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  2. I am an American. The ten year multi entry visa is what I was considering, but I figured if I can get a student visa it might be better for my situation.
  3. What's your nationality? Americans and Canadians normally get up to ten-year tourist visas permitting a 60-day stay per entry. Britons applying in the UK usually get two-year tourist visas permitting a 90-day stay per entry. Schengen Europeans get a much rawer deal.
  4. Hello, I am in the process of planning a big trip to China. I want to spend around 8 months in China, with the first 4 of the months being spent studying at Keats in Kunming, and the remaining time living at Chengdu and travelling all over the country. I was wondering how to handle the visa situation. I am currently wondering what the exact requirements for getting an X1 visa are, and if there is some way to get that even if I will only be spending 4 months studying. One thought that came to my head is perhaps if I did say, 2 months at Keats, followed by two months somewhere else, and then return to keats for another 2 months for a total of 6 months. Would I be able to get an X1 visa in this case? And if I did would I be able to stay another two months after my studying is over? Obviously another option I have is to get a multi entry tourist visa, and just do little trips to other countries every two or three months, depending on whatever stay duration I get on the visa. This is doable but probably not optimal. Otherwise, I could get an X2 visa for the time I spend at Keats and switch it to a tourist visa afterwards. If I did this, how much extra time can people stay on an X2 visa? Will they grant a few extra days, weeks, months? I did a semester in China a few years ago on an X2 visa, and I remember some of my classmates stayed in China for a few weeks after the semester ended. I wonder how long this can be stretched out, and if there is a maximum time they will allow people to stay after their study period ends. This option would probably be better than staying on a tourist visa for the entire time, but I imagine it will require me to file a second visa application, and still do a few Hong Kong runs for the final few months of my stay. So my main questions are: Is there some workaround I could use to get the X1 visa in my situation? Whats the longest duration I can milk a student visa for after I finish studying? If necessary, what is the process for switching a student visa to a tourist visa?
  5. DavyJonesLocker

    Steamed fish 清蒸鱼

    Thanks for the write up . I eat a lot of fish but never really go for those ones. More habit than anything else. Must have a try. I generally shallow fry my fish as I quite like the crunchy skin but steaming is healthier!
  6. anyone can help me to explain what the mean of “Chinese Teacher to other language”?
  7. Wahed

    kunming layout

    I am looking up information on different cities in China for my next move and had some questions about Kunming: 1. Housing I was wondering what are your thoughts on the availability of nice housing in the Kunming area. I would prefer it to be in local areas but I understand that in China, "upscale" often caters to foreigners and wealthy locals. Where I am now in Nanjing is just like that. More specifically, I'd be looking for something with central AC/heating, furnished, etc. I saw this listing at this university language program’s website and these seem like nice accommodations. I would be interested in something like this. https://www.learnchineseinkunming.com/service/accommodation/ Based on the results of my housing search and results from Nanjing, I’m not going to even look online because the listing are absolutely incorrect and marked up. Have you come across places like this in your dealings in Kunming? Or perhaps some of you currently reside in very nice places like this? Can you share info regarding price, heating situation, and any other pertinent information I may have missed? 2. Medical services I searched Baidu and from what I’ve seen there are high quality medical services and hospitals available. Namely: Kunming Calmette International Hospital 昆明市第一人民医院甘美国际医院 Tongren Hospital 同仁医院 Kunming Medical University Second Affiliated Hospital 昆明医学院第二附属医院 Kunming Medical University Dental Hospital 昆明医学院附属口腔医院 First People's Hospital of Kunming 昆明市第一人民医院 Grace Medical Services (formerly Kunming International Clinic) 昆明福华国际门诊 * I hope I didn't miss any hospitals. 3. Technology I assume Kunming is connected like other cities and I wouldn’t have any issues regarding cell phone service and high speed internet connectivity? Any thing else I may have missed?
  8. mungouk

    X1 Visa Question

    It costs extra, right? True, but for around USD $30 I would say it's well worth it to avoid the grief.
  9. DavyJonesLocker

    odd use of 给

    Cheers @ChTTay I'm finally starting to pay attention to all those nuances of the language that I passed by before . Overdue too!
  10. ChTTay

    odd use of 给

    My assistant used to be a Chinese language teacher. They told me it’s essentially for emphasis. I asked for another example: 这个孩子拿着你的玻璃杯,别被他给摔碎了。
  11. ChTTay

    how to use 弄?

    Good replies so far. As examples are usually helpful too... Use 弄坏了 if you break something and don’t know how or why (or it doesn’t matter). 怎么弄 is like a really unspecific “how do I do it?”
  12. The food? Haha no, Tofu Learn, its a character learning app. Its free and excellent. More info here https://www.tofulearn.com/
  13. DavyJonesLocker

    how to use 弄?

    also, i get the feel it's a catch all type (to do) verb , used when you are not being particular about the specific actions e.g. 我把饭弄/搞砸了 : I made a mess of the dinner 我把饭烧糊了 : I burnt the dinner
  14. Jim

    how to use 弄?

    In British English we often say "get your/one's hair done," which is very close.
  15. Jim

    how to use 弄?

    Tends to imply going about whatever task it is in a slightly less formal way IIRC, or at least talking about it as such. Think of the difference between saying "Cook dinner" and "knock up something to eat" which latter could be 弄点吃的 I suspect the difficulty is the range of these basic colloquial verbs is so broad that there's all sorts of edge cases where context is king, but still think the comparison to "do" seems apt - for example, 弄死 quite like "do in"
  16. abcdefg

    how to use 弄?

    My ladyfriend uses it when she is going to fix her hair. 弄头发
  17. Here is an article about the rehearsals for October 1st in central Beijing: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3026197/central-beijing-locked-down-chinese-military-practices-huge
  18. Thanks! That's extremely helpful. The website through which I get my email is not blocked, so I should be fine. I'm making a list of other websites to check there!
  19. Hi everyone, I'm confused on how to use 弄 in Chinese, some textbooks say the meaning is like "doing something" but some of the sentences I read don't make any connections with the verb do. How does its grammar work?
  20. abcdefg

    Steamed fish 清蒸鱼

    I tend to forget about fish because I’m living in the interior (Kunming) instead of on the seacoast. But yesterday I saw some nice “fresh caught” ones on ice and bought a single 银鲳鱼 (yinchang yu) of about 450 grams. In English these are called silver pomfret. They live in the coastal waters of southern China, SE Asia and India. Cost ¥15.80, about $2.25 US. The seller cleaned and gutted it 清理 (qingli)。Please click the photos to enlarge them. Steaming 清蒸 is a very popular way to prepare fish in China and that’s what I did last night. Washed the fish out 洗净 and rubbed it with a wet paper towel to remove the few remaining tiny scales. Cut off the pectoral fins and enough of the tail so that it would fit into my steamer. Deeply cross hatched the flesh on both sides and rubbed it down with cooking wine 料酒 (liaojiu) followed with salt 食用盐 (shiyong yan) and white pepper 白胡椒粉 (bai hujiaofen)。Put slivers of ginger 生姜 (shengjiang) and spring onion 大葱 (dacong) into the cuts and some into the cavity as well. Let it marinate 腌制 (yanzhi) like that 10 or 15 minutes. Then transferred it onto a bed of halved spring onions plus more ginger and set it into the preheated steamer 蒸锅 (zheng guo)。 (Water already boiling.) These relatively flat-bodied fish only take 5 or 6 minutes to cook, depending on size. At 5 minutes I open the steamer and check the flesh with a fork. It should be white and flaky. If you cook these small fish too long, they become sort of rubbery and tough 肉老了 (rou laole)。 Lift it out and pour off any excess steam condensation water 多余汤水 (duoyu tangshui)。Some usually pools in the bottom of the steaming dish. Discard the onion and ginger slivers that have cooked with the fish. Spread on a tablespoon or two of light soy sauce 生抽 (shengchou) or better yet use the same amount of special fish steaming sauce that is readily available in Chinese markets. It is called 蒸鱼豉油 (zhengyu chiyou) -- photo below. It’s a seasoned soy sauce that has some taste similarities with oyster sauce 蚝油 (haoyou)。Cover the fish with slivers of spring onion 葱花 (conghua -- the white part) and finely sliced carrot 或萝卜丝 (huoluobo si)。 Heat a couple tablespoons of high-grade peanut oil in a small pan until it just begins to smoke 威冒烟 (wei maoyan)。Pour that over the fish in its serving dish. It should be hot enough to pop and sizzle as it instantly cooks the scallion and carrot, carrying their flavors into the fish below. (My photo does not do the process justice.) The flesh of this fish is buttery and tender. Furthermore, it doesn’t have a lot of tiny bones 鱼刺 (yuci)。 One fish feeds two light eaters if served with vegetables, soup and rice. If the fish are small, 400 to 500 grams, it wouldn't hurt to make two. It's OK if they overlap a bit in the cooking dish. If you’ve been thinking about making a Chinese fish at home, this 清蒸鲳鱼 (qingzheng changyu) is a good one to try. Widely available, tasty, inexpensive. Healthier than frying. Footnote about the steamer: If you don’t have a dedicated steamer pot, you can set a shallow dish on a wire rack in your wok, add some water, put on the lid. Available in any small neighborhood supermarket 超市 (chaoshi) for 10 or 15 Yuan. Called 蒸菜架子 (zhengcai jiazi)。
  21. DavyJonesLocker

    odd use of 给

    Hi all, quick question A sentence from a HSK 6 material 这个忙好帮,您不怕我把收到的月饼给吃了? story is some dude wants his daughters friend to pass a box of moon cakes for him Q: whats the 给 for ? I suspect its a auxiliary to emphasis the verb 吃 but not sure really. any thoughts, ideas?
  22. DavyJonesLocker

    X1 Visa Question

    Oh I see, looking at my X1 visa now it just says Entries:1 Duration of each stay: 0 days Enter before: 3 months after issue date (exact dates specified) Remarks: Required to apply for residence permit within 30 days from date of entry so in effect I had no number of years specified. Once I immediately applied for the residence permit the X1 xisa was no longer invalid (as regards the passport is concerned) Every subsequent year I renewed my residence permit hence I only ever had 1 X1 visa in my passport I'd hazard a guess that you can't come back on an x1 visa as the 30 days have long elapsed. Mungouk suggestion seems like the easiest option. In anycase whatever we suggest here its a lot better to give the embassy in your country a ring and find out for sure, before you book flights!
  23. @abcdefgI think that is solid advice
  24. I would respectfully suggest spending considerable effort refining your ability to tell them clearly what you want them to do. It's extremely important. Teachers cannot read your mind. The issue of "how to coach your teacher" will come up over and over as you study Chinese, especially if you are doing it in China. It's an essential skill, in my opinion. When you go to a Western restaurant do you leave it up to the kitchen to decide how your steak should be cooked?
  25. I suspect some of them want to use their English.
  26. Flickserve

    When you have a bad teacher

    Yes. Chinese but didn't learn when growing up and had no exposure to mandarin. I first learnt mandarin pronunciation over the skype without visual and the teacher was very strict. However, I was quite tenacious as I had read on this forum you need to nail the pronunciation early in the learning process. I try to learn by conversation rather than reading, When I speak on hellotalk (which is usually voice messages), I actually haven't stated beforehand I am chinese (to avoid the erroneously assumed genetic talent) though i will say so during the course of a conversation if appropriate. To be honest, I get the same compliments as well with people saying my pronunciation is fairly standard. I know it's not perfect and not as good as some people who post sample recordings here. However, I can correct it pretty quickly once I hear someone and can tune into the frequency.
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