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  2. It reads 乾隆 but that's all I'll say!
  3. 大块头

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    I'm surprised Mike hasn't activated his network of moles in the Ministry of Education. In terms of frequency of occurrence, words on the HSK 2.0 and HSK 3.0 五级 vocabulary lists are well before any point of diminishing returns. You haven't wasted any time.
  4. mungouk

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    I'm just a student and test-taker... If I had serious financial interest in this then I'd be emailing and WeChatting everyone I could think of. ...and what I really want to know is: Have I wasted the last 9 months of my life drilling the first half of the HSK 5 vocab like crazy, with the aim of doing that exam in the next 9 months, or do I need to seriously reset what I've been doing and start again? Meanwhile if anyone wants to hire me as a consultant or investigative journalist, PM me... 😀
  5. Greetings all, Similar to prior posts, I have an ivory urn that has a reign mark on it and I'm curious as to what the mark is. I know, I know, many will say this is fake. I don't really think it's fake because of its discoloration but anyway, I'd still like to know if anyone can place the marking specifically. I'm not sure which way is right side up, so two images are here, as well as urn in its entirety. Thank you all for your expertise. Maria urn mark 2.pdf urn mark 1.pdf urn 3.pdf urn 4.pdf urn 5.pdf urn 6.pdf
  6. mikelove

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    Honestly I was like a week away from releasing a minor Pleco update with an experimental set of "HSK 3.0" flashcards built-in, so I'm relieved we found this out now instead of in July 🙂 (can already get them on our discussion forums, but it would probably be a bad idea to build them into our app if we don't know if/when they're actually going to be on an HSK exam)
  7. mungouk

    Site upgrade!

    Since the last 2-3 days I'm once again seeing those time-outs resulting in the cloudflare error page. Only when posting, not editing. When I go back I find the post was successful, but it didn't look like it at the time. (Possibly the cause of some recent double/quadruple postings?)
  8. mungouk

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    Yep. When they came out with that announcement on 31 March they really needed to have everything ready to go, or at the very least a briefing for CIs/test centres and a FAQ for students and exam candidates. In reality it seems like almost all stakeholders outside of CELC, CTI and MOE haven't the first clue about what's going on.
  9. 大块头

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    They sure have done a spectacularly poor job of communicating how and when these changes will be made.
  10. Back to filler words... 说老师 just posted a nice video on "How to start, continue and end conversations" on her youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xbazdiC_zo
  11. madizi

    Chinese Sci-fi movies

    Thanks. According to IMDB, 三体 is now in post-production. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4547948/
  12. realmayo

    What are you reading?

    I liked both parts of 兄弟 equally, I think it's my favourite 余华 novel (Lord of the Rings compared to 活着's Hobbit? ) and am rereading it now - currently half way though the second part. But I did have to skip a few pages of part one because I remembered how awful they were to read. Definitely!
  13. I learnt this and noted down as sincere, authentic, really, truly..when i was reading might be sincere suited as per context, just noted the 4 meanings. Dictionary mentioned honest also. Sincere and honest are similar. Thanks for these 3 great suggestions and explanation.
  14. I think video contributes valuable information to any interaction, language lessons being no exception (as long as it doesn't reduce audio quality because of poor connection). For example, your teacher can tell if your silence is because you are trying to think of what to say rather than because you are waiting for your teacher to speak. I would also like to make the argument that video is important because it allows you to pay attention to how native speakers use their mouths to produce sounds, there physical mannerisms that accompany speech, etc, but honestly in practice the vid
  15. imron

    What are you reading?

    The second half of 兄弟 is really good (much better than the first), but you won’t appreciate the second half unless you read the first half.
  16. mungouk

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    I just got an email reply from chinesetest.cn:
  17. 诚 is the character I was referring to (single character definitions can be a little weird in Chinese sometimes). For your next question, I have had that problem often. Usually it's because as a beginner I didn't know many characters, so each one was relatively unique, but as I learned more, there were more similar characters in my mind which makes it easier to confuse them. I usually have a few steps to remedy the issue. 1) Try to make sense of the character as much as possible. Perhaps there are now insights available to you that weren't available when you first lea
  18. matteo

    What are you reading?

    I am slowly progressing through 兄弟. I really enjoyed the beginning which I thought was quite interesting and even humorous, but I now hit a point that is incredibly sad. I don't hold myself to be an overly sensitive reader but reading day after day of such violence and callousness is really depressing - maybe it's the times? Anyways that's slowing me down considerably cause I often don't feel like reading! it is also a massive book apparently - which I discovered after downloading it - so it's slow going in percentage as well.
  19. I learnt what this character 扁 means and entered into Anki. forgot it when reviewing Anki. https://youtu.be/Lrt7mzMBO5c watched this video and hope this will help in retaining it. Can you share your exp with some other characters which you forgot and how it worked later to retain it permanently? thanks
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  21. imron

    What are you reading?

    This is one of the main reasons I recommend choosing content at the appropriate level and reading easier things first. The confidence gains far outweigh the marginal vocab gains from studying something more difficult (I say marginal because you’ll still be learning plenty of vocabulary from easier novels, and you’ll be able yo digest it more easily too).
  22. Aile

    What are you reading?

    Finished today, it was generally lucid and understandable to me but I've taken 文言文 classes before so the more formal sentence patterns weren't a massive problem. I looked up 650 words throughout, which were mostly chengyu, Buddhist and other religious terms (hard to learn and remember as they tend to be phonetic loans or calques from Sanskrit) and some Japan-specific vocabulary (木屐,艺妓,尺八 etc) which I'd never encountered before. The hardest passages were the ones involving lots of Japanese place names, as these don't stick out to me as toponyms very readily. Overall I would recommend it as an a
  23. This is 香菜。It is widely found in China, fresh and inexpensive. Used in many dishes. It is not very productive to debate various names for cooking ingredients since there is a great deal of regional variation (in Chinese as well as in English.) In English, I'm accustomed to this being called Cilantro, but in other English-speaking parts of the world it is also referred to as Fresh Coriander or Coriander Leaves. I agree with @mungoukthat it might not be worthwhile to insist on too m
  24. PerpetualChange

    What are you reading?

    I am absolute breezing through 许三观卖血记. On page 100 and every word lookup has been just out of curiosity and not really necessary for me to follow the story. I'm sure this will be fleeting when I start my next novel but the confidence boost is nice after kinda forcing myself to finish a Wang Dulu novel earlier.
  25. ZhuoMing

    What are you reading?

    This is actually very encouraging. To be honest I think my vocabulary level is probably a bit higher than yours was when you began the series, so if you did it then I should be able to too. I am now at about 40 pages in and am not finding it to be too hard to keep going. I am doing a fair amount of pleco lookups every page (usually somewhere between 2 and 10), but that is totally normal for me when starting a new book or author, and the story is plenty interesting enough to keep me going even when it might take up to 10 minutes to get through some of the more difficult pages.
  26. dfsghfts

    Chinese Sci-fi movies

    the wandering earth 2019 is a good movie I think, or at least is not a bad one It looks like armagedon or any 90's american sci-fi movie but with chinese flags everywhere
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