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    • Thime
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      大家好! 😊 I discovered this song of Yao Surong (see here for the lyrics) and I’m trying to translate it, but I have some doubts about the meaning. I know the songs’ lyrics, like poems, are difficult to interpret, but I would be happy if you can help me a bit to resolve my doubts anyway. 1- The subject is implied, but I think it’s 我 , right? 2- At some point, in the lyrics you can read: 今天 不 回家, 为什么 你 不 回家? I do not understand who is asking the question. The girl who is not coming home or someone else? 3- I read that the title of the album was changed from 今天 不 回家 to 今天 要 回家, because the Chinese government of those years considered the first title inappropriate. So I suppose the original title perhaps suggests something immoral. A form of youth rebellion? A young woman who does not want to go home is not a good example. Is there more?   预谢你们的回答!
    • LinZhenPu
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      Back when I started learning Chinese just a few years ago, being able to speak a full sentence was enough to bewilder most Chinese people and make non-Chinese speakers around me look at me conversing with utter awe. Now, nobody seems to barely even notice. Even when I'm practicing singing a decently complicated song (黄明志 - 飘向北方) far more challenging than my first (albeit successful) awe-inspiring attempts at conversation, nobody takes so much as a second glance. Maybe they don't even realise I'm singing in Chinese? Maybe over the past few years people have gotten used to the fact that people are learning Chinese? It's quite demotivating for me, speaking Chinese has lost the magic it used to have since it doesn't have the same effect on people anymore and so I haven't had any motivation to improve in the last year and a half.
    • arain
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      Hi all, recently I've realized that my Chinese skill level is very imbalanced (reading/listening comprehension is way better than speaking/writing skills), and I'd like to fix this. Unfortunately I don't have anyone to practice speaking or writing Chinese with on a daily basis, so what other options are there (that don't involve getting a tutor, etc) to improve?   I'm currently at an intermediate level comprehension-wise. It feels like I regress to a beginner level when talking, since it takes me forever just to think of how to respond. Writing is a little better, probably because I have more time to process. I'm thinking of finding some native material (e.g. talk shows, daily life sitcoms, podcasts) and working with their use of grammar, common collocations, etc; someone recommended to me《实说实话》, for example. I was also thinking of keeping a regular journal, but this might not be as helpful since I wouldn't know if I was using correct/natural language.
    • erica feberwee
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      what does the word 'largee' mean   thanks ! erica feberwee (translater english-dutch) sorry. bad first impression. misspelled translator  
    • abcdefg
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      If you live in China, you've probably noticed the push-cart sweet potato sellers out in force recently, shouting “红薯, 红薯, 买红薯"。This morning I succumbed and bought a kilo from a local auntie 阿姨 with a hand-held balance scale 称子。Cost me ¥3.5 for six of them (1 公斤/ 1 kilogram,) about 50 cents US. This afternoon I'll show you a quick and simple way to fix them as a side dish for your evening meal.    The lowly sweet potato is not a star in the West. It often shows up in the US at Thanksgiving, then disappears. But it's definitely a staple in the Far East, particularly China and Japan. It has lots of nutrition without many calories. Furthermore this fine root vegetable is just now coming into high season here. That means it's abundant and prime quality is cheap. In a month or so, the itinerant potato roasters will be out and about with their charcoal fires, standing on a street corner or moving slowly with a cart.    Wash them well and peel them 洗净剥皮。The surface usually has some grit. Slice them into angled rounds 2 or 3 cm thick 切片。The three sweet potatoes shown here weighed just under 400 grams /400克。           Add a quart or so of tap water to your steamer pot 蒸锅。If you don't have one, you can use your rice cooker 电饭煲 with its steamer basket. Failing that, use your wok 炒锅, with a wire rack and a lid 盖子。Place the sliced sweet potatoes in a shallow bowl  浅碗子, set it inside and cover the pot 盖上盖子。           Using high heat 高火, bring the water to a boil, 沸水, such that you can see escaping steam 看到上汽。Then turn it down to low 小火 and cook for 10 minutes. When your timer rings, turn off the flame, leaving the pot covered and undisturbed for another 10 minutes 关火焖十分钟。               While the sweet potatoes are cooking, mix 2 tablespoons 两汤勺 of honey 蜂蜜 with 1 tablespoon of hot water 热水 in a cup or rice bowl 饭碗。When the time is up, check to make sure they are done by being sure it's easy to pierce one or two with a chopstick. You want them to be soft 微烂, but not mushy and falling apart.      Lift them out 去锅, sprinkle them lightly with coarse-ground salt 食用盐and drizzle with the honey mixture. Toss gently 轻轻的拌匀。Serve while hot.     They really hit the spot as well as being cheap and easy. Give them a try when you have a chance. 
    • david387
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      I find this very useful. I can read the paragraph, and if I encounter a word, I can quickly get the definition, as well as the pronunciation. Have you encountered any other phone apps where it works in a similar fashion?   And you can see here I was not sure of the meaning for 震撼. And now for practice I will write this in Chinese.   我觉得这个用法很好。我能读怎么文章,如果我遇到一个不知道的单词,我能快地发现单词的意思,单词的拼音。我问你如果你遇到任何类似的手机app让你用这种的方式呢?   在这里你能看到我不知道震撼的意思。好,现在我把这个信息,就练习翻译成中文。   谢谢  
    • DarkestLight
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      I've had braces since last year October and I still have a year and half at least. The problem is that I won't be able to stay in my country for the required time to complete my treatment here since I'm leaving for a foundation course in Qingdao for 1 year. My dentist has suggested that I carry on my treatment in Qingdao so I need to know if there are any good clinics that will be willing to carry on my case. 
    • blasian
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       want to reapply for the visa but my the date on my jw202 for has expired on the 30th of September and I asked for an extension from the university which was granted but my visa application was rejected.now i want to reapply But the jw202 form has been stamped with checked I want to know if I should reapply with this stamped jw202 form or I should ask for a new jw202 form from the school and the school is about to start on the 22nd of October what should I do?
    • Thabs
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      Hi. I’m hoping you can help. I saw this the other day and was told by a friend that it means: live today. I just wanted help confirming if this is true. 
    • DarkestLight
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      I'll be going there this November for a 1 year foundation course. All I know is that it's a product of the "Belt & Road Initiative" by the Chinese Government. I need to know about experience, studies, accommodation and where did it take you. Edit: I did my research. And gathered whatever I could from the internet; who controls it, authorization, founders, about the founders, costs of living, tuition, products that i can and cannot buy there, affiliations, reviews from people who did internships or short programs there; but I couldn't find anything about it from the perspective of someone in Qingdao. Someone living there would know more.
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