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Magazines for online reading: suggestions

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There are some magazine related topics in the forum, but most seem too old and specialised to resurrect.  So I start one for new updated suggestions.  Magazine articles can provide a stepping stone from reading textbook and other learning material to the reading a novel, even a novella. It'd be useful to share any titles of and links to some interesting magazines.

 

生活周刊 is a glossy weekly magazine, the kind one finds in posh dentists reception rooms. Subscriptions are quite expensive but the website has a lot of good reading material on all sorts of things (economy, food, culture, music, arts, etc.) and also extracts of the week's issue cover story. The articles are  well written but using a simple, direct language, mostly about everyday things and current hot topics. Besides, many are rather short (especially the cover story ones). In the few I checked, around 50% of the words were at HSK1-HSK4 level, with many more at HSK5. Another plus, it's free of pesky advertising and much easier to navigate than blogs like Sina or Tianya.

Here's the link again http://www.lifeweek.com.cn/. There is also an app in the Apple Store, but I don't know whether it has any free reading material.

 

The website in Chrome or Edge will say 'Not secure'. In this case it simply means that it lacks a certificate, which is something most Chinese sites ignore.  There's nothing wrong or dangerous with this particular site, but as always it pays to be cautious about clicking any popups or giving personal information.

 

PS: I just discovered, this magazine has a podcast too:

http://www.lifeweek.com.cn/ting/

 

 

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Tomsima
2 hours ago, roddy said:

'll chime in with a post I made last year which may be of interest.

 

Thats it guys, threads finished, pack it up. 

I know Luxi said other posts were too specialised in content...but I just cant help but recommend 中國書法雜志, if you're interested in calligraphy, this is abundant monthly reading; their 公衆號 is also worth following for free and convenient access

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roddy

读者 is (ok, was) recommended for general interest Readers' Digest style reading - nothing too long, nothing too difficult. Good teeth-cutting material for the intermediate student. I'm not sure how much is available free on the various platforms, but it looks like every issue has a couple of free articles. Here's one on "Young people choosing to live alone". Which, amusingly, I notice was sourced from the magazine Luxi recommends above. 

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Tomsima

ah 婴儿潮 'baby boomers', theres my new word for the day

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Luxi
4 hours ago, roddy said:

It didn't show up in my search, maybe I missed it. Useful link.

For those without the privilege of university libraries: use the list to get magazine titles, and Baidu 一下 the ones of interest, many have some freebies.

 

38 minutes ago, Tomsima said:

婴儿潮 'baby boomers',

A tide of babies? 😁 

 

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roddy
3 hours ago, Luxi said:

For those without the privilege of university libraries:

I had access through a standard local library membership, if that helps anyone. 

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realmayo

UK residents prepared to pay for hard-copy subscriptions could consider the rather intriguing Cypress Books, here https://www.cypressbooks.com/aci_chinese-magazines.php .

 

(Several years ago I subscribed via Cypress to a year of 读者, most of which I didn't read but 'will do one of these days'.)

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Tomsima
On 5/15/2019 at 5:32 PM, Luxi said:

A tide of babies?


嬰兒潮 just popped up on my srs. first reaction? my memory just pulled out your 'a tide of babies', cursed....

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