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    Not exactly sure what the original poster hopes to find, but I know that I get very tired of Chinese textbooks assuming I'm a 19 year old college student with a burning desire to master campus vocabulary such as "Where is the dorm?" and "How did you do on the mid-term exam?" I accept those books only as a means to an end, grit my teeth and slog on through. I just spent about half an hour reading the instruction manual for the washing machine in my new apartment so that I will be able to launder my clothes. That's the sort of daily life language I really want to know, not "你常去图书馆吗?" However, I accept the reality that not everything is going to be just wrapped up nicely and handed to me in a textbook, written by a foreigner or not. I also accept the reality that it's necessary to build a foundation and then add to it by application of individual energy.
  2. 2 points
    My 2 cents...I studied with the "Chinese Made Easier" series in a school in Tianjin. There are five books in the series and, as of 2003, they were probably the most "foreigner friendly" books out there. Yes, the covers are kind of hoakie looking. The school started out with it thinking it would be a 2 year program but most people finished it in about 14 months - 2.5 months of that off for summer. It is a good choice if oral Chinese is your primary goal but not good if you really want to develop good reading/writing. They are written as a series and are integrated, meaning that vocab and grammar studied in one book are continually used in subsequent book. One of the authors, by the way, is an accountant from England, which explains the systematic approach. The other author is, I believe, a Chinese teacher from Taiwan. The teaching methodology is pretty easy to pick up - it has a very "western" feel to it.
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    I like Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar by Claudia Ross as a grammar reference. Looks like she also has a fairly recent book called Chinese Demsytified on Amazon. No idea if it is any good, but generally fits your parameters.
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    Sounds like the TY Chinese book by Scurfield might hit the spot. Must be annoying, when you are so keen to learn about ethnic minorities and Chinese festivals.
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    try http://bilibili.us/video/av52838/index.html with comments for almost every screen, ,probably helpful for the understand of references or puns,parodies,etc(use the button under the screen to hide all the comments if it blocked your view too much)
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    We have had several students take on a full 6hr/day class schedule. A few of them were able to sustain it long term (6 months) but the majority end up dropping down to 4hrs/day after 1-2 months. There is only so much your brain can handle before it becomes detrimental to your learning. It will depend on the person of course, but for most 4hrs/day class plus home-work, reviews, tests etc is plenty. If you are studying for a test ie: HSK and your preparation time is limited then 6hrs/day might be an option from the get go. I think starting out with 4hrs class for at least 1 to 2 months, assessing your progress etc and then think about increasing your hrs is a better option. This is what I advise people when asked.
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    Actually I think most of us are from Texas.
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    A part of the Grand First Episode Project -- See this thread for more info. Emule - viikii (English subs) - youtube - softsubs[1,2,3,4,6,8]&translations[5,7] - Modern idol sitcom very similar to "Friends". Scripts: http://book.ifeng.com/lianzai/detail_2010_02/21/350770_1.shtml Vocabulary: Episode 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ATTENTION! The second season is running. Follow the discussion starting from this post. Stream (2nd season): http://tv.sohu.com/s2010/aiqinggongyu/ Presentation The drama follows the lives of seven young males and females from very different background who move into a rental apartment in the city of Shanghai. There are sparks of love that light up the light-hearted happenings of their normal, daily lives. Characters: Li Wanyu (Zhao Ji) 23 yrs old, female Fashion editor Very idealistic and romantic about love From a rich family, but left to live her own life Lv Ziqiao (Sun Yizhou) 24 yrs old, Self-employed A playboy, but lacking courage Chen Meijia (Li Jinming) 21 yrs old, female Part-time job ideal for love: Wants someone handsome. Someone really, really hot. Guangyu Shenqi / Sekiya (Wang Chuanjun) 26yrs old, Cartoonist a male Chauvinist, Japanese Chen Xiaoxian (Chen He) 28 yrs old, male Radio Host Hu Yifei (Luo Yixiao) 26 yrs old, female, Grad student, instructor bold and fearless, especially in love. Zhan-Bo's half sister. Lu Zhan-Bo (Jin Shi Jia) 23 yrs old, male, Web programmer very kind, and simple, with a high IQ. Shy around girls. First episode : The wedding chaos Zhan Bo is a talented young graduate from MIT computer. He come back in China to work in an internet company as a network engineer. On the bus from the airport he met by chance a rich corporate daughter who fleed home; Lin Wan Yu. Zhan Bo wants to assist to a wedding htat his half-sister, Hu Yi Fei organizes. Wan Yu decides to tag along. But they took the wrong bus and ended up lost in the sparsely populated rural side of the road ... ... Hu Yi Fei lives in Love appartment. She’s organizing the wedding. She’s short tempered. Zeng Xiao Xian is a radio host, and take care of the syndicate building. Lu Zi Qiao is an entrepener faillure. In the toilet he stumbled with the priest and ended up wearing his clothes. Hu Yi Fei mistakindly takes him for the priest. So he presides the ceremony. During the wedding he met his ex girlfriend Mei Jia who he considered only as a night stand; She is here to enjoy the free food, and the personnal enemity between them make they intend to expose each other. Suddenly accompanied by the police arrive the groom and bride, but those are actually Wan Yu and Zhan Bo arrives to the weeding before the bride and grroom and are mistakingly taken for them. While Hu Yi Fei and Zeng Xiao Xian are arguing. The real bride and groom finally arrived. The ceremony proceded with Lu Zi Qiao as the priest. The founder of Love appartment then announce that people in love can live in Love apartment with water and electricity fee free and with half the rent to pay as the celebration of the wedding. Immediately, Mei Jia and Lu ZI Qiao take the hint, and staged a tacit agreement to exaggerate the "love at first sight", hoping to live in an apartment. They propose so to call this apartments Love apartment. My summary isn't really good, I just took it from here http://ent.sina.com.cn/v/2009-06-24/17272579807.shtml and made a rapid and innacurate translation. It is actually a lot funnier than what I wrote. Language level: Upper intermediate They use some really recent expression/idioms who appeared on the internet. They keep speaking all along the episode so it might be hard to catch the meaning if you need a time to process what they said. What make it easier is that they're using day to day language, so you don't need a specialised vocabulary to follow most of what they say (except the idioms, I spent hours trying to translate some )
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    PLEASE READ THIS AND SEARCH THE THREAD BEFORE POSTING!!!! The following information was put together by the CSC Goddess extrapages with the help of admins and members. **This year's application process is nearly over, so please join us in the CSC Scholarship Results - 2011 topic for discussion on results. --- We've decided to make a new thread for the next round of CSC scholarship applicants. The plan is to make a fresh one each year. So this one's for you 2011 kids. Before we start: please check out the ARCHIVED posts from the past - it's a lot of information to sift through but it will answer the majority of your questions. The 2009 archived thread may be found here. --- The Basics Website: http://en.csc.edu.cn/ Information and Eligibility: http://en.csc.edu.cn/Laihua/11678d1ad1114276a296ca1f3da38f99.shtml (READ THIS) Application Forms: http://en.csc.edu.cn/Laihua/Default.aspx?cid=277 Online Application (not really): http://laihua.csc.edu.cn Not sure if the online application works, but fill it out anyway (search 2010 thread for comments) List of Universities: http://en.csc.edu.cn/Laihua/Search.aspx This thread is ONLY about the Chinese Government Scholarship - none of the others listed on the website. Here, we will discuss the steps of getting the Chinese Language scholarship. The process for those getting degrees is similar... you should be able to figure it out the small differences if that's what you're trying to do. To apply, contact and send your application to a Chinese embassy/consulate located in your home country. For example, Australians must apply at a Chinese embassy in Australia, and Americans must apply at a Chinese embassy in America. People currently in China can also apply, but they still have to mail their applications to a Chinese embassy in their home country! --- What We Know Very close to absolutely nothing. None of us know how this process works - and no one that is part of the process can tell us how it works. This is because even they don't know how it works. So just follow the rules. Trust me. Try calling the CSC people. I dare you. Deadlines are mostly in April - the deadline is different for each country/region/state/province. I encourage people to post and share their respective deadlines for 2011. The 2010 deadlines were as follows (these may change for 2011): U.S.-April 30th 2010 **Update**We have reports that the U.S. deadline is as early as March 15th for this year. EU-April 30th 2010 **Update**We have reports that the EU deadline is as early as March 31st for this year. Canada-December 15th 2009 British Columbia-January 2010 Ottawa-December 20th, 2009 Australia-December 26th 2009 Philippines-April 30th 2010 Morocco-March 30th 2010 The EU has its own CSC Scholarship. There are 100 full one-year scholarships. The PIF (Pacific Islands Forum) countries also has its own CSC Scholarship. There are 10 full scholarships. Airfare is included. I have no idea which countries are part of this forum. For everyone else, there are two types of scholarships: Full and Partial The full scholarship covers tuition, books, shared dorm, insurance, a monthly stipend, and (maybe) airfare. Airfare is ONLY covered if your specific country has this included in their agreement with China - it is limited to developing nations. For partial, you get to choose what you would like covered on the application. For people that are only applying for Chinese Language (as opposed to a degree), you can choose between 1 or 2 years. For people who are pursuing a degree, you can request 1 or 2 years of Chinese Language study BEFORE taking your classes if you either can't speak Chinese or need it improved. WE DO NOT KNOW THE CHANCES OF GETTING THIS SCHOLARSHIP FOR ANY COMBINATION OF THESE CHOICES. We don't know if we have a better chance of getting a partial or full scholarship, or if it's easier to get it if you request 1 or 2 years. Nor do we know how much your GPA matters, or if already having Chinese language skills hurts/helps you, or if having been to China before means you get extra points, or if having six toes will increase your chances. Whatever it is, we don't know. Quit asking. Please. You MUST start in September at the start of the new academic year (Generally. Some universities have their own December deadlines for Spring semesters. But you're on your own for that.) ... and SUMMER CLASSES are NOT included in the scholarship. If you already received the scholarship and wish to extend it you will need to apply again. First talk to your school or any contact to see what your options are. This is where your application will be going: Steps 1. You send your application to a third party representative of CSC (maybe your school). 2. The third party (OR you can apply directly) sends application to your native country's China Embassy. 3. Your native country's China Embassy sends your application to the Beijing CSC office. 4. The Beijing CSC office sends your application to your selected schools. 5. If and when a school accepts you, your acceptance is sent to the Beijing CSC office. 6. The Beijing CSC office sends your acceptance to your native country's China Embassy. 7. The China Embassy sends your acceptance and all needed documentation to you. At any step of this process your application may be rejected. Again we don't know why, how, or when the decision is made. In the end, the school gets a final say on whether you receive the scholarship or not. --- The Application Here is the application I submitted last year and was awarded the scholarship: http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h347/brian2211/CSCapplication1.jpg http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h347/brian2211/CSCapplication2.jpg http://i1105.photobucket.com/albums/h347/brian2211/CSCapplication3.jpg 1. Proposed Study in China: Chinese Language Student 2. Duration of the Major Study: For people learning Chinese - you can study for either one or two years, starting in September. 3. Study or Research Plan: In the previous years, they required all applicants to write something like a personal statement that was no less than 400 words (THIS IS STILL TRUE FOR EU APPLICANTS and probably for "degree" applicants), but now, you can just write in a few sentences that you would like to learn Chinese. Feel free to write a full "study plan" if you'd like - check out the archived thread for more information. 4. Organization/Person Recommending You: I say go for anything that sounds official: Use your university, your professor, the company you work for, this forum, whatever. 5. The Guarantor: Anyone you know in China - CSC will not call or contact them. You can make this part up if you want. For people who want a real person, extrapages has volunteered to be your guarantor. Maybe. If you participate in this thread. She is not a fan of giving her real name, address, and phone number to strangers. Seriously. 6. Letters of Recommendation: We have heard reports that letters of recommendations are NOT required for those studying Chinese and not pursuing a degree. This is also written on the website. Include them if you wish. Those who are pursuing a degree will need TWO letters of recommendation from professors/employers. 7. You need a notarized copy of your most recent transcript, and your high school diploma (for those who are still in university) or degree (if you already graduated from college). If it is not in English or Chinese, you need to get it translated into one of those two languages. 8. They want TWO copies of the application. We're not sure of that means the whole application (including any documents) or just the application form - so we recommend that you send two of everything. Online Application Here is a list of the known agency numbers. It is best to input the agency number of the embassy you are applying to, so U.S. applicants should input 8401 (number of the Chinese embassy in D.C.). If you cannot find the agency number then try the number for your first pick university. This will automatically fill in that school as your first choice. 10006 - Beihang Univ. (BUAA) 10007 - Beijing Institute of Technology 10008 - Univ. of Science and Technology Beijing 10010 - Beijing Univ. of Chemical Tech. 10013 - Beijing Univ. of Posts and Telecommunications 10019 - China Agricultural Univ (CAU) 10022 - Beijing Forestry Univ. 10026 - Beijing University of Chinese Medicine 10027 - Beijing Normal Univ. 10028 - Capital Normal Univ. 10029 - Capital Institute of Physical Educations 10030 - Beijing Foreign Studies University 10031 - Beijing International Studies Univ. 10032 - Beijing Language and Culture Univ. 10034 - Central Univ. of Finance and Economics 10036 - Univ. of International Business and Economics 10038 - Capital Univ. of Business and Economics 10040 - China Foreign Affairs Univ. 10043 - Beijing Sport University 10045 - Central Conservatory of Music 10047 - Central Academy of Fine Arts 10048 - The Central Academy of Drama 10050 - Beijing Film Academy 10052 - Central University For Nationalities 10053 - China University of Political Science and Law 10054 - North China Electric Power University 10055 - Nankai University 10056 - Tianjin Univ. 10057 - Tianjin Univ. of Science and Technology 10062 - Tianjin Medical University 10063 - Tianjin Univ. of Traditional Chinese Medicine 10065 - Tianjin Normal Univ 10066 - Tianjin Univ. of Technology and Education 10068 - Tianjin Foreign Studies Univ. (TFSU) 10140 - Liaoning University 10141 - Dalian Univ. of Technology 10145 - Northeastern University 10151 - Dalian Maritime Univ. 10159 - China Medical University 10161 - Dalian Medical University 10165 - Liaoning Normal University 10166 - Shenyang Normal University 10172 - Dalian Univ. of Foreign Languages 10173 - Dongbei Univ of Finance and Economics 10183 - Jilin University 10184 - Yanbian Univeristy 10186 - Changchun Univ. of Science and Technology 10200 - Northeast Normal Univ. 10201 - Beihua Univ. 10203 - Jilin Normal Univ. 10210 - Heilongjiang Univ. 10213 - Harbin Institute of Technology 10217 - Harbin Engineering Univ. 10222 - Jiamusi University 10224 - Northeast Agriculture Univ. 10231 - Harbin Normal University 10246 - Fudan Univ. 10247 - Tongji Univ. 10248 - Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ. 10251 - East China Univ. of Science and Technology 10252 - Univ. of Shanghai for Science and Tech. 10255 - Donghua Univ. 10268 - Shanghai Univ. of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 10269 - East China Normal University 10270 - Shanghai Normal Univ. 10271 - Shanghai International Studies Univ. 10272 - Shanghai Univ. of Finance and Economics (SUFE) 10277 - Shanghai Univ. of Sport 10278 - Shanghai Conservatory of Music 10280 - Shanghai University 10284 - Nanjing Univ. 10285 - Soochow Univ. 10286 - Southeast University 10287 - Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics 10288 - Nanjing Univ. of Science and Technology 10290 - China Univ. of Mining and Technology 10294 - Hohai University 10295 - Jiangnan University 10300 - Nanjing Univ. of Information Science and Tech. 10307 - Nanjing Agricultural University 10315 - Nanjing Univ of Chinese Medicine 10335 - Zhejiang University 10337 - Zhejiang Univ of Technology 10338 - Zhejiang Sci-Tech Univ. 10345 - Zhejiang Normal Univ. 10355 - China Academy of Art 10357 - Anhui University 10358 - Univ. of Science and Technology of China (USTC) 10359 - Hefei Univ. of Technology 10370 - Anhui Normal Univ. 10384 - Xiamen Univ. 10403 - Nanchang Univ. 10408 - Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute 10422 - Shandong University 10423 - Ocean University of China 10445 - Shandong Normal University 10459 - Zhengzhou University 10486 - Wuhan University 10487 - Huazhong Univ of Science and Tech 10491 - China Univ. of Geosciences (Wuhan) 10497 - Wuhan Univ. of Technology 10504 - Huazhong Agricultural Univ. 10511 - Huazhong Normal University 10520 - Zhongnan Univ. of Economics and Law 10560 - Shantou University 0081 - Embassy of P.R. China in Albania 0121 - Embassy of P.R. China in Algeria 0241 - Embassy of P.R. China in Angola 0281 - Embassy of P.R. China in Antigua and Barbuda 0311 - Embassy of P.R. China in Azerbaijan 0321 - Embassy of Argentina in P.R. China 0361 - Consulate - General of P.R. China in Sydney 0401 - Embassy of P.R. China in Austria 0441 - Embassy of P.R. China in Bahamas 0481 - Embassy of Bahrain in P.R. China 1041 - Embassy of P.R. China in Myanmar 1081 - Embassy of P.R. China in Burundi 1121 - Embassy of P.R. China in Byelorussia 1321 - Embassy of P.R. China in Cape Verde 1401 - Embassy of P.R. China in Central Africa 1441 - Embassy of P.R. China in Sri Lanka 1481 - Embassy of P.R. China in Chad 1521 - Embassy of P.R. China in Chile 1701 - Embassy of P.R. China in Colombia 1741 - Embassy of P.R. China in Comores 1781 - Embassy of P.R. China in the Republic of Congo 1801 - Embassy of P.R. China in the Democratic Republic of Congo 1881 - Embassy of P.R. China in Costa Rica 1911 - Embassy of P.R. China in Croatia 1921 - Embassy of Cuba in P.R. China 1961 - Embassy of P.R. China in Cyprus 2031 - Embassy of P.R. China in Czech 2041 - Embassy of P.R. China in Benin 2081 - Embassy of P.R China in Denmark 2121 - Embassy of P.R. China in Dominica 2141 - Office of Development Commercial of P.R. China in Dominicana 2181 - Embassy of P.R. China in Ecuador 2261 - Embassy of P.R. China in Equatorial Guinea 2301 - Embassy of P.R. China in Ethiopia 2321 - Embassy of P.R. China in Eritrea 2331 - Embassy of P.R. China in Esthonia 2421 - Embassy of P.R. China in Fiji Islands 2461 - Embassy of P.R. China in Finland 8041 - Embassy of P.R. China in Ukraine 8071 - Embassy of P.R. China in Macedonia 8081 - Embassy of P.R. China in Egypt 8261 - Embassy of P.R. China in United Kingdom 8341 - Embassy of P.R. China in Tanzania 8401 - Embassy of P.R. China in U.S.A. 8581 - Embassy of P.R. China in Uruguay 8601 - Embassy of P.R. China in Uzbekistan 8621 - Embassy of P.R. China in Venezuela --- The University Applying to the university of choice before applying is OPTIONAL. We don't know if you get a better chance of either getting the scholarship or getting your first choice if you do get the scholarship. Also, there is no guarantee that you will get your first, second, or third choice that you list. There have been some people last year that didn't get any of their three and were sent to a random university. If you do apply beforehand, the university will send you an acceptance letter (which you would include with your scholarship application) and a student visa form that you will use to apply for your Chinese visa. You are normally not allowed to change universities, but it is possible. By possible I mean nearly impossible. A fellow Canadian classmate was only allowed to switch schools after getting a recommendation from 大山 himself. If you don't know who 大山 is, then look at it this way...have your country's ambassador talk to the head of the CSC on your behalf. --- The Foreigner Physical Examination Form You can get it filled out by your family doctor, internist, or a doctor from a clinic. It usually takes no more than 20 minutes. You don't need a "seal," as stated - the signature of the doctor and a stamp with the doctor's name and address and contact information of the hospital/clinic is fine. As for the "photo section" - it requires either a signature or stamp on the photo and paper (half on/half off at the same time) so that it can act as a seal to prove that it is your photo and has not been tampered with. For those of you currently in Beijing needing a physical examination it may be done here. DO NOT send the ORIGINAL Foreign Physical Examination Form with either the CSC application or your visa application. Send copies. You keep the ORIGINAL with you - treat it like your passport (even though you'll never use it again). --- Post-Scholarship/In China Notification: If you get the scholarship (notification is sent to you sometime around May/June - some people were notified as late as August), CSC will send you a package filled with information on the selected school, an admission letter from that school, a letter reminding you that you must register at the school between certain dates, and the Visa Application Form for Study in China (JW201) already filled out by CSC. All you need to do is get the visa, book your flight, and come to China. Stipend: All fees are taken care of. The only thing you need to manage is your stipend. Some universities will give you an ATM card that gets money deposited in it every month, while others will require you to pick up cash from a certain office. the stipend is generally handed out at the end of the month. The stipend is 1700 RMB a month - and a normal person will blow that in about a couple weeks or so eating out, exploring the city, buying daily necessities, partying - but it is POSSIBLE to live off just that if you just stay home and study, eat at the cafeteria, and have no life. Housing: The housing provided is the cheapest international students' accommodations the school offers. Usually, it's a tiny room with two desks, two closets, and two beds - without a private bathroom (you use a shared one with the rest of the floor). At some schools you can move to a nicer dorm, even to a single - as long as you pay the difference. However, in ALL cases, if you decide to move off-campus, you will lose the housing money altogether. They will not help you with your rent. Insurance: The scholarship pays for crap insurance. If you have health issues or would like to have comprehensive insurance, pay for your own plan before you get to China. You don't want to be on this insurance if something serious happens to you. You're going to get third-world country treatment and nothing more. --- Other/Miscellaneous I found a strange CSC Liaison Officer Contact Page. It gives you contact information of people in Beijing. Yeah. Good luck with that. There are AGE LIMITS for those applying for the scholarship. Please read the CSC page on eligibility for more information. --- JOIN THE DISCUSSION - SAY HELLO Hello. Where are you applying from? Just studying Chinese or pursuing a degree? What did your local Chinese embassy say? Where and how did you get your papers notarized? Did you apply for your school of choice beforehand? Where did you get your Physical Exam done? Anything else you learned or would like to share? Please refrain from discussion on which schools to apply to. There is a lot of information you may find around these forums. If you find the application process is too overbearing, we are here for you. Yet, keep in mind this is how things are done in China, so consider the commitment of living there. I want to thank everyone that has been/is/will be a part of this project - including all the admins, members, lurkers - everyone, especially extrapages. Extrapages has helped out thousands over the years and helped spread awareness that the Chinese government will pay you to study in China. It's a huge collaborative effort, and I'm glad we're in this together. Good luck, boys and girls. See you in China!
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    Please point me to the linguistics jargon in that sentence. :rolleyes: Epistemology refers the study of knowledge, or how we know what we know. It is only tangentially related to linguistics, and has more to do with that Philosophy 101 course I'm sure you paid attention to. You said you don't want a textbook. So people assume you want a grammar. But what you're really looking for is a textbook, whether you agree or disagree with the term. Just not necessarily one that's designed for a college course. Well, the best textbooks are going to be those designed for serious students, and therefore those designed for college courses. However, not all of them must be used in a college course, regardless of their authors' intentions. Also, I really don't see what the nationality of the author has to do with anything; if a textbook is good, then it's good. New Practical Chinese Reader is the standard beginning textbook for college students and autodidacts alike. It's older incarnation, Practical Chinese Reader, is another good choice. For more nontraditional courses, there are two that are better than the rest, IMO. ChinesePod (if you don't mind shelling out money every month for a subscription), and Assimil Chinese With Ease (which will run you about $70 for the whole course). ChinesePod is not a structured course, meaning you pick and choose lessons that you want to listen to in your level, and you move to the next level when they get too easy. For some people that's a great thing, and some people prefer a more linear course. Assimil is more structured, and there's a decent amount of discussion online about adapting the course to make it more effective (I personally find the standard Assimil method just about perfect). And it starts with: A:你好 B:你好 A:你饿吗? B:我不饿。 A:你累吗? B:我不累。 A:好!走! B:走! Of course, by the end of the course, the language becomes more advanced. Lesson 103 (out of 105 total), for example, talks about solar energy and such.
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    Yup, TYC sounds about right for the OP (though personally I'd always opt for the original Colloquial Chinese first, for its more comprehensive and succinct grammar notes and exercises, its more realistic dialogues and audio material, and its fantastic Character text (sold separately, but well worth getting to supplement the Pinyin-only main coursebook)). Hmm, 你常去图书馆/书店吗 is probably exactly the sort of question that should be asked of Drencom at this precise moment in time!
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    You don't have to be either of those types to study Chinese, but to really progess and ultimately succeed (not that I have quite yet) it probably helps! Anyway, it is quite hard to know what book to recommend to you Drencom, if everything that's been mentioned so far doesn't take your fancy. (If only there were a Ladybird book of Chinese Grammar! B) ;) ). Basically, learning a new language as an adult to any appreciable level isn't the easiest of things to do, and a bit of jargon every now and then (such as that 'nominalization') can help make the overall task easier rather than harder, if only because it helps avoid any of the potentially lengthy paraphrase once you've learnt the term (and there is always Google when a glossary is lacking!). And in my experience, generally the more sophisticated a book is, the better (but you'll perhaps only understand what I mean when you've had to discard a few unsophisticated and unambitious books, those "impulse" buys, along the way).
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    "Honestly, the cover design doesn't give me any confidence. " What is it they say about books and covers?
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    (EDIT: I see others have posted while I was typing, and mentioned a few of the books I have, but I'll leave my post as is!). But some of the best (text)books around were originally developed for university sutudents (who need something more detailed than a book aimed at a more general audience), and at least co-authored with a foreigner: in Britain, the original Colloquial Chinese course by T'ung & Pollard springs to mind; in America, there have been quite a few pretty good university-level textbooks and/or series released over the years. But avoiding 'textbooks' then, there are quite a few reasonably comprehensive grammars say, (co-)written by foreigners for foreigners: http://www.chinese-forums.com/index.php?/topic/10932-best-chinese-grammar-book/page__view__findpost__p__237767 Then, there are general surveys of the language(s) of China (Ramsey's The Languages of China; Sun's Chinese: A Linguistic Introduction; Norman's Chinese; etc(?)*) that include hopefully not-too-trivial amounts of grammar-based discussion, examples and notes, but these may not be quite what you're looking for either. *Kane's The Chinese Language is a bit of a miss-and-miss miscellany IMHO, and ultimately seems to be a glorified annotated bibliography directing to actual resources, but there may be a few explanations in it that click for one reader rather than another, and the chapter on pronunciation certainly didn't seem bad from a quick browse. Anyway, it has garnered generally positive reviews on Amazon, and isn't so expensive that getting it would prove too costly/bad value for money.
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    You could do worse than listening to people's suggestions rather than dismissing them out of hand based on your own assumptions. Chinese Made Easier. Textbook or no, it was written by a foreigner, for foreigners, and although it is split up into various different lessons, I imagine it's easy enough to follow on your own without a teacher. If it's straight up grammar you're after, you might also look at books such as Chinese - A comprehensive grammar by Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington - or any other books by these two authors.
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    But 會 was used to mean "to settle [a bill]" as early as the Spring and Autumn period in 管子, and there's a passage in 戰國策 that reads 「誰習計會」. In both cases, the reading is given as kuài on the Chinese Text Project dictionary. Also, 古汉语常用字字典 says It then cites an example in 周禮 (岁终则会计其政), and the one I mentioned in 戰國策. So it may have been borrowed from Japanese, but it looks like the Japanese borrowed it from Chinese first.
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    here's the whole 爱情公寓II http://www.youku.com/show_page/id_z8acc113c6fbf11df97c0.html and here's more: http://www.soku.com/search_video/q_%E7%88%B1%E6%83%85%E5%85%AC%E5%AF%93
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    It's teaching English in China - you'd very likely be an 'oral English' component of an hour or two a week to supplement their 'real' English teaching. You wouldn't give any exams, and if you did you'd be expected to pass everyone. It depends who, what and where you are teaching. I doubt anyone gets near English majors at Renmin University without some impressive qualifications, but if you're an additional bit of English practice for engineering students at Gansu Plumbing University, they'll take what they can get - or what the local authorities will let them get away with.
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    Besides "si", do you think that the "i" in "zi" and "ci" also differs from the "i" in "li" in the same way? PS - you might wish to take a look at the footnotes of this webpage -> http://pinyin.info/r...als_finals.html
  21. 1 point
    So, I thought that this was too good to skip in terms of really good vocabulary, so I thought I'd try to fish some rarer, more interesting stuff from the second episode. HOLY crap! Anyway, hope it helps somebody. This show is really full of useful, colloquial stuff. 溃疡 ulcer 颠峰 = 巅峰 = summit, peak 算命的 fortune-teller 阿巴 onomatopoeia for a mute 遐 distant / lasting 家道中落 one's family fortunes decline 跑堂 waiter (old fashioned) 零头 loose change 洋娃娃 western-style doll 假冒 falsely pose as somebody else 假冒归假冒 to pose as different people in a succession 井水不犯河水 well water does not intrude into river water—I'll mind my own business, you mind yours 南水北调 south water to north (as in canals) 虐待 abuse, mistreat 泼妇 vixen, bitch 臂力过人 arm strength which surpasses that of a man 吕步 I think that this is the nickname of 吕子乔 俊秀 delicate, pretty 塑泥人 make human figurines out of clay 闹着玩儿 fooling around 抹布 rag 撞墙 bump against a wall, hit an obstacle 惹 to offend, provoke 火星 Mars 牛排 (beef) steak 套餐 prepared meal 没心没肺 simple-minded 股票 share (as in stocks) 晦气 unlucky 跟打了鸡血似的 like hitting bloodstone (??); like finding gold perhaps? 抽鸦片 to smoke opium 金融板块 bank stocks 买进 buy in 庄家 banker 吸筹 放货积累资金 to let the goods accumulate capital 他旗下的麦格金融 协顺资询 天奎保险也都一样 旗下 flag-bearer (???) 林氏银行 LinShi bank, run by Wanyu's father 麦格金融 MagGroup 协顺资询 天奎保险 TianKui insurance 补仓 variation call; margin call; cover 富翁 man of wealth 中韩混血 Chinese-Korean mixed-blood 出众 out of the ordinary 气质 qualities, disposition 不凡 extraordinary 形象 image, form 貂婵 = 貂蝉 Diao Chan, one of the Four Beauties of ancient China 不咋地 = 不怎么样 = nothing special 丰衣足食 have ample food and clothing 维吾尔族 one of the 56 recognized ethnic groups of China 幸会 (a rather formal greeting) very pleased to meet you 多音字 character with multiple pronunciations 前台 front desk 博大精深 deep and profound 参透 to wake up to enlightenment 学到活到 忽悠 to hoodwink 肚肠 belly, heart 单相思 unrequited love 口是心非 say one thing, mean another 快刀斩乱麻 cut a tangled skin of jute with a sharp knife; cut the Gordian knot 生米煮成熟饭 the rice is cooked; what's done is done 天意 the will of the Heaven 重播 repeat (of a transmission) 苗头 premonition 见分晓 clear up (a matter or doubts); find a solution 非洲食人族酋长的女儿 daughter of an African tribal chief 隐形耳机 concealed earpiece 远程 long distance 监控 monitor and control 报上 to report 横滨 Yokohama 反恐意识 anti-terrorism awareness 早滔田 哇塞 wow 宠物 a pet 高清晰 high definition 彩色 multi-coloured 针孔 eye of a needle 摄像头 surveillance camera or a webcam 体贴 show consideration 浴缸 bathtub 黑店 an inn run by brigands 宽敞 spacious 押金 deposit 哈依 phonetic for Japanese "hai" 收藏 collect 爱情三脚猫 name of the manga character Sekiya draws 三脚猫 a jack of all trades 武松打虎 大麦 barley 包养 to financially support somebody 素材 material, source material 一泻如注 should be like 一泻千里 = flow like a river 吹弹可破 can be broken by blowing at it 肖邦 Chopin 李斯特 Liszt 拉赫马尼诺夫 Rachmaninoff 多拉A梦 Doraemon 盗版 pirated 光碟 CD 雪茄 cigar 巴西 Brazil 发霉 go mouldy 假钞 counterfeit money 风格的摇滚 modern rock music 布兰妮 Britney, she's talking about Britney Spears 戴维 贝克汉姆 David Beckham 偷窥 to peek 卡通人物 cartoon characters 绿巨人 the Incredible Hulk 西兰花 broccoli 省心 to not worry too much 红杏出墙 red appricot extends beyond the wall -- a woman is being unfaithful 鲁莽 rash; reckless 诱惑 seduce, tempt 自欺欺人 deceive oneself as well as others 浮云 floating clouds 走上歧路 to chose a wrong path (in life) 巴菲特 (Warren) Buffet 盖茨 (Bill) Gates 阿联酋 United Arab Emirates 挖石油 dig/extract crude oil 连体婴儿 Siamese twins The stuff I couldn't find: With 巅峰. he was referring to an emotional peak, I'm not sure from the context if orgasm was meant or just an emotional high. 吕步 I think is the nickname of 吕子乔 (he calls himself 小步 when picking up girls, which is funny in later episodes) 吸筹 is a financial term, probably something to do with letting stock prices drop so you can buy in at the right moment. 协顺资询 - no idea, likely another company/fund name 学到活到 - no idea, learning your whole life? 早滔田 either a city in Japan or a name of an elite university in Japan 武松打虎 - I don't know, I only know 一二三四五, 上山打老虎 一泻如主 should be similar to 一泻千里 but I'm not sure Oh, and an ice cream for whoever deciphers this (from 6th episode): 你的卡地亚耳环和LV限量版 Cadillac LV .....what.....?!?
  22. 1 point
    Honestly, the first episode is not really good. It is very derivative, and feels like a combination of an idol drama and "Friends". The atmosphere is much like 丑女无敌, except there really mean it here That said, it does get better as it progresses, and there are a couple of laughs in there. If it improves a bit in the later episodes, it could become a decent one to have a quick watch at from time to time, as the episodes are mostly unrelated to each other. Let's face it there aren't that many Chinese sitcoms out there and a distraction from time to time could be interesting. I have 5 episodes mostly downloaded and I'll have a look at one or two more, but I'm not expecting wonders. At the moment, I think that 丑女无敌 is unmatched when it comes to camping it to the max and getting away with it. 变态 biàn tài * metamorphosis / abnormal / anomalous 刷卡 shuākǎ * swipe a card, pay with card 投币 to throw in money 滚蛋 gǔn dàn * get out of here! / beat it! 公交车 gōng jiāo chē * public transport vehicle / town bus 黑客帝国 Hēi kè dì guó * The Matrix (movie) 寻宝 xún bǎo * treasure hunt 藏宝图 cáng bǎo tú * treasure map 计程车 jì chéng chē * taxi / cab (Taiwan) 睿智 ruì zhì * wise and farsighted 温暖 wēn nuǎn * warm 红地毯 hóng dìtǎn * red carpet 时运不济 shí yùn bù jì * fate is unfavorable (成语 saw); the omens are not good 听众 tīng zhòng * audience / listeners 走运 zǒu yùn * to have good luck / lucky / in luck 隔壁 gé bì * next door 物业 wù yè * Property 保安 bǎo ān * public security 部门 bù mén * department / branch / section 一级战备 yìjízhànbèi * first-degree combat readiness 全副武装 quán fù wǔ zhuāng * fully armed / armed to the teeth / fig. fully equipped 警犬 jǐng quǎn * police dog 哈巴狗 hǎbɑgǒu * Pekinese 杂毛狗 zámáogǒu * multi-coloured dog 雪橇狗 xuěqiāogǒu * sled dog 老鼠 lǎo shǔ * rat / mouse 礼金 lǐjīn * a gift of money 结晶 jié jīng * a crystal / to crystallize 保健品 bǎojiànpǐn * health product 澳大利亚 Aò dà lì yà * Australia / Australian 营养 yíngyǎng * nourishment 元素 yuánsù * element 榔头 láng tou * hammer / large hammer / sledgehammer 卡丁车 kǎ dīng chē * kart racing 拖拉机 tuō lā jī * tractor 撞 zhuàng * to hit / to strike / to meet by accident 裤衩 kùchǎ * underpants 团队意识 tuán duì yì shí * team spirit (my guess) 紊 wěn * involved / tangled / disorderly 报幕 bào mù * announce the items on a (theatrical) program 流程 liú chéng * course / stream / sequence of processes 假洋鬼子 jiǎ yángguǐzǐ * fake foreigner (derogatory) 墨西哥 Mò xī gē * Mexico 上坟 shàng fén * to sweep the tombs (of one's ancestors) / the Qingming festival 天经地义 tiān jīng dì yì * lit. heaven's law and earth's principle (成语 saw); fig. right and proper / right and unalterable / a matter of course 圣洁 shèng jié * pure and holy 粉丝 fěn sī * bean vermicelli / mung bean starch noodles / Chinese vermicelli 毛病 máo bìng * fault / defect / shortcomings 耽误 dān wu * delay / hold-up / to waste time 神父 shén fù * padre (title of Catholic priest) / (spiritual) father 立竿见影 lìgānjiànyǐng * produce instant results 磨蹭 mó ceng * to move slowly / to dawdle / to work sluggishly 宝马 bǎo mǎ * BMW (car company) 方向灯 blinker 变道灯 blinker 讲稿 jiǎnggǎo * the draft or text of a speech 结巴 jiē ba * to stutter 新潮 xīn cháo * modern / fashionable 笔录 bǐ lù * to put down in writing / to take down notes / transcript 台词 tái cí * an actor's lines / script 超度 chāodù * redeem lost souls by making offerings and saying prayers 陈圆圆 http://baike.baidu.com/view/28599.htm 大褂 dàguà * unlined long gown 汤姆孙 Thompson or Thomson (don't ask me why it's here) 克鲁斯 Cruise or Cruz (don't ask me why it's here) 乔装 qiáo zhuāng * to pretend / to feign / to disguise oneself 恐怖分子 kǒng bù fèn zǐ * terrorist 两败俱伤 liǎng bài jū shāng * both sides suffer (成语 saw) / neither side wins 劲爆 jìnbào * strong and powerful 策划 cè huà * plot / scheme / bring about 坠入情网 zhuì rù qíng wǎng * to fall into the web of love 召唤 zhào huàn * beckon / call 眸 móu * pupil of the eye 激动 jī dòng * excite 孔武有力 kǒng wǔ yǒu lì * to be mighty and powerful 宽广 kuān guǎng * wide / broad / extensive 伟岸 wěi'àn * tall and sturdy 刀枪不入 dāoqiāngbúrù * (of a human body) arms-proof 依靠 yī kào * to rely on sth (for support etc) / to depend on 强暴 qiáng bào * violent 米华 mǐ huá * popped rice 土豆泥 tǔ dòu ní * mashed potato 肯德基 KFC pom45i's language rating (upper intermediate) is spot on. I really expected it to be easier, but the rapid fire of vocabulary in here makes it upper intermediate stuff. On the other hand, if you have a decent vocab, you'll recognise many of the characters and figure out much of the new vocabulary -- this stuff is not hard to follow. Some of the words above were new to me in this form, but I could understand them straight away.
  23. 1 point
    TV series covered so far: 1. 士兵突击 The kid from 天下无贼,盲井 and 暗算 joins the army ( Discussion - Emule - torrent - youtube - youku ) 2. 空镜子 Two sisters in Beijing fall in love, fall out of love, marry, etc. ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 3. 武林外传 A motley crew of scoundrels and ne'er do wells accidentally open an inn ( Discussion - Emule - torrent - youku ) 4. 微笑Pasta Taiwanese urban romance ( Discussion - youku ) 5. 神探狄仁杰 Tang Dynasty detective stories ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 6. 我爱我家 Much-loved family sitcom set in 90s Beijing ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 7. 落地请开手机 A flight attendant, her family, a group of mobsters, and a lost mobile phone ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 8. 魔幻手机 Time traveling mobile phone meets Journey to the West ( Discussion - Emule - Sohu HD ) 9. 家有儿女 Family comedy. Husband and wife remarry, creating a chaotic and fairly easy to follow household ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 10. 康乾盛世秘史 Drama aboot the Jesuit Castiglione becoming the court artist in Beijing. Stars Dashan ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 11. 奋斗 Follows the trials and tribulations of a cohort of fresh graduates in Beijing ( Discussion - Emule - tudou ) 12. 好想好想谈恋爱 The Chinese Sex in The City ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 13. 暗算 Secret unit attempting to detect and decode transmissions by Nationalist agents in the early 50 ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 14. 编辑部的故事 A younger Ge You stars in a classic early 90s (?) series about a struggling magazine ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 15. 中国式离婚 Marriage and divorce - mostly divorce - in modern China ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 16. 北京人在纽约 Jiang Wen stars in a tale of Chinese emigrants making their way in New York ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 17. 金婚 50 years of a Chinese marriage. Although you only get one year in the first episode ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 18. 狼毒花 A hard-drinking, womanizing ruffian takes on the Japanese army, mostly single-handed ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 19. 5号特工组 A team of special agents work to fight the Japanese in late-30s Shanghai ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 20. 美味关系 Cooking and romance in modern Taiwan ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 21. 狂花凋落 International secret agents set their sights on a figure crucial to China's space program ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 22. 天龍八部 Martial arts and intrigue during the Northern Song dynasty (Jin Yong adaptation) ( Discussion - Emule - youku - tudou - torrent ) 23. 上海灘 Newcomer to Shanghai accidentally saves the life of a leading businessman's daughter. Oldie goldie ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 24. 孽子 Dark Taiwanese drama about a young gay man dealing with societal pressures ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 25. 亮剑 Fighting the Japanese during the 2nd world war ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 26. 雍正王朝 Qing dynasty, historical, with skylee's recommendation ( Discussion - Emule (no subs) - youku ) 27. 双面胶 An idyllic marriage changes after husband's mother moves in, muyongshi's recommendation ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 28. 醉侠张三 "Drunken Master Zhang San" light-hearted comedy/adventure about a young gongfu master ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 29. 走向共和 "Towards the Republic", late Qing, early Republic historical series with skylee's recommendation ( Discussion - youku ) 30. 少年包青天 Song dynasty martial arts/detective stories ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 31. 花樣少年少女 Taiwanese Manga-based high-school gender-bender entertainment ( Discussion - Emule rmvb - Emule avi - youku ) 32. 大明王朝 1566 Ming dinasty, historical ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 33. 意難忘 "Unforgettable", a popular Taiwanese romance, calibre2001's recommendation ( Discussion - youku ) 34. 笑傲江湖 Another famous JinYong Wuxia adaptation ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 35. 皆大歡喜 "Harmony", Ming dynasty romance and intrigue, calibre2001's recommendation ( Discussion - youku - tudou ) 36. 与青春有关的日子 A police investigation brings back memories of growing up in the 1960s, friendship, and love. ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 37. 野蠻奶奶 II "Wars Of In-Laws II". The sequel to a beloved comedy show, calibre2001's recommendation ( Discussion - tudou ) 38. 丑女无敌 The Chinese version of US show Ugly Betty. ( Discussion - Emule ) 39. 子夜 Shanghai business/military intrigue ( Discussion - Emule - tudou ) 40. 锁春记 Unusual claustrophobic family drama ( Discussion - Emule - ku6 ) 41. 我们俩的婚姻 romance and marriage drama ( Discussion - Sohu HD - youku - Emule ) 42. 射雕英雄传 Legend of the Condor Heroes ( Discussion - Emule - youku - tudou ) 43. 倾城之恋 Love in a fallen city, Based on an Eileen Chang story ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 44. 雾都魅影 PLA vs. Taiwan spies, kung-fu style ( Discussion - Emule - tudou ) 45. 秘密图纸 Gritty modern military spy show ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 46. 大生活 Tragicomedy starring a Sichuanese mechanic with penchant for getting in trouble ( Discussion - Emule - 56.com ) 47. 俞净意公遇灶神记 A feel-good family morality fable set in the Ming dynasty ( Discussion - Emule - youku ) 48. 我的青春谁做主 Modern youth drama riding on the success of 奋斗 ( Discussion - Emule - youku - Sohu HD ) 49. 局中局 Company finds an unlikely double to pose as an ill manager, onebir's recommendation ( Discussion - Emule avi - Emule rmvb - youku ) 50. 潜伏 A KMT agent engaged to a communist sympathiser ends up undercover behind enemy lines ( Discussion - Emule - tudou )
  24. 1 point
    You're going to get plenty of people telling you that it doesn't matter where you study as all teachers will speak "standard Mandarin" in the classroom, and that everyone under the age of 35ish will be able to speak Mandarin on the street. I don't buy it. I think that if you're coming here to study Mandarin, and you want to study for fluency and not just a semester abroad, you absolutely must go to the NE. One of the most important factors influencing second language acquisition is dialect of immersion. Going to Guangzhou to study Mandarin would be like going to the sticks of Scotland to study American English. What you hear outside of the classroom is going to be very different from what you hear inside the classroom.
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