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    • Badger
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zxdcSLUqV4   Ok, a few thoughts. 1) Process: I first read 5 or so articles on the topic in Chinese, writing down any useful sentences/vocab (ie. 挤兑,垮台, 奸情,冠名权,利他主义,麻省理工学院,交易员,套利,等等). Then I went straight to ppt and created the presentation, with notes for what I was going to say for each slide.    2) Difficulty: This was WAY harder than I expected. The hard part was actually recording and "memorizing" the speech without reading. If I read through the presentation, total time of making and doing the presentation would have been ~5 hours. But I decided to "memorize" like a real speech should be. I did a million takes, and in total took another ~7 hours. Even with all that time, it came out way worse than I hoped, and as you can see I had to split it up into sections. I ended up not even finishing the presentation since it was taking so long and quite frustrating/stressful. Also...presenting a topic, rather than telling stories of my own life is so much harder.   3) Is this a good learning technique? I'd like to hear others thoughts about this. I certainty learned quite a bit. I think doing something that intensive will make the material, vocab, etc stick in my brain more than just casually chatting once about the subject. But are there ways I can adjust my process to make it less frustrating/more effective?   4) It was a great exercise to hear myself speak. Although it was sometimes frustrating realizing how awful my Chinese is sometimes (listening to it helps you realize mistakes, bad habits).   5) I currently live in Bangkok (not China anymore). I have no Chinese friends here (but recently using Hellotalk to meet some). Most of my chinese speaking is calling with Chinese friends. But much of the time the conversation will not be very useful for improving my Chinese at this point, or we don't know what to talk about.             
    • KimisoftGames
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      Hello everyone!   after six months of development I would like to announce that my game "Amazing HSK" is out. I hope that it will help you learn Chinese and make it fun :-)   The main purpose of the game is to introduce vocabulary from HSK1, HSK2, HSK3 and HSK4. The app is divided in seven islands, where the new words are incrementally introduced. Each of island contains a vast number of chapters and levels - usually the first level is the one called "Wordfinder" where you can learn new words (6 or 8 words per level) - master the original writing, pinyin and pronunciation. Once you learn the words, the game intruduce new levels designed to practice your knowledge. After finishing all of the words, there is "Final Battle" level, where you need to defeat guardian of island. Your objective is to beat the Evil Wizard at the end of the game :-) I tried to made the game as fun as possible, but only you can tell me if I succeed.   Currently the game is available only on Android, but in the next days I should be able to finish iOS version as well.   You can download it from Google Play market here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kimisoft.amazinghsk1   Before starting the development I decided to make my game Freemium, which means you don't have any advertising inside (which could distrupt learning). Instead, the game is free to try (the first "Start" island). After finishing the first island, you will be asked, if you wish to continue your journey and support me in improving this app - if you do, you can consider buying me a small coffee :-) I am trying to make the fair price, so if you think, that price for your country is too high or too absurd, please let me know - maybe I can do something about it!   I hope that my topic and post are not against the terms of use (I even read them all!) and I wish everyone good luck in study! If you can, please tell me what you think about the game, and what would you change in the long run!   Thank you for your time and attention Mark from Kimisoft & Amazing Game Factory
    • netherboy
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      Does anyone here know if there is any fujianese/min people in the UK eg. Hokkiens, fuzhounese, Tiochew or haklau/hailufeng people
    • Jobintre
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      Hello, I wonder if somebody here could be so kind as to help me translate this tag. It's from a clothing item.   Thank you very much in advance.
    • opelphinex
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      anyone know wher this is from? movie/series? https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1sr4y1n7fx/
    • sanchuan
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      As G20 proceedings wrap up in Bali, footage of President Xi Jinping caught repremanding Canada's Justin Trudeau is making the rounds online. While it's refreshing to hear the man speak unscripted for once, the experience is somewhat marred by controversy about a word that's allegedly heard off-camera right at the end of the video, as the two men make off in different directions.   Some people insist that what we can hear there is Mr Xi saying "很天真" (or perhaps "太天真" in a Beijing accent) in clear reference to Mr Trudeau. I think the pitch of those syllables is too high for him and I don't register that bit as coming from his mouth at all, his last word for me clearly being 条件 with nothing further added besides a parting 好.   I remain doubtful of this whole 天真 business, but unfortunately my ears can't seem to unhear it now they're primed to! I am hoping less suggestible ears among you can help. How many of you are certain they can hear a (很)天真 at the end? If so, do you agree it's coming from a clearly different voice, perhaps the interpreter's?
    • vellocet
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      I have a plain text file with what I know is Chinese.  But when opening it, it displays gibberish.  I know it's some kind of encoding problem, but how can I fix it? I already tried opening as UTF-8 and it didn't work. Here is a sample text.  The numbers are unrelated.     3 00:00:34,761 --> 00:00:37,216 ¡]ÄÁÁn¡^ 4 00:01:06,281 --> 00:01:08,168 ¡]­µ¼ÖÅT°_¡^ 5 00:01:20,489 --> 00:01:22,725 §O®`²Û 6 00:01:22,792 --> 00:01:25,792 Åý·P±¡¦Û¥Ñ©b¬y§a 7 00:01:27,401 --> 00:01:29,605 §O®`©È 8 00:01:29,673 --> 00:01:32,804 ¤£µM¨S¤Hª¾¹D§A¦b¨º¨à 9 00:01:34,089 --> 00:01:36,707 ©ù°_§AªºÀY 10 00:01:36,777 --> 00:01:39,647 Åý·P±¡ºÉ±¡«Å¬ª§a 11 00:01:40,905 --> 00:01:43,458 ¤£­n®`²Û 12 00:01:43,529 --> 00:01:46,464 Åý·P±¡¦Û¥Ñ©b¬y§a
    • NinjaTurtle
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      I am interested in doing an online language exchange but I need ideas on where to start. Does anyone have any experience doing online language exchanges? Does anyone know good webpages or apps to do online language exchanges on? (I have heard of HelloTalk but I am also interested in hearing about other places on the Internet.)
    • Magnus77
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      Greetings.  I am a Mandarin Chinese teacher in an urban high school in America's Northeast and I wanted to use this forum as a way to see what other Chinese teachers are doing in America to teach Chinese, Chinese culture and meet the state requirements and needs.   I've been teaching Chinese in a charter school for 5 years and now I'm in a big mega huge urban high school. I have 5 classes and the classes range from Chinese 1 to Chinese 3.  I have 2 Chinese 1 classes, a Chinese 2 class and a Chinese 2 honors and then a Chinese 3 class.  The school is very supportive and the students are typical American high school students: big into their phones, TikTok and realizing college is around the corner.   I wanted to start this thread to possibly entice other Chinese teachers in the US to share how they do things in their classes, how they motivate their kids and share best practices.   Question 1: What textbooks do you use?  Do you use textbooks?  Do you use Duolingo?  Do you enjoy the classes?     Ready...?  GO!
    • satchismama
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      Hi everyone,   I am incredibly impressed with the level of Chinese expertise in this forum, and so my first caveat is that I'm definitely not at what seems to be the common (impressive!) level represented here in this forum.   I am a Chinese American who speaks some Chinese. My level: almost no reading, no writing, speaking at a basic conversational level and grew up with Chongqing dialect so my Mandarin is moderately confused, despite having taken some Mandarin classes and lessons over the years. I can speak to native speakers about the weather, and recently informed my elderly Mandarin-speaking neighbor that her house was being hit by burglars (unfortunate!). However, I am definitely not able to work in Chinese -- nor do I expect that to be within reach for me, probably ever. Instead, my goal is to be able to transmit Chinese to my child, and to be able to understand native dialogue in movies and podcasts (translated is just not the same, as you know).    I recently had a baby and would like him to learn some Mandarin at home before eventually attending bilingual daycare and preschool. The reason I want him to learn Chinese is to become familiar with his heritage, have a gateway to the culture and be able to communicate with our extended family, some of whom live in China. We attempted to find a Chinese-speaking nanny but weren't able to find anyone suitable, so we are going with a Spanish-speaking nanny instead, to reinforce our family's other language (my husband is a native Spanish speaker from Spain). Therefore, exposing him to Chinese falls onto my shoulders.    - What level of Mandarin do you think I need to attain in order to be able to transmit it to a baby and eventually a toddler and preschooler? - Should I only focus on speaking, or should I also devote some time to reading, so that I can read books and access other resources? - What are some accessible resources for someone like me, who has struggled to memorize characters due to lack of use and repetition? - I have taken conversation Mandarin lessons many times, but haven't found them to help me with retention (maybe I didn't find a good teacher or method?). Should I continue taking conversation lessons, or should I sign up for a more structured language class? My only issue with classes is that I tend to find the boring and slow (I learn languages quickly, but with Chinese I have struggled a lot with retention since I don't read it regularly).   Note: I work an intellectually demanding full-time job and have a baby and a bunch of pets to take care of, so time is limited   Thank you in advance for any advice and pointers! 
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