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  2. You didn't have a problem because your bank can handle names greater than 20 characters. Some can't and truncate your name, and that can produce a problem with Alipay, which wants your Alipay name, your passport name and your bank name to match letter-for-letter.
  3. Having said that, I'm having a problem with entering my name on the ICBC APP on my phone. I forgot the password so I'm trying to reset it, but every combination of my name that I've tried results in this error message, which if I'm reading it correctly says that the name I've entered appears to have an error in it, and to try again: I have the slip in front of me with all the details on it (dot-matrix printout) from when I opened the account, so I know exactly what name they have for me on file. I used this name when I first registered online using the APP, so I know it's correct.
  4. WIth Spanish what I've done was to buy Spanish and English versions of the same novel, then I read a page or so of the Spanish version and go over to the English version to make sure I've properly understood it. Then back to the Spanish. The first four or five times I did it, this worked out great, but in the most recent pair of volumes, which had a lot of slang and "Spanglish" in it, there were whole sentences left out of the Spanish version where apparently the wording was too difficult to put in the other language. Normally I choose a novel that was originally written in Spanish for this, but the most recent one in particular I made a mistake on: it was by a Mexican-American author and originally written in English, not Spanish. So the language you're trying to learn should probably be the original, not the translation. I don't know whether this will work with Chinese as it partly depends on how faithful translations are. The good thing about this method is that I was training myself to read for meaning and not getting hung up on a particular word that I didn't know. Unless, in a few cases, the word kept being repeated and I couldn't get it from context, in which case I might try to locate that particular word in the English translation.
  5. I just checked this... my full name is 21 characters long and I didn't have any problem registering on Alipay. I just had to go through the real-name authentication process by sending a selfie and a picture of my passport. Looking at the app, it only displays the first 14 characters, but it's all working fine with my ICBC bank card.
  6. Just to bump this one... I opened an account with ICBC here in Beijing a few weeks back. I had to take my passport with my newly-obtained residency permit in it, and I think we may have shown my employment contract as well (one of our HR team went along with me to help). Apart from sitting around waiting for my number to be called, the whole thing took about 10 minutes and I was given the ATM/bank card there and then, although due to some recent regulation I had to wait for about a week before I was able to deposit any cash because they have to run background checks or something. (They said they would send me an SMS when it was approved but I got nothing, so we called after a week and they said "try it". Huh.) I paid money into the account at an ATM by withdrawing cash from an overseas card and depositing it in the same ATM. I had to do the withdrawal in chunks of ¥2000 which seems to be a common limitation in Chinese ATMs? I would have preferred to do the transfer online but my bank (DBS in Singapore) only allows online transfers to China if it goes to a Chinese citizen, and you have to provide their ID number. Later this week I'll go to open another account at China Merchants Bank 招商银行 because this is the one my employer uses for payroll. HR called them today to check documents required, and apparently they want to see employment contract and work permit card as well as the passport.
  7. Hello, guys. Any update from liaoning university and Anshan normal university?
  8. I disagree with you from what I know from experience. I did register before at SJTU, back in march and have an admission letter what I attached to my csc application. I am also a scholarship winner from Tsinghua back in 2017 and I did it the same way . Back then, I did not reveive any email from tsinghua until the admission result was out (they start sending formalitie), so I dont think university will send emails to those who are admitted before 😊 it is just pointless because I am already admitted. And for EU Window, well i just hope for that one. I am not sure if it is too competetive - you only compete with few people from your country (not many knows about eu window + there is a quota for each country) comparing to hundreds when you apply through an embassy. My embassy status also changed back in April and now EU Window. 😊
  9. @蓝鸟 That'll be much easier to fix. Side note, edited way too many spelling mistakes out of my post. Sorry for any confusion that may have caused.
  10. Have you found out if you’ve been accepted and if so if you’re on the formal or wait list?
  11. Confidence in knowing a word is just as important as knowing the meaning and pronunciation. Looking something up 'just to check' should trip a mental alarm that you need to spend more time on that word even if you 'got it right' because if you really knew the word you wouldn't have needed to look it up in the dictionary, even if it's 'just to check'.
  12. I use the OCR feature if I'm reading on a tablet. It makes reading far more fluid. However you're right in that it's tempting to check with the OCR before you gave it a good try to recognize the word yourself Ive fallen into that trap a few times my self. I found I was looking up very simple words unnecessarily
  13. I think you are more likely to get a place via the embassy rather than EU Window. The EU Window has 115 places this year and people from all over the EU can apply which makes competition intense. It was only until recently that the status of EU Window applications changed to "in progress" for some. My UK Chinese embassy application changed to "in progress" back in April. For this year, MissA and I have applied for SJTU. Both of us have registered on the student website after being invited via email. Like I said to others before, you need an email from a university asking you to register as a student in their website, status of application means nothing until you receive it.
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  15. Here is some reading rate data from the first couple novels I read in Chinese. Note the large initial jump in reading rate for the first novel. Yes, you shouldn't read something that isn't way above your skill level, but if you read it on your phone or tablet Pleco is just a copy/paste away. Just don't let it become a crutch. I try to read and understand each sentence before I look up any words I don't know.
  16. 大块头

    How do you create flashcard videos?

    I think I may have already recommended this to you, but I strongly recommend Pimsleur if you're looking for a high quality audio-only way to learn Chinese.
  17. Agree with Jan Finster's reply above, I don't know how many years I spent as a kid reading English language novels with a massive dictionary on my knees, but to me it's always been very enjoyable. II think it really depends on how much you are able to still have fun in the process of a very laborious reading full of interruptions. It is extremely tiring at the beginning but gets better as you get familiar with the author and get used to look words up; it's probably not everyone's cup of tea, but personally I find it infinitely more rewarding than reading a dulled-down and tasteless graded version...(I don't have anything in particular against graded readings, and have used them in the past but in my view they are just a stepping stone to get past as soon as possible). If looking up too many words really turns you off, I think that comic books are a good alternative, still geared to adults(ish) and entertaining, but easier than proper literature. Recently I've been reading this, a bit silly but enjoyable https://detail.tmall.com/item.htm?id=580415529584&ali_refid=a3_430750_1006:1110146616:N:ALRnTm6EJlecVWMvAPKM2g==:614bd082579b55206b19b0580576be0a&ali_trackid=1_614bd082579b55206b19b0580576be0a&spm=a21wu.10013406.0.0
  18. Thank you all for the feedback! I have already read a bunch of graded readers -- essentially all available Mandarin Companion and Chinese Breeze up to the highest level they offer. I've been working through the 学汉语分级读物 series, and while these are quite good, I am trying to decide when I would be ready to jump into trying actual native content. There is still quite a big gap in terms of word % known, it seems, from these graded readers to native content. I'll play around with a few of these suggestions. Thanks again!
  19. Guys, i applied for one semester scholarship , chinese language study(zhejiang uni.) . I'm not sure if i can get it in the end, because my score isn't very high. Do you know any people who got the scholarship with 200-230 points(basic hskk) regardless of university they applied ? I think that Hanban's choosing criteria is based on scoreline you achieved. Just want to be sure what to expect , i'm on stage 4 and its kinda stressing me out...
  20. Sorry, I only paid attention to the tone of 着, which is correctly read as the 5th tone. 跑 has the third tone, so 跑着跑着 should be pao3 zhe5 pao3 zhe5.
  21. There is of course level appropriate books, Chinese Breeze https://www.cheng-tsui.com/browse/chinese-breeze Mandarin companion https://mandarincompanion.com/ They might be suitable.
  22. That's where morphman comes in. It makes sure that every sentence only has one new word. The sentences come from texts I read or shows I watch, so what's the difference to your "integral texts"?
  23. It is good of you to ask here and try your best. Your best course of action I think is still asking the student how to pronounce their name. Also, many Chinese have English names, so there's a good chance you won't have to worry about the name issue at all. Good luck!
  24. jessica1995

    How to pronounce the name chenxi?

    Thanks for the replies. I work as an online ESL teacher, so my students are booked in via an online system, and the system just says I'm teaching "chenxi". I just hate getting my students names wrong because to me it seems really insulting! I have no training on Chinese name pronunciation so it is really difficult sometimes.
  25. "Chen" sort of rhymes with won (as in the verb, not the Korean currency). If you want to be a bit more accurate with your pronunciation, "Xi" should start with a slight hissing sound made with the middle of the tongue raised up. Put the back of your hand up to your mouth and you should feel a slight puff of air. There's a similar puff in English saying pear or tear. (Compare bear or dare: that little puff is important.) It's not unusual at all for people in China with two-character full names to be called by both. So if "Chen" is the family name, calling the student "Chen Xi" using both characters would be fine, stressing both equally. (Given you're in China, it would be very very unusual for a Chinese student to use "Chen Xi" if the family name were "Xi.")
  26. I'm not sure that separate sentences allows for deep memorizing Chinese words in their usage. It's much better to have them in an integral text. Another handicap is that example sentences may contain new uknown words.
  27. What I do for vocab is adding a sentence for every word I want to learn to Anki and then letting Morphman take care of only showing me appropriate sentences for my level. I either take sentences from stuff I read or generate them with subs2srs.
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