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    • laoyumi
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      A few friends of mine are considering taking HSK test. I know that there are lots of successful Chinese language learners with this Forum, and many have successfully passed HSK. I am wondering what are the best methods, tools, or practices that help you pass HSK test? Thanks so much in advance.   
    • weimake
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      Hello everyone. I am selling brand-new copies of News and Views 新聞與觀點 (1.0) at a fixed price of 18 EUR. The textbook comes with original audio recordings. I am located in Slovenia, Europe. If interested, please contact me at [email protected] so we can discuss shipping costs to your location. Thank you.
    • realmayo
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      I bought some new books recently and don't think most of them have been mentioned here. They make up what's now called the 'How to Read Chinese Literature' series, either written or edited by Zong-qi Cai.   How to Read Chinese Poetry (2008): Goes through each poetry era/style with lots of translated poems. A decent survey of Chinese classical poetry, whether you can read Chinese or not. Mentioned previously on these forums. How to Read Chinese Poetry Workbook (2012) A companion to the first book but for people who are learning to read Chinese poetry, so pinyin, vocabulary and modern Chinese translations accompany a new set of 100 Classical poems and their English translations. How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context (2018) Essays, all in English, on poetry from antiquity to the Tang. If you study western literature in the west you'd expect to read stuff like this.   How to Read Chinese Prose (2022) Lots of classical Chinese prose pieces translated into English and then discussed, for what they mean, why they're so good etc. Don't need to be able to read Chinese. How to Read Chinese Prose in Chinese (2022) This is a kind of companion, for people studying Classical Chinese: more texts (and some that overlap), but this time the original Chinese text is the focus, with vocab and grammar notes as well as translations into modern Chinese and English.   How to Read Chinese Drama (2022) Don't have this but seems to be an introduction/appreciation and anthology to Chinese drama, no Chinese required.   Of these six books, three are subtitled "A Guided Anthology": How to Read Chinese Poetry, How to Read Chinese Prose, and How to Read Chinese Drama. I would say that How to Read Chinese Poetry Workbook and How to Read Chinese Prose in Chinese are the companions to the anthologies, for people who know some of, or are studying, the Classical language. That leaves How to Read Chinese Poetry in Context, which seems to be more designed to give you a thorough and almost more academic grounding in Chinese poetry and poetics.     Early days cos I only bought most of these recently but I'm really happy to find so much material in English that's designed to give a real understanding of Chinese literature (rather than simply saying this is a famous poem and this is what it means). The two prose books in particular are a revelation!   More details here: http://cup.columbia.edu/series/how-to-read-chinese-literature. And amazon lets you 'look inside' so see a preview.  
    • Anano
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      Hello,   Does anyone study at Shanghai International Studies University – Master`s in China studies?   If yes, could you provide me with some advice for entrance examination.    
    • martindbp
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      Hey everyone!   I'm a software/ML/computer vision engineer by trade and I've spent some time building an OCR subtitle extraction algorithm for videos, and made them accessible through a browser extension. My goal is to make available pretty much any video of interest online, whether on Youtube, Netflix or chinese sites like Bilibili. As of now I'm working only with Youtube though. You can download it here, and find short installation/user guide here. For now it's what I would consider this "beta" software, and it's Chrome only and requires manual installation. The current list of processed shows can be found at browse.zimu.ai. The list is pretty short right now but I'm processing new videos every day.   As you probably know, there are quite a few similar extensions for soft subs (which are also supported naturally), but I'm trying out a slightly different concept/philosophy for the subtitles. The idea is we want to display the minimal yet sufficient information such that a learner can understand the content in a reasonable time frame. From the start, the pinyin, hanzi and word translations are visible for all words. Gradually you can hide information you know, but new unknown words are thus visible by default, hopefully keeping you in flow. If you keep learning until all the subtitles are completely hidden, viola, you're fluent! At least that's the idea. But, naturally everyone is free to use it as it suits best, I've tried to keep enough settings to make it flexible to use.   The extension comes with the standard Anki CSV file export. You can export the usual basic or cloze notes, but I've also added the ability to export the JSON of the whole containing sentence, along with dictionary info, so that you can build very advanced cards in Anki if you wish (example cards are provided in the guide). That said, (deep) knowledge tracing has been a research interest of mine for quite a while and I do see a big potential in minimizing the amount of time we spend in SRS by helping us encode memories more efficiently, and use inter-card dependencies to improve the scheduling. Therefore at some point I'll probably take a stab at an embedded SRS.   As for funding, I'm making this browser extension available for free. I'm putting as much functionality as I can client-side (in the browser), and optimizing for low cost so that each additional user has very low marginal cost. For full disclosure, my philosophy here is to try and reach and provide something useful to as many people as possible, and try to find other ways to support it financially rather than a subscription or locking important features behind a paywall. That might be Patreon donations, selling the OCR as a SaaS, or even VPN/affiliate ads on the browsing site (not in the extension).   So, are there any cool Youtube videos or channels with hard subs (or soft) you've been wanting to watch?   Any and all feedback is warmly welcome! Hope you find it useful!
    • Miko869
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      Does anybody has the audio for the textbook "Talks on Chinese Culture"? I've bought the edition printed by Yale University, but the audio would help me a lot. Thank you for your help. 🙂
    • kunstefan
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      Hello! I am searching for the meaning of the symbol and the artists name. I guess its chinese. Its an ink drawing. Any information will help me. Thank you!!!    
    • realmayo
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      I might finally do an HSK exam this year so I looked at an HSK textbook properly for I think the first time - the official one, 标准教程 / Standard Course HSK6. Wow it's boring! The texts are so uninspiring, they feel crammed with grammar/words rather than flowing at all naturally, and lots of the topics are so not interesting. I feel that the textbooks from the old 北京语言大学 course or the Road To Success series often had texts you could really get your teeth into. But maybe that's my memory playing tricks on me.   I did see that @OneEye did an excellent livestream last year on intermediate and advanced textbooks, mainly Taiwan ones and mainly ones used by ICLP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMUqwb1kMdY It appears he used textbooks the same way as me, listening and listening and listening to the audio of a text before finally opening the textbook to look at first the new words and then finally the full text. I hadn't realised that was primarily an ICLP method - at a mainland university many years ago I had to buy a bunch of cassettes (and a walkman) ago to help me memorise the texts, as we were supposed to do before class.   As has been mentioned before, native or lightly edited native speaker texts, with high quality audio, glosses on some unfamiliar vocabulary and grammar points, and exercises to reinforce and internalise that new information: hard to beat, when done right! (And those ICLP textbooks, Thought & Society and an Independent Reader, are done so right.)   But perhaps a super-high percentage of people only use the HSK textbooks these days?
    • layztom
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      Hello everyone,   I would like to know the definition of the letter and if the painting itself symbolizes something in Chinese culture.   Thanks again for all your help!
    • Kitbby
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      https://depop.app.link/2atIF8Xk2pb
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