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  1. I used to be a purist, but now I can accept a certain amount of English (a sentence here and there is 九牛一毛). Sometimes it's just faster to use English (e.g. 长颈鹿 = "giraffe"), and sometimes it's hard to explain grammar without linguistics jargon, and most of it is outside the HSK vocabulary. Some absolutely critical points, such as how character components work, are easier to absorb in English; if they're explained in Chinese, the student comes back a few years later and asks: "why didn't you ever teach me this?" On the other hand, sometimes it's harder to understand things explained in English. I've been told a Chinese word means XYZ in English, but my teacher doesn't realize XYZ has 4 meanings in English. They turned one problem into two problems. And sometimes I feel like teachers just want to sneak in some English practice. (On iTalki you can check out their English level and choose teachers with poor English.) (Oh, and it seems TPRS is what you're describing.)
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  2. I've been in China for pretty much the entirety of COVID. Don't get the idea that the whole shanghai thing is the standard. There were a few months of things being mostly locked down in the very beginning, (2020?) which turned out to be a really nice time to do things and explore the empty city. There are some slight inconveniences like occasional and often free covid tests, and scanning a QR code to get into places, but besides that, things have been pretty much normal (in Chengdu at least) almost the whole time.
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  3. One word: Youtube! It is not one channel, podcast or programme, but it is the mix of sources that make this fun. I cannot believe how awesome Youtube has become for language learners. You can find virtually any HSK grammar point explained by several sources, there are tons of different podcasts, channels, etc.
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  4. That's the insane internet world we live in today. It's the same crazy BS that makes lots of Youtube recipes worthless. At least worthless from an instructional standpoint. They do serve a niche as entertainment. Cheap, lazy entertainment, but entertainment none-the-less.. False-pretense entertainment. Aimed at people who will never in a hundred years actually cook the recipe. Still they comment on it with criticism or praise. It's a game to them. The worst kind of dilettantes. Beneath contempt. These are the same pitiful fucks who write in "recipe comments", that "I didn't have any rice, so I substituted wheat, and "I was out of butter, so I substituted bacon grease" and "I was out of sugar, so I used black strap molasses." And "Didn't have any eggs, so omitted them." Oh, yes, "No potatoes, so I used carrots." And are not in the least apologetic about it. Then they have the gall to pass judgement: "And in my opinion, the flavor is there, but the texture is lacking something. Would not make it again, though the concept is brilliant."
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  5. I scanned the book. Find it on the Internet Archive at the following link: https://archive.org/details/readaboutchinaincursivescript Read About China was written by Pao-ch'en Lee. Yi-nan Chang took the essays in Read About China, wrote them out in cursive, and published them as the book Read about China in Cursive Script.
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