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  2. Publius

    Chinese electronic music

    I like her 左手指月. Didn't find it here so I'll just post it. https://youtu.be/AbiMe64zeGM https://haokan.baidu.com/v?vid=13456644444390000212 (MV) EDIT: Oops, didn't realize the topic was electronic music. Can someone please move it to Chinese song of the day perhaps? Thanks
  3. If you want to be a guinea pig, then you could also try this experimental 30,000-card Anki deck I put together.
  4. The final few days to enter this writing contest. 21 good submissions are published so far. Read them here https://www.mslmaster.com/index.php/8-contest/196-chinese-writing-contest
  5. Singe

    Why Kunming

    To be honest, I wished you'd posted more - I love reading your posts on Kunming. One place I've never been to is Kunming and, having just sold my business and don't have kids at home anymore, I can't wait to head that way. I've got the potential of a bit of volunteer work in remote Yunnan and it looks so enticing and appealing. However, now we have extended travel restrictions, I'm not sure when I'll get the chance. For the last 18 months, NZers who head overseas are finding it impossible to get back in the country due to restrictions so it's just not worth the risk. What's your take on when you'll get back to Kunming?
  6. coffeepresto

    HSK 5 - Tips for Study?

    Hi there, I passed HSK 5 last May with a score of 232. Here are a few of my thoughts, which I hope will be of help to you: Focus on your strength(s) and hone in on it/them. My strengths were listening and sentence arranging. Instead of just taking those strengths for granted, I practiced them more to get a higher score in those sections. (I got a 93% on listening; I think the only ones I missed were when I spaced out due to crushing test anxiety, which I admit I struggle with.) I also reflected on what led me to feel confident in those areas; that way, I could devise a strategy to deal with weaker areas. Read widely, beyond the scope of HSK 5 books. Truthfully, I only studied half of the first of HSK 5 标准课程 before taking the test; most of my vocabulary comes from tackling texts meant for native speakers. Even if it seems too hard, I suggest finding content that interests you and just diving in, with the aid of Pleco’s document reader. I like to read magazines like 意林 and 青年文摘, as well as children’s books. Brush up on your Chinese history and chengyu. Like RedInkstone pointed out, there will definitely be texts on historical figures/kingdoms, literary icons, or some other cultural cornerstone. In hindsight, not knowing enough cost me points on the Reading section. Meanwhile, chengyu and non-chengyu expressions are sprinkled liberally, so try to learn some. You could buy a children’s book that teaches chengyu. I didn’t practice anything for the writing section at all; consequently, I scored at a staggering HSK 3-level on that section. I immediately sought to rectify that by working with teachers on iTalki. I’ve been writing an essay a week, and it’s really helped. If writing is a challenge, you could try to develop a writing habit and have a teacher correct your work. I also think markpete’s strategy of memorizing standard phrases is useful; when I attempt HSK 6, I’ll be sure to do that. Hope that this helps you. Good luck!
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  8. This gem showed up in my SRS flashcard review today, and I think it's so fun: 火炎焱燚 Meaning: "Hot (i.e. popular). Emphatic form of 火. (neologism c. 2016)"
  9. phills

    What are you reading?

    I've thinking of trying Japanese books translated into Chinese, but haven't settled on one yet. I was looking at 1Q84 by Murakami, but I'm concerned it might be too literary / heavy. Or Ishiguro's Never Let me Go, but that's actually an originally English language book (so there's no real reason for me to read a translation). I'll add Higashino as a candidate, especially since he's popular in China, which I assume means his translations are good. In terms of translated works, another one I was thinking of reading is the Witcher, 猎魔人. I played the game and considered reading his novels (originally in Polish), but never got around to it. Now it can double as language training
  10. The first seal, though I'm not sure, looks like 景濤.
  11. This should be interesting for those who are interested in sentence mining. “With iPadOS 15, powerful new ML features include Live Text, which uses on-device intelligence to recognize text in photos that users can take action on, and even translates text from photos into seven different languages.” https://www.apple.com/hk/en/newsroom/2021/09/apple-unveils-new-ipad-mini-with-breakthrough-performance-in-stunning-new-design/
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  13. As far as I know taiwan universities distribute bursaries/scholarships / stipends randomly. while I am not sure for the case in china ,this might depend on where you were coming from. I know that chinese universities accept overseas students from our countries under 35 for master applications and under 40 for PhD's. you may check some contexts from this link: https://www.campuschina.org/content/details3_74777.html exceptional (and personal) information: I am sure that "learning" and / or obtaining knowledge is our natural right and necessity. None can limit "learning" to any quantity of age. Though, some bad approaches ensures people to dogmatically limit it. The thing I first impose to my students is ,to ensure them feel "free/relax", "strong" and "believe to success" how and why? they should first believe before everything. they are my students and valuable for me.
  14. I've also recently started to write by hand. I didn't intend on doing, but I found that by doing it, makes my reading better of hand-written Chinese. Also, I found I enjoy it, but like you, I am finding it helps with reinforcing my memory of characters. You probably know a decent channel, but if not, I like this channel. She puts up new characters every day, and has lots of good playlists for different hand-writing https://www.youtube.com/c/ChineseHandwriting
  15. Yeah here. The only problem with that is it might be too much text. Or perhaps a separate list of the English equivalents with links to the chengyu. It doesn't so much matter now with 100+ entries, but when you have potentially thousands, then it will be easier to see what viewers might be looking for. e.g. Let's say I am practising conversation online as I do now... I might think now would be a good time to use say 'Every cloud has a silver lining', and viewers can look directly for that, and try the chinese version.
  16. roddy

    Impromptu Wong Kar-Wai festival

    Cameo has a couple of extra dates for In the Mood for Love, if anyone in Edinburgh failed to catch it.
  17. This Anki deck has all the grammar examples from ChineseGrammarWiki, organised by HSK level 1-6. It's in a "re-arrange the tiles" format but you could maybe adapt it to do cloze questions instead. Chinese Grammar (汉语 语法) HSK1 - HSK 6 https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/797518833
  18. https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O152218/dish-li-sheng/ 👍 thank you once again!
  19. 1. Yes, the Beijing dialect is the basis for the standardized language, and Northeastern Chinese (Dongbeihua) is very close to it, but so are many of the other dialects of northern China. 2. I don't know if people from the Northeast look down on people who don't speak Dongbeihua. But generally dialects have a lower status than Standard Chinese. 3. As for Sichuanese and Shanghainese, the opposite may be true. Sichuanese is a form of Southwestern Mandarin (kind of like Standard Mandarin with a lot of changes to the phonology (tones and pronunciation), vocabulary, and even grammar), while Shanghainese is a form of Wu Chinese that has low mutual intelligibility with Mandarin.
  20. I have used Adobe Scan and Microsoft Lens before, and also a Chinese app called 白描. They should be able to do OCR on non-text PDF files, which is basically a set of pictures bundled together. I no longer have the apps on my phone, but as far as I can remember the results were pretty good, especially 白描.
  21. phills


    I had to look up a picture on wikipedia. Ah 清香的樟树, 绿色的叶子, 在风中飘动... (my attempt at waxing poetic by mimicking the author's descriptions and I'm not even sure I got it grammatically correct )
  22. EnergyReaper

    any good TV series recently?

    You can try ixigua.com or bilibili.com
  23. Michaelyus

    Weifang dialect

    Nice; thanks! As it turns out, 可以的以 (which is historically a 上声 character) is also spoken with a high level tone (Chao tone numbers 55 or 44) across all of Jinan, Weifang and Qingdao, so the fact that your 一 sounds high rather than low, like 以, places your family to the east of this border, a speaker of 膠遼官話/胶辽官话 Jiao-Liao Mandarin. On the other hand, 外衣的衣 is recorded as low (213/324/214) in Jinan, Weifang and Qingdao. The four tones of [eight middle-aged] Weifanghua speakers, from a 2017 paper, listed in the order of Standard Mandarin tones (and corresponding to the relevant tone categories in Middle Chinese 阴平、阳平、上、去): 1. low fall-rising 2. high falling 3. high level 4. mid-to-low falling Being aware of tone sandhi may also help, even if it's just as simple as "I heard 外衣 pronounced with these pitches, but that doesn't mean 衣服 is going to be pronounced with the same pitch on 衣".
  24. Team “I just went home for the 2019/2020 semester break and got stuck outside of China” reporting for duty! I am just lucky that my best friend and flatmate is of Chinese descent and her family went to our place (though we were studying in the north and they live in the south), picked up all of our stuff and got the guys at 我爱我家 to terminate our contract early. We are both eagerly waiting for the day we can go back and at least spend some time there, see her family again, eat good food and pick up our stuff. Our uni handled the who Situation rather poorly, telling students to “just go to their respective home countries for one to two months until the situation is over”. One girl I know now works a part time job here in Europe just to cover the cost of her rent in China, despite not being there for 1.5 years now.
  25. We just released a big update to the dictionary yesterday! This update adds about 380 new characters, plus 60+ new Expert entries, bringing the total to over 3000 characters with 250 Expert entries. If you have the dictionary, you should get the update automatically, or you can go to Pleco's Menu > Add-ons > Updated. If you don't have the dictionary yet, you can get it here: https://www.outlier-linguistics.com/products/outlier-dictionary-of-chinese-characters Here's the list of new Expert entries for those interested: Simplified: 一老适丂者包万合三上下而戎尔气帚鸟生大然户夺爻所升乌歌青何教孝非你学火灬山年智窃云五斗林犬辶麻於今燕受这飞𣏟知哥雨自可 Traditional: 一老丂者包合三上下而戎气這帚生氣大萬戶然爻爾所升歌青何教孝非號你適奪火灬山年學智云五斗林犬辶麻於麼今竊烏燕受飛𣏟鳥知哥雨自可雲出 There's some really interesting stuff in there. Here's a screenshot of the Expert entry for 智:
  26. Are there any Chongqing dialect dictionaries (specifically for Chongqing, not Sichuanese in general), and where can you get them, preferably online?
  27. Hasan

    Double Legalisation Process for Masters Degree

    I did googled and contacted them for quotes. One of them is charging approx 3000 rmb per document while other is charging 800$ per document which is relatively much higher than doing it through a friend
  28. Cannot give you a scholarly answer. But when shopping for a stove in Kunming or, later on, calling the seller or manufacturer for repairs, my native-speaker friends and I referred to a gas stove (cook top only, no oven) as 炉灶 and an electric stove as 电灶。I had several of each over the years that I lived there. The people on the other end of the conversation, namely the sellers or the repair shop staff, used those same terms. (On the phone and face to face.) This is not to say that some other terms might exist, or that usage might be different in other parts of China. I've also heard 灶台 used to refer generally to a cooktop or range. The term doesn't imply gas or electric; seems to be used for either. Bear in mind that the vocabulary also must fit rural cooking arrangements, such as this (fueled by wood.) I've usually heard these called 灶台。
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