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  2. I am from Southeast Asia, Singapore to be precise! I actually studied Chinese as my "Mother Tongue" (technically I should have 2 Native Languages and be fluently bilingual) in school from when I was 7 till about 18 haha. I can have decent conversations in Chinese, order stuff at restaurants etc. but I barely ever use Chinese in Singapore, so my speech is admittedly stunted from lack of use. I would say my main problem is reading and writing, my speech is at a pretty high level (and I've been told by Chinese friends that I sound Taiwanese for some reason) but my reading and writing is maybe at 小学 level lol. My parents, grandparents were all born in SE Asia as well, I have no living relatives that I know of still in China. So I'm basically as good as 老外 😂
  3. I’m here because I have the same question. I’m applying to CSC type B and wondering how the selection works if ai get nominated by multiple universities. Bboy1987, do you know the answer now that you have applied?
  4. Friday

    Which Chinese dishes were an acquired taste for you?

    Dongporou (东坡肉). Its just a giant piece of fat in 3 cubic inch piece, right? How can they call it meat? Also all of the many cold meat dishes took me getting used to, cold mutton, cold rabbit, cold chicken, etc.
  5. I can't check out your link so may be way off base here but you do see both capital and labour sort of personified in discussions of industrial relations etc., is it something along those lines? e.g.in the 勞資關係 Ms. X is labour and Mr. Y is capital.
  6. Dlezcano

    Which Chinese dishes were an acquired taste for you?

    麻辣燙,茶葉蛋,松花蛋. Still can't get used to 鹹鴨蛋.
  7. Yesterday
  8. Disclaimer: I'm not a 豆浆 connoisseur and I don't cook, but the following link talks about the machine she (emigrated from Beijing to the States) bought (Amazon, supposedly a Chinese brand) and has a recipe: https://omnivorescookbook.com/homemade-soy-milk/
  9. Leslie Frank

    Killing Three Generals Using Two Peaches二桃杀三士

    Maybe I'm romanticizing what generals do, because if they were generals worth their salt, they would also be good in strategy, anticipating enemy tactics, knowing you can't trust anybody and should've seen through the ruse (I probably watch too much drama). If they weren't able to do even this much, then 活该的.
  10. It might be...I never made the connection between the two.
  11. Learn something new everyday... had to look up "uncanny valley" Like I said earlier, I get that ppl will have different responses to my... creations (the responses that you and @Flickserve have makes me think of Mary Shelley's masterpiece, of which I'm not worthy, of course). I guess I have a skewed outlook of things but that's ok because that's life. Different things are brought to the table, that come to light, and like how some ppl like or dislike certain foods, Mommy speaks Canto and Mando will either be a turn off to some but not to others. To expand on my reply to @Balthazar, I started all of this (podcast first, then videos to stem the request for transcripts) to help me with my work. As an ABC, I'll never be on par with native speakers but because of the similarities in the discussions I have with my clients, they sometimes can't tell the difference, mostly because I'm OCDish in my need to prep for work. I always tell language learners that a great way to practice the target language is to start your own podcast or video channel because unless you don't care if you sound like crap, you'll do the research (whether it's just extensive online research or reaching out to native speakers) to string words into meaningful sentences and practice, practice, practice, practice, practice, and more of that... to enunciate decently. This thread started out with what learning videos ppl liked. At the time I was searching for videos to help me with my work, there weren't any that talked much about health and medical matters. Yeah, you can find a few about colds, not feeling well, going to the pharmacy, etc., but those were mostly one-offs. So I had to do the research on my own, and as I was going along, I decided to share some of what I found. The podcast wasn't too difficult--just find a music track, write the script, record, then upload. The video took some time though. I also have a background in design, so I didn't want to just do the typical recording of myself yakking away, or interview ppl. I could certainly go those routes but I didn't. I had to have some background that I thought would be aesthetically interesting. The app I used needed a green screen which I didn't have so after messing around with the app I made it work but with the result of a ghost-like effect over the background. Pre COVID-19, I used to take Mom out everywhere and took lotsa pics of her. So I figured, dang, I might as well organize some of her pics in video form. Mom's dementia is too advanced for her to string meaningful sentences together, ergo the app that allows me to speak through mom's pics. (This is on top of the earlier mention of putting the spotlight on older folks.) I might change aspects of future videos to make them more "palatable," but for the time being I'm making them for my needs and if some folks--however few who can stomach it, or who actually enjoy them--feel it's useful to them, then that's great; one thing for sure is that I'm gonna try to make them shorter cuz iMovie is not robust enough for the long videos, plus it will keep my sanity longer with shorter videos. Apologies for this long response...
  12. Anki is just an electronic pen & paper. Nothing more, nothing less. How do you expect to acquire vocabulary without drilling it? Only kids can actually learn by osmosis, but once they learn how to read and write they still have to drill, drill, drill... It doesn't matter whether we are talking about frequency lists or pulled-from-media words, with most of them you'll have to do rote memorisation for them to stick. SRS is just the most convenient way to do that. Yeah, no. The internet is so distracting nowadays that only the most interesting stuff sticks to our short attention spans, it doesn't matter if it's free or not (and Amazon already offers that preview functionality regardless). Go on Reddit and check the Chinese Learning and other Language learning communities. Every day there's a post from someone claiming that they have unearthed the best way to learn Chinese or that they have designed the most efficient app. Count the upvotes and check the actual engagement: zero, nothing of value. You know what works? Cuties, sob stories and circle-jerking, not actual language-learning. Maybe if you are lucky you get the casual beginner who is in the "just-started-learning" high and is bookmarking all available resources like crazy, but then again that's not your target, is it? Yeah, I agree with you... but that's how it is. Do you want to be someone that published a book and then got pulled-in on all that bullshit (if it actually, ever happens) or do you want to be someone that didn't publish anything at all? It's not a bad mindset to plan for the worst outcomes, but that shouldn't stop you from living life... besides, we are not talking about the kind of juicy legal dispute a Chinese scammer would embark in to make millions, right? That's actually the most positive thing out from this whole endeavour, and I am glad your hard-work has paid off for you! You can always create a free blog with all those resources and live off from advertising and partnerships, you'll probably make more money out of it and, not so ironically in 2021, you'll reach more people than the other way around. Really, talk to your friend, talk to the publisher, send your copy to literary agents and publishing houses. If they have a mailbox, do spam them. If it's worth it, they'll get back to you. If it doesn't work, self-publish. If that doesn't work either, go the free route. And print your books for your family members regardless, they'll appreciate your work more than anyone else!
  13. Isn't it so-called Plum Sauce 苏梅酱, the same thing you smear on pancakes with Peking Duck?
  14. As someone who does use Anki for study...been using SRS for 8 years, I still see the value of studying in textbooks. Heisig was popular. I see my product as serving the same purpose, but for more advanced students, and not just 3 volumes but 20. I see SRS as a great tool for maintaining knowledge, but I don't see Anki as the most efficient tool for acquiring new vocabulary. I wasn't thinking of paying for ads, but if I can find every community of on-line learners, post a post and sample pages of my book here and there, I think a large portion of my potential readership will see it, then it can move its way up the rankings in Amazon if it is worthy of that. If not, it will disappear and just be my own tool...since I've found it has boosted my own vocabulary, the value to myself has already been found. Only serious students are going to be interested in these books...and serious language students have a minimum number of sites to hang out in to learn how to actually learn. My concern for Chinese publishers, having lived in China for years, is I've learned that foreigners will always be outsiders. When it comes to a legal dispute, non-Chinese will nearly always loose in a legal battle with a Chinese citizen. Though I know someone who works in a Chinese publishing company, focused on producing material for education, and trust them, I still am not inclined to trust the company they work for.
  15. xinoxanu

    Which Chinese dishes were an acquired taste for you?

    I am totally salivating over here and I've already had my supper. @abcdefg, fantastic description of how hotpot works. You should really write about food! 🤤
  16. Can I be nosey and ask which country you are applying from? From what I have seen, people in Africa and South Asia tend to apply for the scholarship. There are fewer applications from people in western countries. As a person that looks Chinese and can speak Mandarin at intermediate level plus with a Guangdong/Hong Kong accent, I would advise you to improve your Chinese to an advanced level in terms of listening and speaking (that's assuming you get to go to China after winning the scholarship). When I was in Shanghai, I was assumed to be Chinese when people did not know my background. If you are ethnically Chinese, then the expectation is that you speak Mandarin Chinese to an advanced level or even native level in the Mainland. My get out 'excuse' was that my parents were born somewhere in SE Asia when local Chinese people wondered why my Chinese was not at native level 😆 Other Asians that look Chinese such as Japanese people or Koreans can get away with not speaking Chinese at an advanced level. Ethnically Chinese people cannot really.. except for Hong Kongers who are known for having poor Mandarin speaking skills 😆 All the overseas Chinese (华裔) people in SJTU that I was hanging out with last year had advanced level Mandarin.. they were in the highest Chinese language class.. 高三!They made the most of their time in Shanghai by going to restaurants that had Chinese only menus and speaking in Mandarin only to locals.
  17. Are you talking about actual, real ads? Or the "I am an aspiring rapper, please check my YouTube channel to help me grow" kind? Anki? Skritter? Pleco? Why a textbook when SRS systems are the best solution for that? Are we perhaps talking about learning vocabulary by exploring specific situations, as in conversations, newspapers scraps and whatnot? But then again, an intermediate learner is already reading books and consuming native media and extracting vocabulary from them. Ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. So many people would kill for a contact like that so they wouldn't have to resort to what Roddy mentioned above with self-publishing. I wouldn't worry so much about trusting a Chinese publisher if you still haven't got through the door and had your product professionally evaluated. Sure, they rejected Rowling's manuscript more than once and Harry Potter turned out to be amazing, but at least get a free review from a publisher on whether your product is marketable. Start planning from then on. Also, what's so bad about Chinese publishers? I don't get the hate. I don't particularly like the person that cuts my hair but they do a good job regardless and I don't have a better alternative. Is self-publishing on Amazon better for your? It took forever for AllSetLearning to release their Chinese Grammar Wiki BOOKs on Amazon and they only did so after building the most comprehensive grammar website out there, for free and after many hours of hard-work... newcomers are not really welcome anywhere, sadly. They perhaps will, but they probably won't care if they are already settled on an app routine and use proven-to-work textbooks such as the HSK ones or Road to Success ones... if they need them at all, because the last thing an intermediate Chinese learner needs is an actual textbook. Textbooks are the pinyin of native content, and the only thing one should keep drilling at that point is vocabulary (taken from actual native content), pronunciation and native-sounding like structures. I am aware that right now I am the biggest ass on site, but I've had crazy ideas like these in the past and I am lucky that someone was harsh with me so I'd think things through. I also know first hand about the frustrations of being a writer, so it's better to get smacked on the head as soon as possible. It goes without saying that I don't really get what kind of product are you trying to put out, how is that beneficial to intermediate learners and what's your endgame... so I think we all really need more information.
  18. I'd like to eat Chinese-style doujiang, but no longer live in China.I had some that came in a powder, a bit like a cocoa pouch, that was quite good, but that is a pricey way to buy ($1 per drink) from the importer. There are machines that make doujiang, but I found also other countries have varieties of doujiang and I don't want to end up with a machine producing Japanese or Korean-style. Reviewers on Amazon don't tend to specify the type, they might not even know what Chinese-style doujiang tastes like, as they might expect some other national variety. Has anyone found a machine or method for producing doujiang that matches the kinds found in Chinese restaurants?
  19. Not currently unfortunately.
  20. Yanghe Dawang (永和大王) serves a breakfast called "蛋饼油条套餐" that comprises youtiao wrapped in an omelet. Inside is some purple-brown sweet sauce. They also provide this sauce in a small saucer if you order the youtiao separate. Does anyone know the name of the sauce? Is there any manufacture selling a similar product off-the-shelf?
  21. You need to go to each university website and see what accommodation is on offer. When I was at SJTU Xuhui campus, the two dorms for international students had single (private bathroom) and double rooms (two people living in one room sharing one bathroom). Single rooms are just over twice the price of double rooms. When I looked at Fudan, their dorms were something like one person having their own room but sharing a bathroom with another person.
  22. I've just been focused so far about having a product that is done. And now I'm really close to that. The first book is less than a few weeks away from being done, by that I mean I'll be thoroughly proofreading it and product testing it on students to see what issues they have. The second in the series might need a few weeks after that one is done. Then the next 20 books in the series can possibly come out in the summer. My belief is, if it is on Amazon, and I advertise it on places like here, Reddit, or where ever else people are, people will start buying it. If it proves a product people like, it will gain popularity in Amazon and grow by word of mouth. Also, I think it is hard for Chinese students not to notice a series of 20 books aimed at intermediate students, because so few intermediate study resources exist. But I guess I will look into seeing what options exist for publishing. I do know someone who writes books for a Chinese publisher; just I'm weary of trusting a Chinese publisher. I just notice groups like Tuttle only sell to the US audience, I've never seen their books on Chinese bookshelves. Is Purple Culture a publisher or just a distributor?
  23. The options for graded readers has been growing steadily. When I first started learning Chinese, there were just a few options. Now there are series like Chinese Breeze and Mandarin Companion Reader series, among others, so lots to choose from. I'm curious though, what additional kind of stories would you like to see on the market? Do you prefer heavily abridged novels with ~60-100 pages like the aforementioned series, or would you prefer completely unabridged, 200-300 page novels, though with simplified language reduced to x characters? Do you prefer translations of existing Western classics? Chinese classics? Or completely original stories? Any particular genre?
  24. Was thinking that too. I have no idea what backing you have, or what business model you have prepared. Have you considered and actioned all these things? Who have you sought advice off?
  25. If you can do the marketing, by all means self-publish. But self-publishing without marketing is basically throwing your book down a well and hoping there's a frog down there who'll read it and mention it on his podcast. There are small publishers and sites that might be worth looking at - Tuttle, Purple Culture.
  26. Kanumo, the first in my series is workbooks focused on helping students learn more vocabulary. I've started work on some graded readers too, but they are considerably further away from being ready to publish.
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