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Showing content with the highest reputation on 03/10/2020 in all areas

  1. 2 points
    "I have to say, i think it's possible China will come out of this well." This of course is the Chinese propaganda spin. It's All the Foreigners' Fault Conveniently forgetting how the entire world ended up in this disaster after a Wuhan doctor was charged by police in December with "spreading false rumours" after he tried to alert colleagues of the risk posed by the new virus. And let us not forget that all those restrictions on news dissemination make knowing the true situation in China impossible. The Great Leap Forward was hailed as quite a success in its time, remember.
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    I mean, in a class of 12-18 students this seems pretty normal. You normally have to answer questions in a class. You also normally need to do tasks in class. In China most of the communication is teacher-student with little pair or group practice. This does mean there is usually less chance to practice. However, from the teachers perspective you standing up and doing it is part of your practice. Lots of these Chinese language programs just require money to get in. Especially at lower levels some students just come for a semester or two with their University. It’s often free for them (parents or Uni) and they don’t really care. I found this to be the case at lower levels especially. Lots of students don’t do the homework, don’t practice, they’re just there for fun. I myself would find this very frustrating. I am not surprised she pulls them up for not doing homework and agree completely. Especially if the homework is relevant for the class. Calling them lazy... well perhaps that is just a Chinese way of motivating or shaming kids to do work. At least it shows they care and aren’t just letting students do what they want (which many of my teachers did). I don’t know any classes where you don’t have to answer questions in class. How can this even work?? In fact, even if you do private classes as suggested above you’ll probably be answering more questions and speaking more in front of others as student numbers are less! It sounds like you might just be embarrassed answering in Front of a lot of people or worried about getting it wrong. If so, a one on one would work but ... you’re the only one there! If you don’t answer questions you’ll just be listening to someone talk for an hour. That might be ok (but not really) for a University lecture but not great for language learning. So overall... I’d recommend self study as the only way for you. That way no one will ask you anything, you won’t need to answer any questions at all, you can do lots of homework (really it would all be homework) and there won’t be any tasks or standing in front of anyone.
  3. 2 points
    It's now been two whole weeks without any new confirmed cases in Harbin (I believe there has been one in the province as a whole), so now everyone is eagerly awaiting news of when the restrictions on movement will be lifted. As of now, everything except supermarkets, factories etc are still shut, and registration is still required every time you leave or enter your 小区. I personally think they will be lifted by the end of this week, although my teacher isn't so optimistic. I'm not the only one keen to move on and get back to normal, as this photo I took from my apartment window just over a week ago shows: the top line reads 开学啦, and the second begins 三年... - any guesses what the rest is (I had something else to attend and see what she wrote - it was covered in snow by the time I had a chance to look again). Things already seem more relaxed, and more people are out and about in my apartment gardens. I almost got run over by two kids riding their bikes yesterday, which would normally be annoying, but this time I was just happy to see parents relaxed enough to let their children outside now (in fact, I don't normally see kids out riding bikes - I guess the disruption to the school term has its benefits, for the overworked kids anyway). I've also started to hear the odd honk from the nearby road, a sure sign that traffic is slowly returning too. After some snowstorms the week before, the temperature have been getting warmer and walking outside today t really felt that spring was coming. I had a small fit of sneezing just as I got home, which I assume to be hay fever, but could also mean that I might be the one to break Harbin's 14 day long no-virus chain! A friend in 广州 said that some restaurants have already opened there, albeit with restricted opening hours. While I like cooking, I can't wait to be able to eat out again as normal. 哈尔滨的曙光即将来临!
  4. 1 point
    The name of the song is 那一场风花雪月的事 https://youtu.be/CW0YfoJL7CM
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    Hello, I wanna ask what university in China for studying Chinese I might choose for the next year. Before, I was studying at BLCU and had some issues with the teaching methods and with one of our teachers. She was making us very stressed out during the classes, she demanded that people stand up in front of the classmates very often and recite a text or do some kind of a task. I also felt like she was often unfairly criticizing students for many things. It seemed like she even started picking on some of my classmates who often didn't bring their homework and commented on how lazy they were. She got, in my view, short-tempered about too many things and was way too pushy. Such classes made me stressed out to the point I couldn't enjoy them after a while. Next year, I would prefer to attend a program which doesn't put so much emphasis on in-class performance and where students are not constantly asked to answer in the class (I'd rather do much more homework than this). If anybody experienced teaching which would be more suitable for me, please let me know. I'm really curious about what the other unis and language teaching institutions in China are like. Thank you for your help.
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    Italy has cancelled all soccer games and , I think, sporting events in general. Back to China... Interestingly, despite low to no new cases here in Beijing...recently things have gotten stricter out and about. I could walk into a clothes shop a few weeks to a month ago and there was no kind of control (I was temp. Checked on the way in to the overall complex). Now I am temp checked again at the store entrance, have to sign in AND in some stores scan a QR code. We weren’t sure about the QR code. It seemed to just be an electronic way to log our having entered the store.We were just there out of boredom really but you end up constantly being temp checked as you walk around and go in places. I also need to start bringing a pen out with me so as not to use the one they have for sign in that everyone touches. McDonalds was working 100% as normal throughout the peak virus period in terms of ordering and eating (of course more cleaning, wearing masks etc). However, now you can only order with your phone and all orders are take away.
  7. 1 point
    The West won't cancel soccer games. China won't cancel the New Year. I don't have a broader point, these two lines just struck me.
  8. 1 point
    That is difficult to say. There may not have been one patient zero, but possibly hundreds of people got infected at the market independently. With an incubation period of 14 days and given the fact that the common flu is much more common, no one really thinks about coronavirus in the first place. The whistle-blow was on 30th December and the quarantine started only 3 weeks later (23rd January). Italy's response including implementation of a quarantine was not any faster even though they were "warned" by the example of China. The future will tell how long other countries "wait" until they implement such measures... https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/02/whistle-blower-aiding-coronavirus-evacuees-lacked-gear-200228182320295.html https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/28/whistleblower-coronavirus-us-untrained-unprotected
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