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    • Ishakak
      Hi. I will be coming to China from CSC. My boyfriend and I got to the same university on the same studies.  We had no doubt that it will be possible to live in one double room together or two single ones. But is it really possible if we are not married?  Is there a chance that if we beg or something they will let us be together in one double room?  It seems really ridiculous that they want to seperate us like little kids when we already lived together few years .__.
    • Tomsima
      My wife and I are moving to the UK next month and are currently deliberating whether to ship her guzheng to the UK or buy a new one in the UK instead. Shipping is obviously very expensive and seems like a waste if she is able to buy a good new one once in the UK. The question is, does anybody know where to buy and what sort of price they sell for in comparison to the Chinese market. For clarification, the ideal guzheng would be made by 敦煌, probably in the 5000rmb range in mainland China.   Thanks for any help
    • roddy
      Has anyone ever looked at any of the China-related Great Courses? I've not tried any of these, but have been listening to a few of the other courses and been impressed - it's basically college-level material, delivered by people who know their stuff. You get two or three dozen lectures of 30-50 minutes, so a lot gets covered.    The courses are pretty pricey to buy direct, but I get them with Audible credits. 
    • Amiee
      Hi guys! I got into a scholarship at BLCU, and was planning to work part time while studying. Does anyone know any internships or part time jobs I could apply for?   Thanks in advance!
    • MSG9
      Hi guys!   I will be staying in Beijing for a couple of years for study purposes. What are some of the (phone) applications that you recommend that are necessary/will make the stay/adjustment quite easier?   All I have so far are: the Beijing subway line app, a translator (lol), and wechat.    Do you guys have any other essentials?  Will be appreciated. Thank you!
    • abcdefg
      "Intellectual Change in Early China: Warring States and Han" This is a new offering from Coursera, beginning on 20 August, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is taught in English by Professor John Lagerwey. Here's a link to his bio: https://www.coursera.org/instructor/john-lagerwey      Quote About this course: This sequence of four courses will propose a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of Chinese cultural history conceived of as a succession of modes of rationality (philosophical, bureaucratic, and economic). The focus will be on the moments of paradigm shift from one mode of rationality to another. For each of these moments, cultural facts and artifacts—thought, literature, ritual—will be examined in relationship to changing social, political, and economic systems.   Here's the module that starts this month. It will run for six weeks.    Quote The first two courses will cover the periods of the Warring States (481-256 BCE) and the Period of Division (220-589 CE), with a brief excursion into the Han (206 BCE-220 CE). The Warring States laid the social and cultural foundations for the emergence of the imperial mode of rationality; the Period of Division saw the Buddhist “conquest” of China and the emergence of a rationality defined by the opposition of the Three Teachings to shamanism, that is, of a clear contrast between elite and popular culture.   I watched parts of six videotaped lectures yesterday and it seems that this course will be both interesting and demanding. It's not watered down. The lecturer's presentation is clear. This course looks like it differs from some of the more basic and general "survey" courses on offer in its intensity. Much (?most) is research based and parts are quite technical. Have not yet decided whether or not I am up to the challenge.    One thing that was not clear to me is whether or not we will be required to buy the textbook. That would be a deal breaker for me. I've written to them to ask, but it's too soon to expect a reply. I hope they will post required readings on the course website, but have no confirmation at this time.    Here's a link to more information about this course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/intellectual-change-early-china-the-warring-states-han?recoOrder=0&utm_medium=email&utm_source=recommendations&utm_campaign=m2oKEJ8uEeilGMF2QyQgTw#    Note that this course is the first of a series of four, the last one of which is to be launched towards the end of this year. Each module can be taken free or, if you want to get a certificate, you must pay $50 for each one. 
    • Kemian
      Hi,   I am going to start my master's degree under csc scholarship next month. The first year I need to attend class but the second year is only thesis writing. Can I go back to my country during this second year? For example from October to April ?    Thanks   
    • vivea
      Hello everyone, I can't find a way to make myself feel like I'm having progress. I never thought that it would become a problem, but it is.   I tried the first thing that comes to mind: obtain HSK word lists and use them to measure my progress. I'm not going for HSK exams, but that's one way to measure progress...   HSK1   74.67% known   HSK2   28.29% known   HSK3   8.94% known   HSK4   1.83% known   So, I marked all known words in first 4 lists that I know, but that didn't help me feel like I got better. In comparison to what, to the point of zero? I started learning Chinese about a month and a week ago. I can understand very simple texts, and all those words I've marked in HSK lists as "known" I can write, so I really "know" them (there were more of those that I recognize but have doubts about writing, and those I didn't mark as known). So, I probably should clap and say 'Yay!', but somehow cold numbers don't do the job. Numbers may seem OK, but when I actually try reading anything beyond the lesson texts and dialogues in studybooks...   I'm not sure what my problem is. Do you guys have an idea?   ///Extra   I"ll talk a little about what I'm doing, since it's likely bound to come up: I'm going through a serious online course with a teacher who is actually answering all questions, plus I'm using FSI Standard Chinese Course and a highly praised local studybook of Chinese + a set of additional English-to-Chinese translation exercises created specifically for it. Apart from that, I dabble in apps like Lingodeer and HelloChinese, which I take rather seriously, too, and learn how to write all words. Sometimes I play very simple games in Chinese, and I also take words and phrases from them, but I do it sparingly. For SRS, I mostly use Tofulearn for writing, since my main goal is reading, which automatically means I need good knowledge of characters and words, and I feel like writing characters is the best way to memorize them. Recognition often means you forgot the character, you just remember the general shape and you know that it is what you think it is from the context.   I must say that as the result, I feel like everything is chaotic. I've got many lists of words instead of just one and I never quite know which one to use SRS for this time. I tried going through a few studybooks at once, but they all use more or less different word lists, which led to me having more and more words to learn, still without a feeling of progress. I tried learning grammar separately. I realize that it's probably going to take years to read freely in Chinese, but I need to feel like something is going on in that direction...   And I have this irrational fear that I'm going to forget all words I know unless I practice writing them every other day, so the more words I learn, the more I feel overwhelmed and certain that I'll be unable to retain them. Please remember that for me, retaining a word means remembering how to write it, not only how to say it. And I do forget how to write some words. Like, in the course we've learnt "laundry service" and "post office". I haven't been reviewing that set in the deck for maybe a week or more. Now I can remember how to write the first character of laundry service and how it sounds and what it means, but not the rest. And I can remember how to write and say post office. But I feel so uncertain, as if it's going to slip my memory in a couple of weeks for good, too. The reason, I think, is that I'm learning all these words but I never see them in use anywhere. Some other words do come up, like restaurant and vegetables, those I feel confident in. But no app or text I've read mentions a laundry service or a post-office. So, there's this core vocabulary of sorts that gets used everywhere, I feel confident in that one, but about many words that I've learnt I feel like I've been wasting my time, because they don't come up and I'm bound to forget them in time.   If you've read all that, thank you, and I hope that you have some ideas.
    • marvinfreericks
      Hey guys,   I am Marvin from Germany and I am going to study Mandarin for a year at Nankai University in Tianjin from next month. However, as I found out that the course at Nankai University is only about 20 hours every week, I was thinking of doing another Mandarin course or of getting a private teacher to ensure that I can make good progress within one year.   Now my question is: Can anybody of you recommend any Chinese language schools or private teachers in Tianjin that are not too expensive?   I would really appreciate your help!   Thank you so much and best regards from Germany, Marvin
    • Cookie_Mad
      Hi everyone,  I am going to get my first tattoo in chinese writing. But i am not to sure of the translation on some of the words... What are some good translations for it? I don't want to get it incorrect haha   Strength, Art, Love, Games / or Gamer 强度 / 艺术 / 爱情 / 游戏   Thank you for your help.
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