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    I was looking around for 1:1 classes in Beijing a few months ago, and found that prices ranged from ¥127 to ¥350 per lesson, which can be defined as anything from 45 to 60 minutes, but typically 50-55 mins. The ¥350 is definitely way higher than the others — next highest was ¥220 — and almost everywhere I checked offers tiered pricing with lower cost if you book a package of 10, 20, 40 lessons etc in one go.
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    I thought it might be fun to revisit some of the classics of Chinese cuisine, things you run into again and again in simple mom-and-pop restaurants all over China. Would want to focus on dishes that are easy to make at home; ones that don't require exotic ingredients or specialized equipment. Have bought the fixings for 红烧茄子 -- hongshao qiezi (red-braised eggplant) and will make it later tonight to kick things off. It's good either meatless for vegetarians, or with meat for omnivores. The method of making it is easy to adapt to other red-braised dishes, such as Chairman Mao's beloved 红烧肉 -- hongshao rou (red-braised pork,) red-braised ribs 红烧排骨, red-braised chicken wings 红烧鸡翅 and so on. My short list so far has 鱼香肉丝 -- yuxiang rousi (fish-flavored pork slivers), which doesn't taste anything like fish, but is spicy and loaded with southwest charm. The same technique and flavor palette can be used with eggplant to make 鱼香茄子 -- yuxiang qiezi if one does not eat meat. Also thought I'd make 扬州炒饭 -- yangzhou chaofan (Yangzhou fried rice,) not only because it's great in its own right, but as a rough template for how to make other kinds of fried rice. Please let me know what else you think should be included. Everyone is also welcome to post their own recipes, preferably with photos to make them easier to understand and use.
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    unfortunately not that sophisticated! That would be an awesome thing. The closest workaround I can think of is to get all the Audio sentences in the lesson with their text equivalents. Then, input all these sentences (audio+text) into anki. This will be your main deck and serves as a big pool of Notes from various sources. You can then use anki to search the word across all your Notes. Then, you can identify all sentences where that word has occurred in any of your lessons. Copy these Notes (or the cards depending on your preference) out into a new sub-deck. This is the deck that you use to train, not your master deck. Each card has the audio so when you are testing yourself on your sub-deck, you also get to hear your teacher saying the sentence. IMO, this is essential for tone training. A bit off topic, but if you have created a Master deck, this is not the deck that you want to test yourself on. It’s the sub-deck that you test yourself on. So, unlike some who suggest completely wiping out a deck when struggling, I suggest not to do this with the Master deck as it has taken lots of lesson time and extra effort to prepare. However, one can delete sub-decks at will and create new sub decks depending on which words you want to review.
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