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13 hours ago, Shelley said:

and committed suicide 2 weeks later.

I know it had nothing to do with chinese :mrgreen: unrequited love according to the note.

Unfortunately that can happen. Sociologist Francesco Alberoni describes the process of being in love like a revoluation, like a new life that opens up If that love is unrequited, this send that person into a depressive state. http://www.alberoni.it/pdf/iloveyou.pdf

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Napkat
On 24/03/2018 at 5:36 AM, Shelley said:

I have only had one person, a very good friend of mine, come to me and say I want to learn Chinese, can you point me in the right direction. After suggesting textbooks and practically forcing Pleco on him, he up and went and committed suicide 2 weeks later.

I know it had nothing to do with chinese :mrgreen: unrequited love according to the note.

 

Chinese aside for a moment, I am so sorry that this happened.

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Shelley

I am over the worst now, thank you @Napkat.

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Napkat
On 27/03/2018 at 12:52 PM, Lumbering Ox said:
On 27/03/2018 at 10:09 AM, ParkeNYU said:

It's really all about the characters.

I thought it was all about the base.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAJsZWhj6GI

But I could have been misinformed.

 

I thought doing the hokey cokey and turning around is what it's all about?

 

Times have changed, man.

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Moon rabbit

Last year I wanted to attend calligraphy classes at Confucius institute. I filled out the form, but later they told me that institute will not be organizing calligraphy classes in the autumn/winter semester.  Not enogh people applied or something...I forgot.  Since I was there I said to myself "Well since you here, you can learn Chinese language instead of calligraphy".  That's how I started learning Chinese language and it was a great choice.

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TaxiAsh

We learned languages in the UK as children (French / German / Latin) and I remember enough to probably greet someone, but little more. I was interested in it at the time.

 

However, after looking a little into Mandarin and watching the China season of programmes on the BBC over Christmas, I thought I would buy basic book and see how it goes.

 

In 3 months I think I've learned more than all those years at school!

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Nick Fisher

For me, it all started way back in 2002.

 

In my (relatively small) city in Australia, my exposure to China people was limited to Jet Li and the wave of HK migrants ahead of the 1997 handover. In other words, very little.

 

True, my younger brother was studying Chinese in high school. But that didn't really play much of a role.

 

I was thinking ahead, trying to figure out what skill would be most useful ten years into the future. At the time, I really didn't know what I wanted to do, but I figured that whatever it was, it'd be international - and the more I researched, the more I figured that China would play an increasingly important role in the world economy and political system. So I enrolled in Chinese in my first year of university, something which put me on the road to where I am today.

 

18 years later - having worked and studied in China and now regularly speaking Chinese in Singapore - the reasoning for the decision was definitely correct. The only thing that changed was the romanticism - the China you imagine as a 17 year old in the early 2000s is certainly not the China in reality in 2020.

 

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abcdefg
2 hours ago, Nick Fisher said:

18 years later - having worked and studied in China and now regularly speaking Chinese in Singapore - the reasoning for the decision was definitely correct.

 

Have you always lived and worked in Singapore, or have you lived in the Chinese Mainland as well? What do you do there?

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Nick Fisher
8 minutes ago, abcdefg said:

Have you always lived and worked in Singapore, or have you lived in the Chinese Mainland as well? What do you do there?


I worked in Beijing from 2011 to 2015 in a property company. Singapore is much 

more recent, I only moved here a few months ago (unluckily just as the whole world went into lockdown!)

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imron
3 hours ago, Nick Fisher said:

the China you imagine as a 17 year old in the early 2000s is certainly not the China in reality in 2020.

As someone who lived in China in the early 2000s, the reality of things back then wasn’t nearly like what people imagined either. 

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Nick Fisher
13 minutes ago, imron said:

As someone who lived in China in the early 2000s, the reality of things back then wasn’t nearly like what people imagined either. 


Very true!

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imron

Split discussion on China in the early 2000s here.

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