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  2. If your Fujian city was Xiamen, I've travelled through there on the way from Hangzhou to Taiwan, and found a lot of the little local shops favored their dialect, which is prettty different. Speaking of Hangzhou, I'd like to also recommend Hangzhou Beautiful city and they tend to stick to Mandarin it seemed to me.
  3. Wubi question

    Hey. I was looking into wubi mainly just for fun, but had a question. Is there any way to type multiple characters at once in Wubi like you can in pinyin or do you have to press the space bar after every single character? I'm having trouble imagining how it could be faster than pinyin (for a skilled typist) if he/she is constantly mashing the space bar!.. Then again I probably am constantly mashing my space bar when typing English I'm just not as consciously aware.. Thanks.
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  5. Do you like moon cake?

    Thanks all for the replies. Maybe we'll have a baking competition next year I had no idea there were so many different types. Is it possible that appreciation for the egg yolk taste requires training from childhood ? Spoilsport. Did you have too many last time? By the way, what is the proper time of day to eat moon cake? After meals? between meals? is it ok to have it at breakfast?
  6. Very enlightening! Thank you.
  7. If you are after very standard Chinese maybe an area such as Jilin would be worth a look, after a recent visit I found the standard Chinese is great. Also the pollution was not as bad as I thought it would be around 65 As the above gentle mentions Kunming can be a great place, our school is in Kunming and we would be happy to have a chat with you. Main points about Kunming is there are plenty of students from all over China so you can speak standard Chinese when you want to, also the weather I'd say is best in China. Shanghai and Beijing probably best for money and salary if you are that way inclined. Cost of living is cheap, just do your research as some cities are quite unliveable with pollution/general harshness. I find Xi'an to be horribly polluted and Taiyuan in Shanxi to be very bad too Also there are many places with heavy foreign populations so make sure you make Chinese friends and practice so you don't fall into the foreign circles and end up learning less
  8. 当被问及……时 When asked as to ... 被 = -ed (passive voice marker) 及 = as to
  9. (1) When asked ... (as a passive voice marker), or (2) When it comes to the question ... (other questions were asked before) I believe you mean (2), right?
  10. 《现代汉语词典》 及 jí ①达到:波~|普~|~格|目力所~|由表~里|将~十载。 当被问到……时,家长回答…… is easy to understand, right?
  11. 当问及“希望孩子将来达到什么学历”时,64.1%的家长回答是本科,23.4%的家长回答是大专,…… What is the meaning or function of 及 in this sentence, please?
  12. Chinese EDM

    Great! Thank you!
  13. One finds lots of dialect spoken in Kunming. Not an insurmountable problem of course, but it detracts somewhat from the learning experience. A friendly vendor at the local wet market gets in my face sometimes, mock scolding me when I don't understand what he has said. I've known him several years. He asks, "When are you finally going to learn to speak our language? You've been here a long time and still only speak Chinese." It has become something of a standing joke by now and we both laugh. But there is an element of truth in it. Mandarin is not always the lingua franca on the streets of Kunming. That happens to me too. Especially true with less educated and older Kunming people 昆明人。
  14. Culture programs in Chinese TV

    I always watch this one when it's available (on my TV, not on my laptop.) Lively, well done, lots of fun. Hostess is skilled, commentators are knowledgeable. They often have re-runs and shows that distill some of the best bits. Plays here (Kunming) prime time on weekends.
  15. @mlescano Oh great! Thanks for the heads up, I'll give this a go!
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  17. Christmas trees and decorations...

    Most Chinese supermarkets sell Christmas stuff in Beijing now. My independent, local, tiny supermarket nearby had mini trees, decorations and costumes. If you’re near a Carrefour they definitely have them. I’m surprised you needed to post really. They are that easy to find in Beijing these days ...
  18. serpentza

    I did as well. I still want to watch, but I feel like I don't want to support that kind of click-baity behaviour.
  19. Do you like moon cake?

    Wrong time of the year to even think about mooncake for me.
  20. In recent years I have gradually and tentatively adventured into the history of characters. It all started after funding the Outlier project on kickstarter; reading about the mess of lines that is(was?) 我 actually being a phonetic borrowing of a weapon called 'wo' (apologies to Oneeye I definitely don't have my accuracy down yet) just sparked my interest and I wanted to learn more. I bought a copy of 段玉裁的說文解字注, and realised that although this tome of a book was fantastic to flick through, I had no idea how to read it. So yes, back to 文言文 I crawled, then off to the bookstore to grab a 說文解字精讀, and an additional copy of 徐鉉, and it's been a great adventure for months now. And then Taobao went and did that annoying thing where it suggests some awesome thing that you might like. A few days ago it suggested to me 《澄衷蒙学堂字课图说》. I do not claim to be an academic on the subject of 字 in any way, just someone really interested in the topic as it turns out. The description on Baidu says 是一部解释字根意义、正本清源的《说文解字》(it's a work on Character etymology, a 'thorough overhaul' of the Shuowen) But I have yet to come across this title in a book so far. Has anybody here used this book before? For those interested: originally compiled in 1901, this work covers 3291 characters in an encyclopedia-style format, with the aim of providing a basis for literacy and a comprehensive fundamental education for students. It was republished in 2014 in traditional string-bound book form spanning 4 volumes.
  21. regarding paintings hanging sequence

    Thanks for the idea. Very much appreciated
  22. Chinese EDM

    Maybe this one? The music is good. https://youtu.be/bu0B-NAJBf0 https://m.soundcloud.com/beatuan
  23. Do you like moon cake?

    I was convinced I hated moon cakes after years of trying ones given to me at mid-autumn festival. But this year was different. I got given a homemade one and I was amazed to find that it was honestly absolutely OK. I actually took two bites of it and took it home and finished it after breaking off small chunks over the course of three days.
  24. Culture programs in Chinese TV

    國家寶藏 has been really good so far in my opinion, the stage acting is good quality with A-list actors by the looks of things. You learn not just about the history of the 'objects', but also about the historical figures surrounding them and the opinions modern day Chinese people have of them, eg. 文人宋徽宗,土豪乾隆. Good to start watching now, as it's already becoming a popular topic of conversation in everyday life right now
  25. I’d agree with what Imron is saying. If you move to a place with a strong dialect then they’ll essentially just use Mandarin to speak to you and any other time they’ll use their own dialect. It will impact your ability to practice by listening, picking up stuff you overhear. I lived in Yinchuan first. They have a weird accent sometimes but overall what they spoke was fairly standard and intelligible. At least at my very beginner level back then. I’d probably decide on the province or provinces then find a city in it. I live in Beijing and pick up a lot of stuff by listening. I know someone mentioned loads of people here aren’t from Beijing BUT that means most of the time they need to speak somewhat standard when out and about otherwise no one understands them. I’ve had random people tell me jokingly my mandarin is better than theirs when ordering fast food or something.
  26. @Kemian Yes, you need to pass the HSK 5. Yes, you need the official transcripts and not just the results.
  27. I live in yichang, which is the city neighbouring west Wuhan. The locals like to think of it as a 'cultured' Wuhan, but really it's just a scaled down mini-version in my opinion. I have many friends from Wuhan, and although the accent is different, the style of Mandarin spoken here is almost the same (indistinguishable to outside people) so could give a bit of an insight if it helps. The dialects here are all of the southwestern Mandarin variety. There are many similarities with Putonghua, to the extent where younger people speak a mixture of dialect and Putonghua because they don't consciously distinguish. Older generations speak with heavy accents and younger generations have trouble communicating with older people not from their local area. Younger people all speak Putonghua with local southwestern style accent (sh→s, n/l etc.) and you can get used to it pretty quickly. They also have favourite words to use in their Putonghua to give it their own style (eg. Dongbei people famously say 'gan ha', in Wuhan they say 'go mo si', and 去 is almost exclusively pronounced 'ke'). Before I moved to China I remember I was thinking over the same question. Learning chinese from scratch in this area of China has been great fun. Most people sadly seem to not like their accent and are always trying to standardise towards Putonghua. As a result, I've had plenty of encouragement to speak standard Putonghua (especially as a foreigner), but my ears are not well trained to the northern style of Chinese. I can understand people speaking Hubei/Chongqing/Hunan/Guangxi comfortably, but have particular trouble listening to people from dongbei/beijing In retrospect, it is not the language style that is the biggest decider, but is in fact the local culture, people, city vibe and lifestyle. In the end everyone will be speaking Putonghua with you anyway (foreigner), and in some cases will even not be comfortable listening to you mimic the local style. Hope this helps a bit in your decision!
  28. This is definitely true, but it's not just the people that are talking to you, it's the people that are talking around you. Can you eavesdrop on a bus, or understand when your co-worker shouts out that he's going for noodles, does anyone want to come?
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