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  2. Alex327

    How to buy a traditional Flying Pigeon bike

    Thanks for the info abcdefg! Tkj - do you still have your bike for sale? I am interested in it and would like to know how you acquired it etc. Please provide some details and more photos if possible. Is the bike in the US?
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  4. I recommend Jiangnan University in Wuxi, Jiangsu. It has a Chinese Language Department with students from all over the world. It is near Shanghai but not in Shanghai, which is a great location. The weather is great. The city location is also great because the campus is out in the country, but it is only a 20 minute subway ride into the downtown area. There is a large shopping mall right across the street from the campus north gate, and another one near the south gate. The department also has summer Chinese language programs, and I see groups of foreign students coming in for the program every summer. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
  5. I'm sure all major university's offer language courses by the semester. There's a few in Hangzhou. Prices range from 7,000-10,000 rmb per semester. Classes are usually 8am-12am Monday to Friday and they have different groups depending on your level. I'd guess it's similar in any major Chinese city you pick.
  6. js6426

    期中考试到了

    Yes, that's right! I had watched it through the first time, but I had no idea what it was called, probably in part due to my lack of Chinese at that point! I can't remember the ending at all, so I have no idea what you mean by two endings! Are there any shows similar to this one (both content and Chinese level) that you would recommend?
  7. TheBigZaboon

    Vietnamese name to chinese

    Lotsa requests for help, but no thanks expressed, and no replies to questions asked by people trying to help... Wouldn't be surprised if you don't get any further help... Just sayin'.... TBZ
  8. edelweis

    Translation help!

    Google translate says "成熟"
  9. Publius

    Ri Yen Gallery???

    Are you sure you get the spelling wright? It does not look like a Chinese name, at least not a valid pinyin romanization. Where did you hear the name?
  10. Publius

    期中考试到了

    男人帮, yeah, I remember that show. You asked to help find a show. I found it based on your description and eventually watched it myself. Not a spoiler but it has two endings.
  11. @stanhere Lots of universities offer group classes 20 hours a week. For instance in Beijing BLCU, BNU, etc. (such courses are available in many other cities as well) Have a look at this subforum: https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/forum/66-universities-in-china/
  12. That's what I do. Plus reviewing words I've looked up in my Pleco dictionary. (Don't misunderstand; I'm not suggesting that this is really enough. I am not your role model.) 好榜样 @Flickserve -- I like that advice a lot! Don't ever just settle into a comfort zone and stay there, whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced.
  13. Might be more appropriate for learning advanced Chinese. Lots of puns and double entendres. Lots of obscure literary and classical references. It would be kind of like deciding to study Chinese opera as a way to improve language skills. Doable of course, but not the shortest road between the starting point and any kind of actual proficiency.
  14. I would like to know which institution in China offers a year long Chinese language program? I found CLI but the cost was just too expensive, I am looking for an affordable institution to in China where I can learn Chinese language.
  15. Flickserve

    Getting out of a listening rut

    ..... And crucially, not beating yourself up for not understanding easy stuff. This time, you are not saying to yourself ' I should have known this word', you are just moving things along the conversation regardless which is how it should be. loads of TV and podcasts help but they only a step of the process along the way to real life interaction. I challenge you to go to a different place for breakfast tomorrow 🙂 . Same situation but slightly different input, environment and learning. 加油!
  16. Xiangsheng is pretty advanced and all the clever word play has limited use in daily life. I also notice that they really speed up when they get to the punch line, so it's probably better for advanced learning. However, if you enjoy it, then absolutely go for it. Your enthusiasm will motivate you to study and practice, and your Chinese friends will definitely be impressed and/or appreciate your interest in this aspect of their culture, even if they themselves are not fans. There are so many cultural and linguistic niches to explore in your pursuit of Chinese. Though I think the daily application is limited and it's for more advanced learners, I would encourage rather than dissuade you from this interest - after all, we're more likely to excel at what we enjoy!
  17. abcdefg

    How to buy a traditional Flying Pigeon bike

    I know very little besides what I read in the Wikipaedia article. The brand first got my interest when they appeared with some prominence in several modern Chinese novels which had portions that took place in and around the Cultural Revolution 文化大革命。I remember the Flying Pigeon bike in Brothers 兄弟 by Yu Hua 余华。 Since reading your original post I've been on the lookout for them here in Kunming, since I live in an older neighborhood and ride a simple bike (a Giant) myself nearly every day. Have spotted 3 or 4 since that time without trying very hard at all. I have no insights into getting them repaired. The old guy who works on my bike (not a Flying Pigeon) has a shelf stacked with spare parts, a good many of them second hand. When my bike has problems he digs right in and tears it down. Half a day later it is well again. The charge is always modest. Fixing a flat tire last week cost me ¥5 (less than a dollar US.) He took the tire apart and patched the inner tube the same way I remember doing it myself in the 1970's and 1980's back in the US.
  18. Part of me says ‘well no, all the hard work hasn’t got me very far’, but part of me recognises that I have actually come a long way in aspect like vocabulary and tone recollection. I’ve just now ordered breakfast at a place I’ve been coming to for a few years, with the same person at the register, but this time I was quicker to order, I understood all her questions and (most importantly because she’s always super efficient in getting through the queue) I didn’t get in her way. I followed parts of it, and I tailed off in the second half, but I know why: they lapsed into talking amongst themselves, so they sped up and got more colloquial. Excellent advice. I’ve started trying to do that (so far I’ve only spent half an hour in a bookshop instead of half a day, for example), and I’m chatting more often to people. Yesterday I had a long chat with a barista; last year I would have dropped a ‘听不懂’, run out the door and read a book on the train, but yesterday I stayed and let him keep talking. @DavyJonesLocker: I can’t get this to quote for some reason but in response to this: "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.  Last night someone whose English is incredible gave me one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever had: you don’t learn to play the piano by watching someone else play the piano. It hit me so hard that I just about collapsed on the floor. That is why watching loads of TV and listening to loads of radio/podcasts hasn’t worked for me.
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  20. We are currently in the midst of our midterms. Last week was 听力,写作和阅读,next week we have 中国文化,语法学,口语和综合。It's good because we get all of our exams out the way before the 5/1 break. Exams seem to have gone ok so far. As far as how this semester is going, I am really enjoying it and I feel that I am progressing. Last week for 口语 we had to explain one of 8 成语 based on its story, and so I chose 愚公移山。I really enjoyed doing this, and was encouraged and how much I must have improved to even be able to consider doing this. Then a couple of days ago I was in the gym trying to have a conversation and basically couldn't understand a word the guy was saying! This seems to happen a lot - I will be really encouraged by my progress in one area, then take a hit in another area. More often than not it's when comparing what is spoken/heard in the classroom, with the authentic stuff that happens outside the classroom. Regular people are under no obligation to use standard Putonghua and dumb it down for you because you are a foreigner! I suppose this just needs a lot more time and practice. I have been trying to increase the input I get, and so I have been watching 男人帮。 I just finished episode 26 last night, and when I have watched all 30 I will find something similar to watch. I watched this series 2 years ago and understood very little, but now I am getting a ton out of it. I find that so many of the things I am learning at uni keep coming up in it, and it really helps solidify them in my mind. This has probably been one of the most useful things I have done so far, and actually although I would always make excuses about being busy, finding 45 minutes every other evening to watch an episode isn't hard.
  21. Reeves1910

    Ri Yen Gallery???

    Has anyone ever visited the Ri Yen Gallery in Shanghai? If so do they sell antiques and relics .I tried researching them online but couldn't find any info on them. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
  22. 豹 = leopard or panther
  23. 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!
  24. When I go to the speaking test sign up, these are the only options available on the drop down menu.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
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