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  1. 3 points
    "Do you study Chinese?" is just the question form of the present simple tense. It's used for asking about habitual actions that are ongoing. Adding "now" suggests that you're asking about change of state. In other words, the person didn't (habitually) study Chinese before. It would be appropriate to ask "Do you study Chinese now?" to someone who (as far as you know) didn't study Chinese in the past. The appropriateness of the question depends on the context, but not on the dialect of English spoken. It can be correct in both British and US English.
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    Another one from 中国大学 Mooc 中国传统音韵学 - China's Traditional Phonology https://www.icourse163.org/course/SISU-1003361045 From: Shanghai International Studies University Currently on its 5th week out of 13 but the previous 2 sessions are accessible for view without registering for the course (after registering with 中国大学 Mooc) The course deals with the historical evolution of Chinese pronunciation, much of it based on ancient poetry's rhyme and rythm; the analysis brings 方言, other East Asian languages and even Sanskrit into the picture (and the ppts are in traditional characters). Spellbinding! It's too advanced for me, but the lectures are so clear and so well delivered that even I can get quite a bit out of them. I can only judge based on auditing the first couple of videos, but it feels like linguistic Heaven already.
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    It's a very common somewhat cliched but polite way of ending a personal letter. (Though usually not posed as a question.) Translate it as you will!
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    Well, they must have given it back to you at some point and maybe it fell behind a wardrobe, things happen. My point, which does not seem to be getting through, is that it is a complete dead-end to deal with the school as if they have done something wrong. If you want to preserve any chance at all of getting this back, you need to ask for help on the basis that you must have foolishly left it behind somewhere. Under the circumstances of course you don't want to do that, but this is China and if you want your diploma back you're going to have to go at this in the Chinese way. (And as I said, that also means dealing with the school through an intermediary.) Obviously you plan to spend a lot more time in China, so learning how to get things done Chinese-style is very good experience. (If you have already made absolutely clear to the school that you think they stole your diploma, though, then it may be too late to salvage anything.)
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    This is a real conundrum. If they did indeed take it out from your case, they cannot possibly admit they did so by returning it. It's impossible. You need to give this a lot of thought and find a way the document can be returned without implicating the school. You probably need to use an intermediary and probably need to come up with some sort of cover, like insisting you must have left it somewhere around the school, maybe they can find it. But loudly claiming it was stolen will get you nowhere.
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    After reading a book (at say 90% comprehension), checking the meaning of all words you don’t know, and semi-learning them via SRS, do you reread the book all over again once you have completed reading the book the first time? This will take time away from reading your next book. But am wondering whether rereading will help reinforce all the new words you learnt during the first read. Thanks!
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    I meant meandering in a positive way. I also really liked the slow pace - there was no hurry or rush and the show was happy to go on at its own speed. Episodes were only an hour or so long, but they felt much longer, but without feeling drawn out or plodding.
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    @mungouk - thanks! Credit there is actually due to Apple but it's a very cool feature, yes 🙂 (though one which will hopefully become unnecessary at whatever point our Catalyst app ships) @abcdefg - yeah, it's on Google's end, sadly. It still works perfectly happily on Android 9 or earlier, and we have no plans to remove it for users of compatible versions of Android, but in Android 10, apps are no longer allowed to access the clipboard in the background; they decided the security consequences of malicious background apps being able to spy on passwords or other sensitive stuff people were copying to the clipboard were worse than the consequences of banning useful apps like ours from monitoring clipboard contents. At the moment, your best bet is to simply 'share' the text with Pleco (often accessible from the same menu you use to copy it) instead of copying it to the clipboard. We hope Google might eventually allow us to bring this feature back by offering a CLIPBOARD_MANAGER permission or some such, but there are no signs of that being imminent. (and of course if they did offer that permission, you'd have people getting prompted to enable it to use a free coloring book app or whatever and they'd be right back to the current situation)
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