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  2. liu.engineer

    Tsinghua, BLCU or other?

    How long did you study att Tsinghua? can you tell me a bit about your experience there? like how were the classes and the teachers? Just Chinese courses! What was your uni? if you recommend it, I will absolutely consider it. To be honest I've just chosen BLCU and Tsinghua because I have little to no information about other universities and I am absolutely willing to attend other unis. It will absolutely be better for me to attend a university with less international students and I don't care alot about the international vibes. But as I said I have no idea about the other unis.
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  4. Not to be a pedant, but that's incorrect usage of "cognitive dissonance". Also, in my part of the "West", Norway, the anniversary of WW1 was given a few headlines in the papers but hardly more than that. Singles's day, on the other hand, is growing exponentially year by year. PS, @fabiothebest, I used the code "mwtcb2017" back in August and got 35% off my annual Chairman's Bao subscription. Found it here and was pleasantly surprised to see it still working.
  5. SkritterJake

    Skritter: Online Character Practice, want feedback!

    @fabiothebest Thanks for the kind words! The feature is available on the current beta version of the app, sorry for not mentioning that! I'm hesitant to mention the existing beta in replies since we're not actually pushing updates out to users at the moment and will be replacing it with the latest version in the near future. The current beta version 3.0.20 and will be replaced by 3.1.x once we release it. I'll be sure to include a changelog and some screenshots when I post updates as the jump from 3.0 to 3.1 is going to be a big one Stay tuned!
  6. fabiothebest

    Skritter: Online Character Practice, want feedback!

    Thanks Jake. I didn't use Skritter for a while and as such I wasn't so up to date with the changes. I wasn't aware of this missing future in the iOS app. Well, I hope it's possible to add it in the next release. Let us know when the new version is available and provide a changelog so we can see what's new. Thanks in advance. Hmm, is this feature already available in the beta version by any chance? No problem anyway. Thanks for developing this useful app.
  7. SkritterJake

    Skritter: Online Character Practice, want feedback!

    @fabiothebest you're not missing anything. Sadly, the feature you're describing isn't in the release version of our iOS application at the moment, but we're working on deploying it along with a lot of other changes in the next major release for the app for both Chinese and Japanese. Our website works well in mobile browsers, so if you're finding the character tracing useful in the learning process, I would encourage you to keep studying there while we roll this update out. The latest version of Skritter that is coming out will be a new release and a separate application from the one currently offered in the App Store. I'll be sure to jump back on the forum once it has been released and provide some more details about what's new in the app. We're currently working the Japanese version of the application and ironing out a few minor details for that launch before we switch back to the Chinese version. These updates have been a long time coming and we're very excited about bringing them out soon! I'll be sure to post a more comprehensive update in the near future along with some more info about beta testing and release dates once we have them locked in! Best, Jake and The Skritter Team
  8. http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201811120058.html Ranking of major countries and regions in English proficiency 1 Sweden 2 Netherlands 3 Singapore 4 Norway 5 Denmark 6 South Africa 7 Luxembourg 8 Finland 9 Slovenia 10 Germany 30 Hong Kong 31 South Korea 32 Spain 34 Italy 35 France 42 Russia 47 China 48 Taiwan 49 Japan 53 Brazil 87 Iraq 88 Libya (cont.)
  9. fabiothebest

    Skritter: Online Character Practice, want feedback!

    I started using Skritter again after long time and it seems to me that the web version is more convenient than the iOS app I tried. I might be wrong as I need to spend more time using it..anyway it seems that when I use the web version I see the whole character the first time, instead on the iOS app it asks me directly to write it without showing me first at least once. Does it happen also to you? Did I do anything wrong? I don't see any setting in the app for enabling that option so I thought it'd be automatic..hmm, can anyone help?
  10. ZhangKaiRong

    Tsinghua, BLCU or other?

    Eh, Tsinghua being one of the best in the world? Maybe in a parallel universe where the PRC is a leading world power in higher education. They are currently not at this level globally and not even in Asia (HK and Singapore have much better universities, and I'd also put Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese universities higher on the scale.) Do you want to attend language courses only or you are also planning to pursue bachelor/master studies? If you're focusing on learning the language only, then just forget about the overall national/global ranking of the universities - their general academic ranking has zero correlation with the level of their Chinese language courses. The big 3, namely Tsinghua, BLCU and BeiDa already have a great influence over the Chinese language teaching as all universities with Confucius Institutes use their crappy textbooks in their courses - therefore, in terms of the source material, you won't be at a "disadvantage" if you attend other courses. It really doesn't matter where you attend classes - you definitely learn the basics there and can get a high-level guidance from your teachers but I'd say that classroom Chinese is less relevant for your language capabilities once you hit the intermediate level. Some random thoughts for choosing a uni: - If you did not make it for a top university at your home country, but you want to get a feeling of how does it feel like to attend a claimed-to-be prestigious uni that you can put on your CV, then go for Tsinghua or Beida. Chances are high that no one would know about these unis in your home country outside of Chinese or people familiar with China. I always get the CVs of applicants with educational background in Asia from our local HR, asking for advice, so my personal experience is that you won't be treated too well outside China just because you have a "famous" Chinese uni on your CV. - I would go for a university that offers classes with a maximum of 8 students. I know that it is not realistic at the beginner level (where it would be the most important to have small classes) but pretty OK at the mid-intermediate levels if you go to a less popular university. I attended a small city's uni, and 中一 had 12 students, 中二 had 8 and 高级 had 6. It was a perfect setting for classroom teaching, even though the material was not too entertaining. I would also aim for a uni that offers Comprehensive Chinese, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Grammar classes seperately. Many programs lack a Grammar course, however Grammar classes were the most useful for me, clarifying many vague grammar points. - It depends on your own self-discipline, but it's advantegous to go to a city/university with the least English-speaking and native-language speaking students. Less distraction on your way to immersion. Of course, you can avoid these distractions but it's harder. Also, top universities have more Chinese students who would like to polish their English skills on foreigners - if your Chinese is not high-level enough, they will automatically speak to you in English, and it will be hard to convert the discussions with them to Chinese. I would avoid Chinese "top" unis due to this, but there can be some positive examples (like ChTTay's). I couldn't speak in Chinese with any of the Tsinghua students participating in my home uni's CEMS exchange program even though they were perfectly aware that my Chinese is just as good as their English. But maybe I had tough luck with them. - What is the reason that makes you to stick to Beijing? There are a lot more good places to learn Chinese in the Middle Kingdom. I would consider Xian, Qingdao, Nanjing and Hangzhou at least, if you want to study in city with good Chinese/international vibes.
  11. "Another thought that springs to mind: in the 落款 you wouldn't usually use 寫於, but much more commonly 書於 so that might be additional info to consider too." But not in this particular context. See the links in my previous posts and Google 珠山八友. You'll find that this set of Jingdezhen artists very commonly -- though not always -- used 寫於珠山.
  12. hopefully this settles things; according to my teacher 程立雪 (a student of the well known contemporary calligraphy master 魯大東), the character is 畫. Another thought that springs to mind: in the 落款 you wouldn't usually use 寫於, but much more commonly 書於 so that might be additional info to consider too.
  13. Moshen

    Online course for HSK 4?

    Coursera is rolling out an HSK 5 course. That's great news! They're the best. https://www.coursera.org/learn/chinese-for-hsk5 Right now, they have 4 weeks of the course posted and it looks like there's more to come.
  14. ChTTay

    Tsinghua, BLCU or other?

    I enjoyed Tsinghua. Also lots and lots of Chinese students there for you to potentially meet. Much bigger than BLCU and lots of students who don’t give a s#*¥ about learning English. Just join s club or something and make friends around that.
  15. cliveface96

    Tsinghua, BLCU or other?

    I would say don't bother going to a Chinese uni, or any uni based on ranking. Very few people know Chinese universities outside of China either.
  16. XiaoXi

    "Why Singapore is so good at English"

    I really don't think classes are all taught in English in Hong Kong...in fact I find their Mandarin ability seems to typically be better than their English ability (even though they would never admit it) which makes sense since it's so similar to Cantonese in contrast to English. It's not the only language the classes are taught in and poorer areas don't have English medium. India has a fair few poor areas so that would take it down a fair few notches. 'Some' and 'all' can make a huge difference, especially with a population as large as India.
  17. XiaoXi

    British English: "not any longer"

    I use different words to my brother, does that mean we speak different dialects? As far as I know Australians don't use different spelling or grammar. Not sure what they pronounce that differently, I think that just comes under accent. In any case, in your wiki link it says "Within a given English-speaking country, there will often be a form of the language considered to be Standard English". I think that's what I was referring to. Regardless of who's teaching an English class in some country, the textbook he uses is gonna be some kind of TOEFL or IELTS oriented book. It's not gonna be "Och aye me laddie English 101" or "Eddie Murphy's Advanced Grammar Book A" or "Matthew McConaughey's South American Unintelligible Drawl Pronunciation Course" etc. Dialects are only normally studied if specifically needed. Like you might want to learn the Liverpool accent for a part in a tv show or something.
  18. Alex_Hart

    Mental Health in China

    I'm not sure. I've never really looked into this so maybe somebody else can provide a better answer. Western news agencies (like the above linked Economist article) often stress the terrible conditions for those with psychological issues in China, including dementia/Alzheimers, and I do not doubt it. Based on personal experience with my girlfriend (who has chronic health issues) and the hospitals, I have very low expectations whenever dealing with the Chinese medical system. Considering the stigma that surrounds psychological ailments even in more developed countries, and the poor state of health care especially in rural China, it isn't surprising. You'll likely find a very different awareness of dementia/Alzheimers in Shanghai compared to rural Anhui. This sort of geographical divide is common everywhere in the world but is exasperated in a country as large and newly developed as China. From news reports here in Hangzhou, I would say geriatric care is an area with growing exposure (as it is in other countries), at least more so than other psychological issues. The local government has been stressing the need to take care of your parents and there have been a few campaigns to equate "absent children" (those who work in the city while their parents live in the country) with unfilial behavior. They've also been building hospitals for older people who are suffering from 老年病 (which I take to include Alzheimer's, though I'm not sure). Personally, I don't think my girlfriend's family really understands it - they think it's normal for old people to be forgetful and experience a breakdown in communication.
  19. XiaoXi

    Qingdao or Kunming?

    So you only need heating in January in Kunming? That sounds a hell of a lot better than here in Chengdu. It gets well under 20 degrees indoors long before January here. It certainly doesn't help that the buildings have the huge un-closable windows open letting all the cold and pollution in. They certainly don't have any fondness for fresh air here...well there isn't really any 'fresh air' in most China cities...just heavily polluted air. The best quality air you can get in China is by closing all the windows (which most of the time my pollution app recommends anyway), using an air purifier and turning on the central heating since it won't pump pollution into your house like an air conditioner will.
  20. If you prefer 简体字, there's also a Mainland version of Scientific American, now called 环球科学. https://huanqiukexue.com/
  21. If it makes you feel any better, it’s only a matter of time. I would say I was making mistakes as big as some of these about 5 years ago, and the fact some of those mistakes might be published out there actually haunts me occasionally. Just not enough to find and correct them after so many years.
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  23. You might want to have a read of books that explain how to write in the style of a research paper.
  24. liu.engineer

    Tsinghua, BLCU or other?

    Hey everybody! I've seen that the question has already been asked multiple times but it has been a while so I thought I would ask again and get updated answers! I am know preparing to study Chinese full time in China next year. I had made my decision to take BLCU's intensive class but after a little research I've found out that many complains about their dorms and many don't recommend the intensive course because it is better to spend the extra hours out with Chinese people. Many talks about how many international students there are in BLCU and how big their classes are. Tsinghua on the other hand has higher ranking and is considered one of the best universities in the world. What are your recommendations and for you who have studied at the Chinese program at Tsinghua, how would you describe it? You are also more than welcome to recommend other universities that have long-term programs.
  25. @陳德聰 I imagine I can keep them short. And there's no need to worry, I'm not expecting anyone to give a definitive seal of approval, I will of course take 100% of the responsibility for my own work (I'll be up front if a translation is just practise work or if there's a client involved; I wouldn't expect the latter to come up anytime soon though as I'm by no means ready or fully committed to the field yet). @roddy I will try to keep them focused on specific issues. @889 While I doubt my translations would ever be quite so crucial, I do take this very seriously and prior to this I had shied away from even considering technical translation because of how exact it has to be. That being said, I have dealt with situations where a high degree of accuracy was necessary, albeit in a different field, so I think my disposition is at least not completely unsuitable for such work. I'll have a good crack at it first and see which is the greatest limitation, my skill or my interest. @imron You are correct of course. It's been a day or two and I feel much better about it. I'm now collecting articles from the Taiwanese translations of Scientific American to eventually see how my translations measure up to the English originals. Even if I don't become a translator this process will definitely help me improve my vocabulary and reading ability, so it's not without its benefits.
  26. Thanks! I'm not entirely sure what "shadowing" means. From searching online some people seem to suggest it means "listening and speaking at the same time" (exactly the same time), whereas others say it means "listening and repeating [afterwards]". Any views on this? Anyway I've been diving into the sample HSKK audio files I have, looping and repeating using Audacity, and I'm realising most of the sample sentences are not as long as I feared. Vocab is still an issue though, so I'm still focusing on that.
  27. mungouk

    Mental Health in China

    Very interesting @Alex_Hart... is the concept of dementia/alzheimers well understood in China?
  28. I was chatting with my teacher in Shanghai today about 双11. She was very pleased to be able to buy lots of cheap clothes online for her young daughter, who's growing very quickly. Today is also the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.... major cognitive dissonance between East and West here... consumer-frenzy versus solemn remembrance. Not trying to claim any moral high-ground here, just finding it odd to process the two different things happening on the same day. Anyone else?
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