Jump to content
Chinese-forums.com
Learn Chinese in China

  • Latest Topics

    • Jan Finster
      1
      I wonder how I would go about finding native Chinese speakers to read & record text passages for me?   Where do I find such people? How do I pay them (per 1000 words vs per time vs etc)? What is a reasonable price?   Thank you  
    • Bibu
      3
      Part1, Why Tang Poems? The Tang poems is the gemstone on the crown of classic chinese literature, a renaissance after hundreds years of wars and land splitting after Han dynasty. Why Tang poems became the peak hours of Chinese classic poems? In my humble understanding, there could be 3 main reasons.   First of all, the chinese language is with 4 tones, with overwhelming vowel than consonant. With carefully selected and engineered words and word sequence, reading a poem could sound very pleasantly when tones go up and down with rhyme, like a pop song. It is the Tang poets fully developed the rules of poem writing mainly based on tones and rhyme.This make the Tang poems a bit closer to pop songs, could be repeated or read everywhere by a normal person, without music band nor musician. The music band and musicians is always exclusive to royal families and high-ranking officials. Today, everybody is capable of composing or playing a song , thus pop songs replace the role of classic chinese poem very naturally.   Secondly, during the war time(三国魏晋南北朝), the tradition of singing songs(poems) finally lost. Before the war time, poems is not stand alone by itself, it is just the lyric of a song. The Book of Songs(诗经) in Zhou dynasty and Musical Department Songs(乐府诗) in Han dynasty are all songs with music. Though the musical part was lost when dynasty changes , but some lyrics remain till today. The poets during the war time tried to adapt their lyric to a no music situation, find their own ways to make the lyric sounds pleasant without accompaniment. Also, there is no evidence that the official department responsible to collect lyrics from noble people and countryside folk songs and wrote corresponding accompaniment music still exists in these years. The changes of poem writing in war time(南北朝) actually could be treated as the starting point for Tang Poems: writing poems rather than lyrics, focusing on the tones and rhyme to make reading poems easier and more pleasant.   At last, starting from Sui dynasty, China entered a new era : a normal person could enter the government once he passed the Imperial Exam. Before Sui, only the gentlefolks , the nobles were qualified to have access to political power by their blood. Tang dynasty continued the Imperial Exam, which encouraged a vast of population who never have the rights to climb up the social ladder, or contribute to the country in a big way. Writing poems is one of the key skill requested by the Exam. Thus , a vast of population of political ambitious poets formed. What is more, the vast , multi-culture, expanding, splendid Tang empire provided rich ingredients for Tang poems, so did the civil war(安史之乱) and declining of the dynasty. The genius of Tang tried out almost any topics, any combination of the tones , sentence patterns and mix-matches .With the crowd efforts, it is very clear today the best parts of Tang poems are not only the content, which covered all aspects of Tang people's life with true feelings, but also the creativity on the structure of the poems, on the wordings, the study and excellent use of the tones and rhyme. All the above made Tang poems became the pop songs to Tang people, that practised, recited, appreciated and refined by every Tang people. Since Tang, the poems are not exclusive to the gentlefolks any more.   After Tang, the Chinese never came back to the height of Tang on poem writing.
    • Tomsima
      5
      Is anybody able to recommend some good books on how to write letters, both traditional style and newer email formats? What I'm ideally looking for is a resource of model letters which I can learn by heart.  
    • Tresha
      0
      Hello!! Please I want to know if southeast university is good for medicine and what nanjing city is like. Thank you
    • lgw28
      1
      I'm very interested in getting a MA in Chinese Literature, possibly at a Chinese university. I was wondering if there was anyone who has done this who could share their experience? I have a pretty high level of Chinese right now. This upcoming year, I will be studying at IUP at 清华大学, which hopefully will give me the ability to have a more academic-level Mandarin. I took the foundational courses for Classical Chinese during my undergraduate years, but I was a linguistics major, not a Chinese studies or Chinese literature major. I have a really strong undergraduate GPA, but I'm just not sure that I would be able to handle an MA with students probably coming in with a much higher level of foundational knowledge. I'm pretty sure all MAs in Chinese literature will require an HSK level 6. I'm at an HSK 5 right now (maybe a 6 if there was no time limit) but I'm hoping to be at a level 6 by the end of next year. The problem is I would have to apply this upcoming fall, so I'm not sure I would even be eligible to apply without HSK 6 certification. If anyone knows the answer to that as well, I would be very grateful.    I'm very grateful for any information you would be able to share! Thanks!! 
    • somethingfunny
      7
      If you've made something tasty and would like to share it, go right ahead.  No need to give it the full abcdefg treatment, just some nice pictures and a comment or two.  But, be warned, there might be questions...   Today I made some 可乐鸡翅 for lunch:   And fried a bit of 包菜 to go with it:
    • NinjaTurtle
      4
      Hi everyone,   I know a Chinese lady whose name is Ye. I am not sure how to pronounce her name. Is it /ʊ/ which has the same vowel sound as “took” or is it /ɛ/ which has the same vowel sound as “tech”? (If geographical location is important, the location is Wuxi, Jiangsu.)  
    • Richard_
      1
      Hello everyone! I have to translate my graduation thesis title into Chinese because my university requires that. The english title is: CENSORSHIP IN CHINA ITS EFFECTS ON THE MIDDLE KINGDOM'S CULTURE What do you think about 中国的审查制度 对文化的影响 The only thing is that it seems too basic to be a title for a thesis. How would you translate that?    
    • Jan Finster
      0
      I wonder how I can search for the 3-5 most common words containing a specific character.   Specifically, I want to add to a vocabulary list of the most common 3000 characters the 3-5 most common words containing a specific character.   I know I can look up the characters on Pleco and add words containing the character by hand, but this takes forever. Is there a "search in a batch" solution?
    • Brightwing
      2
      Hello guys. I've applied for CGS MBBS program. Now , I was only required to be fluent in English when I applied for the scholarship. I know that my degree will be teached in Chinese. But it's been just a couple of months since I started learning the language and I know only a small bit. I'm sort of worried if I'd fail to complete my degree with my weakness in Chinese. I'd like to know if you guys had a considerable knowledge in Chinese when you guys first started your one year of language course? Was the language course helpful to improve your Chinese knowledge? I'd be truly grateful for your advices 🙂
  • Popular Contributors

    1. 1
      Wurstmann
      Wurstmann
      12
    2. 2
      Lu
      Lu
      10
    3. 3
      imron
      imron
      10
    4. 4
      murrayjames
      murrayjames
      9
    5. 5
      somethingfunny
      somethingfunny
      9
×
×
  • Create New...