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    • my_good_will
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      Due to a strict residence permit issuing limitations (you can issue a new residence permit after changing the job within one month only, otherwise need to exit China and issue a new Z visa) I will need to exit China, then issue a Z visa then came back. Does someone issued a Z visa in Hong Kong during the epidemic ongoing? How much time the process demands? I have right to stay in Hong Kong for two weeks only and the first week will be the quarantine time. Do I will have enough time for the visa issuing process? Before the epidemic the visa issuing process demanded 2 to 4 days only, what about now?
    • Anderswelt
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      Hi, I'm contemplating restarting my Chinese adventure after a very lengthy hiatus. I don't find grammar or writing to be at all difficult, but the pronunciation has been such an obstacle that I felt like I was gathering treasure behind an impassable mountain; very frustrating! I suppose what I am asking here is for advice on how to develop adequate command of the pronunciation of Chinese. I remember all of the lessons I went through, the mouth shapes etc, though some software I gathered I no longer possess. I also see that a tone website I used to frequent, with double tones, is no long in existence. Another thing that I lacked was someone to listen to me and tell me what I was doing right and wrong. I never ever gained confidence in this area. Any help much appreciated, as I really love the language and the culture attached to it, and would love to finally crack this one once and for all. Warm regards, Markus
    • Jian2021
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      Dear all,   we live in Hangzhou Xiaoshan District. My son is 6 years old and used to live in Germany. He is now visiting school in Hangzhou for 1 year. We need a native German speaker to teach him German and practise with him, so that he can go to the German school after 1 year, when he is back in Germany. Is any one interested, or know some contacts? I will be happy to receive any hints and advices! My WeChat: 13911348.   BR, Jian 
    • rickardg
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      I just watched the short film Guo Mie (孤味) (2017) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6739124/ and really enjoyed it, despite (or possibly because of) there being no subtitles and not understanding a word of Minnanyu.    Does anyone know if it is available somewhere with subtitles (preferably English or Mandarin)?
    • phil12345678991011
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      Hi,   I've seen these a lot on youtube videos about street food are these rice noodles/saucages ? any infos about these ?     thanks
    • 黄有光
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      I am trying to find a way to buy 席殊3SFM实用硬笔字60小时训练 (handwriting handbook) and I haven't been able to find anything that works. 京东 told me they won't ship to my location (Serbia), 淘宝 gave me a giant clusterfuck (the website is essentially nonfunctional for me -- it threw up so many errors, poorly coded pages, and bad customer service it made me want to chuck my laptop across the room), and I've tried a few other websites but none have been helpful. Does anyone have any idea what I can do to get my hands on this book? At this point I'd be willing to pay someone on here to act as an intermediary, if I have to.   Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    • johnvaradero
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      The Baidu app offers a widget called "热点资讯" that displays two headlines of news articles or videos on your home screen which keep changing over time. I think using this widget can be very beneficial for more advanced learners.    First of all, it is very motivating. If you put it on your home screen, you will see it multiple times a day, you notice when the content has changed and you will automatically read the new headlines. It’s constant, automatic exposure to Chinese.    Secondly, there are specific benefits in reading headlines. Headlines of news articles or videos contain very dense information, there are almost no filler words and they contain the most important words of the article of the video. So headlines largely consist of specific, not super frequently used words, which are however still very important words for achieving fluency in Chinese. For these reasons, the difficulty of reading and understanding the headline of an article often is higher than the difficulty of the article itself, meaning it is an extremely efficient way to practice reading comprehension and acquire vocabulary while taking only very little time. Reading headlines allows you to encounter in context a wide array of words you already learned that you might not see very often outside of news and also allows you to encounter important words that you don't know yet and you can look them up and make a flashcard. It also is a very good way to practice recognizing names of people, companies, places, etc., including the transcription of foreign names.    Besides the advantages the widget offers by just displaying the headlines on your home screen, it also invites for more in-depth study by clicking on the headline and reading the article/watching the headline.    Obviously just working with the headlines won't help much with building reading stamina etc., I consider this method just a small, bite-sized but highly efficient addition to other reading, particularly suitable for short moments that you otherwise wouldn't use to improve your Chinese, like when you are standing in line somewhere for a few minutes.
    • Pall
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      Hello, I presented such list some time ago. I found that 85% of the HSK(1-6) 5,000 words could be attributed to only 42 radicals, which facilitated greatly learning them. The radicals were divided in four parts: 1 - very frequent, 2 - not so frequent,  3 - not so rear, 4 - very rear and unique ones. The frequency was counted on the basis of a dictionary for 20,000 words according to the number of characters of a given radical in the Index. So, it's an ability of a radical to create characters, not the frequency the radicals can be encountered in texts or speech, however it's a rather adequate measure. When I say that a word can be attributed to a radical, that means the word includes a character of that radical regardless the position of the character in the word. Such characters are called "supporting" ones. Of course, if to start listing the words from the most frequent radicals to less frequent we'll need even less radicals to cover the bulk of the HSK(1-6) words than 42. However, it's not reasonable, because too many words per a radical in the beginning of the list would make it less possible to use this approach to learn them. While very frequent radicals were attributed by a great number of words, less frequent ones closer to the end of the list would get only few words because many words including characters of those radicals were listed already in the beginning of the table. The solution is to place the part 3 "Not so rear radicals" first, than comes the part 2 "Not so frequent radicals" and only in the third position comes the part 1 "Very frequent radicals". The part 4 "Very rear and unique radicals" remains in the very end. Even in such sequence the five very frequent radicals are still attributed by a sufficient number of words and supporting characters: 亻- 80 supporting characters / 191 words, 扌(on the left) - 126 supporting characters / 239 words, 口 (when not crossed) - 101 supporting characters / 166 words, 木 (朩) - 57 supporting characters / 129 words and 氵- 75 supporting characters / 140 words, but the numbers are not too big to deal with. At the same time in the part 3 that now comes first the numbers are bigger, which is also convenient - dozens of supporting charaters and some 50-200 words per a radical.    The part 3 with 27 not so rear radicals covers about a half of the whole 5,000 wordlist, the part 2 with 10 not so frequent ones - 18%, part 1 - 17%, the remander, part 4 - 15%.    On the left you can see a columne indicating the HSK level of the word.    Now how to work with all that. I belive that in learning a language the most important are two things: phonetical plunge in it (I don't use the term 'immersion' because of its certain meaning in the language learning) and developing an ability to express oneselfe in speech. When one becomes able to distingish all sounds of a language, to imitate them himself and, secondly, to express his ideas in it, he grows not be affraid of this language. That gives him a capacity to move further. I also  mean here that ability to speak is somewhat more important than ability to understand foreign speech at the beginning, though distingushing sounds of a foreign language is basic for acquiring speaking skills. In my opinion, this can be done at the quickest by usining Zamiatkin's matrix method. However, it's not enough to start to speak despite his assurance. Now a Mandarine matrix is available at his site. https://zamyatkin.com/   Zamiatkin's matrix must be supplemented with a tool that would give a capability to use the most frequent words in one's speech. And this is the point to use the radical organized list in learning Chinese. What I'm doing. I took a book of stories for kids, not adopted for foreigners. An example of a story is enclosed. I read some number of these stories  and remembered the words in their particular usage with the help of cards written in transcription, so I learnt in blocks, whole centences or parts of them. I use mupin instead of pinyin, and normally don't show tones because it's better just to remember them (only if it's difficult to remember a tone it's shown). There is a Russian translation on the reverse. The cards are learnt from Russian to Chinese, not the opposite, because it is this direction of learning, which provides capability to use the words in one's speach. Then I took the radical organized list and started to  learn all the HSK(1-3) words that didn't happen to occure in the stories I'd read and learnt. For each word I found simple sample phrases with it, selecting those that could be inserted to some of the stories, in their context. These centences are integrated to the stories, in some cases with the help of pieces in Russian - I believe it's better to use such inserts in Russian instead of trying to say that in Chinese at this stage. The found samples are inserted in characters in the text presented in mupin as in the picture, the words are marked with coloure: red for HSK(1-3), blue for the others included in the HSK(1-6) wordlist, some are in black (either well-known or not included in the HSK). For such phrases cards of a different type are made, see pic. In the cards in red comes the new HSK(1-3) word, in which only the supporting character is shown, the rest of the word is in mupin. The blue word in transcription is for a word that happens to occure in the HSK(1-6) list somewhere further. When I came to that position in the list the word would become red if it was HSK(1-3) and a new card would be made, or remaines blue if not. See pic, how the text with inserted phrases looks. This is the end of the 运动会 story in another picture. After all the words of HSK(1-3) are learnt in such manner the words from HSK4 come. Thus the words are learnt in an integral text, and learnt from Russian to Chinese. As to typing in characters, it's not a problem provided that you know how it sounds. Also one can train himself to write that in handwriting.    For HSK5 and HSK6, I think, more serious basic texts would be needed.   As to the book I use, it's even more than just a book. Each story is duplicated in another view, with Russian word-after-word interlinear translation and grammatical explanation, see pic. Such books can be purchased at the http://www.franklang.ru/index.php/kitajskij-yazyk/177-teksty-na-kitajskom-yazyke-adaptirovannye-po-metodu-chteniya-ili-franka The link leads right to the Chinese books section, they are very cheap, 2-3 USD. All the books are original, not adopted for foreigners, but supplemented with the interlinear translation and grammatical notes.   Hope it's useful.            
    • 黄有光
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      The one at the top
    • Flickserve
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      This should be interesting for those who are interested in sentence mining.   “With iPadOS 15, powerful new ML features include Live Text, which uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in photos that users can take action on, and even translates text from photos into seven different languages.”   https://www.apple.com/hk/en/newsroom/2021/09/apple-unveils-new-ipad-mini-with-breakthrough-performance-in-stunning-new-design/ 
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