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  2. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. Open the box, leisurely, vestiges of the past Stacks of ticket stubs, beautifully aged From a show that played on some day, some month, some year A movie from the last meeting before farewell The longing for warmth, it’s all printed here This is my hoarding complex Since I can’t live in the moment, might as well collect memories It feels ridiculous, I want to keep everything, afraid of losing it all at once Those printed words are blurred with age Just like we will become blurred with age It's alright, this is the best evidence of our existence Find that living is not at all easy, it’s very hard to pause the gears This kind of compulsive hoarding can be fun to play with, it’s just for killing time Find that living is a big problem, happiness is even harder This kind of compulsive hoarding lets you reflect on yourself, where you stand So I sorted out all the wrinkled things Those things that look like junk, but have more meaning because of my point of view Thank you for your company, you picked up my worn-out heart This kind of compulsive hoarding, how long can I keep it up? Those messy past incidents, still need to box them up clip.mp3 Answer
  3. I think @mungouk‘s advice is good, finding a hosting provider with data centers in Singapore will be less trouble and speed should be serviceable. Assuming you succeed at getting a HK hosting service, you may end up losing it in a year if China decides that even HK websites need to register with a valid ID. That said, Godaddy has pretty bad customer service. I use them as well but I’m comfortable on the command line and can resolve my own issues. If you need more support you might want to consider another provider.
  4. Tomsima

    The Chinese Typewriter

    Damn this sounds fascinating, on my to watch list when ive got some time to spare, thanks for the tag @mungouk
  5. Yesterday
  6. 889

    The Chinese Typewriter

    " . . . and a wonderful IBM golf ball, electronic keys, you could just tickle the keys and type a sentence. You could take off the ball and change the font or language so it was fun." The IBM Selectric was indeed a magical machine, both in terms of its mechanics and its feel; it really did practically do the typing for you. The later models with the auto-correct feature were particularly cool. IBM stopped making them in 1986, but you can still find them along with the golfballs on ebay.
  7. mungouk

    The Chinese Typewriter

    I'm just watching* a more recent talk by Mullaney on the typewriter book which promises to also connect to his next book on the Chinese computer (which may or may not be Your Computer is on Fire, MIT Press, 2021.) https://youtu.be/KSEoHLnIXYk He mentions IMEs and typing competitions in there, which made me think of @Tomsima's recent posts on Cangjie. *Actually I've had to take a break half-way through because he talks so quickly and I'm worn out!
  8. This sounds like a great method, especially if your goal is to develop the ability to write in a specific style (e.g. scientific papers or technical documentation). If that isn't your goal then you will still benefit from reading all these usage examples you find in the wild. I don't know what your Chinese level is. If you aren't advanced then I'd suggest using the HSK word list or a word frequency listing to focus on the most common words first. Here's a graph I made with the SUBTLEX-CH word frequency listing. The first 5k most common words constitute >93% of the corpus. Don't go chasing after diminishing returns until you've picked all the low-hanging fruit. In addition to internet searches, you could also look through some of the corpora out there like the LCMC to find usage examples.
  9. 大块头

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    No, all we know right now is that it will be primarily based on the 2010 book《 汉语国际教育用音节汉字词汇等级划分》.
  10. Jan Finster

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    Is the new list already published? Would be intersting to see how much overlap there is between HSK 2.0 and HSK 3.0. vocabulary.
  11. Lest my previous post misleads anybody I can now confirm that that Sougou on iPhone/iPad does indeed permit Traditional Characters...the setting is buried under several layers but it is there.
  12. 叫我小山

    HSK 3.0 ... new, new HSK?

    I can’t wait until someone makes an Anki deck with the new vocabulary, as I am too lazy to!
  13. Do you read Mongolian? That is the only text I know of that is written top-down, left-right.
  14. Fixed a stroke order mistake for you there...
  15. 大块头

    Random Character of the Day

    As someone who hasn't yet taken the time to learn traditional, these rare characters remind me of the zalgo text oc̳͈͋̉cas̪̈͢sioń̥aḻ̞ḽ̆y̦̞͗̚ ̑ s̸̪͓̫͗̿͂e̮e͝n ̌on̿ ̪ͧ͒Tw̰̉it̑͑t̸̘͚͉er̆.
  16. Just finished - total time 13 mintues exactly. Help out if you can!
  17. and I just saw a posted in the year 2007 about 叫花子, although not sire whether any of you still be interested in it, how this word come from. In ancient China the bagger always hold their bowel and yelling like “ Mercy! Mercy! who can give some food” such yelling behavior in Chinese called 叫唤 jiao huan and in oral Chinese sounds like 叫话 jiao hua, then time past, people called the yelling bagger 叫花子 because in Chinese usually add 子 after n. or verb to become a kind if people, like 厨子 people who cook. 傻子 people who are stupid. as for 花子, the meaning is totally different, it doesn’t mean bagger, only 花子 in TianJin native language means the people who did wrong or stupid thing or people who are not good at his major, for example: If you want to fix this thing, don’t find him, he is a 花子 (he cannot do it well he is stupid)
  18. I got so confused writing this post I'm just going to post a link http://chardb.iis.sinica.edu.tw/meancompare/9d07/99c2
  19. I'll also add that on the Mainland I've never noticed any difference in speed depending on location of the overseas server. Going through hoops just to get that HK number so you can use a HK server may not be worth it.
  20. Godaddy have data centres in Singapore which have good connectivity with the rest of Asia. They don't care where your phone number is from. I've been using hosting there for a few years... I'm not particularly in love with their customer service, but connectivity is good.
  21. All I know is that "normal" SIMs bought in HK permit roaming and receive SMSs in Mainland China and elsewhere overseas. Perhaps there are special SIMs that don't permit roaming, I don't know. It is odd that the specs on that page say, "Signal Coverage: Hong Kong." Is that only HK? I don't know. Perhaps search around on the web for a "normal" HK SIM. There's a HK card on sale on TMall. But there's a strong warning against using it on the Mainland: 仅限香港澳门使用,在中国大陆禁止插卡,插卡会直接停机且无法恢复!
  22. Thank you! What I need to know...can I use the card in Chengdu and receive sms messages in chengu from the HK phone number? I need to be able to receive sms messages with a verification code.
  23. I'm not sure what you mean by a HK "tourist" SIM. The standard HK SIMs available everywhere in HK can receive SMSs just about anywhere in the world, at no charge. No registration required: just buy the card at a convenience store and start using it. I'd guess somebody out there is selling these online and shipping them to Beijing, but I haven't looked. EDIT: Something like this? HK$30 shipping to the Mainland. https://www.hyperair.com/fr/travel-sim-card/hong-kong/hong-kong-365-day-csl-4g-sim-card-with-calls-annual-card
  24. I want to start using more webtools in my teaching, so want to subscribe to a webhosting service. Services with data centers in HK would be ideal - would probably provide the fastest service to anyone in the mainland. I presently use Bluehost, a service based in the US, and my attempted Moodle installation was too slow to even consider using I have checked with Aliyun for their non-mainland services but have datacenters based in HK but they require that I have a HK phone number in order to verify my account - received SMS messages for me to respond to. The typical tourist HK sim cards do not allow forwarding sms messages. Skype will sell a HK phone number, but does not provide SMS service. Any suggestions?
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  26. I'm doing this as an individual paper/module, so there's no problem there. Also, I'm doing it entirely from distance - I could have done either F2F or distance as below; https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/programme-course/course.cfm?course_code=241305 The only issue is that you have to show evidence to be eligible to enrol in the first place as per below (being a non New Zealander isn't a problem but the costs for overseas students start to get prohibitive). This was relatively easy for me as I have a previous degree through Massey. https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/admission/enrolment/entry-requirements/entry-requirements_home.cfm
  27. I am still seeing problems, although much fewer. Missed line breaks, mostly.
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