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    • mungouk
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      I don't watch this kind of stuff, but What's On Weibo have just released a top-10 list of this season's TV dramas, if anyone's interested:   https://www.whatsonweibo.com/top-10-overview-of-chinas-most-popular-tv-dramas-of-fall-2018/?fbclid=IwAR2JF1ws55H_cv_uQT2yx5L0Oh_mH7cVIIcInoi9U6-uKarDGcuZ1llnXvY
    • bobbyd
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      With all the talk about relations between the US and China going south, I'm curious how expats currently living in China see people-to-people relations right now. Are you seeing a change in attitudes towards Americans when the inevitable where are you from question pops up? Are you noticing existing friends acting differently towards you or anyone you know due to the increased tension between the two countries? Just wondering. Thanks!
    • bobbyd
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      This is not a question where there is a sense of urgency, rather one where it would be nice to find to cheapest option that is obviously legal and doesn't require jumping through a lot of hoops. Assuming there is not a simple WeChat app for transferring funds from a Chinese bank account to the US, what is the best way to do this even if it requires opening up a second bank account in China? Ideally, it would be nice to transfer these funds every two months to a BoA or Cap One account.  Please let me know if you have any ideas, and thanks!
    • Luxi
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      Today's LARB China Channel has a  good short article on active and passive voice in Mandarin. Now I finally know when to use 被... ...And what a splendid choice for a page banner!   Passive-Aggressive: Expressing misfortune, and resistance, in Mandarin by Anne Henochowicz  (3 min read) The conclusion:  "Shun the passive voice in English, if you must. Wield bèi when you share your woes – and when you want to fight back."  
    • DarkestLight
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    • Occams Razor
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      This has been in our family for generation (probably since the turn of the 20th century), when one of our ancestors immigrated to Australia from China. But none of us know what it is. Can anyone recognise this object and perhaps translate for us? 
    • AstroProf88
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      My friend got this tattoo some years ago and was told it meant "Soldier", as he was in the army at the time. Could somebody help me figure out what it really says, if anything?
    • Dawei3
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      Pimsleur IV teaches guanguang 观光 for sightseeing.  I mentioned this to a friend from 大理 and she disagreed with its use.  She said 观光 is used only very rarely.   Then I asked a group of friends who come from different parts of China, but live in Beijing, about 观光.  One had gotten her MS in the US and knows English very well.  They agreed that they rarely or don’t say 观光 (one said it is too formal or used in writing only).  I asked:  “sightseeing 用中文怎么说?” and they were all puzzled. The one who had studied in the US said “How DO we say THAT?”  They couldn’t come up with an answer.    (It could be that I caught them cold.  I’ve had friends ask me “how do you say xxxx in English and I just can’t think of the right answer in the context they asked….) 
    • Tulevik
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      Good afternoon! Can anybody tell me what's the translation of this message I've attached via image?   It appears at the end of a certain videogame (concretely, "Shanghai" for the Sega Master System).   Thanks in advance! Have a nice day!    
    • Apollys
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      I'm heading to 深圳 tomorrow for a business trip.  Any suggestions on places to visit in my spare time?   And if anyone knows the area really well and has restaurant recommendations for very spicy food, that would be cool too!
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