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  • js6426

    Week 4 - 生词,量词,动词

    By js6426

    So I am going to add a few photos of the campus to this post as was requested, and then hopefully (if I can move my fingers enough to take a picture!), I will grab some of the same shots in mid winter so people can compare.    I should probably update my blog at the end of each week rather than the start, so I might change that once I start back.  This is our last week before we have a week off.  Things are continuing to go well.  Yesterday one of my teachers lost it at some of the Kor
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  • js6426

    Week 7 - 听写又来了!

    By js6426

    Well I guess I mistook which week we are in, because apparently this is week 7!  I didn't update the blog last week as we had the week off, which was actually really nice and relaxing.    Anyway, things are continuing to go well as we start back up after our week off.  Still a fair amount of students not coming to class.  Week 9/10 is our mid terms, and it is doubtful whether or not some of the students will be able to sit the exams, as they may not have been to enough classes.  If the
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  • roddy

    The Return to Kiroran

    By roddy

    With that spirit of sacrifice common to all members here at Chinese-forums.com, @DrWatson has provided us with pictures of the menu at Kiroran. Our correspondent writes:     葱爆羊肉 for me. What's everyone else having?  
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  • js6426

    Week 11 - 我怎么学习

    By js6426

    One of the reasons I now enjoy writing this blog so much, is the feedback and help that I get when I do.  I think that at the end of my first year I might try and make a list of the resources I have used, as it will include many things that get suggested over the weeks.  This week gwr71 was incredibly helpful in suggesting a cultural visual dictionary, one for measure words, and a grammar book, all of which I now have an am beginning to tuck into.    Last week I was also asked about my
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  • roddy

    Wall menu

    By roddy

    A contribution from @Flickserve here, who'll be by shortly to answer all your questions. 
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  1. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it.
     



    I like taking selfies, don’t care where I do it
    I like taking selfies, I photobomb on purpose
    I like taking selfies, if it’s blurry I try again
    I just like taking selfies, let’s take one together

    I like taking selfies, no matter the stage
    Take my equipment along, take it out at anytime
    Show it off, look at how cool my pics are
    Everyone’s in the frame, no one’s left out

    Everyone smile, smile, don’t be squinting
    If someone is, let’s do it again
    Oh you want to understand how I made this progress
    But there’s no chance, please don’t be jealous of me

    Camera angle, feel like it comes from India
    Could be confused for a technique used by astronauts
    Oh I really don’t care about the feng shui
    When I take a picture, I’ll show you how pretty it is

    I like taking selfies, don’t care where I do it
    I like taking selfies, I photobomb on purpose
    I like taking selfies, if it’s blurry I try again
    I just like taking selfies, let’s take one together

    I like taking selfies, don’t care where I do it
    I like taking selfies, I photobomb on purpose
    I like taking selfies, if it’s blurry I try again
    I just like taking selfies, let’s take one together

    Let’s get a selfie, take out my cell phone
    Randomly take pics, as long as it’s interesting
    Everybody, look at me my flash here
    Passersby mistake me for a tourist

    Keep shooting, shooting, shooting like a paparazzi
    When it’s time to eat, I’m still photoshopping
    Friends complain that I’m not paying attention
    Post the photo and tagged the restaurant

    Maybe this is an inherited trait
    Whenever there’s food, I’ll shoot to my heart’s content
    It’s a habit I picked up when I came to Taiwan
    No matter what it’s always 1-2-3

    I like taking selfies, don’t care where I do it
    I like taking selfies, I photobomb on purpose
    I like taking selfies, if it’s blurry I try again
    I just like taking selfies, let’s take one together

    I like taking selfies, don’t care where I do it
    I like taking selfies, I photobomb on purpose
    I like taking selfies, if it’s blurry I try again
    I just like taking selfies, let’s take one together

    Selfies, no one can beat me
    If you look at my pictures, you’ll definitely get mad
    Because they’re too hot, you’ll be intimidated to the core
    Curious as to how this girl got so talented

    Too awesome, no need for beauty filters
    Every group pic is super stable
    Just after getting up, there’ll be 120+ shots
    Doing it everywhere, I’m the selfie queen

    Grab you and make you join in my selfie craze
    Repeatedly update Facebook status
    Hey, you’re suddenly left speechless
    Post a pic, look how big my bosom is

    I like taking selfies, don’t care where I do it
    I like taking selfies, I photobomb on purpose
    I like taking selfies, if it’s blurry I try again
    I just like taking selfies, let’s take one together

    I like taking selfies, don’t care where I do it
    I like taking selfies, I photobomb on purpose
    I like taking selfies, if it’s blurry I try again
    I just like taking selfies, let’s take one together
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    Title: 自拍
    Artist: Miss Ko 葛仲珊 feat. 安心亞 Amber An
    Link: https://youtu.be/phmf9M24isE
    Translation: https://www.notion.so/2c2254e54bdb4d50befd9f925adbb480

    Chinese lyrics

    我喜欢自拍,不管在哪里都行
    我喜欢自拍,就故意偷偷入镜
    我喜欢自拍,如果很模糊重新
    就喜欢自拍,来一起自拍

    我喜欢自拍,不论是任何舞台
    带着我的器材,随时拿来
    把它炫耀,看我拍得多屌
    所有人都入镜,没有漏掉

    一起笑,笑,不要一直瞇眼
    有的话,再给我来一遍
    喔你想理解 像我酱子进步
    但没有办法,请你不要对我嫉妒

    摄影角度 感觉来自印度
    以为太空人在拍得那种技术
    嘿 我才不管他风水
    拍完一个照,给你看有多美

    我喜欢自拍,不管在哪里都行
    我喜欢自拍,就故意偷偷入镜
    我喜欢自拍,如果很模糊重新
    就喜欢自拍,来一起自拍

    我喜欢自拍,不管在哪里都行
    我喜欢自拍,就故意偷偷入镜
    我喜欢自拍,如果很模糊重新
    就喜欢自拍,来一起自拍

    来个自拍,拿出我的手机
    随便乱照,只要觉得有趣
    Everybody 看我闪光这
    旁边人还以为我是观光客

    一直拍,拍,拍得像是狗仔
    到了吃饭 时候还在修改
    朋友抱怨 我不专心
    PO了照片 还标签了餐厅

    也许这算 自然的遗传
    一有食物 拍到我喜欢
    来到台湾 养成的习惯
    不管什么都要 1 2 3

    我喜欢自拍,不管在哪里都行
    我喜欢自拍,就故意偷偷入镜
    我喜欢自拍,如果很模糊重新
    就喜欢自拍,来一起自拍

    我喜欢自拍,不管在哪里都行
    我喜欢自拍,就故意偷偷入镜
    我喜欢自拍,如果很模糊重新
    就喜欢自拍 ,来一起自拍

    自拍 没人比的上我
    看我照片 一定让你上火
    因为太辣 你的心里面会害怕
    好奇这个女生哪里来的才华

    太棒,才不需要神器
    每次合照也是超级稳定
    从一起床 一百二十几张
    哪里都灾,我是自拍女皇

    把你抓来 一直陪我狂拍
    连续更新 脸书上的状态
    害(嗨!) 你突然说不出话
    PO个照片 看我事业多大

    我喜欢自拍,不管在哪里都行
    我喜欢自拍,就故意偷偷入镜
    我喜欢自拍,如果很模糊重新
    就喜欢自拍,来一起自拍

    我喜欢自拍,不管在哪里都行
    我喜欢自拍,就故意偷偷入镜
    我喜欢自拍,如果很模糊重新
    就喜欢自拍,来一起自拍
    喀擦

     

     

  2. I set myself some goals at the beginning of this summer, and they served as a good motivating factor over the course of my vacation. I'm now replicating this pattern with the fall season and some of the winter one - setting myself goals I hope to have completed by the end of 2021. There are a total of 122 days in this block.

     

    The goals are somewhat more relaxed as I'm entering the IB, which is supposed to be quite time-consuming. They mostly revolve around Chinese learning, though the last one (which I'd be happy to hear any feedback on!) is about building a language-learning related web app.

     

    Goals

    • Read 300k characters of webnovel content. This summer, I read about 75% of that, so this is an achievable goal. I have no specific books to read in mind apart from the highly recommended 《许三观卖血记》and 《活着》.
    • Finish the HSK 5 course - I'm already 2/3 of the way through it thanks to progress in the summer.
    • 70 LangCorrect entries. I've been in discussion with a member of the LangCorrect team, and they'll likely either implement a calendar feature or create an API endpoint that I can use to programmatically access my journals to check whether this goal has been accomplished.
    • Shadow the entire Mandarin Bean HSK 5 library. The HSK 4 "episodes" - though really more like short articles with audio - are about 120 in number, so at my current rate of 3 a day (just finished the HSK 4 library today), this shouldn't be a problem.
    • This one's harder to keep track of: at least 3 hours of audiovisual immersion a week (including XYY). This means Mandarin Corner, Douyin, and dramas in Chinese. This goal is only for after I finish HSK 5.

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    • (Coding Project) - release at least a beta version of the website I've been working on to help language learners. In a nutshell, it's Goodreads for language learners - a place where learners can track, rate, and get recommendations for books - but taking into account book difficulty (crowdsourced by users) and language, not just genre. Apart from this, I'm planning on implementing book charts, reading stats, book clubs, etc.
    • (cont.) Really excited about this, since I think it will solve a problem that I've personally been encountering - finding both comprehensible and interesting books - as well as motivating users to read with goals, articles, and a social aspect, among other things. If this is something that you'd like to hear more about, please let me know and I'll message you when it's done; equally, I'd love to hear ideas for how it could be made to be the most useful tool possible for fellow learners.
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPcBCQo_Upo

     

    My parents came to visit (first time seeing them since the whole pandemic started!), so took a big of a break, but back at it.

     

    I think this one overall went OK.  Nothing stands out to me as particularly problematic, but can always improve cadence + pronunciation.

     

    text:

    读书是一件快乐的事情。对于爱读书的人来说,一旦读上就让人欲罢不能,中途根本无法放下,想让人读到天涯海角。有人说:“人生最深最平和的快乐,就是静观天地与人生,慢慢品味出它的和谐与美。”静下心来,翻开书本,那些沉积的墨香一点点溢满空间,那些尘封的快乐一点点打开。读书真的很快乐!
    德国文学家歌德曾经说过:“读一本好书,就是和一位高尚的人谈话。”是的,读好书,就像结交了良师益友,使人受益匪浅;读好书,就像沐浴在温暖的春风里,使人心旷神怡;读好书,就像找到了快乐之源,使人领悟到快乐的真谛!
    书,是人类进步的阶梯;书,是打开智慧大门的钥匙;书,是我们每一个人生活中不可缺少的一部分。
     

  4. Its now been about a year and a half since I last posted in this blog, and a lot has happened in that time. I wanted to return here to set down some progress updates and new targets. Hopefully some of you might find it interesting and/or useful! 

     

    Covid accelerated my move into the translation industry when I thought I might go into language education, largely because of the work at home aspect of the job. In the last few years there have been some boring projects along the way, but also some really fascinating ones too. Regardless, I've become a lot more involved and interested in the industry than I thought I might when I completed my Masters in T+I back in 2019. Sitting at home in lockdown has also meant I've had a lot of time to work on my notetaking skills for interpreting, as well as actively building vocabulary in specific professional fields (as per my 2018 post, I've now surpassed 20k general vocab and still come across new words all the time - my experience is very similar in this respect to recent posts by @Woodford). I'm now looking at returning to interpreting and integrating it into my professional life.

     

    I once said I wouldn't pursue this route, but in recent months I've been gravitating more towards interpreting practice in my daily study, and I'm starting to feel like I am actually getting the hang of the multitasking now - I've certainly improved since I was on the program, thats for sure. Anyway, I've decided I'm going to study for the DPSI here in the UK, to give me a target to work towards and push me to work harder at training up my interpreting skills, which I confess I have largely avoided since graduating (sorry to @Moki in particular, who started a great thread here but I never got organised enough to contribute to in the end).

     

    Either way, its another few years of graft to gain a comprehensive grasp of English Law in both English and Chinese, but I'm looking forward to it - so look forward to more updates on this blog in the future!

     

     

    Another aside: I'm happy to say I've got back on my Canto in the last few months too, which I'm very happy about, and hopefully can make some good headway with it in the coming years too.

  5. 2hr 20 reading on du chinese, it gets easier as I go :)

    Love my hsk 1 writing book, it stats with easier characters so been smooth sailing so far now at char 58 :)

     

  6. It took me quite a while to knock these off since I only did one lesson a week with a teacher on this book. (I'm also busy working my way through Chinese Made easier - book 1 and 2 done, halfway through book 3.) I feel a sense of accomplishment having stuck with the BASIC series consistently and finishing the Spoken, Written and Practice books. I think it's a fantastic set of books and found lots that has been useful in real life. I also found it to contain quite a bit of language that I haven't come across in other places and even enjoyed some of the more "dated" vocab. The books ( especially the practice book) feels like a somewhat modernized version of FSI. I am now going to begin the Intermediate level books of the same series.

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    My HSK level 4.5
    Book title 《平如美棠:我倆的故事》
    Author 饒平如
    Origin country China
    Traditional/Simplified Traditional
    Pages 330 with illustrations
    Paper/E-book Paperback
    Translated to English (Yes/No) Yes
    English title Our Story: A Memoir of Love and Life in China
    Approximate comprehension level  
    Approximate hours to complete  
    Start date 21/06/2021
    Completion date  
    Short paragraph of what it’s about  
    Short comment  
  8. mungouk
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    By mungouk,

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    天边的额吉 seems like a really odd name for a brand, possibly something to do with the Mongolian connection...?

     

    Anyone know the story behind this?

  9. Here's the link to our club: https://www.joinclubhouse.com/club/芝加哥汉语聊天社. Anyone on Clubhouse can follow our club.

     

    Our regular meeting is now on Saturday evenings at 7 pm CST. If you want to become a member, please attend a meeting and ask to be added as a member. Membership gives you the right to open a room on behalf of the club, which will automatically notify all other members of the club. It possibly notifies followers as well, but I'm not sure about that.

     

  10. js6426
    Latest Entry

     Well it's been a very long time since I've posted an update, so here goes.  Just finished up the first semester of 4th year, one more to go which starts at the beginning of March.  Should be graduating in July.  We are still in Cambodia, for obvious reasons.  I feel like my Chinese has gone downhill, simply because online classes just aren't the same as actually being there, and the environment here is nothing like as helpful for learning as being in China.

     

    Some classes were a complete waste of time.  Learning about world literature in Chinese is interesting to a degree, but something I will probably never do again, and so I feel my time could have been used much more productively.  With 30+ students in a class, the time to talk was minimal, and the exams were somewhat of a joke.  It's always nice to get good grades, but far better when you feel like you actually had to work hard to get them, and the exams were a challenge. 

     

    Currently writing my thesis on 《三体:地球往事》,which has been incredibly interesting and enjoyable.  We have until June to finish the whole thing, and it's supposed to be around 10,000 characters (which really isn't many for a 'thesis').  I've written 13,500 so far and just sent it off to my tutor a couple of days ago.  He said there are no major issues, just a couple of sections are a bit too short (comparatively), so I will go back and edit those.  Feels pretty good to have the bulk of it done a few months early, and will certainly make the final semester far easier.  I feel a lot more confident with my Chinese now, even though it has fallen behind somewhat, and when I think back to starting first year, the improvement has been vast.  Certain tones are still a big struggle for me, especially when speaking fast.  The 4th tone + 1st tone combination really trips me up!  It's going to be great to graduate, but really for me the point was never the degree, rather I want to be able to converse fluently in Chinese, and continue to build on that in the future.  I will give a full report when I graduate, but if I had to go back I would still choose to do the degree, as the benefits have outweighed the struggles and frustrations. 

     

    At this point I highly doubt we will be getting back before graduation, and with having to redo visas for the whole family, quarantine, pay for flights, find a place to live again, I am actually quite relieved about that.  Would love to go back to China, but not just for a few weeks before graduation.

     

    As I say, a more in depth review will come in a few months when I am finished, but just wanted people to know I am still here and still trying my best to study hard!

  11. Flickserve
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    It was a crappy 2020.

     

    Not really sure that I improved very much but it was a busy year. Hopefully 2021 will be better.

     

    What should I be doing?

     

    Converting the rest of original Glossika to Anki cards and using them for listening practice.

     

    Found a deck based on Allset  grammar - let’s have a look and listen to that -  https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/782551504

     

    There is another for Chinese listening drills - https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1405939111

     

    After that, umm, I don’t have a fully structured plan - Maybe take up some lessons again. Plans are doomed to failure with me especially when it comes to Chinese.

     

    I think what I would like to do is to build up a whole load of anki notes that have audio  and have them available as one grand deck. Whenever words that you want to drill come up, then the note can be copied into another deck. Obviously some supposedly common words might not have that many sentences so, then perhaps working with a native speaker to get example sentences would be good. Copied notes can be closed as well.

     

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    Here are the first three videos they I recorded in the last week.  All videos are recorded as a single take so I'm not "cheating," but I wrote an outline before recording.  I think I did two takes of each of these.

     

    Video 1: how I have studied Chinese: https://youtu.be/IK_A7Wbeo5Q

     

    Video 2: a 成语故事:塞翁失马: https://youtu.be/0H_He6_5jvY

     

    Video 3: random dialog about the pets in my house: https://youtu.be/Lx3SdHzd2RY

     

     

    Certainly a lot of room for improvement, but it should be a good way to look back at previous skill level in the future.

  13. Here are 100 commonly used phrases in Chinese and English for the HSK exam. Remembering them can help you pass the HSK exam. Come on!

    100 common phrases for HSK exam

    1.随着经济的快速发展 with the rapid development of economy

    2.人民生活水平的显著提高/ 稳步增长  the remarkable improvement/ steady growth of people’s living standard

    3.先进的科学技术 advanced science and technology

    4.面临新的机遇和挑战 be faced with new opportunities and challenges

    5.人们普遍认为 It is commonly believed/ recognized that…

    6.社会发展的必然结果 the inevitable result of social development

    7.引起了广泛的公众关注 arouse wide public concern/ draw public attention

    8.不可否认 It is undeniable that…/ There is no denying that…

    9.热烈的讨论/ 争论 a heated discussion/ debate

    10. 有争议性的问题 a controversial issue

    11.完全不同的观点 a totally different argument

    12.一些人 …而另外一些人 … Some people… while others…

    13.就我而言/ 就个人而言 As far as I am concerned, / Personally

    14.就…达到绝对的一致 reach an absolute consensus on…

    15.有充分的理由支持 be supported by sound reasons

    16.双方的论点 argument on both sides

    17.发挥着日益重要的作用 play an increasingly important role in…

    18.对…必不可少 be indispensable to …

    19.正如谚语所说 As the proverb goes

    20.…也不例外 …be no exception

    21.对…产生有利/不利的影响 exert positive/ negative effects on…

    22.利远远大于弊 the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

    23.导致,引起 lead to/ give rise to/ contribute to/ result in

    24.复杂的社会现象 a complicated social phenomenon

    25.责任感 / 成就感 sense of responsibility/ sense of achievement

    26. 竞争与合作精神 sense of competition and cooperation

    27. 开阔眼界 widen one’s horizon/ broaden one’s vision

    28.学习知识和技能 acquire knowledge and skills

    29.经济/心理负担 financial burden / psychological burden

    30.考虑到诸多因素 take many factors into account/ consideration

    31. 从另一个角度 from another perspective

    32.做出共同努力 make joint efforts

    33. 对…有益 be beneficial / conducive to…

    34.为社会做贡献 make contributions to the society

    35.打下坚实的基础 lay a solid foundation for…

    36.综合素质 comprehensive quality

    37.无可非议 blameless / beyond reproach

    39.致力于/ 投身于 be committed / devoted to…

    40. 应当承认 Admittedly

    41.不可推卸的义务 unshakable duty

    42. 满足需求 satisfy/ meet the needs of…

    51.对这一问题持有不同态度 hold different attitudes towards this issue

    52.支持前/后种观点的人 people / those in favor of the former/ latter opinion

    53.有/ 提供如下理由/ 证据 have/ provide the following reasons/ evidence

    54.在一定程度上 to some extent/ degree; in some way

    55. 理论和实践相结合 integrate theory with practice

    56. …必然趋势 an irresistible trend of…

    57.日益激烈的社会竞争 the increasingly fierce social competition

    58.眼前利益 immediate interest/ short-term interest

    59.长远利益. long-term interests

    60.…有其自身的优缺点 … has its merits and demerits/ advantages and disadvantages

    61.扬长避短 Exploit to the full one’s favorable conditions and avoid unfavorable ones

    62.取其精髓,取其糟粕 Take the essence and discard the dross.

    63.对…有害 do harm to / be harmful to/ be detrimental to

    64.交流思想/ 情感/ 信息 exchange ideas/ emotions/ information

    65.跟上…的最新发展 keep pace with / catch up with/ keep abreast with the latest development of …

    66.采取有效措施来… take effective measures to do sth.

    67.…的健康发展 the healthy development of …

    68.有利有弊 Every coin has its two sides.

    69.对…观点因人而异 Views on …vary from person to person.

    70.重视 attach great importance to…

    71.社会地位 social status

    72.把时间和精力放在…上 focus time and energy on…

    73.扩大知识面 expand one’s scope of knowledge

    74.身心两方面 both physically and mentally

    75.有直接/间接关系 be directly / indirectly related to…

    76. 提出折中提议 set forth a compromise proposal

    77. 可以取代 “think”的词 believe, claim, maintain, argue, insist, hold the opinion/ belief that

    78.缓解压力/ 减轻负担 relieve stress/ burden

    79.优先考虑/发展… give (top) priority to sth.

    80.与…比较 compared with…/ in comparison with

    81. 相反 in contrast / on the contrary.

    82.代替 replace/ substitute / take the place of

    83.经不起推敲 cannot bear closer analysis / cannot hold water

    84.提供就业机会 offer job opportunities

    85. 社会进步的反映 a mirror of social progress

    86.毫无疑问 Undoubtedly, / There is no doubt that…

    87.增进相互了解 enhance/ promote mutual understanding

    88.充分利用 make full use of / take advantage of

    89.承受更大的工作压力 suffer from heavier work pressure

    90.保障社会的稳定和繁荣 guarantee the stability and prosperity of our society

    91.更多地强调 put more emphasis on…

    92.适应社会发展 adapt oneself to the development of society

    93.实现梦想 realize one’s dream/ make one’s dream come true

    94. 主要理由列举如下 The main reasons are listed as follows:

    95. 首先 First; In the first place; To begin with

    96.其次 Second, In the second place

    97. 再次 Besides,In addition, Additionally, Moreover, Furthermore

    98. 最后 Finally, Last but not the least, Above all, Lastly

    99. 总而言之 All in all, To sum up, In summary, In a word

    100.我们还有很长的路要走 We still have a long way to go.

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    幕帖训练

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    醉汉带着许多节日礼物上了公共汽车。他死命地抓住车上的扶手,以防摔倒。售票员问:“要不要帮忙?”
    醉汉回答:“请吧,你帮我抓住扶杆,我来掏钱买票。”

  15. Adventures in Mandarin

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    Ok, it's finally time for the next lesson in Volume 1 of PAVC! Lesson 2!

     

    Grammar Notes:

    This lesson goes over stative verbs and introduces the following sentence structures:

    我很忙。

    我不忙。

    我不太忙。

    我很忙,你也很忙。

    你忙不忙?

     

    Which basically can be formulated as:

    Affirmative: N/PN + ADV + SV.

    Negative: N/PN + NEG + SV. -or- N/PN + NEG + ADV + SV.

    Question: N/PN + SV + NEG + SV?

     

    Vocabulary Notes:

    不 is usually unstressed in the SV question sentence type.

     

    Hanzi Learned:

    早,趙,小,姐,張,久,見,啊,很,謝,也,這,太,天,氣,熱,去,上,課,們,忙,再,冷

     

    Exercises:

    Spoiler

    Section 1

     
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    1. 李小姐不高。(In my edition, 李小姐 is indeed smaller than 張先生. In the edition pictured above, they look about the same.)
    2. 王太太很熱。
    3. 不熱,李小姐不熱。她很冷。
    4. 冷,李小姐很冷。
    5. 高, 王先生很高。

     


    Section 2

     

     
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    1. 不忙。
    2. 不累。
    3. 不熱,我很冷。
    4. 不餓。
    5. 不渴。

     

     

  16. Ten reasons why I admire Li Ziqi so much

    喜欢李子柒的十个缘由


    If people are talking about a girl who could make a set of bamboo sofa without a single nail, show you how the ancient Chinese writing tool is produced, tell the story of how a grain of rice grows from a seed,they are talking about Li Ziqi, a Chinese girl doing what she likes regardless of what they say. 

    1
    She is true to herself
    Rumor goes that she’s just a cyber-celebrity who aims at a rise to fame, and a benefit from that reputation. She could be anything bad given how the gossips are going to shape, but she still keeps on with these vlog, where she shows us every detail of her life. 
    2
    She knows that silence is the best way to suffocate gossip
    The way she lives and the way she handles things is too amazing for us to believe. That’s probably why she becomes a target of the negative comment from those far away from such a way of living. Instead of getting involved in rebuttal, she prefers updating the videos for years to show how persistent she is to something she had chosen, with or without comments.      
    3
    She is willing to learn everything new to achieve her goals
    She admits that she no nothing about some of the skills shown in her video at first. Her eagerness to learn opens up the possibility to trying something new. 
    4
    She is a genius with business acumen
    Her name becomes a brand now and products related are available on line. Commercial benefit is just the byproduct from her previous effort winning the fans with the videos of high quality. 
    5
    She promotes the spread of Chinese culture with talented videos
    Foreigners and even Chinese get to know how things are made or coming to being by watching her videos. She acts like an almighty craftsman telling you how things awesome may start with something quite usual and simple, in a creative way.
    6
    She realizes financial freedom by doing the things she enjoys
    She keeps doing what she likes, sharing her life in videos, making you the witness of her life interesting and vivid, showing you how she makes the things she wants on her own. She gets lucky by earning both attention and money the way she deserves.
    7
    She lives a life of pastoral style far from the madding crowd
    Living in the remote village, surrounding by plants she grows as food, accompanying by dogs and goats she keeps as pets, she plays the role in a poem-like farm where those people struggling in the urban life don’t even have the time to dream of.
    8
    She knows what’s important to her and sticks to it while leaving out all the rest
    She used to work in the city as a DJ, a waitress, a Taobao seller, and her grandmother’s getting ill making her back to hometown. Being with grandmother means a lot to her, given her childhood without care from parents but grandparents, and her yearning for self-sufficiency further motivates her stay in Mianyang, Suchuan.
    9
    She’s brilliant in an ordinary way
    She can do almost everything, capable of all kinds of skills, making things from the most common materials and ingredients, creating stuff better than you could have imagined. She looks like a fairy, but she’s living a normal life industriously. You may find that what she manages to do is nothing impossible when you break it into steps, but all when all these easy sections combine, you see something complicatedly great. That’s something we fail to cope with without distractions. We lack that kind of concentration to make it.
    10
    She knows how to tell the story and opens up our mind for more possibilities
    Her videos are silent in conversations or monologues. She shows you all the things in the way she works. Thanks to her breaking things into steps to make it simple to know how things work. Her videos act like a trigger of inspiration, especially to those who imitate her and tell the story of their lives.


    She knows how to dye the cloth and awake the beauty and magpies on the dress with thread and needle. This is about the art of embroidery.
    https://www.bilibili.com/video/av62976159

     

    She knows how to make Chinese traditional food out of the normal ingredients. This is about the taste of China.
    https://www.bilibili.com/video/av81545399

     

    She knows how to make the sculpture of characters and get the printing done. That’s the beauty of ancient Chinese inventions.
    https://www.bilibili.com/video/av29859659

     

    She knows how to make the cosmetics applied by ancient Chinese ladies with flowers and honey. That’s the secret of make-up.
    https://www.bilibili.com/video/av14406175

     

    No more meaningless debate on whether she’s doing this alone or with a team backing her up, no more negative comments on her making videos for the sake of fame and fortune. Mind the way she conveys her love of Chinese culture in modesty, and the truth that Chinese culture shines in the eyes of foreign YOUTUBE audience because of her post. She is real and vivid the way she is. 
     

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  17. 只要有你 

    As long as you are here with me

    Original by 那英

    Translated and performed by Enjune Zhang

     

    谁能告诉我 有没有这样的笔

    Who could tell me if

    There is a pen like this

    能画出一双双不流泪的眼睛

    It could get those eyes painted

    Shining without tears

    留得住世上一纵既逝的光阴

    Make the time stay

    Keep it from being vanished

    能让所有美丽从此也不再凋零

    Keep all the beauty evergreen

    And the colors never faded

    如果是这样 我可以安慰自己

    If it is what things could be

    I could get myself comforted

    在没有你的夜里 能发出一线光明

    It could be the light around me

    When I'm lonely in the darkness

    留得住快乐 全部都送去给你

    I will give it all to you

    All the remaining happiness

    苦涩的味道变得甜蜜

    With you even the bitter becomes sweet

    从此也不用分开 相爱的天和地

    From now on there's no need

    To get the heaven and earth separated

    还能在同一天空月亮太阳再相遇

    Right in the same sky again

    We see the sun and the moon meet

    生命中只要有你 什么都变得可以

    Everything's possible

    With you next to me

    让所有流星随时都相遇

    Shooting stars may find each other

    I wish to be their witness

    从此在人世上面没有无奈和分离

    Wish that there will be

    No more departing helpless

    我不用睁着眼睛看你远走的背影

    I don't have to see you leaving

    And can do nothing

    没有变幻的青春 没有失落的爱情

    Youth and love stay with me

    Growing deep without changing

    所有承诺永恒得像星星

    May the promises be like the stars everlasting

     

    As long as you are here with me.m4a

  18. 不浪漫罪名

    Charged as being unromantic

    Original by 王杰

    Translated and performed by Enjune Zhang

     

    没有花

    Without rose sweet

    这刹那被破坏吗

    Is that very moment incomplete

    无野火都会温暖吗

    Are you still warm within without the fire

    无烟花一起庆祝好吗

    Shall we celebrate without firework bright

    若爱恋

    If love between you and me

    仿似戏剧那样假

    Is nothing but a play fake and dim

    如布景一切都美化

    The setting's far from real but beautified

    连相拥都参照主角吗

    Is the embrace of drama style what you like

    你说我未能定时

    You've said that 

    令你每天欢笑一次

    I failed to make you smile every day in time

    我没说出一句美丽台词

    I haven't got you that perfect line

    是你心中一种缺陷定义

    It's the flaw that you define in mind

    流进了眼角里的刺

    Like a thorn in the corner of your eye

    为何不浪漫亦是罪名

    I'm charged as being unromantic

    Please tell me why

    为何不轰烈是极坏事情

    Why placid like water running deep is something bad 

    从来未察觉我每个动作

    You haven't realized that

    Every little gesture of mine

    没有声都有爱你的挚证

    Is silent but the proof of love identified

    为何苦不浪漫亦是罪名

    I'm charged as being unromantic

    Please tell me why

    为何总等待着特别事情

    Why you are expecting something particular

    从来未察觉我语气动听

    My tender tone is something you haven't realized

    在我呼吸声早已说明

    I have made it clear with the breath of mine

    什么都会用一生保证

    I will promise you everything with my whole life

     

    Charged as being unromantic-enjune.mp3

  19. A few days ago, I finished reading the short story collection 《樱海集》 by 老舍. This brought my reading total above one million characters, completing my goal for the year.

     

    《樱海集》 was first published in 1935. The collection contains a funny and self-effacing preface plus ten short stories of varying lengths (from six to forty-two pages). The stories deal with classical human failings—hypocrisy, pride, envy, bitterness, cowardice, lust, revenge, greed, anger—and the consequences that arise from such failings. Though the stories are thematically related, they differ considerably in their characters, plots, point of views, and settings.

     

    Below is a brief synopsis of each story, along with some amplifying details and concluding thoughts.

     

     

    1. The first story in the collection, 《上任》, is about a recently promoted government official named 尤老二 and the opium-smoking thugs he employs. Much of the story is concerned with 尤老二’s inability to pay for his thugs, who show up at odd times asking for money for travel and other expenses. This story was difficult for me to get into. I found the details of the plot hard to follow and the language more challenging than any other story in the collection.
       
    2. 《牺牲》 is a character sketch of 毛博士, a bizarre 崇洋媚外 teacher educated in the United States.
       
    3. 《柳屯的》 is about a small village, a powerful Christian family, and an unrestrained woman who tries to take over them both.
       
    4. 《末一块钱》 is about a young dissatisfied college student who yearns for the kind of life enjoyed by his more affluent classmates.
       
    5. 《老年的浪漫》 is about an old man who, cursed with greedy former colleagues and a foolish son, decides to settle old scores.
       
    6. 《毛毛虫》 is a very short story that asks the question: What does a community think about that unenviable husband and wife who live down the street, and that husband’s former wife, and their new children?
       
    7. 《善人》 is about a well-to-do woman who sees herself as generous but is oblivious to the suffering of those around her.
       
    8. This story was my favorite story of the collection. 《邻居们》 is about the tensions that flare up between two neighboring families after one receives the other’s mail by mistake.

      The 明 family and the 杨 family are neighbors. 明家 is selfish and uncivilized. 杨家 is altruistic and lettered. The husband and father in the 杨 family, 杨先生, is described as a “最新式的中国人.”

      One day, 杨先生 receives a letter addressed to 明先生. 杨太太 attempts to deliver the letter, but 明太太 misunderstands her neighbor’s intentions and rebuffs her. 杨先生 then writes his own letter explaining the situation. 明太太 refuses this letter, too. Tensions between the two families escalate. 杨先生 believes that he and 明先生 can resolve their differences like rational gentlemen, and continues to write his neighbor letters. 明先生 sees 杨先生 as a weak man and despises him for his bookishness and inaction. Eventually…
       
      Spoiler

      the 明家 children go into the 杨家 garden and stomp their flowers to smithereens. When 杨先生 comes home from work and sees his ruined garden, he flies into a rage and smashes every window of the 明家 house. 明先生 is not mad at his neighbor, but impressed with him. It turns out that 杨先生 is a red-blooded man of passion, after all.

    9. 《月牙儿》 is a longer story about a girl and her hard life after her father dies and her mother is forced out of exigence into prostitution.
       
    10. 《阳光》 is about the life of a beautiful, proud, and dissolute woman from a rich family. Her eventual arranged marriage to a prominent morality-promoting Daoist is comfortable, but stifling.

     

     

    《樱海集》 is the second work I’ve read by 老舍; the first was his delightful science fiction satire 《猫城记》. There is something irreverent about 老舍’s style in these two works. 老舍’s stories foreground the character defects of early 20th-century Chinese people, whatever their station in life. Opioid-addicted menial laborers, wives of rich businessmen, the orphaned, the educated, the religious and the ideologically possessed—none are spared.

     

    By pointing out character defects in such a wide-ranging way, 老舍 advances a kind of criticism of the Chinese society of his day. But 《樱海集》 is not a “critical” work, at least not in the sense that modern people use the term. It isn’t a systematic, theory-driven critique of Chinese society; nor is it especially tragic or concerned with issues of justice. Rather, 《樱海集》 is a moral work. The stories in 《樱海集》 are cautionary tales filled with negative moral examples. They are the modern literary equivalents of fables.

     

    The stories paint a pessimistic and probably unbalanced picture of Chinese life. Readers interested in positive moral examples—the righteous government official or revolutionary, the loving and longsuffering mother, the diligent young student who succeeds in life despite enormous opposition—will not find them here. Some of 老舍’s negative moral examples are also offensive to contemporary Western sensibilities. His portraits of women are pretty unflattering. 老舍’s women are ostentatious, stubborn, and quick to anger. (To be fair, the men don’t come off much better. Most of 老舍’s male protagonists are feckless hypocrites.) Others will find 老舍’s portrayal of poor people unsympathetic. The peasants in 《樱海集》 are lazy and spend what little money they find on drugs:

     

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    他拾起钱来,吹了吹,放在耳旁听听:“是真的!别再猫咬尿泡瞎喜欢!”放在袋中,一手扫地,一手按着那块钱。他打算着:还是买双鞋呢,还是……他决定多买四毛钱的“白面儿”,犒劳犒劳自己。

     

    It is interesting to consider 老舍’s portrayals of Chinese people in 《樱海集》 in light of then-upcoming theories about politics and art in China. In his lectures at Yan'an in 1942, Mao advocated a new pro-proletariat literature and denounced “petit bourgeois writers” that write “pessimistic literature” and “harm the people.” Were 老舍’s mid-1930’s stories compatible with the new Chinese literature Mao would soon advocate? Was 老舍’s literature “pessimistic”? [For the curious, I blogged about Mao’s Yan'an literature lectures in an earlier post on this blog.]

     

    The Chinese language in 《樱海集》 is not especially difficult. The vocabulary is more challenging than contemporary Chinese fiction writers like 余华 and 韩寒, but far easier than writers like 张爱玲 and 莫言. 老舍’s word choices are frequently different from those found in contemporary fiction. This may confuse language learners unfamiliar with early 20th-century Chinese literature. For the uninitiated, try reading other authors from the same period. (I read short stories by 丁玲, 沈从文, and 施蛰存 before. That helped.)

     

    My new year’s resolution was to read one million characters in books and articles in 2019. I have now reached that goal with a little over a month to spare. This year I read mostly fiction. I also read Mao’s literature lectures, an article by IBM, a undergraduate thesis on the music of American saxophonist Sonny Stitt, and a third of the Bible. It’s been a great and rewarding experience.

     

    From time to time, people ask about the value of studying Chinese language given recent political and economic changes in China. It’s a fair question; there are many reasons to study Chinese and people differ in their motivations and goals. For me, the desire to engage in the cultural and literary traditions of a large and important foreign world was and is a main driver of my Chinese study. This desire was sustained and strengthened this year. I intend to keep reading in Chinese, both fiction and non-fiction. For literature, my near-term goals for the next couple years are to continue with works at or slightly above my current reading level; to move on to major works by 张爱玲, 莫言, and 阎连科; and to tackle tougher early 20th-century works by authors like 鲁迅. I’d like to wade into 文言 someday too, though that day is still a long way off.

     

    I had a lot of fun writing these posts and interacting with all of you. In the future, I may continue writing posts here. For now, however, because of many pressing demands on my time, I will put this blog on hiatus and return to posting intermittently in the excellent and underutilized “What are you reading?” thread.

     

    Thank you to everyone who read or commented on this blog this year.

     

     

    Link to《樱海集》:
    https://www.aixdzs.com/d/117/117466/

     

    Some statistics: 
    Characters read this year: 1,000,931
    Characters left to read this year: 0
    Percent of goal completed: 100%
      
    List of things read: 
    《三八节有感》by 丁玲   (2,370 characters) 
    《我在霞村的时候》by 丁玲   (10,754 characters) 
    《在延安文艺座谈会上的讲话》by 毛泽东   (18,276 characters) 
    《自杀日记》by 丁玲   (4,567 characters) 
    《我没有自己的名字》by 余华   (8,416 characters) 
    《手》by 萧红   (7,477 characters) 
    《牛》by 沈从文   (8,097 characters) 
    《彭德怀速写》by 丁玲   (693 characters) 
    《我怎样飞向了自由的天地》by 丁玲   (2,176 characters) 
    《IBM Cloud文档:Personality Insights》 by IBM   (25,098 characters) 
    《夜》by 丁玲   (4,218 characters) 
    《虎雏》by 沈从文   (46,945 characters) 
    《在巴黎大戏院》 by 施蛰存   (6,181 characters) 
    《分析Sonny Stitt即兴与演奏特点——以专辑《Only the Blues》中曲目 《Blues for Bags》为例》   (5,483 characters) 
    《一个女剧院的生活》 by 沈从文   (61,154 characters) 
    《致银河》 by 王小波   (17,715 characters) 
    《在细雨中呼喊》 by 余华   (132,769 characters) 
    《熊猫》 by 棉棉   (53,129 characters) 
    《1988:我想和这个世界谈谈》 by 韩寒   (81,547 characters) 
    《偶然事件》 by 余华   (20,226 characters)
    《第七天》 by 余华  (84,847 characters)
    《圣经》 (新译本)  (1,055,606 characters; 315,144 read in 2019)
    《樱海集》 by 老舍  (83,649 characters)

  20. Titanium

    天性防弹

     

    Original by Sia

    Translated and performed by Enjune Zhang

     

    You shout it out

    你高声呼喊

    But I can't hear a word you say

    具体说什么都与我无关

    I'm talking loud not saying much

    我只发话却不摊牌

    I'm criticized but all your bullets ricochet

    我饱受指责 每一颗子弹击中我都会反弹

    Shoot me down but I get up

    你枪声刚落 我又站起来

    I'm bulletproof nothing to lose

    我天性防弹 无所忌惮

    Fire away fire away

    我不惧射击 请你随意

    Ricochet you take your aim

    子弹落地 你再度瞄准吧

    Fire away fire away

    不惧射击 请你随意

    You shoot me down but I won't fall

    你一发即中 我安然无恙

    I am titanium

    我天性防弹

    You shoot me down but I won't fall

    你一发即中 我安然无恙

    I am titanium

    我天性防弹

    Cut me down

    你让我陷落

    But it's you who'll have further to fall

    但你也绝不会因此而好过

    Ghost town and haunted love

    往昔不再 爱已没落

    Raise your voice sticks and stones may break my bones

    你放狠话 石头木棍使我开口但我不说

    I'm talking loud not saying much

    我只回话拒不坦白

    I'm bulletproof nothing to lose

    我天性防弹 无所忌惮

    Fire away fire away

    我不惧射击 请你随意

    Ricochet you take your aim

    子弹落地 你再度瞄准吧

    Fire away fire away

    不惧射击 请你随意

    You shoot me down but I won't fall

    你一发即中 我安然无恙

    I am titanium

    我天性防弹

    You shoot me down but I won't fall

    你一发即中 我安然无恙

    I am titanium

    我天性防弹

    I am titanium

    我天性防弹

    I am titanium

    我天性防弹

    Stone-hard machine gun

    心硬若磐 枪已上膛

    Firing at the ones who run

    向你开炮你就别想逃

    Stone-hard as bulletproof glass

    心硬若磐 如玻璃防弹

    You shoot me down but I won't fall

    你一发即中 我安然无恙

    I am titanium

    我天性防弹

    You shoot me down but I won't fall

    你一发即中 我安然无恙

    I am titanium

    我天性防弹

    You shoot me down but I won't fall

    你一发即中 我安然无恙

    I am titanium

    我天性防弹

    titanium 天性防弹-enjune.mp3

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    意思是:对照明镜是为了看清自己的面容,研究古事是为了知道今天的时势。说明研究并借鉴古代的经验教训,才能更好地作出决策,求得好的形势。

     

    语出《韩诗外传》卷五 原文是:夫明镜所以照形,往古所以知今。夫知恶往古之所以危亡,而不袭蹈其所以安存者,则无异乎却行而求逮于前人也。成语 却行求前 即出于此。

     

     

     

    I heard it in:

     

     

    同舟共济创造美好未来——在亚太经合组织工商领导人峰会上的主旨演讲 (2018年11月17日)

    Jointly Charting a Course Toward a Brighter Future – Keynote Speech at the APEC CEO Summit

     

     

    然而,不是所有故事都这么美好,人类也有过惨痛教训。上世纪发生的第二次世界大战,让人类陷入了滔天浩劫。就在离我们不远的地方,曾经爆发第二次世界大战期间惨烈的珊瑚海战役、瓜达尔卡纳尔战役。今天,这片海面已经波澜不惊,但我们不能忘却历史上的风风雨雨。“明鏡所以照形,古事所以知今。”我们回顾历史,是要以史为鉴,不让历史悲剧重演。面对历史大潮,如何才能为世界经济发展把握正确方向?如何才能为国际社会找到有效治理思路?这里,我愿提出以下主张。

     

    my English version: "Like looking in a mirror, the past can be looked upon to understand the present"

  22. Haven't really had a chance to update since the new term began, I had my thesis proposal in early September which felt like more of a defense than a proposal. Out of my panel only one of the professors could really ask me questions because the other two didn't have a background in cognitive linguistics and didn't really understand my topic. So I spent 20 minutes of defending my topic with this one professor (Actually my old Consecutive interpreting professor)  who began with "honestly this just feels like an idea on paper" ... ummm.... yes.. thats what a proposal is lmfao. but I continued to humor her and stand by my topic. It was rough, actually the entire classroom went through this slurry of vicious attacks toward our topics that if you were unable to defend yourself you would just be stuck standing there listening to them shit on you for 20 minutes. The hardest part was that everyone had to stay in the room so it was roughly 4 hours of listening to each student present and defend themselves. But I survived and my proposal passed somehow even though one of the panel told me that she felt that my topic was really interesting but just not for me. 

     

    This term I only have 4 classes. Written translation on Mondays, And 2 simultaneous interpreting courses on Friday. Our Tuesday classes (4 hours) began sometime after the holidays and every week since then has been a mental torture. The original teacher for the class "cross-cultural communications" was supposed to be an interesting guy from Australia. Unfortunately this guy is under Confucius scholarship studying his Phd and cant continue his teaching so we got stuck with the same guy who taught us last semester in 4 hour brackets. 

     

    Yes... that professor. I don't like to judge but this class should just be renamed "My musings" because every class has just been about him rambling off  things from his mind for four hours. Nothing he says has anything to do with the class or to anything even remotely useful. It actually feels like he's just trolling the class, because I don't understand how someone can talk about an ant and tiger analogy for four hours straight. I think the worst part of this class is that his musings always lead to something totally inappropriate. So something extremely racist or sexist, or homophobic crosses his mind and he just goes on and on and it really hurts me to hear that so many of my classmates find this "PHD" so interesting, when he would literally be crucified in my country for the things hes said. I don't know how someone like him has studied in America. I've been bringing my study materials and books to read in class so that I don't have to listen to that garbage that he says, but you know its really hard to block out something so completely inappropriate. 

     

    But other than his inappropriateness his classes are just a waste of time. I'm not even kidding when I say that I had to listen to him talk about colors yesterday. He started from Red and ended on Gray and then looked at the time and we had about 20 minutes left of class and he mused "what other colors have i missed? Oh yeah Brown!".

     

    The Monday translation professor is a close second to a professor I have no respect for this term. This lady prepares nothing for class. Her classes are prepared by a different classmate each week. And I'm not talking about just a short presentation. No. I'm talking about a full class, including creating group work exercises etc. She does nothing. What she does is sit there and when shes given the remainder of the class to add anything (roughly 20 minutes) her response is "well what am I supposed to do?" ...... um. Teach. That's what you get paid for . That's your job. In the very beginning of the term the professor wasn't clear she wanted us to basically teach the class every week so in week 2 when we came to class this lady had some nerve to criticize us all for being irresponsible and unprepared for class. She does this from time to time when people are late. I'm legit rolling my eyes in that class every week. 

     

    The only class worth mentioning is our simultaneous interpreting classes held on Fridays. The classes have been really difficult but really good for exercise. The only qualm I have is that I have my recordings played every class for both sections, so every week I have to hear my lousy interpretations twice in the same day (from E-C and C-E) its rough but I've gotten so used to it that Its kind of like meh whatever to me. Though its kind of irritating that its always the same people played every week. I haven't heard half of my classmates in that class even once. 

     

    So other than classes what have I been up to? Its a semester that leaves a lot open. I've been trying to work on honing my interpreting skills, especially in simultaneous interpreting which I find to be quite challenging. My professor suggested shadowing for about 10-15 minutes a day to get used to keeping up with the pace. A problem that many of us have with simultaneous is waiting too long to begin, and only speaking in 3 word clusters instead of having a fluid sentence. I've been shadowing with this program 《绝密档案》 from the app 蜻蜓。 The app itself has a lot of different podcasts to choose from to listen. I just find this program particularly interesting so after 15 mins of shadowing I just continue listening to the rest of the story. I've also made use of going over some of my old resources that we had from past classes so Ive been going over speeches that have Chinese and English to work on a more formal register and also to get a feel for collocations. 

     

    I wanted to work this semester but I think that with the thesis and everything I'd rather just focus on my studies this term. Its sad to be without the extra cash but I have my whole life to make money but just this year to really work on my studies. I've still been keeping my eyes on jobs because I'd like to find a job after my studies and stay here for another year. As much as China kills me at times, I'm not ready to leave. 

     

    That's it. Our first draft of our thesis is expected to be ready by December for our pre-defense. The date hasn't been confirmed yet but we've been told already we should have a minimum of 19,000 written. I still need to set my study up and get a move on it.  I'll try and keep this blog up to date! 

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    我很失望。

    七月十四号我开始新的日记只用汉语。

    到七月十五,我停了!

    我停为了集中提高我的听力。[See Note 1]

    从今天我会集中写句子因为。

    我很难写对法语的句子。[See Note 2]

    这使得说汉语很难。[See Note 3]

    我先提高我汉语写的能力然后我提高我的口语能力。

     

    Note 1: Can I use 了 here? I've been told I need to use 下 but not sure why.

    Note 2:  Trying to say "I find it very hard to write grammatically correct sentences."

    Note 3: Trying to say "This makes speaking Hanyu very difficult."

     

    我正在看《如若巴黎不快乐》。

    我觉得不很好中国戏剧。

    为什么在中国戏剧主要男的演员常常逼女人做不想做的东西?
    女人说“不,不,不” 可是男人还逼她。
    在英国,观众会抱怨。

     

    Sorry for my poor writing!!!!

  24. Hello everyone,

    It has been a while since I last updated my blog. There were a couple of reasons for this - My eyes:shock:

     

    My vision was deteriorating quite a lot and last November the decision was taken to under go cataract surgery. As this was in the UK and on the NHS the wheels grind (no complaints it just the way it is) and eventually I now have 2 new lenses and can see better than I have been able to for many years. I found it was becoming increasingly frustrating trying to read characters with bad eyes and magnifying glasses are a pain, hard to scan pages with one.

     

    I am still in recovery, it is only the third day after my second eye so slowly slowly does it. 

     

    My intention is to return and update my blog with my new learning schedule and updates as to my successes and failures and hopefully help myself and others to progress with learning Chinese.

     

    Just wanted to update anyone who was interested that my hiatus from learning is now turning slowly into a return to learning.

  25. In most of the world's languages, you can turn a word into its respective occupation by adding affixes to it. However, as Chinese doesn't conjugate, we attach an additional character to a word instead to form that corresponding job. One aspect in which Chinese differs from English when forming occupation words is that in English, what suffix is used depends mainly on the origins of words, but in Chinese people choose occupation particles based on the properties and characteristics of that job. Here're some practically and frequently used occupation particles in Chinese.

     

    1.家

    家, with its original meaning of a family or a clan, can be extended to refer to a particular philosophy, theory or ideology. Hence, when it's used to form an occupation word, that occupation would be usually related to a professional skill, interest or talent. For example:

    -文学家: a person who has been educated on literature — a litterateur.

    -画家: a person who is professional in drawing — a painter.

    -科学家: a person who has professional knowledge about science — a scientist.

    -音乐家: a person who is well-educated and professional in music — a musician.

    -美食家: a person who is passionate and authoritative in appraising foods — a gourmet.

    It's good to note that when two different occupation words are derived from the same origin, the one with 家 added often has a higher level of profession, authority or recognisation. For instance, 歌手 and 歌唱家 are both people who take singing as their jobs, but 歌唱家 is definitely regarded as an artist while 歌手 is probably just a public performer or a pop song singer.

    Another interesting fact is that when we come to players for specific musical instruments, the only two that are conventionally named with 家 are 钢琴家, a pianist and 小提琴家, a violinist.

     

    2.师

    师 originally means a teacher or an adviser. When a job is named with 师 attached, it refers to people who are well-trained or experienced in a particular area. The difference between it and 家 is that a 师 may not necessarily have the profession or talent. Here're some examples:

    -教师: a person who is trained to teach others — a teacher.

    -厨师: a person who is trained to work in a kitchen — a cook.

    -理发师: a person who is trained to manage people's hair — a barber.

    -会计师: a person who is trained to account money — an accountant.

     

    3.手

    手 means hands, thus referring to people who have high skills or talents, but only in a small area. Unlike 家, a XX手 usually doesn't have an overall profession in a general field, but in a much more specific section. It is very often seen in players of a particular instrument. For example:

    -鼓手: a person whose task is to play the drums — a drummer.
    -吉他手: a person who plays the guitar — a guitarist.

    -小号手: a person who plays the trumpet — a trumpeter.

    -舵手: a person who is responsible for managing and controlling the helm — a helmsman.

     

    4.工

    工 means originally work or labour. Hence it is usually used to name those jobs that need hard labour or manual processes. For example:

    -技工: a person hired to manage technical issues — a technician.

    -水管工: a person paid to repair waterpipes — plumber.

    -电工: a person paid to check and fix electrical devices — an electrician.

    -油漆工: a person who paints buildings — a painter.

     

    5.匠

    匠 basically means a craftsman, so it is used for any job related to crafting and designing. Though it also involves laborious processes often, it's different from 工 as the labour is done in order to craft or make a certain object or artefact. For example:

    -木匠: a person who uses woods to do handicrafts — a carpenter.

    -铁匠: a person who crafts metal objects — a blacksmith.

     

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