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  2. 豹 = leopard or panther
  3. Hi. I'm in search of a passage that I believe came from Burton Watson's Zuo Zhuan. I'm hoping that if I describe the scenario you all will be able to point me in the right direction. I have a fear that it is in Lv Buwei's Spring and Autumn Annals, a bit more to read through than Watson's translations. The scenario included: a. An authority figure deliberating on a political decision, the consequences of which were potentially violent. b. Two advisers taking different positions on the best course of action, both citing the classics to make their points. c. The triumph of the adviser who held the more benevolent position through a more convincing argument. Feel free to suggest any passages that fit this description. Thanks for the suggestions!
  4. When I go to the speaking test sign up, these are the only options available on the drop down menu.
  5. Do you know what the name of the UC Santa Barbara one is? E: 加州大学圣芭芭拉分校孔子学院 http://www.hanban.org/confuciousinstitutes/node_42926.htm For UCLA it says they're offering a test in 2006 and at UC Santa Barbara it says 2012. Awesome.
  6. 美国洛杉矶加州大学孔子学院 is on the list. You need to go through the whole list as their organisation of centre names are not that good
  7. ebizebiz24

    Vietnamese name to chinese

    I hope anyone could help me up with this translation of vietnamese name to Chinese. As i know Bich is 碧 but i cant find the word Xuyen is what in chinese.
  8. If you are a non Chinese national, then you can apply for the Chinese Government Scholarship (CGS/CSC) via your local Chinese embassy outside of China (Type A) or via the university (Type B) for financial help on a masters degree. It is too late for Type A applications now but may not be for Type B depending on the university.
  9. The website has a drop down with test center names but those do not always include city names. As far as I can tell the closest center is San Francisco which is insane because I'm closer to Los Angeles. I haven't taken practice test yet, I doubt they exist for HSKK speaking, hard to know how well I would do, especially after a 300 mile drive.
  10. Have stayed at Airbnb places in various cities in China and never registered as I have been staying at places for less than a week and it was too much hassle. If I stay in China for more than a week (not at hotels) then I would definitely register. One Airbnb place in Shenzhen had an office and registered me when I was staying for two nights. Guess they were doing things by the book unlike most Airbnb hosts in China.
  11. Go for HSK 4 and Intermediate speaking if you can think you can pass with at least 210 points and (assuming you are applying for Chinese language courses). http://www.chinesetest.cn/goKdInfoOrPlan.do ^^ the official HSK website lists all the test centres. Edit: you should be replying in the Confucius Scholarship thread if you want help related to the CIS.
  12. I removed skritter because it doesn't merit the high cost for the slight gains of functionality over an app like inkstone. My personal preference is pleco + pen and pad, but I know many prefer the fully digital solution. As @Tomsima points out, to each their own. That said, I put Skritter on before having used it. I bought it and used it for a few weeks and hated it, especially compared to much better user interfaces of other similar apps (like inkstone). Skritter was once the best, but it has fallen behind.
  13. Yep, that's the one @imron https://book.douban.com/subject/20427187/ Good so far. Writing is a bit flowery which I like. I would describe her writing as an objective take on her subjective experience.
  14. Alex327

    How to buy a traditional Flying Pigeon bike

    Abcdefg, I can't send a pm yet but was wondering if you could tell me what you know of the history of the bike. Is the bike in the US? Do you know if things like replacement tires, chains, brake pads are available for this type of bike? Are bike shops in China able to maintain them any longer? Thanks!
  15. Alex327

    How to buy a traditional Flying Pigeon bike

    Oh, thanks for letting me know about that.
  16. This is great advice. I often talk with friends while exercising and I don't write new words down, but I should. I do lots of passive listening, i.e., to Chinesepod, while doing chores & other things. However, as several have noted, this is just minimally effective. However, it's better than zero; I find that if later a friend teaches me something I've heard on a Chinesepod lesson, I tend to retain it better. For the difference between active & passive learning, I love the following quote: "A man may hear a 1000 lectures and read a 1000 volumes, and be at the end of the process very much where he was, as regards knowledge. Something more than merely admitting it in a negative way into the mind is necessary, if it is to remain there. It must not be passively received, but actually and actively entered into, embraced, mastered. The mind must go half-way to meet what comes to it from without." John Henry Newman, (1852) The Idea of a University (English prelate and theologian) While Newman was talking about learning in general, what he said is particularly applicable to language learning (and supports the theme in many/most of the posted comments).
  17. Flickserve

    Getting out of a listening rut

    Good for you! 90 minutes of following a conversation in mandarin is a beast. Hope that it carries on. I am sure that hard work before helps you now. Reduce the reading , increase the aural input proportion significantly. That has been my strategy as well. I deliberately don't read in order to force myself to pay attention to listening. The trade off is slower acquisition of vocabulary.
  18. Also known as "years of hard work" I'm glad you've managed to break through the mental blocks. Remember this feeling for the next plateau.
  19. Shelley

    How to buy a traditional Flying Pigeon bike

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  20. Hallelujah! It had to come eventually. A useful lesson for us all — thanks for sharing this.
  21. 突破!Breakthrough! Last week I realised something critical: when I practise verbal Chinese, I’ve always wanted to be awake and alert and ready to go. If I was tired or distracted, I wouldn’t do it at all because I thought it’d be a waste of time. What I realised last week is that I’ve never applied this to reading or writing. I’ll do it before bed, when I have insomnia, when I’m stressed, totally uninterested, any time at all. The main consequence of this has been that I’ve racked up thousands of hours of reading and writing (and I’m relatively good at that), but I’ve turned down opportunities to talk to people so often that I’ve really not done much of it at all, and when I have it’s always felt like I’m sitting an exam. My balance between characters and speech has tipped the scales diagonally. Noticing this discrepancy was a huge step for me. I immediately started to fight it, and now I’m far more likely to have conversations at any time (and my eagerness to talk to people is increasing by the day). This in turn has relaxed me a lot, because there’s no specific investment or goal or fear in conversing — I’m quickly building up to just doing it whenever and wherever now, just like the way I’ve always done reading and writing. I’ve only been in Taiwan three days and I’ve been forcing myself to fight this stupid habit and talk to people. I’ve been to two language exchange meetups and they’ve been spectacularly good: last night was 90 minutes straight of Chinese, and I understood enough to stay involved in the conversation (they were speaking clearly for foreigners) without feeling the need to beat myself up, while completely understanding where I’ve been going wrong. I’m also walking around with wireless earbuds in my bag, ready to take calls from people spontaneously. This is the breakthrough I’ve been hoping for. All your suggestions have been great, but the root cause had to be something unique and specific. This is it — not simply doing things wrong, not simply doing too little practice, but simply understanding this stupid imbalance I’ve been perpetuating for so many years. There’s a long way to go, but I’ve not been this excited or confident in a long time.
  22. If you're looking for information about books or movies I would recommend to search on Douban.
  23. Hi everybody, dajia hao, I wonder if someone recommends xiang sheng as a source to learn intermediate Chinese. I have been watching Guo degang and xiangsheng you xin ren competition. It seems these performers learn by heart quite a lot in terms of literature, language, argot, singing and Chinese opera. Anyone who has learned something about this type of performance. Any suggestions or sharing experiences are more than welcome. Thanks
  24. ZhuoMing

    Keats School, Kunming - A Query

    I am also interested in hearing how much the local dialect affects learning the language. I have lived in Chengdu in the past and Sichuanhua was no issue at all (aside from having to second guess every time someone said 40 or 14...), everyone I needed to speak to just spoke putonghua (except the baoan outside my apartment 🙄) or an accented version of it that was not terribly hard to decipher after getting used to it. I imagine kKunming is the same, can someone confirm this?
  25. The speaker's overall point was that Americans sometimes get into business deals in China, when they don't know what is going on. And Chinese do the same with deals with Americans. They didn't know what they didn't know. He wasn't saying all meetings had 30% correct, just that he had seen such situations when this occurred. I've been in situations (not business deals) when Americans used long-detailed nuanced explanations and flowery idioms and the translator put the concept into 3 or 4 words (just the essence of what was said). Or the American talks for a few minutes, without a break, and the translator just relays part of what they said. It wasn't wrong, but it also wasn't complete. The Americans didn't know how to work with a translator. Also, these weren't professional translators, just Chinese colleagues with very good English skills.
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