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    • Anano
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      Hello Everyone :)  Can anyone help me with the Foreigner Physical Examination Form? I am applying for the scholarship to study in China... I know that this form should be filled by a doctor,I just want to know exactly which medical examinations do I have to get? And do I have to attach the official result paper to the form or no?    
    • GuQin
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      Hello Everyone,   Is the chord at 1:35 of the below video correct as I'm thinking of a bit different chord in the relation of that sound. Song: Crown - Soulmate (品冠 - 靈魂伴侶 (劇集 "守護神之保險調查" 插曲) Unofficial MV)   Here is the Video: https://www.guitaa.com/chords/unofficial-mv-1fcb0bec-ca5e-48a4-b3c4-9b555f5cd446
    • agewisdom
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      Dear All,   I have a very curious question I'd like to ask. I learnt English primarily as my first language and am now in the midst of learning Mandarin. I speak passably elementary Mandarin and can understand the same through conversations and watching HK TV shows. After learning some characters, I stumbled across a question that I think it's very relevant to myself. Hopefully some of you can share your experience. Do correct me if I'm wrong below:   Mandarin characters are logographic, so meaning at least part of the meaning of characters are represented graphically. Some characters in fact are an exact graphical representation for example horse as 马. So, my question is are there any differences between NATIVE LEARNERS (mandarin as their first language) vs. FOREIGNERS (mandarin as their 2nd, 3rd etc. language) in recognizing these characters?   To elaborate, in English. When I see the word HORSE, I literally HEAR the word out mentally first which is then associated with the actual animal afterwards. A sort of two step mental process. Of course, this happens so fast that it's literally automatic. This is carried over in my learning of chinese characters where I similarly associate the character 马 to the pinyin mă and then to the animal itself.   What about Chinese native learners? Do they totally bypass this process and immediately associate the character 马 to the actual animal itself without needing to associate the SOUNDS to the ANIMAL itself? What about more difficult abstract concepts then?   Thanks in advance for reading.
    • agewisdom
      4
      Hi All,   After studying a bit, I realize that I'm facing some difficulties with the following types of characters:   1. Dual pronunciation characters - 多音字 (duō yīnzì) 2. Similar characters - 曰日田囙目臼白口   Are there any user list or custom flashcards created to cater for learning and reviewing these characters? I mean, I do come across a lot of these often in reviewing my HSK flashcards. But it would help if I could specifically review these characters in their own flashcard sets.
    • kunstefan
      4
      Hello there. Can read someone the name of the artist name on the red seal. Its a old (?) roll painting. Thank you! 你好!请问你可以读或认得出那红色的印章吗?我需要那位艺术家的名字。谢谢  
    • mstark
      9
      I've been using Skritter for ~5 months and went all the way up to HSK5. However, now I feel a little stuck, because I realized:   Skritter never trains "English to Mandarin". It never asks you "How to say >>a fine; violation ticket<< in Mandarin?"   Skritter only asks you the other way round: "What is the meaning of 罚单?“   For me, that's a huge problem. I'm able to read and pronounce almost anything I'm seeing, but when I try to speak I'm something missing "the most obvious words". I'm still thinking in English, and in many instances then I can't just remember what "a fine" means :). If I would see the 汉字 or hear the word, I would immediately know.   How have you solved this? Should I completely pivot away from Skritter and towards Anki? (any recommendations of HSK1-HSK5?)    
    • porkbus
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      I would like to know if the attached image is a correct translation of "family". My mother is Chinese but she is very against tattoos and she will not give me a straight answer. Any help is much appreciated. Thank you!
    • woshilara
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      I found this Chinese proverb online "To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world" and wanted to add the Chinese version of it to the essay I'm currently working on. I found this translation below but I wanted to ask to make sure it's correct.   学一门语言,就是多一个观察世界的窗户。   Is the translation above correct?   Thank you!
    • Marleny
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      1-The Foreigner Physical Examination Form, can i fill it in the computer and the stamp and sign handwritten right?.  they ask for laboratory exams, if the attach results are in spanish do i have to translate them or can i leave it like that ?  2-The notarized copy of diploma and transcript , what that means, do i have to ask a lawyer to do it, ? can someone please show me a real notarized document  3-I have to translate the diploma and transcript but the seal of the notary needs to be in the translate also and in the copy ?  or its ok with the university seal? 4-The notarized document its a confirmacion of the notary saying the document its ok or just a seal in the copy ? 5- 3,000 Yuan p mounth is enough to live as a student with housing paid for the CSC.  Do they provided food in the campus or i have to cook and buy the food ?   THANKSSS  
    • Peterabbit
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      Hello there! Anyone here ever studied or known about Beijing Foreign Studies University in Foshan? How good is it compared the one in Beijing? thank you very much for your information!
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