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    I struggled through the book and had to look up about one-third of the vocabulary on Pleco! But it has very few individual characters in comparison with other novels. I found it totally different from the film. I loved the film, and the novel too. But the trajectory of the film, as I remember it, is a married couple struggling through good and bad times and the whole of 20th-century Chinese history unfolding in the background. The novel is about one particular man, who wants to live, no matter what life throws at him. The events may be the same as in the film, but the emphasis is different. I don't think the film had the framework where the narrator is collecting country songs and then hears the main character's story (Fu Gui). Apparently Yu Hua was influenced by the song 'Old Black Joe'. This doesn't really come over in the film.
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    I work for LTL, so my recommendations are limited to the cities we have schools in, though thats quite a few by now. Hiking, climbing, mountain biking: First Choice: Definitely Chengde. Its in the mountains with great hiking around. The next mountain is usually a less than 10 minute walk from your homestay. Mountain biking is not very developed in China, but the mountains around there actually offer a lot of good options for it. Make sure you bring your bike. For climbing, unfortunately I dont know a proper climbing area there. There are loads of places where you can free climb, but you would need be quite advanced for that Second Choice: Taipei. The city is also surrounded by mountains, though a bit smaller ones. I am going on a two hour hike tomorrow just out of town. There are a lot of biking options too. I havent tried climbing here yet, but I am sure there are options. Third choice: Beijing. There is a lot of boldering in Beijing city and the mountains around the Great Wall are only 1-2 hours drive North of the city. There are a lot of mountain biking options (bloody tiring though....I went once with a mountain biking club on a Sunday, was a lot of fun and very well organized, but I couldnt walk for a week afterwards). Hiking along the Great Wall is amazing and there are loads of mountains around, so you are definitely not going to run out of options. Scuba Diving: First Choice: Beihai. Its right at the beach and there is a scuba diving club there. I am not sure about how good the surf it there though. Second Choice: Taipei. The beach is less than two hours away and Taipei is quite advanced with entertainment options. On the east coast there are quite a few surfing options, I wouldnt go there to study Chinese but for a weekend trip from Taipei its very doable. Third Choice: Strangely enough Beijing. I have a friend of mine who organizes Scuba Diving trips around Beijing. It takes some time to organize but you can scuba dive on the sunken great wall and other lakes around Beijing. Beijing, Taipei, Beihai and Chengde are all good for outdoors within about an hour drive of the city. The one place that I would avoid if you want to do outdoors stuff is Shanghai. Its surrounded by industrial areas and takes quite a while to get out into the green from there.
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    This is why we never let you place the bets, @roddy
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    Not exactly. When I memorized it orally I did it by breaking the text into five section, then did a memory palace for each and completed the text in about 2 months roughly from what I remember. But I noticed that once I didnt have time to do daily recitations in the morning, the memory of what characters I was saying, then the meaning and precise tones all faded relatively quickly, only leaving behind vivid memories of the stories and locations in the memory palace. This was really different to when I learnt Sanskrit about 15 years ago, where I sat with a pandit every morning and recited texts by rote for months on end. It was a pretty excruciating process, but to this day I can still recite verses in Sanskrit that I haven't practiced for years, and remember their meaning. I decided to try going back to this rote method to do the written memorisation of 千字文. Im doing the same with the classical poetry too, and have found that in both instances the results have been great. Slow, yes, time-consuming, yes, but definitely doing the job of going deep into my long term memory. In my opinion, you have to think about why you are memorising something: is it for a competition or performance coming up? Memory palaces, mnemonics, all very effective for time-constrained learning. But what if you just want to remember lots of texts/one really long text off by heart, to be able to recall at any moment for the rest of your life? No time constraints? I can only say I have found that, for me, the only thing that really sticks long term in this kind of way is rote recitation and repetition. It is the only method which actually takes in every little detail of the text and sears it into your memory. You can be kinder about the process and split up the text into manageable bitesize chunks, but you cannot let any mistakes slide: one stroke out of place? Back to the beginning. I couldnt recommend it as a good study technique as it isnt 'fun' and certainly requires more time than other methods, but personally I believe it is the most effective way to memorise. It unfortunately requires a lot of discipline too - as I said in my earlier post, once you start disliking the text and you cant get it out of your head, you know its working…
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    亏负 is more to wrong someone, so this is "there were many ways in which he had not done right by Manzhen in the past." As for the structure, the 的地方 highlights that it's aspects or specific instances, here's it paired with 满意 in the Juuku database: http://www.jukuu.com/search.php?q=满意的地方
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    update from quarantine here: - first lab test results are back, and the whole group has tested negative, which is obviously great news. - were going to be tested again this saturday, then again two days before the 14 day period is up, because apparently some symptomless carriers don't show up on early tests. - i am closing in on completing my written memorisation of 千字文, I have written it out so much now I am starting to really hate it…which is always a good sign, shows I'm definitely reciting it enough - hit the 30 mark for classical poems learnt by heart… - so bored ive ordered a neo geo to the quarantine centre so i can play metal slug. I literally never get bored of studying, but damnit if my brain doesn't need to unwind sometimes
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