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    • habibMarwan
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      Hi all,   I tried to translate a children's book called The Perfect Picnic and would appreciate your comments and corrections.  完美的野餐.pdf Thank you The perfect picnic_compressed.pdf
    • Jan Finster
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      Those of you currently residing in China: what is the Chinese media coverage about the Coronavirus cases? (how) does it affect people's behaviour (also considering it is close to New Year)?
    • Lee18
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      Hi All The question that I am asking maybe like searching for a needle in a haystack but has anyone seen or know where this university student dormitory is in China just by looking at the attached picture ? Seems a bit gloomy or very different from other student accommodations.    Thanks   
    • Polyhistor
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      I am finishing up my first adult novel. I am curious to see the experience of others as they advanced from novitiate to first-time bookworm. I just read an article on pinyin.info in which the author said it took him three years to read his first, while somebody he studied with allegedly could not read more than two or three pages in a couple hours, even after 10 years of study. Is this the case for other people? I'm 11 months and a few days into my study of Chinese, which for the first few months saw most of my waking hours being involved in cultivating my knowledge thereof. If I'd spent even three hours a day during those introductory months, I'd probably still be a year away from where I am now.   How much difficulty did this journey entail? Did you look up words on every page? Every paragraph?   Page 319 of 鹤惊昆仑 was my first page without any need for a dictionary. Especially since then, it's been quite smooth sailing. I've written about 62 or 63 pages of notes, for a total of maybe 7,500 words in a novel of almost 600,000 characters.   How much time did you spend on this?    I went from around 45 minutes per page at the start, down to around 5 minutes (including taking notes on new or forgotten characters, words, tones) now that I'm on page 515.    Did you enjoy it? And, most importantly: How did the experience of your second novel contrast with the first?   I'm worried about this last issue the most. Wang Dulu is, I think, a relatively unique writer.  I have about 100 novels in Chinese I've ordered from JD (excellent) and Amazon (5 times the price, even with shipping!) since I began studying, and I've read several pages from most of them. Some of the others are not nearly as understandable or readable as his, so I fear that if I read the next book in the pentalogy, my lack of exposure to other styles will be less beneficial as picking out another author (I'm thinking 边城, it looks like a mediocre challenge before moving onto something bigger, like Jin Yong). 
    • david387
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      So for the longest time I always felt that the Google keyboard was the easiest for drawing Chinese characters that I didn't recognize, but pleco was the best resource for getting the definition for characters or new words. So it was often tedious for me sometimes drawing on Google and then switching to pleco if Google's translation was not good enough for me.   And then I would also try to draw on pleco, but it did not recognize my handwriting as readily and I also had to make an extra click to click on the character that was the one I was trying to draw. It's fine to have this option, but it's also very convenient when the character just pops out when I'm done drawing it.   So now I have figured out a way to add a keyboard switcher on the absolute bottom right of my Android phone, and it is quite convenient to switch over to the Baidu keyboard. Then I'm able to draw what I want in Baidu and get the result and pleco. I can even draw whole sentences quite quickly this way and I think maybe it is even a little better than Google. I definitely like the way it looks when I draw on Baidu versus Google.   So I can still switch between languages on the gboard, but I also have an additional button on the absolute bottom right to switch between keyboards as well. So overall I'm very happy now with this.
    • Tan
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      Hello all,   I am trying to improve my Chinese typing skill, mostly doing it more often.  I currently use the official Windows 10  Input Method Editor (IME) to convert my pinyin directly to simplified Chinese.  However, my speed could use a lot of improvement, and it is very awkward due to switching from English --> Simplified --> Traditional.  Does anyone here have any experience with ways to improve typing/texting skills?  Advice on Linux, iOS, Android, etc. is also welcome.  ------------------------------- 提高打字速度怎么做?   大家好,   有一天我要提高我的打字能力。 我想天天学习。现在我更Windows 10拼音input method editor (IME)打字。 可是觉得不够。我的打字速度不好。而且语言改变太难(awkward)。您们可能帮助吗?    
    • Jan Finster
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      I noticed there are certain pinyin sounds that only occur in 1 or 2 of the four (5) tones.   For example, "ping" seems to occur only as either píng or pīng, but according to Pleco not in the third or fourth tone. Knowing this makes it easier to remember the tones (or tone options) IMO.   I wonder if you know of other examples?
    • Whipluder
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       I have images of a chinese buffet (I think). On the underside is a bunch of chinese writing. I have been trying to figure out what it says. I have pictures but unsure how to post them. Can anyone help? Please?
    • Mehfudanshanghai2020
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      Hello everybody, Can anyone maybe tell me in details how the application process for a language student on a campus dorm works? How fast do I have to be to get a dorm, and does anyone have some tips to be fast during the booking process.  Thank you very much!
    • Head Start
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      I hope it's okay to post this here! I just finished this new app, it's a simple game where you swipe and slash, a la Fruit Ninja. Zombies approach and you tap on them to hear a Chinese word. If you hear the first tone, you swipe straight across. If you hear the second tone, you swipe diagonally upwards, etc. It's a way for new students to hear the words and try and identify and remember the tones by following the tone direction with their fingers. Would love to hear what people think! It's only available for iPhones right now on the app store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pinyin-vs-zombies/id1493511623?ls=1
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