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  2. fabiothebest

    Web to anki

    Which chrome or firefox extension do you use to quickly add new words from a web page to anki? I'm doing it manually. Do you have any extension to recommend? Maybe an extension I'm already using could do that (zhongwen chinese popup dictionary) through export to csv and then into anki, anyway I'm looking for suggestions. I saw there are more extensions of this kind for Japanese rather than Chinese.
  3. dtails

    Maryknoll Audio - looking for help

    @chaxiu I'm just looking for something to focus on listening and speaking practice and it sounds like those books are what I'm looking for. Thanks for the info! @TheBigZaboon You are correct, these books are for Minnanyu, not Mandarin. Good call on the PSA, otherwise this thread could cause some confusion.
  4. Yesterday
  5. I kept doing this to see what would happen---see above. No 1, 2, 3, 4 above were done within the last few weeks (No 5 was my score back in March). Today's exam (No 1) was identical to No 3, so I took it a second time. It looks like I've basically "used up" this resource. It also seems they give me 65 on the writing section, no matter what. Importantly, once you submit your exam and get to the above screen, make sure to click 查看详情 before clicking 确定. If you click 查看详情, it lists your answers with the correct answers alongside: I don't think it's possible to get back to this screen once you click 确定 on the previous screen.
  6. Thanks for everyone's input. It looks like it will be a very long time before travel gets back to the way it was (if it ever does....)
  7. TheBigZaboon

    Maryknoll Audio - looking for help

    Before everyone inundates the missionaries with orders for these books and CDs, I think maybe it would be a good idea to reiterate that here Taiwanese means the Taiwanese version of MinNanYu (Hokkien), not the Taiwanese version of Standard Chinese (Mandarin), called Guoyu on Taiwan. If there's a separate version for Hakka, that should be made clear, too. If I'm wrong, a suitable punishment can be recommended. TBZ
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  9. Luxi

    Listening to Audiobooks

    @Insectosaurus did you find an answer to your question? Sorry I missed it. If you haven't, and for others who don't yet know: you can access Ximalaya in your browser, just go to: https://www.ximalaya.com/ It's all there, if not all, at least enough to keep you busy for a long time. You can open an account using your email &/or non-Chinese phone number, this allows you to keep track of your listening history, choices, favs, etc. as well as sync across devices. You can use browser extensions like Zhongwen and translator apps on the web pages. There will be restrictions on some audios due to copyright, depending on your location, and also podcasts that are restricted to VIPs, but there is much good stuff for free. You'll have to check how much of what you want to listen is for VIPs only - and you may want to find a way to subscribe, for which I think may need to register via the international branch (more below). I have an annual subscription and find it good value but I joined a long time ago and subscribe via the Apple store (the app is only available through the Chinese store now). There are also many lecture series for purchase (prices are reasonable) and are yours to keep no matter what. A tip: If an audio book you want is restricted, search for the same book title in the H. site - many books have multiple recordings, some restricted, some free, it's worth a try. The home page on the web site will invite you to download their Windows app. This is a nice tool, it allows you to download audios and save them in your device to listen offline. Note: The files are not mp3s. The app downloaded from the Ximalaya website is new and updated regularly, unlike the ximalaya app in the Windows Store. The Ximalaya Home page also has a link to the Ximalaya international branch: Himalaya. The Android and iOS apps are available in the US store though not in Europe or UK (Copyright regulations again), but there now is web access. I don't know whether it allows subscribing from EU/UK (US subs are $60 per year), though one can explore the site and listen to the free stuff. You can sign up for an account using email, or non-Chinese phone, or WeChat / Google or Facebook. https://www.himalaya.com/cn
  10. chaxiu

    Maryknoll Audio - looking for help

    I actually really love the Marynkoll Taiwanese Books. They were written in the 80s, so they are dated. Each book is very comprehensive. the chapters inculde a dialouge, vocabulary, grammar, and over 100 sentences using the vocab for that chapter. The audio sounds like it was taken of a cassette, but I didn't mind it. I've only use the first 2 books and there are 5 in the series with audio for the first 4 books. If you are looking for a colourful, glossy textbook, it's not for you. Otherwise, I'd recommend them. Thanks Chaxiu
  11. The problem is that a university course is a poor place to learn Chinese. The class times are inconvenient and learners may have trouble even gaining admission to a university (due to ethnicity, age, or other factors).
  12. For me, it's been surprising how I underrate certain words. "Oh, it's taken me X number of books to see this for the first time, and it seems really obscure. How useful could it be?" And then I immediately encounter it again in Book X+1, even though that book is by a completely different author and sometimes in a completely different genre. Plus, there's just an ever-growing web of cultural knowledge that one can't really find in dictionaries. A certain book makes a reference to some Chinese historical figure, tradition, etc., and then I think, "Wow, I wouldn't have understood what that means beforehand, but I do now!" For instance, one of the very few Chinese films I've watched (because I don't find movies to be a very rich source of listening practice, due to long stretches without much talking in them) is "Lost in Thailand." I didn't think much about it, but then I read a book that referenced that very film. Hey, I know that film! It's just a steady accumulation of knowledge, it seems.
  13. This will happen again and again in your learning, and is the reason why reading (or otherwise using the language) is such a great way to determine which words or phrases are relevant and useful to you.
  14. I'm now on my 28th book overall (around 9,000-10,000 pages of reading so far), and I'd have to say that my reading speed very much depends on the kind of content I'm reading (of course). When I'm reading formulaic, simple, "boilerplate" material (pop literature, blogs, and most news), I can fly through it pretty quickly. When I'm reading something more complex (Mo Yan, Qian Zhongshu, etc.), I have to go more slowly and think harder about what I'm reading. In terms of personality, I'm not a person who has a lot of discipline for doing things quickly--I tend to take my time. It probably takes me 2-3 minutes to read a good, full page of English text. For a Chinese page of text, it takes me more like 5-7 minutes (2-3 times slower, depending on the difficulty of the content). Like I said higher up on this thread, I have a deeply ingrained habit of reading Chinese out loud (usually under my breath), which doesn't help. Soon, I will reduce my reading to around 15 minutes a day, and I'll focus more on listening. Although increased speed isn't the main goal, I think those things might make me faster! When my reading is timed, I'll read faster. Listening to Chinese will burn expressions and sentence patterns more deeply into my mind. As has been mentioned above, having a grasp of the spoken language is likely of great benefit when reading. I'd have to say that I'm pretty satisfied with my current reading speed. It's always good to get faster, but I feel okay. Any improvement will just be a bonus!
  15. Wow, I never thought of looking for the audio book version of it, but I think I might give it a try! I am in fact looking to train my listening skills more in the future. Once I finish Wolf Totem in the next month or two, I plan to finish volumes 2 and 3 of 平凡的世界. It might be the final book in the “book marathon” I started a couple years ago in order to gain Chinese literacy. After that, I want to casually follow news, Zhihu, and WeChat blogs for a while.
  16. I get the sense that historically people in China thought being a govt official was the best (easiest? cushiest?) job / career ever, so I can totally see the expression of comparing something as better than being a 官. BTW I read a chapter of this like 6 months ago, but got intimidated by its length, and then switched my focus on listening. But now I'm back from my break, and I see that you've just read this, I'll join in as well. There are tons of audio book recordings of 平凡的世界 on youtube, so I'm going to make that next on my list.
  17. Part of it is could be because you're switching too much between different types of content. I improved my reading speed a lot last year, but if you asked me to read something new I'm still quite slow. You ramp up speed as you get more familiar with the material. My higher speeds all come from the second halves of books, when I have gotten used to the setting / characters / langage etc. Even in individual reading sessions, my last 15 mins is much faster than my first 15 mins. Ideally if you were fluent like a native, you'd be really quick reading anything, but that's far far along the fluency curve. I've had a similar plateauing experience in my listening project this year, leading to frustration and lapses, and I've resolved this by refusing to switch between books until I've finished one. Of course, people have different learning styles, so throwing it out there for your consideration. It seems to work better for me.
  18. phills

    Listening to Audiobooks

    I wanted to give an update! Sadly, I fell off the listening wagon after my last post in March, but I'm back at it again. I took 2 breaks since my last post (each about 2-ish months each). So between March and now (6 months total), I've only been following my listening routine for about 2 months. Since the end of my last break, I've been sticking to my listening routine for a month now. All told, I'm at ~170 hours cumulative listening time, since the beginning of the year, ~40 hours per month when I've been seriously engaged. Recent observations: 1. It's harder to maintain focus on intensive listening than I originally thought. Harder than my intensive reading project from last year (at least for my learning style). I thought it would become easier as I got better. But it's turned out not exactly to be the case. As I got better, my attention started wandering. E.g. started clicking around the internet, reading stuff, looking for other things to do, while listening. Paradoxically, I couldn't do these other things before when I was worse at the skill. I had to focus 100%. After I got better, so that I could focus < 100%, I actually did focus < 100%, making the process just as hard as before. Lol. 2. Also, my improvement was veeeerrrrry slow, plateauing hard after the first 50 hours or so. Without much noticeable improvement, I couldn't maintain interest. Even my attempts to create tests to track my progress didn't help, since the test scores didn't budge much, and went down as much as up. 3. One sure sign I was about to fall off the wagon is when I start listening to lots of different stuff. Listening to a chapter from 5 or 6 books / shows over a few days preceded all of my prolonged lapses. If I'm sampling heavily, it's a sure sign I'm getting bored. 4. Last year, when I was continuously reading, I made a habit of sticking to a single book at a time. In hindsight, that was very important to maintaining my progress, because if nothing else, just finishing a book feels like progress. Also, books get easier as you continue through it, so you can tell yourself you're getting better. Even if it's partly illusory competence, you feel it viscerally. But when you're jumping around 5 or 6 books, you get continuous hints that you haven't improved as much as you think. You're falling down the competence curve every time you switch. Since coming back from my last lapse, I've been sticking to a single book at a time. In fact, I've just listened to books from a single series since then. That makes it much more similar to my experience last year, which boosts my confidence (since that worked well last time). 5. Recently, I had a bit of a breakthrough in terms of performance. It came around 150 hr mark (or about ~2 million chars). That's just about when I expected it... because that's the same point at which I felt a lot more comfortable with reading (2 million chars). That coincidence does makes me wonder if it's just psychological, but I'm going to see if it sticks and if I can confirm it through tests. I'll post again if it confirms. But feeling an actual improvement is hugely encouraging, giving me some hope I'll stick to my routine this time.
  19. https://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news/section/4/195035/Airfares-skyrocket-as-hotel-quarantine-comes-to-an-end
  20. And HK drops hotel quarantine from September 26 onwards https://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news/section/4/195043/HK-introduces-'0+3'-quarantine-measure,-grants-entry-to-unvaccinated-residents
  21. dtails

    Maryknoll Audio - looking for help

    @chaxiu How are the Maryknoll Taiwanese books? Would you recommend them?
  22. Minnesänger

    What are you reading?

    I saw that some people enjoy reading chinese schoolbooks for practice. It is something i do aswell so i thought it is worth mentioning that you can access all books from first grade to end of highschool online. https://basic.smartedu.cn/elecEdu has pretty much every book. And on youtube there are channels that upload complimentary video material for these classes. If you know what you are doing, you can download all the books as pdfs aswell. Its all for native speakers of course, but it gave me a lot of motivation to read more, since you also learn a lot about chinese mainland culture this way. Just if it looks that way. This is not some kind of ad. I think the website is propably a government website. All books are free to read. Just wanted to clarify.
  23. Same here. Main problems I'm finding are that it is difficult to navigate (go forwards or back) and that it isn't searchable. Can't look something up either by using an index or even by using the table of contents. Makes it less useful, even though it contains lots of good content.
  24. TheBigZaboon

    How to talk dirty in Chinese

    125% support that suggestion... The Kindle version of your book isn't behaving well on my devices. And I haven't had time to find a hard copy version, although I promise that I will. Periodic selections from the book, and well-chosen, interesting selections from the not yet published volumes 2 and 3 would be greatly appreciated. Just seconding previously expressed emotions... TBZ
  25. You could simply start a new thread, maybe generally about slang, to include "impolite" slang but not be limited to it. I read your book and found that I recognized most of the words and phrases, just from having lived in China a long time and using the language in a wide range of "real life" situations. A new thread could go beyond "talking dirty." Part of what makes it interesting to me is that vernacular speech, slang of any type, is so fast-changing. Sometimes slang can be age specific, other times it can be occupation specific. Such as teenager slang or taxi driver slang. I've seen it relate to a popular TV show that "everyone" was watching or a popular movie that "everyone" had seen. I remember that some slang was fashionable at the time of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I remember that some other slang was used at the time of the World Cup. Sometimes it can be completely idiosyncratic. Interesting to read about and discuss even when one has no intention of actually using these words.
  26. amytheorangutan

    any good TV series recently?

    haha yes! That’s why I’m quite happy the way they wrote the ending 給莫俊傑和陳韻如沒有那麼殘忍的結局 It gives all the characters open endings. She is really good! I also like her a lot.
  27. Hi there, For those interested in learning Hokkien/Taiwanese, Mandarin, Japanese and English: 台灣語會話フレーズブック is currently out of print however a fellow by the name of David Li̍p-Úi Tân(陳立偉)has added English translations and Romaji for the Japanese. It's available in PDF for $85 USD. Audio is also available but I forget the price (I'll edit the post when I find it). I have the original book and CDs but just purchased the PDF to use with my 11 year old son who is learning Taiwanese. You can find David Li̍p-Úi Tân(陳立偉) on Facebook. Thanks Chaxiu
  28. zhouhaochen

    LTL Mandarin School Taiwan (Taibei)

    And the good news just keep coming. Taiwan now officially is planning to end quarantine and fully opened its borders on Oct. 13. https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4665221 Homestays in Taipei are available, as are all group and 1on1 Chinese classes. Plus visa free entry for most countries (same as pre-pandemic) I am definitely going in October!
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