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  2. Its not on the list from the link I posted. In the "type test sites" part, select "select all" so you can see the whole list of USA test centres. HSKK is done on a computer.. HSK can be done using paper or computer (internet-based test).
  3. There is a resource I cannot classify: Dushu A chinese files reader (epub, txt, copy&paste) / dictionary / flashcards tool / selective pinyin converter / difficulty analyzer / list of words downloader and so on... It is an useful tool for improve reading ability. Pro version, paying once: a small amount for a professional app. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.trescher.dushu
  4. If someone uses Anki for Android, there's an app for Anki-->Inkstone files migration https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lonlazer.anki2inkstone
  5. Zbigniew

    How to buy a traditional Flying Pigeon bike

    I couldn't tell you what diameter tyres they typically have, but I'm certain the rims in most cases will accept commonly available bike tyres. There's some useful info here on tyre sizing, which on paper is a rather complex business, but in practice less so. The tyres you saw in China running at low pressure were almost certainly at low pressure only because the owners had neglected to pump them up. Not keeping tyres inflated to recommended pressures is the norm among bike users the world over. Many of the bike-owning university students I know in the UK don't even own a pump, and are content never to oil their chains or anything else, on the principle (followed by many Chinese bike owners too) that the squeak is cheaper than the oil. The question of what pressure to run your tyres at is the subject of much debate at the moment, but there are some general guidelines that still hold good.
  6. TheBigZaboon

    One Small Step Forward For Man, One Giant Leap For Civilisation

    泡泡糖 I think are the first three characters, with the little repeat sign as the second character. The 又 is actually a 不,as you can just make out a little downstroke on the right side, just before the 要, with the character itself just slightly off center. Ten or twelve years ago, during the two years or so leading up to the Olympics, the encouragement in your title first started appearing in urinals in Beijing and Shanghai. I think it was was part of a campaign to improve public manners before the Olympics opened. I'm sure others had seen it before, but it was the first time I had ever seen it in China. But a similar encouragement in a Japanese police station that took applications for driver's licences from foreigners, had wording in English, "Please step up closer, your Honest John is not as long as you think.(Capitals in the original.) TBZ
  7. anonymoose

    One Small Step Forward For Man, One Giant Leap For Civilisation

    I think the additional character is 々 which signifies a repeat of the previous character. In other words, it says 泡泡糖. I can see how you may think the 不 looks like a 又, but I'd say this is pretty standard Chinese handwriting.
  8. Reeves1910

    Ri Yen Gallery???

    Yeah that's what I was thinking my self. I know certain relics and antiques can't even leave the country.
  9. StChris

    This Sofa Is Not For Sitting

    I know how much everyone has been dying to know how the manhole reconstruction near my apartment has been progressing, so here's an update. They removed the old sofa once the cement had set, but it started cracking almost immediately. It has been re-done again, and now a another sofa has been put in place (as well as a couple of chairs for the manhole a bit further back). I really can't imagine where all this old furniture keeps coming from...
  10. mungouk

    Did I do better?

    A half decent smartphone sitting on the table will do a good job if you’re not sitting somewhere very noisy.
  11. Learning Chinese isn't easy and if you want to really improve your reading skills, you need to take every opportunity to practice you get, even when using the toilet. Apart from the ubiquitous 向前一小步,文明一大步 (the title of this blog entry), there is also a handwritten note. I still find messy, handwritten Chinese quite tricky and can't quite make out some of the words here. This is as much as I could read at first: 师哥 泡。。。要吐在小便池里 多谢合作 After a little thought, I'm pretty sure it's saying 泡糖不要吐在小便池里 (don't spit out bubble gum into the urinal), but the 不 looks more like a 又 to me, and there also seems to be a small additional character between 泡 and 糖. Can anybody confirm?
  12. Shelley

    Ri Yen Gallery???

    I would be very surprised if they would sell antiques and relics. They might sell copies but not originals. There seems to be one way traffic at the moment of relics going to china.
  13. Are you able to post a screenshot of what you mean? Also, which version of macOS are you running?
  14. XJLTU has an autumn language class that runs from September to January, the fee is 8,500 RMB. As for BLCU two courses the Chinese Language Programs (one year) and Chinese Preparatory Courses (one year) costing 23200 RMB and 26000 RMB respectively, although I am not really sure what the difference is, anyway @edelweis what is the cost of accommodation like for 1 year in Beijing? I would look into Hangzhou to see if they have a more affordable year long language program.
  15. Flickserve

    Did I do better?

    Now this was very interesting indeed. I attended some lectures in Chinese. I can roughly follow what's going on even though the lecture were in Mandarin. It gets tiring though. I notice my attention with any lecture, whatever language will start to wane after 45 mins. I went around the exhibitors stands talking to the sales people. C'mon, I don't really know Mandarin and only following along but it was cool. I just kept listening and trying to make some comments that made me sound half educated. I needed to get an attendance certificate but the organisers didn't issue one as part of the norm. Using a mixture of Chinese and English, I managed to sort something out. They were really good about it - I presume in China you need a certificate for lots of things so my request, although a bit unusual in terms of a China conference for local Chinese, was fully understood. Next year's conference will be in Shanghai. It will be a good chance to renew some contacts. I think I can be better prepared and have a recorder with microphone on me. Then try to isolate some interesting conversations to decipher later. Sounds a bit strange to do so but with vlogging and filming being popular, I don't think anybody really bats an eyelid.
  16. BLCU is more expensive http://admission.blcu.edu.cn/en/2018/0914/c1218a1860/page.htm 11600 rmb per semester (23200 rmb per year) for ordinary 20 hours per week 19100 rmb per semester for intensive 30 hours per week These are tuition only, not counting the application fee: 600 RMB for a non-degree program and also not counting accommodation (which costs probably more in big cities)
  17. abcdefg

    Keats School, Kunming - A Query

    Yep. Confirmed, pretty much. What happens to me is that the person with whom I am talking starts out trying hard to use standard Putonghua, like they learned in school. They speak slowly and clearly. Easy to understand. Then after a few minutes they sort of forget I'm not their neighbor or cousin. They speed way up and slip into a heavily accented version of standard Chinese sprinkled with plenty of dialect. I have to wave time out and urge them to go back to the way they were talking three minutes ago. This is one way in which professional teachers are better than ordinary folks for language practice. Teachers tend to be able consciously maintain a type of speech suitable for conversing with foreigners or students. Ordinary folks cannot always do that. They unconsciously slip back into their most comfortable mode of speech. It's similar to how the foot massage guy will ease up if you say "轻一点师傅,疼了!“ ("Take it easy, that hurts!)" Then three or four minutes later he's back to his usual style of massage and you either have to just wince through it or get up and leave. Corrections don't last.
  18. A term for friendly endearment to a regular customer. After all, they depend on your business to survive so in effect, you are the boss.
  19. Flickserve

    Getting out of a listening rut

    Must be your extensive vocabulary kicking in to be able to have long conversations. Great to hear it’s going well. Just keep asking those locals what they mean. Mind you, some might accidentally mix a bit of Taiwanese if you are travelling around outside of the city area.
  20. Can anyone recommend a documentary or similar as an introduction to xiangsheng? Something in English or ideally Mandarin with subtitles would be a great way into the subject.
  21. As far as I remember XJTLU had some reasonably priced Chinese language programs, you should check it out.
  22. Alex327

    How to buy a traditional Flying Pigeon bike

    Hi Zbigniew, thanks for the offer. Is it true that they use 28" diameter tires. I remember seeing these bikes in China running very low pressure. Are they designed to not get pinch flats somehow?
  23. I did this! It was just the local McDonald’s (it was open), and just like previous years I didn’t understand most of what she said, but this time I slowed myself down and asked her about the words I didn’t pick up. I knew nearly all of them, I just didn’t scan them when she said them the first time. Even last year I would hear the questions I couldn’t understand, collapse in an anxious pile of 听不懂s and slink away, but this time I made a point of asking what she said, and got through it with almost full comprehension. Separately from that, I’ve been asking for help from random people on trains and in shops. It’s very unlike me (I’m super introverted, which I’m sure has also been hurting my progress), and it’s been largely successful and buckets of fun. I’m here for another nine full days so I’m excited to see what will happen next — there’s a very real chance I’ll return home with lasting confidence.
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  25. My take is it will not affect your chances. What will happen is that at some point, the embassy or Uni will reach out, asking for the degree. That ought to happen before the scholarship results are out. Otherwise, if that was not possible, the embassy would not have invited you for the interviews.
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