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    • mungouk
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      My work colleagues just gave me a seal as a leaving present, but I'm struggling to read the seal script.     I think it says 奎士收... is that right?  (not sure if seals are read L-R or R-L).   If so does this mean they've translated my name to something like crotch - scholar - receive? (!)   Somebody please tell me it has a more poetic meaning. 😉   
    • Luxi
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      Another mooc. Sorry, they keep on coming! I remember there was a discussion about standard pronunciation and standard putonghua a few months ago, this mooc seems very relevant. It starts on 18 December.   普通话实训与测试 Mandarin Training and Testing Sichuan University (good place to learn 普通话). Instructor: 朱姝 Zhu Shu https://www.icourse163.org/course/SCU-1003501002     It is for Chinese students with high school level as a minimum and it looks like it doesn't have subtitles. People who don't understand the trailer may struggle to keep up with the lectures. I'd advice doing at least the phonetics parts of 魅力汉语 (Charming Chinese) first: https://www.icourse163.org/course/HZAU-1001741023   On an aside note, how can they possibly say 普通话 is 中国人的“母语??? At best it would be their stepmother. The more they try, the more I like 方言
    • ablindwatchmaker
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      After a lot of frustration, I have finally stumbled upon the entire Harry Potter series in Chinese! The audio quality is decent, though there is a slight echo. Here's the link: https://music.163.com/#/djradio?id=526222636&order=2&_hash=programlist   You have to register, but it's free to download stuff to your PC. 
    • blueberry
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      Hello there,  I want to apply for a scholarship to study my master degree next year and I'm really confused about the recommendation letters. Should they be addressed to the university or to the scholarship council? Thanks a lot!  
    • Shazmataz
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      Hi, I am currently on an X1 Student visa that expires end of July. However I want to get a job teaching English after that. Does anyone know if I have to apply within my home country (Ireland) to get a Z visa and if it is mandatory I leave China?    
    • Luxi
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      Viki (Rakuten Viki now) has a lot of new additions, total 210 drama series from China and 58 from Taiwan. They're licensed for viewers outside China, and availability varies for different countries. https://www.viki.com/explore Here are a few of the subtitled ones I'm partial to (but check the explore pages for more) Candle in the Tomb 鬼吹灯之精绝古城 https://www.viki.com/tv/31617c-candle-in-the-tomb With Learning Mode, try it out!    Candle in the Tomb: The Weasel Grave (in progress) 鬼吹灯之黄皮子坟 https://www.viki.com/tv/35568c-candle-in-the-tomb-the-weasel-grave   Story of Yanxi Palace (90 episodes, in progress, soon complete) 延禧攻略 https://www.viki.com/tv/36279c-story-of-yanxi-palace   On a similar vein, Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace 87 episodes - complete 如懿传 https://www.viki.com/tv/36164c-ruyis-royal-love-in-the-palace   The Three Heroes and Five Gallants (42 episodes, complete)  五鼠闹东京 https://www.viki.com/videos/1097037v-the-three-heroes-and-five-gallants-episode-1 Lots of kungfu and banter, and Kevin Yan is good as the Imperial Cat. Based on an oral story later written down during the Qing dynasty.  I'm partial to it because I worked in the team, it was fun. For some reason, Chinese subs can be seen in the background - great!    Secret of the Three Kingdoms (54 episodes, complete) 三国机密之潜龙在渊   https://www.viki.com/tv/35857c-secret-of-the-three-kingdoms   The Deer and the Cauldron  (50 episodes, complete) 鹿鼎记 https://www.viki.com/tv/34438c-the-deer-and-the-cauldron?q=deer and the The one I'll be watching because I just bought David Hawkes and John Mintford 4  3-volumes translation   Ever Night (60 episodes, in progress) 将夜 https://www.viki.com/tv/36178c-ever-night?q=eternal This is one I'm working on, not quite sure what it is about because I came to the team late, but it has a cast of thousands, lots of adventures and lots of kungfu. Had good reviews. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9193596/        
    • abcdefg
      15
      Curries don't have a venerable ancient dynastic history; nobody claims they were invented on the banks of the Yellow River in the Ming. But it's a fact that they have definitely caught on and are now very popular Mainland fare. Curry is also big in Japan and Korea; same is true in much of SE Asia, notably Thailand, and even down into Malaysia and Indonesia. All over China you can find it listed on the short tabletop or wall menus of small family-style restaurants right beside traditional favorites like hongshao rou 红烧肉 (red-cooked pork.) Simple grocery stores patronized by local people here in Kunming often have six or eight kinds of curry spice blends available for sale, attesting to demand.    Chicken curry and beef curry have both become favorites in my own simple kitchen; today I'll show you how to make a killer Middle-Kingdom version with the humble chicken leg 咖喱鸡腿。Frozen chicken drumsticks 冻琵琶腿 (pipatui) are cheap and plentiful; they are what I used today. Six of these cost about 20 Yuan (weight 900-odd grams, nearly a kilo.) I picked up a couple potatoes and a couple carrots plus one medium sized onion. Sprung for an optional apple and one ripe tomato. As an afterthought, I bought a few spicy long green chilies to increase the heat. Figured that would give the dish a nice Yunnan touch.               (Please click the photos to enlarge them.)        When I headed to the spice aisle, I found lots of different curry seasonings. The most popular kind here is sold in solid blocks. Chinese cooks claim the flavor is more robust, but one can also buy several brands of curry powder. Most of these spice blends are graded as to their "fire quotient." The kind I bought today was marked 微辣, or barely hot; category 2 on a scale of 1 to 5. I'd rather add spiciness by means of actual peppers, fresh or dried. Seems to me the results that way are better balanced and less likely to yield an unpleasant last minute surprise.                      Here's a closer look at my curry cubes and a shot of the coconut liquid I bought. Curry comes in all sorts of flavor profiles, the one I made today had apples and coconut to offset the heat. Chinese "take-out" curry in the US often is mainly meat and onions. Today's edition is a little more complex and interesting. This brand of curry cubes, House or 好特,is what I usually buy and has been  dependable. Note the circular "heat meter" in the upper right corner. The store only had this coconut drink 椰汁, and not the more concentrated 椰奶 that I would have preferred, but it still served the need.                      One can rudely hack the chicken drumsticks into pieces with a heavy cleaver, leaving the bones in place. That is the "family style" approach 家常菜 used in lots of small mom and pop, open-front eateries. Today I decided to cut the meat off the bone; it's a more elegant approach and doesn't really take much time. Wound up with about 650 grams of usable meat and some bones that I will freeze for stock.                           What you do is first make a circular cut all the way around the smaller end of the drumstick. Then slice along the bone, working in the direction of the joint, producing a "lollypop" effect. Then sever this leg meat that you have sort of "turned inside out." Cut it into smallish pieces so that it cooks more evenly and is suitable to eating with chopsticks. If you want to remove some of the shiny white tendons with the tip of your knife, your guests will thank you and Gordon Ramsay won't shout loud obscenities in your direction.    Marinate these chicken pieces in a tablespoon of cooking wine 料酒, a tablespoon of soy sauce 生抽, a dash or two of white pepper 白胡椒粉 and a half teaspoon of salt 食盐。I often add a teaspoon or so of vegetable oil 食用油, because that makes the chicken less likely to stick to the pan later when it's on the heat. If your kitchen is warm, set it in the fridge 放在冰箱。If it marinates longer, it doesn't matter. (I've sometimes been interrupted and it has waited an hour or two; the prolonged time might even make it better.)      If you are pressed for time, it's OK to use chicken breasts 鸡胸脯肉 in this recipe. They dry out (overcook) easier and usually have a bit less flavor. If your market offers boneless chicken thighs, that would be ideal. (Not available in China.)                    Wash and cut the vegetables. In addition to the onion, potato, carrot, apple, tomato and peppers already mentioned, I used a large clove of garlic 独立蒜 and about an inch of ginger 老姜, both of the latter minced. I took the skin off the tomato by dunking it in boiling water for half a minute.                 The apple proved too big, and I only used half of it. Nibbled the remainder -- cook's prerogative; the spoils of war.                Should mention that before prepping the vegetables, I put some rice on to soak. Wanted to have the finished curry with fresh steamed rice. I would start the rice cooking after it soaked 15 minutes.    Turned out that this particular onion was over the hill and it's flavor was too strong. Didn't have another one on hand. So I soaked it in cool salted water after chopping it. Changed the water several times. This tamed it. (A good trick to know.)         First order of business is to make the curry base. Did that by stir-frying 煸炒 the ginger and garlic for a few seconds, added the onion and continued to stir for a minute more. Next, put in the the green peppers. When all these have begun releasing their aroma and have wilted down (without really becoming brown,) then add the tomato. Poured in one rice bowl of hot water (about 250 ml.) and put in the curry blocks. Stirred them well to dissolve. Put on the lid 盖上盖, turned the fire to it's lowest setting 小伙, and cooked this sauce 15 minutes, peeking and stirring several times.                    It all pulled together nicely and the flavors blended. I let it thicken somewhat, until it would coat the back of a spoon, but was careful not to let it scorch. Poured it out into a dish 备用。Rinsed and dried my wok. By now this rich sauce looks attractive and smells delicious. 熬好的酱特别香!                  Saute the potatoes and carrots until you see a little bit of color developing. No need to actually make them golden brown.                 Add the apples just to heat them through, stir some more, scoop it all out into a bowl and set aside for later 去锅,备用。                                Ready now to cook the chicken, which has been marinating in the fridge. Hot wok, cold oil 热锅冷油 (old Chinese kitchen saying.) Stir fry 翻炒 it over high heat until you no longer see surface pink. The illustration below left shows that it still needs more time. Be careful, however, not to dry it out. Add the coconut milk. Curry recipes often call for adding sugar or even honey, but since this coconut milk is sweet, as are the apples, I didn't use any.                     Next add the curry base that you already prepared. Stir it well. Add some additional hot water if it looks too dry. Cover and cook on low for 15 minutes, stirring every few minutes 焖煮。This lets you check the progress, and prevents it from sticking to the bottom of the wok.                   By now the chicken is cooked through 熟透 and the flavors are well developed. Time to return the vegetables to the wok and allow it all to marry. Cover and give it 15 minutes on low. Near the end of that time, check the potatoes and carrots to see if they pierce easily with a fork. This will let you know that they are done. Taste and adjust the salt (mine needed a little extra.) If there is still lots of liquid, turn up the flame and leave the lid off for a minute or so, stirring as it reduces. 至汤汁浓稠。Don't make it too dry, however, because that flavorful juice is delicious over rice.                  By now your rice is done, tender and piping hot. Notice the little steam holes telling you it's ready. Fluff it up with a pair of chopsticks and leave it in the rice cooker. Close the cover to keep it warm, but unplug it so that it does not continue to cook. The "keep warm" 保温 setting supplies too much heat.                                Time to eat. What I usually do is serve individual plates 盖饭 gaifan style to get everyone started. Then set the remainder on the table so my friends can help themselves to seconds (and thirds, and fourths.)                    Hope you try it soon. One point three billion Chinese are unlikely to be wrong.       
    • ChTTay
      12
      I came across a bilingual police report form recently and thought I’d share it. Might be helpful for anyone in China.    I uploaded the scan scan as a photo rather than pdf.     
    • Jasmine2018
      0
      Hello!  I'm moving to GZ from the UK next month and I'll be setting up my own company. I was wondering if foreigners are allowed to open stores On AliExpress and Taobao? TIA
    • Vidiashi
      5
      I am an Indian woman with a Masters degree from the UK. I submitted all my legalized documents along with the signed contract for the position of a Science Teacher to the agent in China on 9/11/2018 and they said they have applied for my work permit online. It's almost a month and I haven't heard anything from them. Is this normal? How long does the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the PRC take to process Foreigners Work Permit? Any advice woutl be highly appreciated. Thank you.
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