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    • abcdefg
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      Bought a couple of gaiwans 盖碗 this morning at the wholesale tea market as an afterthought when I was shopping for spring tea. They were from the bargain bin at the front of the store, beside the door, designed to pull people in. Cost 10 Yuan each, bargained down from 15.           Looks like it's supposed to be some sort of Mao-era family scene. I cannot read the whole inscription. Here's what I've got: ?边天 ?女要顶 。   Can you help me figure it out? Here's a better close shot of the writing.                                  Thanks!
    • markhavemann
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      It seems like this has been discussed to some extent or another (or perhaps completely and I just couldn't find it) in different parts of the forum. I thought it would be nice for anyone who is at a relatively advanced level to share their journey into reading books, as a sort of road map for anyone trying to break into reading.   Imron suggested always having the next book lined up when you finish your current one. I though since the first ten are probably the most difficult, it would be great to have a list to draw from that is somewhat progressive in difficultly but each book is still easy (and interesting) enough to keep the momentum going.   So basically:   1. What are the first ten (or 5, if 10's too much) books you read? 2. In what order did you read them?  3. Now that you know better, what books would you add/remove? 4. How would you re-arrange the list to improve it?      
    • Mat7
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      Hello,   There is a Chinese proverb which goes: "One day as a tiger is worth a thousand as a sheep."    How does this look in Chinese signs?    Please help, thanks a lot in advance!!   Mat
    • iaas206
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      Hi,   I'm getting a bit tangled up with this and have some questions.   1) The CSC (Scholarship Council) lets you apply to a few different scholarships, right? But you can also apply directly to the Confuscius Institute for a CI scholarship, correct?   2) I've heard you need to create a new form for each university you apply for a scholarship for?  Then why does it have 'preferences' of university listed on each form? Do you also need to create a new form for each kind of scholarship you want to apply for? (e.g: government, local etc)   3) Do I have to apply to each university first and then upload my acceptance letter when applying?   4) Is there a deadline? Or just the deadlines of individual universities to respect?   5) Is it better to apply via universities to via the embassy? any reason for this?   Thanks if you can answer any of these, i'm truly confused and think I may have done it wrong last year when applying via British Council...  
    • Lu
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      In a short story, I came across a sentence with one word that I cannot figure out.   A girl is locked up in a room which is curtained off with, well, curtains. She is also medicated and thus does not always comprehend her surroundings. She is now very upset because of news she received and wants to get out.   她想掀起窗帘来,可是那窗帘一层一层又一层,她被困在其中,徒劳无功地一层接一层衔着,尘埃噗噗地掉下来,她开始咳嗽,几近窒息。   'She wanted to open the curtains, but there waslayer upon layer upon layer of curtains, she was suffocated in them, without result she 衔 one layer after the other, dust started to flutter down, she started to cough, she almost suffocated.'   My question: what does 衔 mean here? My dictionaries tell me it means all kinds of things, none of which seem to work in this sentence.   Thanks in advance for any help!
    • mungouk
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      "As of 25th March 2019, the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in the U.K. will accept applications for 5-year or 10-year multiple entry visas from British citizens who are going to visit China for the purposes of commercial/trade activities (M visa), tourism (L visa), short-term family visits (Q2 Visa), short-term personal affairs (S2 Visa), if they meet one of the following requirements" [...see article for more...]   http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/visa/qzxz/t1646039.htm    
    • camdurr
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      pretty much what the title says   im already enrolled on a 2 year masters program that started september 2018, before that i applied for the csc government scholarship that would have covered tuition and given a monthly stipend but i didnt get it.  question is can i apply to any scholarships now im already studying?   my university is not being very helpful so im not sure what to do.  info on the internet is all over the place too i cant find an answer for this specific situation   thanks.
    • Jan Finster
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      I wonder if there are any good apps that assess your pronunciation? I know Praat or similar vocal pitch display tools, but they are not really useful to assess whole sentences automatically. I saw ChineseSkill has an vocabulary test function that gives you a score for your pronunciation, but this is only for the few words they have in their program. I cannot use it for the flashcards I am studying.   Is there anything better?  If there isn't why is it so hard to program this?   Is the microphone feature on google translator useful at all? Most of the time google seems to understand my Mandarin. Does that mean anything at all?
    • Miss Stone
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          Pingyao is one of the most famous ancient towns in China. Despite its fame in Chinese economic history and for its well-preserved Ming and Qing urban planning and architecture, the city Pingyao is also well known for its folk art and culture, among which Pingyao Lacquerware ranks No.1. Pingyao Lacquer Painting   Pingyao Lacquerware is a traditional Chinese art skill with more than 1000 years of history that can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty( AD 618-907). The lacquerwares of Pingyao are made of a natural lacquer (大漆) of a particular lacquer tree in Loess Plateau (黄土高原) of northwest China. Crafters have to use their own hands to varnish lacquerwares to make them as smooth and shining as a mirror.                                                  A Crafter Working on Lacquerware                                                       A Crafter Working on Lacquerware   Finished lacquerwares have very stable status. Time and frictions will not fade their light, but make them more shining. Thus, lacquer skill is very popular for making furniture, decorations for the house, jewelry boxes, jewelry, etc.                                                           Traditional Chinese Lacquerware Jewelry Box Jewelry made by such traditional techniques are very alluring, with various color patterns and installed with ornaments, are smooth and lustrous. The most used colors for decoration are golden, red, white, shell, which fit better into the dark black background, and gives the jewelry a luxury and vintage feeling with traditional oriental beauty.   Patterns of modern art with solid colors are used more commonly in nowadays lacquer jewelry design, which has caught more attention from the world and will bring a brighter future of this art.   Pingyao Lacquer Bracelet Collection  
    • vellocet
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      I'm looking for fresh zucchini and yellow squash, but everything I find are seeds.  I want to exclude 种子 from my search, but putting a - character in front doesn't do it.  Does Taobao even support this kind of search?  
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