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    Yes I did note that part. Without that, it would be completely worthless!!! Your idea to collect more responses is certainly good; too bad it's been over a year for me now, I can't remember what I wrote any more. I just remember thinking I was hilarious, surely a 100pt story, LOL. Even threw in at least one HSK 6 vocab I had learned by then. I thought the point was to demonstrate our narrative range. No wonder, I must have lost most of the 30 points there. On #99, they should also clarify what they want to see, besides just usage of the words. BTW I wrote in to the big HSK center, asking things like this. Asking for a rubric, and giving them several sample possibilities, based on the TOEFL rubric for example. No response whatsoever. What's HSK 3.0?? I haven't been following. I see there are some online tests now, but I thought that was the same test, just taken from home? Are they actually changing the format again?? That would suck, I've been preparing for the HSK6 over a year now lol. Still another year to go it seems.
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    No haha, just a straight forward typo, no pun intended, but now you have pointed it out, I feel strangely proud, unjustly but still
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    Disclaimer: This write up is not a guide on how to type using Cangjie, check out the wiki page for a basic intro if you're interested. This is aimed at anyone who simply wants to know whether learning a new input method is or is not worth the time investment. 2020 has been a very strange year for me, as I'm sure it has for most of us. With all the extra time, I decided to get down to some things that I've wanted to do for a while but...just never had the time. One of those things was learning to type Cangjie both fast enough that I can use it for live conversation on Wechat, and for practicing my character retention abilities. There are a number of shape-based input methods for Chinese out there, the most famous being Cangjie (倉頡), Dayi (大易) and Zhengma (鄭碼) for traditional, and Wubi (五笔) for simplified. I chose to learn Cangjie as it is well suited for typing both traditional and simplified, which can't be said of most other shape-based methods (most are now able to some extent, but mainly rely on 'conversion' rather than directly typing in the specific character according to its structure). Thats not to say Cangjie is 'the best' of these systems, its just the one that suited my needs the most. Other benefits of Cangjie are that it is widely available and license-free, so no worries that it will suddenly disappear or require some payment to use. It also uses a lot less keys than methods such as Dayi, so less finger stretching. Regardless, I believe Cangjie is an incredibly well-designed system, a real work of genius that functions to break down computer-font characters in the same way stroke order helps with handwriting characters. After 6 months of practice I have racked up just close to 100 hours of typing practice on anki (typing out sentences from memory based on prompts). I can now reach around 25-30cpm. I type at around 60-70wpm in English, so I've still got a long way to go, but I'm happy with my progress as it stands. Here's what I've found is important on my journey: 1. Your keyboard keys affect how a shape-based input method helps with character retention I originally set out using normal keys with alphanumeric symbols. I learned to touch type fairly quickly in Cangjie, but found that I began to see characters as strings of English letters in my head, a little like how when you're typing in pinyin you often think of the romanised version of what you're writing before the image of the character floats into your mind. This became quite annoying and counterconstructive, so I got some Cangjie stickers from ebay and stuck them on blank keycaps to see what difference there might be. The difference was noticeable immediately, as I began to associate the keys with Chinese characters much quicker. However, I still found that with some of the more difficult keys (where the character and the element it could represent are connected in a fairly abstract way), my brain would start remembering the string of keys for the character instead of properly decomposing it into its elements. The brain always chooses the easiest option I guess. A good example of this would be 麼, where 戈 represents both 广 and 丶 in the decomposition, with 女 also representing the stroke 𡿨, it was just easier to remember 麼=戈木女戈, or even just the shape the keys made on the keyboard. So I decided to make a set of keys similar to the ones you see for 五笔, where every single symbol is listed on the keycaps (ive seen them for 鄭碼 too, probably because the amount you need to remember for it is too much of a burden on the brain). I should emphasise, I decided to use this keyboard specifically for the purposes of character retention. If I wanted raw speed I would just use blank keycaps and rely on muscle memory. This keyboard has had a massive effect on how Cangjie has helped with remembering character writing, and if anyone is interested I'll be happy to send on the inkscape file. Now when I look at my keyboard to type 麼 I can actually look for 广 - 木 (-木) -𡿨-厶 instead of remembering some arbitrary code or pattern. Think that looks scary? Its not, it is very intuitive and can be learnt in half an hour of typing I would estimate. Check out 徐碼 for a typing system that has a single code for every single character you could possibly type. Bet you like the look of that Cangjie keyboard now: 2. Cangjie 5 is a massive improvement on Cangjie 3. Microsoft Cangjie is riddled with errors. I first set out using Cangjie probably around 2 years ago, but it was only really out of curiousity and I only used it on my phone. I didnt realise it at the time but I was using the 3rd generation of the system (for reference, 1 and 2 were largely just glorified betas). Then when I moved onto using cangjie on my laptop (ms surface), I discovered that many of the codes were different, despite it still being classed as Cangjie 3. Thankfully I came across this fantastic wikibook which not only explained the errors that MS has made in its own hacky version of Cangjie (after parting ways with the creator of Cangjie), but also showed how the 5th generation of Cangjie had corrected all the weird decomposition errors and inconsistencies in Cangjie 3. I immediately switched to Cangjie 5 and have not looked back, it is internally consistent and logical throughout. I strongly recommend any future students of Cangjie to use Cangjie 5, it is a pleasure to type with and really feels like you're writing characters, just like that feeling you get when you type English and your thoughts seem to just 'appear' on the screen - there is no feeling of detachment. Here are some notes I made when I first made the switch from MS Cangjie 3 to Cangjie 5 (using 倉頡平台) Correction of character selection order based on frequency. Eg 致 before 玫,知 before 佑. Damn that ms input was annoying, always having to add in '2' after so many common characters. recognition of 尸 as representative of the double dot, eg 假 人口尸水 應:戈人土心 this is fantastic, finally the parts are separated properly! 篼 has been corrected to 竹竹女山 (instead of 竹竹尸弓, which breaks away from the treatment of 兜 as a single unit (both in 3 and 5) 撐 and 撑 have their own unique codes (another MS error, typing 牙 here gives you 手...) 木廿 来 大木 东 etc the list goes on... I encourage anyone thats interested in comparing the differences between CJ 3 and 5 to have a look at this list. In fact, browse through the whole book, its incredibly well written. (Written by the 'boss'? of 倉頡之友, a forum without which I would never have found any success in learning 倉頡). 3. Cangjie is really fun to type with If you've ever felt the frustration of having to cycle through pages of characters to find the one you want, hate typing out whole words then delete the parts you don't want, or if you just can't stand 联系and 练习 causing all your friends to question what on earth you've been doing with all those hours of Chinese study, then Cangjie is defintely worth a try (or any other shape-based input method for that matter). Once you get used to typing using a shape-based method, you realise just how annoying typing phonetically is. Yes, I get it, its very, very, very easy to learn, and it means you don't have to remember how to write characters, only recognise them. But if you are at all interested in writing Chinese, then try Cangjie (or Wubi if you're simplified only gang) and I'm sure you'll never look back. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing an obscure character and being able to check it instantaneously in your dictionary. I still remember the first time I saw 鑾 and realised it was just three keys right next to each other (女火金), the pure satisfaction... Here is an update video of me typing from today:https://youtu.be/DaZ9QRSKTbc I drafted a short paragraph then recorded myself typing it back out. There are errors, and its pretty slow going, but still, shows where I am honestly at after 6 months. Hope some of this helps, and if you've got any questions let me know and I'll try and help out
  4. 1 point
    Watched this mess yesterday on Netflix US. It was disappointing on multiple levels. 葉問外傳:張天志 is the Chinese name (traditional characters.) The fact that I watched a US release meant that the spoken dialogue was Cantonese and the subtitles were English. No way to practice Mandarin, not even a little bit. I've seen all the other Ip Man movies and greatly respect the workmanlike performance of Donnie Yen. This sequel credits him with being a co-producer. Publicity blurbs say he had a lot to do with the film's fight choreography. The lead actor, Master Z, is played by Max Zhang (張晉) and he's the real deal as far as his martial arts skills. He has appeared in supporting roles in tons of Wuxia and Kungfu movies. Unfortunately he has only one facial expression that I was able to discern. So he gets high marks for inscrutability and low marks for emotional range. Michelle Yeoh (杨紫琼) has a prominent role as leader of a triad gang who wants to clean up and legitimze the operation against the objections of her wild and unscrupulous younger brother Kit (played by Kevin Cheng -- 鄭嘉穎。) She has one good fight scene that harks back to her younger days in Crouching Tiger twenty years ago. (She is presently 57.) The plot is predictable, but that's not a surprise. Set in "old Hong Kong," the cast contains an "adorable kid with an irresistable smile," a "pretty but wayward bar girl with a heart of gold," her dutiful older sister who also has eyes for Mister Z. This lineup of cliches contains the obligatory corrupt white-face police commissioner and his band of flunky native officers who are in cahoots with a restaurateur who is importing and wholesaling heroin on the side. Actually this guy, the restaurant owner, pretty much steals the show. He is a huge ex-professional wrestler named Dave Bautista who at one time was world heavyweight champion. From the minute we first meet him, we start hungering for a showdown. We want to see what he's got. But the first few times he's on camera, he is friendly and helpful and so damned nice to everyone that I had to wonder how the director was going to turn him into a villan and engineer a confrontation. Eventually it happened and predictably the hero, Master Z, all 95 pounds of him, gets nearly demolished before he deigns to unleash his bad-ass Wing Chun. The boring back story is that long ago he had his own thriving martial arts studio and was considered a shoe in as the "next great master." But he got whipped one day behind closed doors by Ip Man himself and since then he took a vow to only use "ordinary" street-fighter type kung fu, not the near-magical Wing Chun. He had been living with this secret shame until Dave Bautista just about polished him off without even breaking a sweat. The audience is shown a dream-like image of Master Z's wooden practice dummy as he lies on the floor, head reeling, nose bleeding. This was intended as an "OK, the gloves are off" moment. The honest, humble hero has been pushed too far. There will be Hell to pay. He gets up and twists his hands into some new positions and balances differently on one foot instead of two and unleashes the Wing Chun tornado on Big Dave. The music and lighting change. We know that now he cannot possibly fail. Maybe it takes a devoted martial arts afficionado to appreciate the subtlety of this stuff. I found it hokey and unconvincing. In the real world, the big guy would have ripped his head off and bounced it against the wall. The showdown has a second part in which a group of downtrodden native police officers suddenly turn against their corrupt British commander, the crowd cheers, and the house lights come up on a new day of peace and prosperity. This film does not measure up well in comparison to its predecessors. I would pass on a chance to see it again.
  5. 1 point
    Last week, I heard a talk by one of the world's top vaccine experts and he noted we're being very over-optimistic regarding the vaccine. Many of the technologies being tried have never been used or worked before. Yesterday's Philadelphia Inquirer (a good newspaper) portrayed an individual known as the "father of DNA vaccines" because he pioneered the technology over 30 years ago. However, the article also noted that zero safe & effective DNA vaccines have been created (hence, a DNA vaccine might work for covid, but just "might"). Even companies that have made vaccines for decades struggle to make them. Sometimes manufacturing of a vaccine stops for 1 to 2 years because some problem is happening. All are grown biologically, so diagnosing the problems are difficult (it's not like troubleshooting chemical synthesis). Sometimes trace impurities impact the microbes that make the vaccines. Trying to make enough of any vaccine for the world is really difficult. In addition, vaccines have to achieve an extremely high level of safety, much much more than drugs, because vaccines are given to healthy people. In addition, this vaccine would be given to those of every age - something that also presents safety challenges. I fully support all of the vaccine research. The good aspect is that the world is trying to create a vaccine so many ways, one may work. However, until that time we need enhanced use of masks & social distancing (following the lead of China, Korea & NZ). Notably in my country, the US, CDC just said the virus is spreading too fast to control. At least our Vice President is finally starting to support the use of masks (but the same news report noted he attended a choir practice where people didn't use masks, so he's not yet fully aware of the risks).
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    How did it go @mungouk et al? You've put in so much effort - very inspiring.
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    You need to click on the link I gave you, then click on the link there I mentioned, 海外手机号登录. At which point a box will open from which you can select the country code prefix of your mobile number. But before doing this, click on 免密码登录 at the top left, if you want to register with an SMS code instead of a password, your choice.
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    Don't cha just hate it when you engage in some wordplay or such, then someone comes along and ruins it by trying to explain it to the masses?
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    This typo (auto-correct?) actually works too!
  10. 1 point
    If anyone knows any rumours about Chinese border reopening, please let me know. I've been stuck in South Korea for more than 4 months now without anything on me, getting really depressed here
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    I've posted these before (somewhere), but here are the marking guidelines for HSK exams, levels 1-6: http://www.chinesetest.cn/userfiles/file/HSK-pingfen.pdf Specifically for the HSK 5 "write a short essay" bit (写短文), questions 99 and 100 it says: 4.写短文 HSK(五级)中有“写短文”题。我们分第 99 题和第 100 题来介绍。 第 99 题 0 分:空白。 低档分:未全部使用 5 个词语,内容不连贯,有语法错误; 有较多错别字。 中档分:内容连贯且合逻辑,有语法错误; 内容连贯且合逻辑,有少量错别字; 内容连贯且合逻辑,篇幅不够。 高档分:5 个词语全部使用,无错别字,无语法错误,内容丰富、连贯且合逻辑。 第 100 题 0 分:空白。 低档分:内容与图片相关性不大; 内容不连贯,有语法错误; 有较多错别字。 中档分:内容与图片相关且合逻辑,有语法错误; 内容与图片相关且合逻辑,有少量错别字; 篇幅不够。 高档分:内容与图片相关,无错别字,无语法错误,内容丰富、连贯且合逻辑。 注:本题以描述为主。我们尽量选那种适合描述的图片,考生基本不需要进 行议论;考生如果侧重议论,也不会影响其成绩。因为评分员关注的是汉语表达 的规范与流畅,而非立意、见识的高下
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    By the way - just in case anyone is interested . my approach to the last written question was wrong.I've been told this evening that you are meant to write clearly about what you see in the picture - so I just started making stuff up about a father talking to his son while fishing. This seems to be wrong. Also you don't have to use very advanced language - you just have to try not to make any mistakes....so maybe I should have said 父亲和儿子正在钓鱼。儿子抓到一条鱼 , 儿子把钓竿从水里拿出来... (actually not sure if my chinese is fully correct there - but it's more about that type of thing). Can anyone with decent chinese give an example about what is a good answer to this? The picture was just a father and son, holding holding a fishing rod with a fish on the end.
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    They are useful for everything. Sound quality has remained excellent. Have not noticed any deterioration in the 3 or 4 years I have owned them. I bought a new pair a month ago, here in the US, a different brand by a competing Shenzhen company (Treks is also a Shenzhen company.) These are called Vidon F!. Got them from Amazon.' https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PRDZZRX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I just now noticed that there are quite a few online reviews and discussion of their pros and cons. I sometimes use mine in the car when I want to retain some awareness of what else is going on around me for safety reasons. I listen to long books on tape (Audible dot com.) Radio on the back roads of NE Texas is almost exclusively bible-thumping preachers and cowboy beer-drinking laments ("If my pickup was a horse, I would have shot it by now.")
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