!
      Aside from Chinese study, the weather here has been getting very cold.  Today was -16C, which is the coldest it has been so far this winter.  There has also been some snow which is nice!  Some rather unfortunate news is that we may have to move house.  Our landlord is letting us know by the end of this month whether or not she wants to sell the place (I naively just assumed we'd be here for 4 years).  It's annoying because this place has 3 bedrooms which is perfect with our kids, the location is also fantastic.  It's not too far from uni and we are right by a big supermarket and a great kindergarten for the kids.  The silver lining is that our contract is up mid-Feb, so we will most likely move in January, right in the middle of my holiday!  I think I will stop there for this week, before the post gets too long!
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      Admonition at the dining table By abcdefg in Signese 1
      The saunas 洗浴 I visit all have something similar to this on prominent display as a tabletop sign of some sort in the dining room where free lunch and supper buffets are served. This one was just slid under the glass. These have been a prominent fixture for several years. Loosely enforced, if at all. Still, a reminder as to what constitutes suggested behavior.

    • anonymoose
      Shop, or not? By anonymoose in Signese 3
      What are these people likely queuing up for?

    • roddy
      Wallzi.net By roddy in Signese 0
      Ladies and gentlemen, you should all check out our brother from another webserver, Wallzi.net. It's a bit like what we do, but with more writing.
    • roddy
      Signese Revival 16 By roddy in Signese 0
      One fairly random photo of Chinese characters in action, per week, until sometime in 2018. And perhaps longer if I'm encouraged. Those who want to contribute their own random photos of Chinese characters are welcome, just get in touch and I'll add you to the contributor list so you can post directly, from computer or phone.
      I love that 后果自负. Such a vague threat...

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