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  1. 2 points
    As harsh as this sounds, actually you don't. Regardless of what the chatlog says, if things have reached the point where she doesn't let you know when she's back in town, and you're spying on her chat messages, it's time to move on (it sounds like she already has). Regarding the chat log, it seems that every word typed has been repeated twice (like like there's there's an an echo echo), and it's only one side of the conversation. So I'm guessing someone installed key logging software on her computer (but it was keylogging software that wasn't too savvy with regards to Chinese input). Anyway, like I said, if it's reached that point, it's time to let go and move on.
  2. 1 point
    Wenlin 4.0 has been released. I'll let someone else provide a detailed review, but here are some comments. As before, the ABC dictionaries are the essential ingredient for me. It has the new dictionaries (as described in this thread, especially post #13). In addition to the new big EC, my favorite feature is the Hanzi in the illustrative sentences, also the tone sandhi indicators. As before, I like that it is a desktop application, and one in which I can use the fonts of my choice. It has a new font, GentiumPlus-R, that is very nice. It has a seal characters font for any of those in the dictionaries, that can be optionally colored red. They must have rewritten much or all of it, because it just feels smoother and cleaner. It looks almost the same but just works subtly nicer. The toolbar can be moved to the top and has a few more buttons. Its background color can be set. I like dark grey. The windows can be rearranged, pulled out, and put back in. It has many more advanced options and functions. I don't have time to describe all of these, but the documentation is very good and you can probably read it at the Wenlin website. Its flashcard program can do words now. This is not a full-featured system like Mnemosyne or Anki. It is very simple, but it has some virtues that no one ever mentions (partly because the Wenlin people don't market it like some other companies). After figuring out how it works, I think it is well suited to two scenarios: the initial cramming of a lesson's worth of items (say 10 to 100), and the storage/maintenance of long-known items (to get them *out* of the Mnemosyne/Anki machine), in batches of, I'd say, 100 to 500 items per deck- one sitting's worth of easy items. It's biggest plus is the automatic presence of the ABC, sparing one the cutting and snipping routine. Regarding that, if I'm not mistaken, nobody else has these *new* ABC dictionaries; If you want the new ABC on auto-fill flashcards and/or in a *desktop* reader/dictionary, Wenlin is still the place to be.
  3. 1 point
    I had a friend who studied there for a semester. The classes were a bit smaller than others around, and generally he seemed to enjoy it. He said the night life and other activities was somewhat limited. There was a bar street near the river down town and an Ultimate frisbee club at Nottingham University but he still went to hang out with friends in Shanghai most weekends. Like any course in Chinese you really have to put in the time, to get a lot out of it.
  4. 1 point
    I'm taking a break for the month of March. There have already been 3 reading projects this year, so even for me there is a lot of reading to catch up on. However, this doesn't mean someone other than me cannot post a reading project. Lately I've been going through DM5's archive and making a list of legible comics. The vast majority of hosted Chinese comics have terrible scan quality, so this list can save you quite a bit of time if you're looking for a comic to read. Also, I include additional information like what character set a particular comic is printed in, as well as the (approximate) genre. I haven't finished compiling the list yet, but you can see the unfinished version here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0Ao2aBk5qbR3udEFtMWpIaUJwVUhmY3B2SThndFZTclE&hl=en&output=html
  5. 1 point
    Hi, you can download the texts for the NPCR here (end of first post) http://www.chinese-forums.com/index.php?/topic/15467-npcr-books-23-texts-only-editing-help-needed/page__hl__npcr+texts and then judge yourself if you would be comfortable with Volume 3. NPCR: After volume 2 one knows 700 characters and 800 words. After volume 3 more than 1000 characters and 1600 words. I believe I once read somewhere that the old PCR 1-2 taught roughly what the new NPCR 1-3 teaches. I am currently working with Volume 3 of NPCR, but I do not know the old PCR. Cheers hackinger
  6. 1 point
    What @imron said. Plus, I'm not going to help you spy on your girlfriend. Obtaining that chat log is wrong, morally and possibly legally.
  7. 1 point
    While I have only spend a total of near 3 weeks in China (not including Taiwan and Hong Kong), I found a lack of "standard" Mandarin speakers everywhere I went in China. [i did not go to the Harbin area, however.] Doesn't seem to be a big deal to me.... anyone disagree? There are not that many different names. It seems a bit like refusing to study in USA because you plan on working with UK companies and don't want to go around saying "elevator" or "truck" or "cell phone".... My only warning if you do study in Taiwan and you are a guy, be careful that you don't end up sounding too girly. It is a common problem in general, in many countries and languages -- typically teachers are female, and if one gets a local girlfriend, one tends to imitate them -- but it's a bit worse in Taiwan as the Taiwan accent is a bit softer than a typical mainland accent. [Full disclosure: I studied in Taiwan for three months, and loved it, so I'm rather biased towards studying in Taiwan. That said, the reasons I've heard for not studying there I've never found very compelling.]
  8. 1 point
    I remember my first truly embarrassing Chinese moment. My girlfriend had been in the unfortunate situation that she had to see a gynecologist, but we get along so well she didn't have any problems talking about it with me. We skyped about it, and it lead to me learning a lot of relevant vocab about women's "nether regions". I did as I always do and googled the words for example sentences. That led me to further trying to figure out how to say various obscene things involving those body parts, just because that is something I figured I needed to know for fluency. 插入 is a good example of a related verb that I learned, together with interesting expressions like 爆菊花 and nouns like 润滑油. I didn't spare any details, and learned how say things my grandfather would have slapped me over the head with a bible for. I duly wrote the sentences down on some scratch paper next to my computer, just to reinforce some of the new characters that I learned. A couple of days later, one of my friends at college asked me if one of her male friends could stay in my room when he came to visit her. He was Chinese, studying for his masters in the US. I agreed to this. When he arrived the following weekend, I showed him around my room and he quickly saw that I was studying Chinese from various books lying around. He then caught a glimpse of my notebook with characters in it lying next to my laptop, and said something like "whoa, your handwriting is pretty good". He duly picked up my notebook and started reading what was in it. I have never seen anyone have such a quick change of expression before, and for some reason the conversation immediately turned to something completely unrelated. I didn't now what to say to vindicate myself, so I let it be at that.
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