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    Welcome to the first entry in the Grand Gaming Project. If you are looking for an interesting RPG to practice your Chinese, read on. 《雨血之死镇》 is an RPG for the PC that comes out of China. You play as 魂, a swordsman with a shady past. You quickly find out that a deadly plague has struck the town of Pang. The rest of the plot, which gets quite thick, fills in as you play the game. The game is a mix of dialogue (written dialogue, no voice acting), exploring the environment, and battles. The game is basically interactive fiction with your typical RPG stuff gluing it together. The game has a very cool, hand drawn style that does a good job of expressing the dark and violent story. The game is pretty brief. I finished it in about seven hours, but it would have probably taken less than half that time in English. 雨血 is an indie game. It is mostly the work of one fella that goes by soulframe. As far as I know, the Chinese version has always been freely available, but if you want to show your support, you can buy the official English version on Bigfish Games. This is the first Chinese indie RPG translated into English and officially released internationally. Soulframe is currently at work on a sequel, 雨血2:烨城. If you like RPGs, then give this game a try. I enjoyed the experience. Details Download: Download it direct from here (130MB). Or Dropbox link here. Or from verycd here. You can buy the English version from Bigfish Games here ($6.99). Platform: PC (XP/Vista/7) Legibility: Good (Simplified) Difficulty: Intermediate. Almost Upper Intermediate. There were more than a few phrases I needed to look up. Study value: Good. There is an abundance of text to read. Install: Unpack the game in any folder you like. In the “Game” folder, double click on “Game.” It doesn’t need to install, it just runs. You can add a shortcut to the desktop, if you like. Draw your sword to start the game (拔剑). Controls: Use the arrow keys to walk around. Enter or space bar to select menu items or interact with the environment. ESC or X pulls up the menu when not in a dialogue or battle. You can save (存档) from menu. Save often (While mostly stable, it crashed on me once and another time I got stuck at the top of a stairwell). Don’t be afraid to use this walkthrough if you need help. If you give it a try, let us know what you think. "当今的武林中,绝没有人能避过这一剑" -魂
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    Hello All, I've written an ebook on learning Mandarin. I've attached it to this post. Hopefully, some of you find it beneficial. Any feedback is welcome! From the book: This is an approach to language learning. It is a mentality serious students of Mandarin Chinese should adopt if they truly want to master Mandarin in months, not years. While there are many excellent textbooks on the market today, almost all textbooks fail to teach students how to learn. My overall objective in writing this book is to share with others my approach to learning Mandarin which helped me develop oral fluency in just six months. While casual language learners and those curious about learning Mandarin will benefit greatly from reading this book, the contents herein have been written specifically for the student who wants to learn Mandarin Chinese as quickly as possible. Lastly, while the focus is on learning Mandarin, the techniques discussed here can be applied to learning any other language. Mastering Mandarin in Months How to Learn Chinese in Months Not Years.pdf
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    1. As always, search Chinese-forums.com for ideas and advice. 2. Registered at italki. 3. I had not yet even added any profile information- gender, age, photo, etc.- so all it knew, I think, was "English- native, Mandarin- beginner, eastern U.S. time zone", when I started receiving friend requests. 4. I accepted the first one (putting off any more for now). 5. We began a text exchange in the italki message system. She gave me her MSN (Windows Live Messenger) ID. 6. I installed the Live Messenger client, friend-requested that ID, and got started (text and audio, no video for now by mutual preference). Seems promising so far. 7. I then *also* started getting friend requests (within the Live Messenger client) from the people *on her contact list*. (I clicked on "reply later" to avoid too much complexity for now.) -> So, I've seen for myself now that there's plenty of opportunity to find someone who will treat me fairly with regard to "language exchange". For now, I'm very excited to get started talking on the Internet, and if I should ever want an online professional tutor I'll be ready to try that again without having a heart attack from the stress. :-) The Live Messenger client is linked to an email address @live.com that I've never really used. So, if a "friend" turns out to be some kind of trouble they can spam themselves in there, or be filtered cleanly, or whatever.
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    Besides what you said you can register a qq account QQ is the official messenger that all Chinese people use You can also search for people by region so you can make Chinese friends in your area and hang out with them, I have known so many real Chinese friends and internet friends through QQ You can register at this link : http://en.emailreg.q...tep1?regtype=1# and you can download the English qq messenger from here : http://download.tech...ft/17/21/71548/ The Audio and video call quality is quite good Wish it could be helpful for you
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    Sounds like good progress. Congratulations!
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    It is an interesting question... Here is some reading on the subject. http://www.cttcm.com.cn/mcsyyjd9.htm Henry
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    I don't know what country this is from, but in the USA, my understanding is that "associate professors" are typically recently tenured. One starts out as "assistant professor", and then after some years (5-6) one goes up for tenure. Typically, tenure is granted at the same time one is promoted from assistant to associate. After some more years (typically around 7), one eligible to become full professor (but, unlike the step from assistant -> associate, there is often no time period in which one must be promoted to full professor, and there is not tenure change involved). This of course varies from university to university, but I think this is fairly common at most major research universities.
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    There are some good tips in your book but I think even the best tips can only help people to "Master Mandarin in years not in decades"
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