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      Toilet instructions By abcdefg in Signese 9
      One sees this sign, usually only in Chinese, in the male toilets of lots of public places. The English translation here is particularly lame.

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    • Flickserve
      我去忙一些其他的事情去了。   This came up in an online lesson of mine. Is it a grammatical pattern? Or just a 口语?
    • johnk
      Hi, I thought there was a thread about events in London, but I can't find it just now. Anyway ...   I was at Chinese class today and someone mentioned that there were performances of Beijing Opera in London this weekend.   I found some links. The first performance is:  A River All Red — China National Peking Opera Company, http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2017/china-national-peking-opera-company-a-river-all-red/ 21 & 24 Oct   And then there is: The Phoenix Returns Home — China National Peking Opera Company, http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2017/china-national-peking-opera-company-the-phoenix-returns-home/ 22 & 25 Oct   I am not sure if I can go or not, I always seem to be on call at work. But others may be interested.   JohnK
    • Keke china
      Thank you so much for your help. I want to know what this says on the front and back.   
    • Pianote
      I  am American who has been hired to teach English in China. I am in Hong Kong and applied for my work visa this morning at the embassy in wanchai. I had all the documents stamped by the federal bureau, etc. The lady who took my paperwork said having a new passport (2017) was ok. But I am still unsure.   Do you think my visa will be approved? 
    • advent.jr
      Hi, I'm Advent from Indonesia. I would like to apply for scholarship from CGS to study Master Psychology in which Industrial and Organizational Psychology. I would like to ask anyone here to give me some informations about university in China which provide that subject because the laihua's website cannot be accessed  Especially for the universities which where I can get the scholarship from CGS. Thank you 
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    • Tomsima
      Well I finally decided to start on Cantonese today! i am aware that there is no HSK equivalent standardised test for Cantonese, and also aware that written Cantonese is essentially the same as the written form of 'standard Chinese'. However I'm still not sure to what extent written Cantonese is the same as standard 'written Chinese' (ie. the 白話文、 文言文 etc. taught under the name of 'Mandarin').   so here's my hypothetical question: if you have never studied Mandarin, but have studied Cantonese to a high level, or if Cantonese is your native tongue, could you take an hsk exam and still have a chance at passing?   obviously the listening is a write off, as it is 'oral', stylistically speaking, and of course the pronunciation is totally different. looking at the HSK 6, with a pass at 180/300, and a total of 200 marks available for reading and writing, would it be fair to say it is theoretically possible for a Cantonese speaker to take an HSK exam and pass, purely due to the written forms of these languages being so similar, and that there is no oral section?   Sorry if this is a dumb question and the answer is obvious. I'm not planning on doing this or anything, just a question i was thinking about and was interested what people might have to say.
    • Brian Lee
      Hi   i applied for z visa 5 days ago and yesterday my application was returned I donot know why. I have valid workpermit issued by my employer. I have valid contract My education is 16 years of engineering.  What I supplied with my application 1 Workpermit 2 Contract Copy 3 Bank Statement 4 Hand written visa application form 5 My old and new passport   Following I do not provided neither they ask me to submit 1 My experience Letters 2 My degree copy 3 My birth certificate 4 Invitation letter or any reference letter.   Any idea why they donot accepted my z visa application ?  
    • mien744
      Could anyone translate what this idiom means? Thanks!
    • Dandy Jiang
      Thanks to Roddy's suggestion about this topic. As you know, I'm a Chinese teacher in a university. Since we are learning Chinese now, I'd like to know your interesting answers written in Chinese.   So, if you want, please tell me your story (in 100 Chinese characters or fewer). And if you make mistakes, I'll correct them.   I believe it's a good way to practice your Chinese.
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    • Tomsima
      In a teahouse in Dali By Tomsima in Signese 6
      I like my tea, and went on a bit of a tea hunting expedition a few months back. Here's a photo from a small teahouse in Dali, Yunnan, which I thought was interesting. the manager was a really interesting guy, and it was definitely my favorite teahouse we visited in Yunnan.
      Naturally, as an Englishman in a Chinese tea shop, the topic of the opium wars eventually came around, which is always slightly awkward and seems to often result in my somewhat forced comical apology for what happened with 圓明園 . this time was different however: after my voluntary push into the opium wars topic (thinking i was avoiding the elephant in the room), the manager smiled, and silently pointed at the sign behind me. We both laughed, and went back to our tea. There was a certain affinity in that moment that I have found quite rare while living in middle of nowhere China, where you are reminded every day you are an 'outsider'.

    • DrWatson
      Storefronts By DrWatson in Signese 14
      New York Chinatown sidewalk signage - this one is particularly busy. But what sort of foods are available on this street?

    • anonymoose
      诗词写得不错 办事处的杰作 By anonymoose in Signese 2
      What is this banner promoting?
      Bonus point: What is unusual about this banner?

    • DrWatson
      Progress is Slow By DrWatson in Journey with Cangjie 5
      I have not abandoned the project...I am still struggling with memorizing the secondary symbols. I have most of them down, but I struggle with the secondary symbols that fall under: 心,尸,and 山. Especially 心. I suppose this is because so many of them seem like a stretch (in my humble opinion). But mostly it is my own fault. I am terrible about remembering to do my Anki decks daily. Suppose part of that is because I hate flash cards to begin with. Seems like I can only remember on the weekends when my head doesn't get full with stuff from work.
      I found a really great app for a smartphone (iPhone and Android) for practicing Cangjie recognition and the keyboard. It is called 五色學倉頡 by Kotech (www.koketch.hk). It has a practice mode where you can pick three different levels: easy, intermediate, and difficult. It presents you with a Chinese character that is split into components by color. It also provides a Cangjie keyboard. The goal is to try to correctly input the character without mistakes. I much prefer this to reviewing my Anki deck.
      So I've set a goal to memorize those secondary symbols by the end of the month, or.....well, frankly I'll just keep going at it, I'm stubborn. But I want to try to reach this goal by the end of the month in all seriousness. Perhaps I'll try positive reinforcement--if I achieve the goal, maybe then I'll treat myself to a nice lunch?
    • anonymoose
      Can you bear to look at this? By anonymoose in Signese 3
      What kind of shop is this, and what product is being advertised?

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