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  2. Michaelyus

    Vietnamese Name in Chinese Characters

    This is 武天恩 (Mandarin pinyin: Wǔ Tiān'ēn); the given name 天恩 translates literally to "heaven's grace/favour".
  3. Jim

    New coronavirus cases

    The reporting of new cases seems up to date, can't really comment on changed behaviour as I've done nothing different myself and wasn't planning to travel for the New Year. I was here all through the SARS crisis and made no adjustments then either, mind.
  4. Those of you currently residing in China: what is the Chinese media coverage about the Coronavirus cases? (how) does it affect people's behaviour (also considering it is close to New Year)?
  5. Make a know profile only with 5 hsk and see the % of know
  6. Jan Finster

    Introducing Chinese Text Analyser

    @Imron: I like CTA a lot and use it to analyse new texts. I know that CTA tells me what % of words in my text are HSK 3,4,5,6, etc. I wonder if there is a way for CTA to tell me what % of the 1300 HSK 5 words (or the 2500 HSK1-5 or the 5000 HSK1-6) words are covered in the text I copy/pasted into CTA? In my eyes this could be useful for selecting suitable texts to study for HSK levels. If I knew this, I could create a "reading list" that would cover all HSK5 vocabulary...
  7. LinZhenPu

    HELP ! I don't want to be kick out from China

    Although you don't want to leave Chengdu, you might not have any choice. I'm not sure if universities can help you change to a student visa and extend your stay while you're in China, but I know that you can through a Chinese language school because I've done it. Your only way to stay in China might be to move away to somewhere that has a language school that can get you a visa. I changed from a tourist visa to an X1 student visa in country by signing up in person for classes at Bincai 滨才汉语学院 in Harbin. http://www.bincairh.com/ They handled everything, and they can put you in contact with someone to rent an apartment. Make sure you bring your registration form of temporary residence. You fill out some simple forms, pay for your lessons in advanced (minimum 3 months to get student visa), give them your passport and about 2 weeks later go with them and a couple other students to the PSB to pick up your passport. As for studying at Bincai, it was a very good environment and I can't praise the quality of instructors enough, they are very professional at their job. The lessons are delivered entirely in Chinese and the way they use Chinese as the medium of instruction to teach Chinese is just brilliant. Surprisingly, they also deliver Russian, Japanese, Korean, German and even French lessons so maybe you could do some French tutoring on the side.
  8. zero hits with Tineye or Google reverse image search... It's a unique image. no useful EXIF data either
  9. That’s what I thought when I first saw it.
  10. Thank you so much! Yes, I liked the actors and much of the story. A mix of crime, psychology and romance set in Burma and the beautiful locations you mentioned. Overall a great TV show. I can also recommend "Love me if you dare" (他来了,请闭眼) (not so much location-wise, but for the suspense, romanance and criminal psychology aspect)
  11. Are you sure it isn't a prison?
  12. StChris

    First episode 70 : 爱情公寓 iPartment

    Well, I got what I asked for and a 5th series has already started broadcasting, but as the old adage goes, be careful what you wish for! Series 5 only came to my attention today as it is the subject of my favourite 吐槽 youtube channel: 又双叒叕抄袭的爱情公寓5,前几集真的好难看啊 Featuring on that channel is never a good sign, and its 豆瓣 score is only 5.2 after 14 episodes. The other 4 series averaged between 7 and 8, but at least it's better than the movie, which has a score of just 3.1! Ah well, at least a learnt a cool new phrase, 又双叒叕 (again and again). I look forward to teaching it to my Chinese teacher tomorrow, who always feels old when I use these 00后phrases, haha. Even though it seems that only 3 of the original cast have returned, I'll still probably give it a try. Currently available on aiqiyi: https://www.iqiyi.com/v_19rw6qb4po.html?vfm=2008_aldbd
  13. I only watched a few episodes so can't remember clearly, but according to Baidu, it was most filmed in Yunnan (the big city would likely be Kunming). These are the places Baidu gives: 德宏、昆明、红河、缅甸等、西双版纳 It seems like you aren't the only one drawn in by its beautiful locations, as the writer of the below article was inspired to travel there and take these photos: http://www.sohu.com/a/118016149_491528 美不胜收 (unimaginably beautiful) is how the writer describes it - another new chengyu learnt! Did you enjoy the show (apart from its locations)?
  14. Shanghai strikes me as one of the least “Chinese” Chinese cities available for you. If you’re coming to China then really come to China. Kunming with Keats or Chengde with LTL sounds good (can you split it with a different city that isn’t Shanghai?). Beijing would be better than Shanghai if you needed a BIG city. I am biased as I live in Beijing. 😀
  15. Easiest is probably to do it manually just looking at the chart, shouldn't take too much time. Otherwise a small modification to one of the python scripts would do the job.
  16. Hi All The question that I am asking maybe like searching for a needle in a haystack but has anyone seen or know where this university student dormitory is in China just by looking at the attached picture ? Seems a bit gloomy or very different from other student accommodations. Thanks
  17. suMMit

    Guangzhou Shenzhen Line Quickpass

    Not sure if its relevant to this discussion, but i believe now you simply scan your passport at the entrance to the platform. You need no paper ticket all. only your passport and your booking from ctrip or wherever. At least this has worked for to and from other cities recently and for colleagues going to from sz.
  18. Takeshi

    Guangzhou Shenzhen Line Quickpass

    I have never figured out what the point of adding your passport photo to the 12306 app is. I never got it to work (I keep having trouble uploading the photos), but the app otherwise works normally for me. (I have verified my number)
  19. Ah, thank you! I will give it a try. On a related note, what is the best Chinese word for "typo?" -------------------------------- 啊!谢谢您们来帮助我。 我这个星期要试一下。 说到这里,“typo”怎么说?
  20. zhouhaochen

    HELP ! I don't want to be kick out from China

    A few more details would be helpful: 1) How much longer do you want to stay in China for? 2) Are you ok to go back to France to apply for a new visa there? 3) What kind of course are you looking for? A proper school will require you to be a full time student, studying every day intensively Mandarin, which will cost money (quite a bit more than a university course usually). If you are just looking for a visa going via a legit Chinese language school is definitely not the cheapest option.
  21. I agree with you about this being the best way! Genuine immersion is extremely valuable. Excellent write up!
  22. You will have to do a full medical exam (again) when you get to China anyway. I'm just about to make a new Z-visa application (in my home country) and I just noticed that the documentation from the Visa Processing Centre doesn't even list a medical report as a requirement any more. Which visa are you applying for? Also, I don't see anywhere on the form "Physical examination record for foreigner" that states that the actual results have to be attached. The doctor has to stamp and sign it with a statement that you can work in China. In my case last year, a rubber stamp with the words "fit and healthy to work in China under the laws of the People's Republic of China".
  23. First: I work for LTL (I founded it),so this is not an unbiased comment Thanks a lot for considering us I obviously wont make any recommendation between the different schools as I could not do this objectively, however I can say a bit more about LTL. Your Pros: Shanghai is fun Yes it is. Absolutely. And there is loads to do. I dont think we can take credit for that though. Shanghai/Chengde Extreme immersion Combo This program (originally its a Beijing/Chengde immersion combination but we offer it with all our cities by now, including Shanghai) is my absolute favorite and very much how I believe Mandarin should be studied. Completely immersed without the temptation of English speakers around you, 1on1 classes (4 or 6 hours/day) in a city where everyone speaks Mandarin (very often in smaller Chinese cities this is not the case). Also its a pretty place as the old imperial summer capital, with the old summer palace, great wall, a lot of mountains, hiking, temples etc. and a very relaxed life style. However it is 100% Chinese language and culture immersion, so this program is not for everyone and comes with quite a few cultural challenges, so make sure that is what you want before signing up for it. Dont go if you are not up for an extreme immersion environment. It is definitely how I wish I would have studied Mandarin back in the day. Big Activity Calendar I hope we also have some other advantages than just a busy social activity calendar, but our aim is definitely to organize a great experience in China for our students and making friends is an important part of that (our activity co-ordinator in Shanghai Jason is very dedicated about that), though our main focus is to get our students to learn Mandarin fast. Your Cons: Prices For prices there might be a bit of confusion, however this is very much to be expected as even I find it incredibly hard to exactly compare them (we do this every year) because there are so many different options, courses, things included etc. and I have been doing this professionally for more than ten years by now. Our aim is to offer the best Chinese program there is, however at a similar cost to other programs in Beijing and Shanghai (though any course in Beijing/Shanghai will cost more than programs in smaller cheaper cities, the LTL program in Beihai comes at a 40% discount for example if you are looking for a cheaper option) and after creating several pretty long spread sheets with our finance department I am pretty sure we are, though it always depends on the exact options. In general 1on1 classes cost more than small group classes and the Shanghai/Chengde combination costs more because the whole Chengde part is a complete immersion program and the course is completely individually designed for you and all classes are 1on1. For things included, it is actually not possible to open a bank account for another person in China, you have to do it in person yourself. If you buy the survival kit one of the services included is that usually someone will actually go with you to the bank to help you set it up (which can sometimes take hours unfortunately). I have no idea if that's what happens at other schools when they say it is included, but in general going to the bank to get a bank account is something you can do yourself too of course (advice where to go and phone support if needed anyone gets for free at our school), its just nicer to have someone go with you. I would like to add that we include all study materials (text books) in the course price, have not high season surcharges, no accommodation finding fees, have very small group classes (average of 3 and a guaranteed maximum of no more than 6 per class) and that our class duration is pretty long 😀 Speaking English in Shanghai Yes that risk exists and I share your concern there. This is a problem with studying in Shanghai. We are located in the center of downtown and while it is of course still very much pre-dominantly Chinese, there are a lot of international bars, restaurants and a big expat community in Shanghai. It is absolutely possible to speak Mandarin all day in Shanghai (there are more than 20 million Chinese people living there), but there are loads of international options too, many of them very fund and that comes with a lot of temptation that can be hard to resist. Its a very valid concern. Being Lonely in Chengde That very much depends. Many of our students make life long friends there and have an amazing social life in Chengde - but not everyone does. The main part is that in Chengde everything is 100% Chinese. At our schools in Beijing, Shanghai or Taibei for example it is easy to meet other students at the school and there is the option to meet other foreigners in the city. Neither exists with our Chengde program. This doesnt mean you will be lonely, as you will live with a homestay family, you have the back up of our co-ordinator, there might be a few other LTL students in town (though you wont be studying with them) and in general you are a bit of a "rockstar/alien" there because most people in Chengde have never spoken to a foreign person before. However it takes a lot more effort from you to overcome the cultural and linguistic barriers and build a circle of local friends. Chengde is a program that is an absolutely amazing experience for some - and not suitable at all for others. Personally I think LTL biggest strengths are our very strong homestay network, great personal service at the school (doenst matter if you bought a survival kit or not), very high teaching standards and wide choice of program options, including things like complete immersion in Chengde and our biggest disadvantage is that we are just not that much of a party school. I would definitely recommend LTL but having founded and running it, I am also definitely biased. However I have traveled through China quite extensively so I can make some recommendations for cities (LTL has Chinese programs in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengde, Beihai, Taibei, Xian, Chengdu and we are working on Singapore ). Female, young professional Thats good wherever you go Happier in cold weather than in hot weather The North is colder than the South of course, however in April it is quite pleasant in pretty much all of China. It only starts to get really hot in the summer, so probably this shouldnt be a too important factor and personally I wouldnt base my decision on this. However for more coolness I would look at Beijing and definitely Chengde as they are both in the North and Chengde especially is in the mountains which makes it very pleasant in the hotter months (thats why the Chinese emperors went there every summer - they didnt have air-con back then). Beihai and Taibei definitely start to get warmer towards May and pretty hot in June. Not good at talking to strangers, but not a total introvert either In my experience a homestay can be a very good start to get into making Chinese friends. In general I would say it is easiest to make friends with other students at our schools in Beijing and Shanghai and with locals in Chengde and Beihai. Like: being active, the outdoors, cooking For outdoors Chengde and Beihai are the best with loads of mountains (Chengde) or beach and seaside (Beihai) around. From Beijing and Taibei it is quite easy to get out in the countryside but it is a drive and you would do it for a weekend, not just after class. Shanghai is the worst for getting ot, as it is quite further and harder to get to outdoor activity areas from downtown there than other cities. Dislike: partying a lot (the occasional bar outing is ok) That fits everywhere as Chinese life in general is not very party focused. The nightlife options in Shanghai, Beijing and Taibei (in that order) are the best however nobody has to (and many dont) go. Love big cities - Shanghai sounds great - but I think the 'contrived' environment of a private language school in a smaller city would be better in my case? Shanghai and Beijing are almost the same size and massive but Xian and Chengdu are actually very big cities too. Taibei is already a lot smaller and also feels like that and Beihai and Chengde are "small“ (with "only" 500,000 - 1 million people living there). Our school environment in Beijing, Shanghai and Tabei are quite similar, though the others are a bit different. Clean is better than dirty, but I have no illusions about where I'm going In general I find China quite clean, though it is a developing country. Pollution wise being close to the sea and far away from coal power plants is very helpful. Best two places I would say are Taibei and Beihai for that. I'm skeptical of 'cultural activities' like calligraphy, tai chi, or tea ceremonies - I'd rather go have a conversation over coffee or go on a walk / hike… I fully agree and you wont have find any tea ceremonies at our schools. Calligraphy has some use in learning and developing an interest how to write characters though. For Tai Chi I think the best thing is to just join a group in a park (there are loads) and it is a great way to practice Mandarin too. Looking for: Full-time private immersion environment (don't have enough time for a university program, and I'd like the assistance offered by private programs) The word immersion is used very loosely these days and somehow any program is called immersion. The only real 100% immersion program we offer is Chengde. Beihai also offers a very immersed environment (there are about 50 foreigners living there), however it is already not 100% anymore. By order of immersion experience from top to bottom I would rank: Chengde, Beihai, Xian, Chengdu, Beijing, Taibei, Shanghai A nice place to live where I can stay active and eventually use it as a home base to travel to other places on the weekends. I'd like to be able to visit parks, museums, try new restaurants etc in the afternoons - this is a language 'vacation' after all All of these cities are nice (at least I think so - thats why we have schools there). I personally love parks in China, especially in the early mornings when people go there to do TaiQi, KongFu, sing, dance, play cards and do a million other things, its really quite fun. Museums in China are a bit hit and miss for me. Food wise, there are a lot of different opinions about that and plenty of people will disagree with me, but Beijing offers for me the best choice of different kinds of Chinese food, followed by Shanghai. The local cuisine is best in Chengdu, but there are fewer options from other provinces there. Beihai specializes in little sand worms, which are not my cup of tea, but otherwise the food is very nice. At least 4 hrs of instruction per day, ideally more In my opinion 4 hours is the absolute minimum for an intensive course. When you have a limited amount of time I would suggest going for six hours if you want to get ahead as fast as possible. I would start with a small group & individual course, with four hours of small group (average 3 students, maximum 6 and April is usually not a busy time) and 2 hours of 1on1 after that and then switch to only 1on1 once I reached upper HSK 3, either 4 or 6 hours/day. It depends on how much self study you do of course, but anything less than 4 hours a day is - to me at least - not a full time language course. Ok, Its 9am on a Monday and I avoided work for almost an hour by writing this and will stop now. Whatever you do, have fun in China, you will love it. Its a great place, the people are fantastic and dont worry about making local friends - Chinese are very hospitable and while sometimes a bit shy and uncertain around foreigners most are really interested in people from the "outside" world and be very happy to get to know you. I wish I had the opportunity to do what you are planning to do.
  24. Polyhistor

    Drawing Characters on Pleco

    I find Pleco's drawing input to be very useful. There is the odd time when I just can't get it to pick up on the character I want, no matter how perfectly I draw it. For that reason alone, I keep Hanping, which always seems to be strong in that department.
  25. In the Beijing hospital I used (some years back) you could bring your own results in English and then pay a fee to have them verified / translated. If you were missing tests they would do them at that hospital.
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