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  2. abcdefg

    HSK 4 Writing Section

    我爸爸喜欢每天都喝咖啡,看杂志。(Leave out the 着 after 喝。)
  3. mungouk

    HSK 4 Writing Section

    My teacher tells me to use as much HSK 4 vocab and grammar as I can when answering these. I didn't sit the HSK 4 exam yet, but I am preparing for it. I'm not sure how they actually assess these questions, but there is a published 评分 sheet out there somewhere. Ahem. There are official online mock tests on the web... did you try any of those? (I can't find them right now.) I wonder how they grade the answers.
  4. I've finally finished learning the HSK 4 vocabulary, and I just started taking some mock testes (by myself). On questions 95 to 100 I'm supposed to write a sentence based on an image, as seen below: The only instruction I'm given is "看图,用词造句。" Can I write any sentence as long as it contains the required word and it is related to the picture? Can I write sentences as simple as "他在看杂志。" or should I go for something more like " 我爸爸喜欢每天都喝着咖啡看杂志。"?
  5. mungouk

    Walking around Chengdu

    @xinoxanu That's almost a virtual reality experience, compared to lockdown... the furthest I've been from home in 4 months is the distance I can walk in 30 minutes. Thanks!
  6. Put a timer on the monitor's power source to switch it on/off.
  7. I wonder if they are going to replicate the true HSK experience by piping in the noise of chatting students or broadcasting video of your test proctor painting their fingernails? The last time I took the HSK I had to flail my arms around every few minutes because the lights in the testing room were on a motion sensor. I'm not sure how they'd duplicate that.
  8. 大块头

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    I'll save you the work. I got impatient and ended up hiring a freelancer in China to buy the 2010 book and do the data entry. If anybody wants the list, please feel free to send me a direct message.
  9. Shelley

    Tones mistakes of advanced speakers

    I think even speakers of their own language will make pronunciation mistakes. No one will ever be 100% correct all the time. There are also dialect differences, north and south differences, east and west differences. One country does not speak one language, they all speak their own version of it. What some might consider a mistake is just the difference between where you grew up and some one else's home town.
  10. mungouk

    Return strategy and timing

    Seems the situation has already moved on... China eases flight curbs after United States targets its carriers (Reuters, June 4) https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-airlines-caac/china-eases-flight-curbs-after-united-states-targets-its-carriers-idUKKBN23B081 TL;DR: CAAC is proposing allowing more or fewer flights per airline entering China, depending on whether or not they are carrying infected passengers.
  11. marvinfreericks

    How to bring an electric scooter from Beijing to Tianjin?

    @xinoxanu Thanks for your sharing! And sorry for late reply, I just saw the your message now Wow very interesting, I didn't expect Chengdu to have such tight regulations in place. When I bought my ebike in Beijing, it just came with a license plate right away and I didn't have to register it at any office, at least as far as I know. I guess I will have to ask some friends that have been living in Tianjin for a longer time than me in order to find out about the local ebike regulations
  12. Weyland

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

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  13. marvinfreericks

    How to bring an electric scooter from Beijing to Tianjin?

    @NinjaTurtle Sorry, just saw your reply now! Thanks for the recommendation! Yes, I will do exactly that and ask my Chinese friend to negotiate the price for me beforehand.
  14. @889 I was able to get trime directly from the Google Playstore, so perhaps it's a regional thing? Search on the Google Playstore again for 'trime', but look for the result named 同文輸入法 by Rime.TW, whose logo is a 'ㄓ'.
  15. ZhangKaiRong

    Tones mistakes of advanced speakers

    I tend to distort 第一声 to 第四声 when I'm getting tired (towards the end of long meetings / conference calls).
  16. They are useful for everything. Sound quality has remained excellent. Have not noticed any deterioration in the 3 or 4 years I have owned them. I bought a new pair a month ago, here in the US, a different brand by a competing Shenzhen company (Treks is also a Shenzhen company.) These are called Vidon F!. Got them from Amazon.' https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PRDZZRX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I just now noticed that there are quite a few online reviews and discussion of their pros and cons. I sometimes use mine in the car when I want to retain some awareness of what else is going on around me for safety reasons. I listen to long books on tape (Audible dot com.) Radio on the back roads of NE Texas is bible-thumping preachers and cowboy beer-drinking laments ("If my pickup was a horse, I would have shot it by now.")
  17. xinoxanu

    Return strategy and timing

    To be honest: it's about time. The world has been euro-centric and america-centric for too long, we are no better in the west than a couple decades ago (in fact, when it comes to many things, we are worst) and the rest of the world has been greatly impacted by our selfishness. I can't really say that all the steps that China is taking towards their own "new world order" will be beneficial to all parties (and, obviously, neither the western ones are), but I am intrigued to see where all of this may take us. A good relationship needs balance and so far competition has been a (bad) answer to this. Let's see if levelling the ground translates into some cooperation for a change.
  18. xinoxanu

    Spoonfed Chinese

    Many thanks for all the feedback and all the great resources @haveheart, bookmarking this thread so I can have it on hand. Hopefully this weekend I'll have enough time to get everything ready for a new weekly routine.
  19. Some replies to my emails are starting to trickle in, regarding the at-home tests run by UK Confucius Institutes. Edinburgh - not doing them Nottingham - doing HSK 1-6 on 28 June. See website for registration and payment details; also this PDF. Sheffield - haven't decided yet I'll update this post if/when I get more replies. Legend! Thank you so much
  20. realmayo

    Return strategy and timing

    If - as seems likely - western democracies are now well into the first year of a Cold War with China, we'll all have to adjust our plans for the future - and be grateful for the years we had when things were easier.
  21. Some replies to my emails are starting to trickle in, regarding the at-home tests run by UK Confucius Institutes. Edinburgh - not doing them Nottingham - doing HSK 1-6 on 28 June. See website for registration and payment details; also this PDF. Sheffield - haven't decided yet Manchester - planning them for early September I'll update this post if/when I get more replies.
  22. abcdefg

    Return strategy and timing

    This article from the Washington Post from yesterday (3 June) has another explanation of the main issues. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/trump-administration-bans-flights-by-chinese-airlines/2020/06/03/d5eb7136-a5a5-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html Here are two excerpts, in case you find yourself behind a paywall: I tried to get back to the China Mainland in July by using a flight to Hong Kong. That was cancelled a few days ago. But perhaps an independent gateway outside of China entirely might be possible in the mid-term, as you say. September or October is what I'm now investigating. Relations between China and the US are getting less amicable and more tense with every passing day. Since this eventual "opening up" will surely not be a "blanket" thing, but will be tailored to individual countries, passengers from the US might have to wait longer than those from some other countries and regions.
  23. abcdefg

    Working in China

    When I see the name BlackMamba, I think of the swordsman/assassin in "Kill Bill." Do you have those "special skills?" If so, you might look for employment in a different job sector. The Tongs/Triads can always use new blood.
  24. I'll try and figure it out when my copy arrives. Not very hard though.
  25. Then the mystery of those 25k missing characters goes on... 😁
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