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  2. 大块头

    Moving to Kunming (finding an apartment)

    I would recommend finding a Facebook group for expats in Kunming and asking there for recommended bilingual realtors.
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  4. Hello everyone, I hope someone can help me. Is there anyone used to apply for CIS two times for two different types? Can I apply for CIS again after studying one year with CIS? If not, can I apply for other scholarships (such as Chinese Government Scholarship or scholarships of provinces, universities) to study bachelor program after studying with CIS?  Thank you in advance.
  5. Many thanks indeed, Michaelyus! I was just this morning reading about “courtesy names” and had wondered whether this might play into the conundrum, but this is extremely helpful in parsing out the various different names, and telling the difference between a distinct name and the distinct romanisation of a name. There are fascinating complexities here both linguistic and conceptual and I'm grateful to you for taking the time to set some of them out for a neophyte like me. My next challenge, I suppose, is the meaning of the various names. Would I be right in thinking that Chao-Hsieh/Tiaw Siat (兆燮) means something like "sign of harmony"? And that Fatt-Tze/Pi-Shih (弼士) means something like "advisor/counsellor"? I’d be grateful for any insights here! (I’d also be keen to know how one might pronounce Fatt-Tze/Pi-Shih in Penang Hokkien. But I suspect, given its primarily spoken nature, that this is no simple request, even for a speaker of that dialect!) Thanks once again, Mark
  6. Thank you. I suspected this might be the case. Sort of like wondering where in China 介石 is pronounced Zhong Zheng.
  7. You are correct. When it comes to historic figures like Mr Cheong, one must remember that he had more than one name. Tjong Tjen Hsoen comes from his 名 (official name): 張振勳 , probably through Mandarin and 19th century Indonesian-Dutch transcription practices. Chang Chao-Hsieh comes from the original birth name (原名), 張肇燮, through Mandarin and Wade-Giles romanisation. Chang Pi-Shih comes from his 字 (courtesy name /style name), 張弼士, through Mandarin and Wade-Giles romanisation. Thio Thiaw Siat comes from his original birth name (the Chinese Wikipedia mentions it as his rural epithet), 張兆燮, presumably through Hokkien, although I don't know why it's Thio Thiaw Siat as opposed to Tio Tiaw Siat - the initial plosives are not aspirated. Can only blame it on Indonesian-Dutch bureaucracy (tj- has a weird idiosyncratic pronunciation in Dutch). 肇 is a homonym of 兆.
  8. My questions are mainly about the interviewing part. Who exactly does the interview? What kind of questions do they ask? I've heard from some people that there's favouritism going on, is that true?
  9. Acrylic 64 percent Sheep Wool 26 percent Angora 10 percent (but goat wool or rabbit hair? To repeat for the umpteenth time, this is why seeing the whole item saves everyone a lot of time.)
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    Moving to Kunming (finding an apartment)

    Yes, this is still the best method. Listings on the internet are not reliable, though they might give you a rough idea of the price range. Allow a week to find a place; might not need it all. See if someone from your school (Yunnan University) can help you. You will need to pay six months rent up front plus an agent's fee and a deposit. (Total approximately 8 month's rent.) So budget for that and have cash in hand when you start your quest. Once you find a desirable place, you need to move fast and seal the deal. Good housing doesn't stay vacant long. There used to be a local chap (bilingual Chinese) who would do this for a straight per diem fee or a percentage of your first month's rent. He advertised on GoKunming. You might check there and if you don't find his classified ad any more, post one of your own asking for such a paid service. Sept, 2019 is a long time away, however. Lots of thing can change between then and now. If there is some way for you to arrive early and beat the September "student rush," that would put you ahead of the pack. Here's the GoKunming website: https://www.gokunming.com/en/ I know very little about the University area and cannot help with your second question. ------------------ Edited to add: Pretty sure there is a good thread somewhere on the forum about looking for housing in Beijing. Lots of the techniques are applicable even though you won't be living there. Suggest doing a search if you haven't already. Use the box in the top right corner of the page. ------------------ Welcome to the forum!
  11. AFAIK, Only Masters and Ph.D. need 2 LORs. If the university you are applying to specifics then you need to submit it. The letters are by associate profs or prof. The one letter should be related to your field i.e. in your case "Chinese language prof". It's just LORs written in formal language that you are an excellent student etc. It doesn't need to specify anything precisely.
  12. The tag is in Japanese, which shares some characters with Chinese.
  13. 1. Thanks for sharing the books in English. I have Rana Mitter's book. The others, I'll have to look into. 2. As for Chinese resources, do you mind PM me to some of the links you find interesting. Maybe one day... [in the far future], I may have progressed far enough in my Mandarin learning to peruse through some of these. I'm mainly interested in the Warlords and Warlords era specifically. Ah... makes sense then I guess. Still I can never understand that sort of mentality. It's a golden opportunity to learn, why not make full use of it? 🙄
  14. This depends on your goals. Many foreign students are here to really study, ranging from linguistics students who want to become translators to law students getting their PhDs or specializations in law. These students work hard and don't seem as likely to cheat or coast through the program. Others just want to improve their Chinese and do not particularly care about the course content; maybe they still try to get good grades or maybe they're just focusing on improving their HSK, etc. Some students are here to play around for 2-3 years because of cheap living costs and the relative ease of getting a scholarship. Even the age of students is pretty different from most American unis; I think I'm one of the younger foreign students in the humanities grad program and I'm 25 (only one person is younger than me in the Chinese studies program), there are plenty of foreigners in their 30s and some in their 40s. While some students are taking a break from working, others are trying to defer their conscription, or just wanted a "last hurrah" before entering the workforce. A lot of students seem to think just having gone to a Chinese university is great for their resume (this especially true for a lot of the east and south Asian students who expect to work in companies that deal primarily with China). Some students are here primarily to teach English and make money. Resources on this period are endless in Chinese, though a lot of the scholarship written before 2000 is of a rather poor quality. 李侃等's《中国近代史》and 王桧林 's《中国现代史》are typical survey books for new students. There have been dozens of books released in English in recent years, e.g. Rana Mitter's China's War with Japan is a great survey of WWII, Xu Guoqi's Chinese and Americans: A Shared History studies a few individuals who played outsized (and comparatively positive or less imperialistic) roles in US-China relations, Paul Cohen's History in Three Keys: The Boxers as Event, Experience and Myth is great, Akira Iriye has written several books on the role of culture in Sino/US/Japanese relations from 1895 until 1950. As to Yuan Shikai, I can't think of any specific books since I'm mostly doing diplomatic history, but I seem to recall that the Cambridge History of China devotes one or two chapters to the warlords.
  15. Glad you'll be sharing the intro video here and as well as the sample PDF. Hopefully this can convince some of your potential customers to sign up. Yes, I understand. This would be merely compiling some of the similar looking characters and reviewing the difference. Which probably doesn't need a lecture, but could perhaps be just an add-on via a PDF etc. Sounds good, but pretty hard to visualize. I vaguely (new learner here) understand what you're saying and this should be invaluable. Hopefully you will include the above in your introduction video to make things clearer so that new learners can see how it helps them to learn Chinese better. So your course is valuable in the sense that it helps student on: "LEARNING to LEARN!" The plus side I can see is that the mnemonic used to remember the meaning of certain characters learned in this course will reasonably accurate as opposed to guesses or something that is plainly wrong but useful in remembering certain characters! Eagerly looking forward to the preview course. Cheers!
  16. I've filmed and am working on editing the intro video, so I'll post it soon. Usually 5-10 minutes. There will be one video most weeks, but some weeks will have 2-3 videos. Not yet, but once they're finished I can do so. We could do something like that later, but it won't be in this course. The thing is, if you learn why each character looks the way it does (which is what we're teaching, both in this course and with our dictionary), these "similar-looking" characters don't look all that similar anymore. Although I'll give you 日 and 曰, especially in handwriting. We'll explain each character's form and analyze each of its functional components. We'll first teach semantic components, then common sound components, then sound series (groups of characters containing the same sound component). So we'll teach basic building blocks first, then more complex characters built from those building blocks. We'll also discuss sound variation across a sound series, so that, for example, you'll understand how it is that 各 can be the sound component in characters like 路 and 絡. We don't say that 才 is the sound component in 裁 et al, for a few reasons. 1) 𢦏 is the sound component in 裁. 2) 才 doesn't show up in 𢦏 either. We call the 土 in 𢦏 an empty component. The reason for this is that we're explaining the modern character form, not the ancient form. A learner doesn't, strictly speaking, need to know that it used to be 才. They may find it interesting or memorable, but it isn't essential to know. For this reason, we save stuff like that for the Expert Edition of the dictionary (and perhaps a future "Expert Edition" of the course, in which we'll dive more into the history of the characters).
  17. agewisdom

    Best Course to Start

    I've only one suggestion for you. Switch out Anki to Tofu Learn. At least try it out, I found it invaluable. And it's free! https://www.tofulearn.com/
  18. Thanks everyone for contributing, informing and supporting each other! I am closing this topic now. For the new round of applications, please see our new(ish) topic for the 2019 scholarships. Old applicants are very welcome to share their tips with new applicants. For any non-scholarship questions, please join us at the rest of the forums, where we have advice on learning Chinese, finding a place to stay and living in China in general.
  19. Thanks everyone for contributing, informing and supporting each other! I am closing this topic now. For the new round of applications, please see our new(ish) topic for the 2019 scholarships. Old applicants are very welcome to share their tips with new applicants. For any non-scholarship questions, please join us at the rest of the forums, where we have advice on learning Chinese, finding a place to stay and living in China in general.
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    How to buy a traditional Flying Pigeon bike

    @Alex327 -- Not sure if you're still around, but this weekend I rode my bike to the outdoor vegetable market and parked beside this old-style, unrestored Flying Pigeon, which appeared to be still in use. (I live in an older section of Kunming.)
  21. roddy

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    Should be fine now...
  22. Keats is fairly central and has a bus stop outside the door. Easy connections to most of the city. Not far to an entrance to the metro 地铁。Construction (in varying stages) has made the neighborhood itself much less charming than it was when I first attended (2007.) Accommodations are comfortable. Small room of your own with all amenities. Washing machine for clothes on the same floor.
  23. mungouk

    Qingdao or Kunming?

    This thread was more interesting when it was about the Q-word vs the K-word. 😕
  24. XiaoXi

    Qingdao or Kunming?

    The n word originally simply met a dark skinned individual. It didn't have any connotations. Redneck is a derogatory term and always has been and is directed towards the white race. More importantly, can you give some examples of words that are derogatory terms for black people that are just as acceptable as 'redneck' and are in use today?
  25. XiaoXi

    Qingdao or Kunming?

    Racism against white people is something that gets overlooked the most is not even considered offensive for some reason. Ironically that in itself is racist. Case in point. If what you'd said here was targeted at Indian or Black people this would surely be deleted. Someone made a joke about Michael Jackson here without even using any rude names and the post got deleted. Yes you can learn coping mechanisms for anything, the point is....well what's the point? Why have no heating when clearly if you're typing wearing gloves you surely need heating...not sure why this is so difficult to understand. In the US you don't need any coping strategies because they just have heating. Not sure what's so illogical about that and why it's so logical to instead wear a coat and gloves in the house. Not to mention it's not good for health to wear thick layers all the time, it can encourage fungal infections, rashes etc. It's much better to have a moderate heating setting with radiators. Air conditioner is also bad since it makes the air very dry and particularly in China it's sending all the pollution right into your house. Since you lack heating and have overcome it, maybe you can do some other things to 'build character' or to put 'hairs on your chest'. Like for example you could sell your mobile phone! Just shout out the window instead like Rocky. Or you could take a pay cut! That way it will be harder to make ends meat but hey it builds character! Maybe you could sell your computer's hard drive and swap it out for a smaller one! It will encourage you to be more efficient! Or you could do something that actually does help...you know like exercise or something lol. Well no, that's the difference between developed and non developed countries I guess. Since we've never met each other in person this forum surely constitutes polite company.
  26. So would you go to Shanghai for medical care? For example, Shanghai United has costs comparable to private care in USA. 10-12k/year sounds to me like a plan that would cover a lot and wide range or service providers.
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