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    • Lonestranger
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      Would be glad if i could get assistance in verifying my we chat account. Have been trying to set it up for days now. I lost access to my older account and now i have to make use of it.  Any form of assistance would help.  
    • 7800
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      I've finally finished learning the HSK 4 vocabulary, and I just started taking some mock tests (by myself). On questions 95 to 100 I'm supposed to write a sentence based on an image, as seen below: The only instruction I'm given is "看图,用词造句。" Can I write any sentence as long as it contains the required word and it is related to the picture? Can I write sentences as simple as "他在看杂志。" or should I go for something more like " 我爸爸喜欢每天都喝着咖啡看杂志。"?
    • Yuniverse
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      I am a linguistic student currently looking for participants (who have to be 1) English-native speakers; 2) between 18-32 years old) for my dissertation regarding Mandarin tones. The experiment lasts around 15-20 minutes, including two imitation tasks about some Chinese pseudo words written in Pinyin. It will be conducted online. You will be provided with a free Mandarin tutorial for your participation. Any other questions concerning your studies are also welcome in your future Mandarin learning process!    If you are interested and require for more information, please send an email to [email protected]   Thank you!
    • Jan Finster
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      I hear time and again that even advanced foreigners make tone mistakes. Some people say even people like Da Shan make the occasional tone mistakes.   Is there a pattern to those mistakes? Do foreigners tend to use the wrong tones with certain words or is it random?   Are those advanced speakers aware of their mistakes? Would they spot the mistake if they listened to a recording of what they said? I guess, I wonder, if they are more commonly just slips of tongue or if learners just learned the tones wrong without realising it?    
    • BlackMamba
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      Hi,   I wanted to ask if someone could look at my situation and tell me what I could do or connect me maybe with someone. When looking at my CV it doesn't run like a golden thread. I am 31 years old and first studied Business Administration and Engineering in my home country Germany. In the economics classes and through self study I became then interested in China and so I thought I should do what I am interested in and studied International Business, a double master of a Chinese university and another German university. The Chinese uni is only a Project 211 uni. After graduating I had a bad idea and tried to build a startup based on a good idea but it failed and it was a big time and money effort for nothing. When it started to look bad I continued to work as a self employed in my country, had employees and earned money to invest so that I can live now in China with passive income if I don't spend too much. The salary of a job in China isn't very important for me in the beginning and could just be enough to get a work visa. The Chinese is maybe almost HSK 5 and I want to take the HSK 6 by the end of next year so I will study one semester Chinese in Chengdu starting in September to reach that. I was told by a headhunter in China that if I can provide letter of recommendations from my clients it would count as work experience needed for a work visa.   I got to know Chengdu and liked it and I would like to live there but I find no job opportunities there. The little positions I can find mostly require many years of experience in large multinationals or deep skills in something I don't have. Maybe with Corona it is even worse now and in the future. If I had a mentor at young age I would have studied informatics since also the work I did for clients was web development / design and online marketing such as SEO or Google/Facebook Ads and I see that people possessing IT and online marketing skills have many opportunities but I mostly am self taught in that. Do you have any idea where I could try to get in a position in Chengdu or know someone? I see that it would be easier to find something in other cities like Beijing or Shanghai but I would rather choose to be in Chengdu. Another thing I am doing at the moment is that I founded an E-Commerce company with 2 partners to buy products in China and sell them in Germany. The first product is an electric scooter that we modified with the Chinese scooter company to be street legal. Is there any opportunity with that to stay in China and work on it. Now we're working with a Chinese service provider thats gets a share in the revenues that communicates with the scooter company.   Or do you maybe see a possiblity to start an own service provider business like a digital agency together with a competent Chinese partner in a JV? What opportunities you see for a foreigner to start a business in China?
    • maira ha
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      Hi   I am wondering if there are any Americans (possibly american students) looking to fly back to the US within the next couple of months?  Ideally, stopping or landing in NYC.   I am looking for help to get my adopted 8lbs (3.5kg) dog transported from Beijing to NYC in cabin. You will be paid and provided with all necessary documents. Pet lovers a must   If interested, please let me know. Thanks Maira
    • xinoxanu
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      Just wanted to share this channel I discovered a few weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCas3AC0PvAbSvGDMV4dCA4Q/videos.   This may be of interest to those who enjoy watching calm walks around a city on a steady cam (like Rambalac does in Japan).   The person behind that channel does a great job in showcasing the best bits of Chengdu and already has uploaded a couple hours worth of footage, so you have plenty of places to start discovering or to feel nostalgic about.  If you don't know where to start, I recommend you this one, shot around Sichuan University, a very nice area filled both with students and foreigners alike.   If someone knows of other "walkers" around China, please let us know!  
    • 33451
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      https://www.timberland.co.uk/shop/en/tbl-uk/men-footwear-the-original-6-inch-boot/premium-6-inch-boots-for-men-in-black-a2dmm001   The writing is on the 5th image. Could anybody tell me what it means? Thanks!
    • BlackMamba
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      Hi,   I have been studying Chinese for too long and now really want to quickly reach HSK 6 level (yes i know there are new HSK levels coming. Then the equivalent to HSK6) by the end of next year.     I have learned with many apps and physical books in a classroom.   I think I have now found a very efficient plan for studying.     When I wake up, the first thing I do is brush my teeth and then go to bed and do a Chinese routine on my phone which looks like this:   Skritter: All due words in Skritter till there are 0 left. Upcoming words of Chinese Pod lessons I study here. I add them on the skritter website, a function I only just recently found.  Duolingo: 1 new Duolingo lesson. I use French - Chinese and not English - Chinese to also learn French on the side. Pleco: Pleco Flashcard trainer that just shows Chinese characters to learn the pinyin, definition and right tones Chinese Pod or Chinese grammar Wiki: I learn at least 1 new lesson in one of these 2 platforms.   This is a routine I do after waking up but also in the afternoon and evening before I sleep.     Then I also have 4 calls per week with different Chinese tandem partners that are here in my country and that I found through Tandem (an app like Hellotalk where you find easily language partners that want to learn your native language and speak the language you learn) where I talk normal with them about all kinds of things but then also do Chinese Pod exercises together with them or translate texts from my native language for a website of mine into Chinese together with them.     I think this is the best procedure I have ever done to study Chinese. What do you think about it? Anything to improve? I am quite happy that I found Skritter and Chinese grammar wiki because they really help me to improve faster in Chinese Pod.               Before I used Skritter I always had the problem that I had too many new words / characters in a Chinese Pod lesson / book and then didn't learn well. Now I always learn the new words in advance and only when I know at least 50% of the new vocabulary of that Chinese Pod lesson I do that lesson.
    • BlackMamba
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      Hi,   I am just applying for a Chinese program that I did in the last fall semester from September 2019 till January 2020. The summer semester I cancelled because of Corona. Now I applied for the fall semester again and now the same university suddenly wants a Letter of Guarantee. The whole application and arriving at the university procedure was also very inefficient last year there.   It seems that now the procedure is even more senseless and inefficient that I would rather study Chinese at another university in Chengdu where they don't need a Letter of Guarantee. Can someone recommend a good university in Chengdu for studying Chinese where I can still apply now. I quote from what is written inside that Letter of Guarantee document "In case of any special circumstance, the guarantor will immediately report to the Student Affair Office, and bear joint legal liability for the consequences of the relevant illegal acts from the warrantee. The guarantor shall be the first responsible person." "1. The guarantor must be a citizen of mainland China or a foreigner with a legal visa in China;"   For me this doesn't make any sense. It would make a little sense if relatives or someone close to me would have to sign such a letter but a stranger that is a citizen of mainland China or a foreigner with a legal visa in China shall be liable for anything a foreign student in China does? I would never sign such a document for someone unless this is maybe a relative.   I find it embarassing to ask a citizen of mainland China or a foreigner with a legal visa in China to sign such a letter for me and also send scans of his/her passport to me which they also require. It is even illegal in some countries to send copies of the own passport to someone. Does someone know a university in Chengdu that doesn't require such a procedure?
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