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    • Lena8
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      I write here to ask you for advice. Recently I fell in love with a Chinese girl who takes the same bus as me twice a week (on Tuesdays and Thursdays), but I can only see her for just half an hour each time (it’s the duration of the ride). I find really really hard to talk to her —first of all, because she doesn’t always sit next to me. Secondly, because she doesn’t know me at all and could seem very odd that a complete stranger suddenly starts talking to you at 7 a.m. when nobody else is talking, so she may feel awkward and I don’t want that. And finally, because as soon as she sits, she looks at her phone or listens to music. Moreover, I don’t know if she speaks my language or just Chinese. So she’s a complete mystery for me, but I would really like to talk naturally to her and meet her as the days go by.   Today I started following the next strategy: I spent the whole ride by bus going over my sheets of Chinese vocabulary in front of her with the hope that she could at some moment say to me something like: “Oh, do you study Chinese? Do you want to exchange languages and meet together someday?” But then I realized that maybe she can already speak my language so she doesn’t need to exchange languages, or maybe she can’t speak my language, so she might not know how to ask me. Or maybe she’s simply not interested in me. Therefore, could be worth following this strategy?   What do you recommend me to do? According to Chinese culture, what should I do? What do Chinese people do when they want to meet somebody new?   I must say I’m very shy, so I would prefer creating a natural situation in subtle ways rather than acting directly. Overall, I would like to avoid an artificial situation or a forced situation.   I’m looking forward to your advices and suggestions! Thank you so much in advance!
    • NinjaTurtle
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      In British English, which of these are commonly used?   (a) What time is it? (b) What's the time? (c) Do you have the time? (d) Have you got the time? (e) Could you tell me the time? (f) Could you tell me what time it is?  
    • vellocet
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      My wife has recently decided she wants to become a vegetarian.  😟  For a while I've steamed broccoli and cauliflower for her for dinner, but I'm getting tired of those awful fast.  I want to find some zucchini and squash to try next.  Problem is, everywhere I look, it's all translated as 南瓜. From what I understand this means orange pumpkin.  I suppose this is one of those things where Chinese has one word for a variety of concepts since they're all gourd vegetables?     I've found that zucchini is called 西葫芦 but I'm not sure if the word is common use.  I've been burned by "dictionary Chinese" more than once before.  Does yellow squash have a name?  Just to be sure, I'm attaching a photo of what I'm looking for.   It also occurs to me that maybe I'm being too Western-minded and there are other, more easily available vegetables out there that are suited to steaming.  No fancy Chinese cooking, just simple steamed vegetables with butter and salt & pepper.  
    • iraskulska
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      Hi, everyone! I am a big fan of chinese culture and love to explore it in different ways. Especially I'm interested in chinese food and want to try different kinds of dishes of four major cuisines (lu, chuan, yue, su) The problem is that I have some allergies (I can't eat tomatoes, beans,fish) and I don't like spicy, bitter and rare food.Moreover, I am a vegetarian. What is the best choice for me?
    • valera142
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      Hey guys! Do you know any programs that you would recommend to apply for? Currently I'm a 3rd year student in Ukraine, teaching English in my free time. I've heard that there are lot's of programs where you can stay in China for a year or so and I would really appreciate if you will share with me
    • keybearer11
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      I was wondering if there was any websites or agencies that help foreigners to find Musician, music production tutoring or non-English teaching jobs in China. Any links?
    • GabrielaVD
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      Hi, everyone.   I want to apply for UIBE masters program in International Trade this year under CSC scholarship. For my other two options I am thinking of Donghua University and East China Normal University, but I really prefer UIBEs program. Does anyone has any tips on how to get the admission letter to attach it to the scholarship application package to increase chances into getting there? Or any other useful tip? I was reading its one of the best programs in I. Trade, so I am a bit nervous about getting accepted. Any tip will be highly appreciated
    • Charley35
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      Hi i was wondering what this tattoo says meant to say charlotte but i checked charlotte online and its nothing like this!! Im dreading it lol  Thanks !
    • raoulzakil
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      I try to  read the historical text Zhou Shu. I cannot use the modern chinese translation as my level is too low and  I don't want to invest time in the modern language. I translated  one sentence from 卷49 列傳第41 異域上: 然則萬物之內,民人寡而禽獸多;兩儀之間,中土局而庶俗曠。 Thus, among ordinary living creatures, men are few whereas birds and animals numerous; among heaven and earth, China is limited and there are many unrefined deserts. Feel free to correct any mistake.
    • Vivid Chinese
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      I made an infographic about "emotion-related Chinese idioms" If you find the file I upload here is not clear enough, you can find the high-quality infographic here  https://vividchinese.com/emotion-related-chinese-idioms/
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