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  1. 6 points
    Took this picture on the way to IKEA this morning (doing my usually salmon run). To be fair, I would've been pretty similar last year, too. The roads are usually empty on New Year's Eve. I think people living in China are really experience this whole coronavirus differently. While a lot of people will say about people are just lying and spreading rumours on WeChat, what a lot of people don't realise is, we aren't seeing messages, we are seeing videos and government reports. When you see a video of hundreds of people screaming and crying in a Wuhan hospital, because they all have a fever, and there aren't even enough doctor to check them all, then it's scary. When you see a government issued report that before the shut down of Wuhan, 19,000 people from there travelled to Hangzhou, then it's scary. A guy in my housing complex in Hangzhou turned himself in because he had been in contact with people from Wuhan who had the virus, but luckily he was cleared. If you're in China and want to get a clearer picture, you can contact your local districts office. They're all up to date and pretty honest about everything that's happening. I keep seeing a lot of 'it's all lies' and 'it's not a big deal' online, especially in places like Reddit, but for us living in China, we don't use papers and journalists to see what the situation is like, we get to see real people's videos and photos that they've posted on their moments.
  2. 6 points
    update 2: so far everything that weve been told earlier by a relative who works in pharma here in china has been extremely accurate. Today he said that the disease has now been proven to be contractable via the eyes. Wuhan is shut completely now, but luckily not yichang. Were going to the countryside tomorrow for new years then gonna try and fly out via chongqing asap. Today the fear is real, nobody leaving the house, nobody outside on the streets, its weird being in such a quiet China…
  3. 5 points
    The Universities are currently delaying opening indefinitely. I would advice not coming here until this is over. If possible, delay a whole semester and start afresh then. I’d recommend against all travel to China. It’s not worth coming.
  4. 5 points
    (some?) petrol stations in wuhan are apparently going to be shut from tomorrow, presumably in an attempt to stop people fleeing on small back roads. Most major roads in hubei now have checkpoints, and minor roads have big dirt mounds or log piles blocking them. we have friends who went away to hainan before new years who have not been allowed to come back - but not only that, they (and many other people from but not currently in hubei) have been quite literally thrown out of their hotel. Nobody is letting hubeiers stay at hotels. Our friend ended up finding one that finally agreed to let them stay if they first went to the hospital and completed a check up to say their temperature was normal. Were going into day four of not leaving the house now and starting to get a bit of cabin fever. ive taken to learning how to write 千字文 out in full (I only learnt it orally back in 2018). Ive forgotten a lot, so that's been keeping me busy. As for 方言, I can only speak in phrases, once I get into an actual conversation I just revert to putonghua while everyone else speaks in dialect. It will be years and years before I could ever hope to confidently sound out the correct tones in a dialect - there's no materials to refer to, pretty much every time I encounter a word I have to write down the tone contour based on what I heard (eg "he11 ca21 黑茶 (later said as he13 ca21)" and try and figure out why it was slightly different from the last time I heard it (tone sandhi? maybe. emphatic? maybe. etc) Rinse and repeat, gradually building up phrases and perhaps Ill get there one day…
  5. 4 points
    obviously not really any use, but thought it was funny the men in our household have upped the daily baijiu to 60% strength (from the clearly inferior 50% prior to the outbreak), everyones like "try infecting my baijiu-bloated body" obligatory this is not an effective approach to resisting the wuhan coronavirus
  6. 4 points
    School in Beijing has been canceled right now (gaokao prep stuff). Schools in Hubei will all extend winter break. For how long, exactly, is yet to be determined. There is talk that the Gaokao might be delayed which would be a very big deal. As for actual numbers, the closest I can get is through people working as medical professions in China and it seems that numbers are for 10000 for sure with some closer to 20000. Predictions for total infected is at 40000-60000 depending on the effectiveness of the actions taken from now on. Some info missing from this thread: This became big as a consequence of Wuhan officials refusing to report the discovery of the virus as to avoid problems during some big meetings that were going on. To delay, despite the official place to test the virus being in Wuhan, the samples were sent to Shanghai and tested as a strain of corona viruses. Warnings from doctors were ignored for several weeks until it went viral. Some important doctor spoke out in contradiction of the official line that it wasn’t person to person transferable and said that it was. At the same time, a medicine that was said to exist as a result of SARS and could treat this was found not to exist despite years of claims which was resulted in doctor-patient conflicts. at this point several weeks had passed, official numbers were in the dozens of infected while hospitals of people dying from it and videos of it were being passed around along with unofficial numbers of 1500ish being infected. So with the new viral attention someone compiled a heat map of where the people who shopped at the market were (北京上海广州). Official numbers started coming up with netizens pointing out how HK had a few confirmed with hundreds suspected while mainland had very few suspected despite rising numbers of confirmed leading to suspicion of continued injuries information suppression. presently, knowledge of Wuhan officials blunders are common knowledge with the CCP coming out saying all officials from Wuhan will be punished. working in a school, all students are required to report if they have been to Wuhan, come into contact with someone from Wuhan or had plans to. All school activities must be cancelled (Shanghai) and regular spraying of a disinfectant. Similar plans are taking place at my relatives and friends in various areas of China that have few or no cases so far. Shanghai is currently building a new hospital (in ten days) to deal with the impending influx of patients after spring festival ends. I hope it’s kept low as face masked in all of Shanghai have sold out. They currently go for 10 times the normal price on Tao so. This way my way of answering the question of whether or not the media is overblowing this. I think not. If you need lots of cited sources for this to be real, then it’s best you wait for this to become history and researched as a case study of worst-case scenarios for infectious disease. typing this on phone so please forgive my unwillingness to get all the punctuation and formatting right.
  7. 4 points
    sensible. I wonder how many people within China are actually continuing to travel. the news of 15 more deaths is quite an increase considering that’s just a day. There must be more quite close to the brink. I was allocated to look after “clean” ICU during SARS (I am based in HK). There was a difficult period when staff were saying wearing the N95 for long periods during their shift was too intolerable. Coronavirus had not yet been identified. I decided to have the whole night with my N95 on in an easy chair (still with full protective gear) just off the ward. Never took my mask off once - fortunately staff compliance got a lot better after that demonstration. I admit it is hard to continuously wear N95 and you have to be really careful how to put it on and off to make sure it fits properly and does its job effectively. All that and being careful about not touching your mouth and nose. We didn’t have endless supplies so had to use a new N95 once a day. Of course, if your N95 got dirty, then it wasn’t a problem to change it in the middle of the day. We did wear goggles but I think that’s only necessary for healthcare workers and possible contact with high viral loads. Frequent hand washing is a must. You would be surprised at the number of times your hand can touch a surface which has been touched by a lot of people. For example, my wife went to the ATM for some cash, I waited outside as there was a long queue. It was only ten minutes After she had finished that I checked with her if she had used her hand sanitiser (alcohol based gel rub). She had totally forgotten to use it. The worst part was once I saw a fairly elderly patient for potential admission with a bilateral pneumonia. The referring Medical officer said she’s probably not got SARS based on social history and hinted that she was well connected. F**k the connections and her X ray was typical of SARS - “sorry but no admission to the non SARS ICU.”. Had myself checked with a chest X-Ray as a precaution a few days later and the radiologist said he needed another CT scan on me because of a suspicious area. That was a scary few hours of my life. Apart from the medical aspects, the aspect of isolating yourself away from social contacts for long periods of time is not easy. You eat by yourself, you stay in a room by yourself - there were no smartphones then. Very lonely experience.
  8. 4 points
    "It doesn't bother you that is 'Story from China' card is only pulled out whenever the West needs to be distracted from US Politics?" Wrong thread wrong time. What does bother me is folk who have to throw Donald Trump into every discussion no matter the relevancy. What a bore.
  9. 3 points
    not at all. im using the extra time at home to finally get on with something ive wanted to do for many years but never really had the time: 必背古詩詞 one poem a day until were free/the book is finished/other depressing outcome. im competing with my nephew who is already on around 80 or so. learning chinese is like the ultimate thing for when youre trapped on a desert island/in a zombie apocalypse. Literature can take you into another world away from it all, and even more so when it's literature from a whole different culture than what you grew up with. pick up a book, get away from it all
  10. 3 points
    I'm on my sixth novel, and still looking up words, but finally reading is becoming enjoyable, and my comprehension is excellent. I still encounter the occasional section where there are a number of lookups required, but even then I could skip the lookups and still mostly understand. I usually read aloud, and sometimes I'll read 3-4 pages with no lookups, knowing both the meaning and the sound/tone. I think I am still a few novels away from feeling I can read virtually anything with no phone/computer nearby, but now that I can read 10-20 pages in an hour or two, reaching the goal seems close now. And I still prefer books made of paper. I want to spend less and less time staring at a screen.
  11. 2 points
    I run my own business, study a Chinese Bachelor degree full time online and I'm now a proud father. Despite the virus, this is one of my most relaxing times I've had in years. I can finally sit down and catch up on some old textbooks, finish my online assignments early without stressing about deadlines, and actually have time to enjoy watching some Chinese films. If you've been studying hard for a year, use this time to take a break and think about what you've learnt this year. If not, it's the perfect time to stay at home and do some Chinese studying. Any time you feel down, don't forget to connect with your loved ones. After all, it's Chinese New Year, don't forget about 团圆。
  12. 2 points
    You can have Kung Pao Chicken 宫保鸡丁at the all-you-can eat Chinese buffet in the strip mall on the outskirts of Smalltown, Texas, USA. I know because I’ve eaten it there. Panda Express also dishes up a ton of it at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Concourse B. You can always count on it to form the cornerstone of an honest, solid meal. East or West. But if you start chasing it around Mainland China, you will quickly find that the name is the same wherever you go, but what the waitress delivers to your table definitely won’t be what you remembered having last week down the road a piece. It varies all over the map. More so than most popular dishes. Why is that? Gongbao jiding originated in Shandong during the latter Qing. Chicken and peanuts were both staples of Shandong Cuisine, which is also know as 鲁菜 lu cai. The Governor of Shandong Province 山东省 was a real aficionado of that particular taste combination; anecdote has it that he would even occasionally fiddle around with cooking it himself instead of just relegating the task to his staff. We are talking about Ding Baozhen 丁宝桢(1820年-1886年.) Shandong Governor Ding was originally from Guizhou 贵州省 and that is where he began his political career. When his relatives and friends from back home visited him at the Governor’s Mansion, he couldn’t wait to introduce them to his Shandong “find.” They were suitably impressed and carried the word back to Guizhou. The dish was quickly adapted to the local palate, and soon became a staple of Guizhou Cuisine 黔菜 (Qian Cai) as well. Guizhou loves hot food, so the fire quotient was ramped up. Guizhou also insists that sour be part of the flavor mix. That was accomplished by including pickled vegetables 泡菜。 In his later years, Ding was appointed governor of Sichuan. Not surprisingly, he took his culinary discovery with him. Once again it was modified for local tastes and to make use of prized local ingredients such as Sichuan peppercorns, also known as prickly ash, a mouth-numbing member of the citrus family 花椒 huajiao. Today Gongbao jiding 宫保鸡丁 definitely belongs to the cannon of best-loved Sichuan Cuisine 川菜 chuancai. Ding continued to attract favorable national attention by revising the salt tax codes and by refurbishing the famous Dujiangyan Water Conservation System 都江堰水利工。In the course of his long career, Governor Ding caught the eye of the Qing Emperor in a positive way, and before long his favorite dish got picked up by the power elite in the northern capital city. It earned a proud place in Beijing Cuisine. So today your order of Gongbao Jiding 宫保鸡丁 can have many faces. Not to worry; they are all pretty darned good. I’ll show you one very decent recipe that’s not difficult to cook up at home, but I make no extravagant claims to it being the “one true way” or the “gold standard.” (Please click the photos to enlarge them.) The finished product and the vegetables. Start with the meat. Use two large chicken breasts if you plan to make enough for 3 or 4 people to share as part of a Chinese meal. I suggest buying fresh chicken, instead of frozen chicken breasts since they have more taste. The two I had today weighed 0.549 kg (a little over a pound.) I sliced them open first off so they wouldn’t be quite so thick, then proceeded to cut the meat into roughly one-inch cubes. 鸡丁 Safety tip: Put a folded piece of damp paper kitchen towel under the cutting board so it won’t scoot around. Marinate the cut chicken in a mixture of 1 beaten egg white 蛋清, ½ teaspoon cooking salt 食用盐, ½ teaspoon ground white pepper 白胡椒粉, 1 tablespoon of yellow cooking wine 料酒, and a heaping teaspoon of corn starch 玉米淀粉。Put on a disposable glove 一次性手套 and massage the seasonings into the meat. Let it marinate 腌制 in the fridge about 15 minutes. Notice that the marinade isn’t “soupy.” It coats the meat without much excess. Wipe a small amount of cooking oil around the inside of your wok and heat it with low flame. Put in a heaping teaspoon of Sichuan peppercorns 花椒 and stir them until you start to smell their lemon-zest aroma. Take them out and let them cool. Meanwhile, cook a handful of peanuts 花生米 the same way. You want them to slowly toast, but not scorch or burn. Keep them moving over low flame for a couple minutes. They become crunchy as they cool, not while they are still hot. Crush the toasted Sichuan peppercorns in a mortar and pestle or in a bowl with the back of a stout soup spoon. Toasting and crushing them like this greatly increases their flavor. Set them and the roasted peanuts aside, turning your attention to the vegetables. Cut the red bell pepper 红甜椒 into thumb-sized pieces and chop a cucumber 黄瓜 into cubes 丁that are about the same size as the chicken. If you are using long Chinese cucumbers as shown, no need to peel them. Cut the spring onion into rounds, using only the white part. Mince 切碎 a thumb of ginger 生姜 and a clove or two of garlic 大蒜。 Prepare a thickening sauce 勾芡酱 by putting a heaping teaspoon of corn starch and a half cup of water into a bowl. Stir well to dissolve. Stir in a tablespoon of sugar 白砂糖。Add a tablespoon of cooking wine 黄酒, a tablespoon of dark vinegar 老陈醋, a tablespoon of light soy sauce 生抽 and about a third as much dark soy sauce 老抽。Set aside. Prep finished, time now to cook. Get the chicken from the fridge, stir it up. I always like to lay out the ingredients and mentally rehearse what goes in first, what follows, and so on. I suppose you could even arrange all your “mis en place” dishes in time-sequence order if you were of a mind to. “Hot wok, cold oil” 热锅粮油。I realize you knew that. Preheat it before adding two or three tablespoons of cooking oil. I used corn oil today. Flame on medium 中火 instead of high. Chicken requires a different approach from pork or beef. Add the chicken in one layer, spreading it quickly with your chopsticks (not all mounded up in the center of the wok.) Leave it alone for a minute or so, allowing it to sear. Carefully scrape it up and turn it over, trying to minimize surface tearing. It should mostly have changed color from pink to white by now and have a little bit of golden crust. The goal for this first stage is to only cook it two-thirds or so; not completely done. Only takes two minutes max. Add the crushed Sichuan peppercorns and 4 or 5 dry red peppers 干辣椒。I usually just tear these peppers in half as I add them. Some people cut them into smaller bits with scissors. Stir everything well and then add the chopped cucumbers and red bell peppers. Add new ingredients to the center of the wok; that’s the hottest part. Then stir it all together. Give it a minute or so, allowing flavors to blend, stirring and flipping all the while 煸炒,翻炒。 Now the thickening sauce goes in, mixing it well because the solids will have settled in the bowl. Stir everything well for a minute or so until you see the chicken and vegetables developing an attractive sheen. Last of all, add the peanuts and incorporate them more or less evenly 拌均匀。You want the peanuts to have a very short cooking time so they will retain their crispy texture. Plate it up 装盘。Admire your handiwork. Snap a photo with your phone. Set it on the table. Call the team to come dig in. Gongbao jiding and steamed rice 蒸饭 are just about inseparable, so plan ahead and have some rice ready when the chicken comes off the stove. Took a little over half an hour today, maybe 45 minutes including clean up. I listened to the Sutherland - Pavarotti Turandot while working. London Philharmonic/Zubin Mehta. Although this is fun to make at home, it’s also an easy thing to order in a simple restaurant. Any random six-table Mom and Pop joint will be able to turn it out. I often supplement it with a clear green-leafy vegetable soup. 苦菜汤 kucai tang, for example, is easy to find and serves the purpose of turning this into a real meal: veggie, meat, and soup. Tasty and won’t break the bank. Try it soon and see what you think! Here's the recipe all in one place to make it easier to use: (Click "reveal hidden contents."
  13. 2 points
    Well, 活著 is officially in the books. My first "big boy" Chinese novel. Very scared that the 2nd won't go as smoothly, so taking awhile to think about what I want to read next. Maybe 巴金。
  14. 2 points
    I lived in close contact with the SARS situation. It’s good to be cautious and being cautious does no harm. It was a nightmare during SARS in Hong Kong. When you and colleagues go through perceived risk of death everyday, it is quite depressing. People avoid you because of your job. Situation in terms of notification seems to be much better. The annual migration is definitely the X factor. Wash your hands frequently. Try to minimise touching mouth and nose. Wear a mask if you’re ill. I was on another community forum during that time. I remember a post from uk making light of the situation in Hong Kong saying to probably was overreactions. I had to give a realistic picture which wasn’t pleasant
  15. 2 points
    Bear in mind that depending on how this moves, if you happen to develop a fever from any cause and want to travel in China or leave China and enter another country, you may be quarantined until it's clear you don't have the corona virus. As Roddy points out, SARS had a big practical impact on those travelling about. I've also read other suggestions that the crunch if any will come as temperatures start to rise towards Spring, creating more favourable conditions for transmission.
  16. 2 points
    1、There are some problems with the Chinese sentence. 我一直在努力提高我的中文打字技巧,大部分时间都在努力做这件事。 我当前正在使用Win10官方输入法(IME),将我输入的拼音转换成中文简体字。 然后,我觉得我的打字速度应该还可以提升很多,而且当我从英文切换成简体切换成传统输入法时,使用IME很麻烦。 这里有人知道有什么可以提高中文打字技巧的方法吗?适应于Linux,IOS,Android等系统平台的方法也欢迎告诉。 2、I'm a Chinese software engineer.The most popular Chinese IME in China is SouGou Input Method, https://pinyin.sogou.com/.It's support Mac,Linux,Mobile.You can simple switch from English ->Simplified, you just need to press the shift key. 3、My email is [email protected],you can send email to me if you have any other questions.Welcome to China.
  17. 1 point
    stories from hubei in 财经 https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/gBBXzYGwBCICcJDZXAMNeA
  18. 1 point
    So I hear different English translations whether or not it's Rat or Mouse. They're different animals. So which one was in that race, a mouse or a rat?
  19. 1 point
    Why would you stop learning Chinese because of the virus? Lackluster government response got you doubting the language's culture?
  20. 1 point
    Sixthtone also decent http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1005112/wuhan-coronavirus-latest-updates
  21. 1 point
    Delay unnecessary travel until the situation becomes clearer
  22. 1 point
    @Tomsima I read somewhere the uk was in the midst orgsnizing an evac like the US one
  23. 1 point
    Contact your university for information. Many schools and colleges are postponing the start of the new semester by 2 weeks at least.
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    Actually, the card that's pictured seems to be the 工商银行商友卡. https://baike.baidu.com/item/工行商友卡
  26. 1 point
    15 more deaths, all in Wuhan, and 180 more cases, all in Hubei, NYT. Take it easy, though, @Tomsima. Maybe watch a movie.
  27. 1 point
    Depends on whether you're someplace that might be susceptible to sudden quarantine, and how leaving would affect your particular situation in China. But given the right circumstances, leaving does not seem an over-reaction. Besides, this may go on for a month or two, and it's soon going to get on your nerves. Bear in mind too that if panic were to develop getting flights out on short notice might become difficult.
  28. 1 point
    Yup, I'm already on Chapter 2 of 家 Just decided to go for it after all. First chapter wasn't too bad! Some tricky stuff - maybe like 40 word lookups. I would say that it does feel a bit tougher than 活著 but not excessively so. I like the two brothers.
  29. 1 point
    There’s a 99.99% chance that for any given individual, this is just an interesting story they’ll tell in six months.
  30. 1 point
    Merged - please keep all announcements of new videos to the one topic.
  31. 1 point
    I never took classes with only one other student, so I can't really say for sure about that. I did take some classes with 3 other students and another series with 4 other students. These were in Beijing, at a very early stage in my Chinese study. What I remember from then (a long time ago) is that I tended to mentally half-way rest when the other students were being quizzed or answering the teacher. It was difficult for me to stay fully engaged. When I do a one-to-one class with a good teacher it is very intense. I emerge at the end exhausted, but in a good way. Sweaty and gasping for breath like after running a 10 K foot race. (Exaggerating slightly here.) There is no "coasting" at any point during the lesson. I am constantly using 100% of my resources. I've known people who disliked that situation, who found it painful., who wanted a "gentler" learning situation. Personally, I find it exhilarating and thrive on the challenge.
  32. 1 point
    Do not lecture us on statistics if you do not know what the median is. Here is a hint: "Median age is the age that divides a population into two numerically equal groups - that is, half the people are younger than this age and half are older. It is a single index that summarizes the age distribution of a population." So, how exactly are "most of its victims above the age of 75"? Please just stop!
  33. 1 point
    I can't tell, but it looks like an anonymous prepaid bank card. Maybe you can use it by presenting the card itself at shops. But you certainly cannot use it to set up QR code payments on Alipay/Wechat, since that requires name verification with a Chinese bank account (or the new Alipay Tourist Pass).
  34. 1 point
    This would be a good time to check you're registered with your consulate and getting their emails. Presumably they're going to be thinking about what to do for nationals in Wuhan who don't want to be. WHO guy sounds quite unsure about the closure of Wuhan. Suspect there might have been a bit of surprise at that. It's unprecedented, isn't it? Even at the height of SARS, you could still get about. First time round, it was all interesting to see first hand. If I was in China now, I'd be considering a short-notice holiday.
  35. 1 point
    Why would you stay in a dormitory like that? For the chance to be a student and to better yourself. The dormitories for the factories that make iPhones and and other hi tech consumer goods for export famously have suicide nets set up around them. Any dormitory that doesn't need to have equipment to stop its residents throwing themselves over the railings is a good dormitory. Back in the day (Late '90s), accommodation for local Chinese students was always far worse than for foreign students. If I went to visit someone, I'd expect to see bunk beds lining the walls, at least 4 to a room, fluorescent strip lighting, and a giant rice cooker. A window would be a luxury. My friend in Beijing who works with recent graduates says that they're all spoilt and entitled, so I'd be fascinated to see the state inside dorms these days.
  36. 1 point
    My train yesterday was to Wuhan so you can still go there! I’m hoping that being in a sparsely populated village for a week will be an advantage but let’s see! China warns Communist Party officials: cover up spread of Wuhan virus and be ‘nailed on pillar of shame for eternity’ | South China Morning Post Chang An Jian, the official social media account of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission – Beijing’s top political body responsible for law and order – ran a commentary on Tuesday telling cadres not to forget the painful lessons of Sars and to ensure timely reporting of the current situation... “Anyone who puts the face of politicians before the interests of the people will be the sinner of a millennium to the party and the people,” the commentary read. “Anyone who deliberately delays and hides the reporting of [virus] cases out of his or her own self-interest will be nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity,” it added. Above summary from the sinocisim newsletter (free version).
  37. 1 point
    It's just another one of those panics the media stokes. It's not a big deal, but they'll make it look like it is. Just wash your hands more often, that's really it. And even that won't make a difference if you don't encounter an infected person.
  38. 1 point
    China was the country to invent paper money and will be the first to eliminate it. I've never had cash turned down. But I definitely have had them unable to make change. Usually they want to take your 100 and give you change on Wechat. I also tried to pay for a 20 yuan coffee at Luckin, and they flat-out refused. Download the app of GTFO. I think they're not even a coffee shop. They're going to build the app until you can buy overseas vacations and custom artwork and investment properties on it. And it'll have ads from here to next Sunday. The whole point of the coffee is to get people to install the app, and then they go from there.
  39. 1 point
    Having just returned to Canada, following a rather lengthy Christmas visit, I would like to provide a bit of an update to the current WeChat/AliPay cashless options for non-Chinese nationals. I have experience in IT, have lived in China, and speak the language rather fluently; so, one would assume that if the average person should be able to get this working, I should find it a breeze: Foreign nationals who reside in China can use both services, just like a local, provided they have a local Chinese bank account number. Non-resident foreign nationals do not have this option. AliPay does work, provided you are OK with the rather significant caveats. First, non-resident foreign nationals MUST use the AliPay Tourist Pass option, as a regular account requires either a domestic Chinese bank account number or a Chinese ID card number. Second, AliPay Tourist Pass MUST be configured using an overseas mobile number, so make sure you get things set up before you depart. This also means that if AliPay Tourist Pass ever locks your account, you're out of luck as you likely won't be able to access your SMS text messages, from back home, which is uses for verification. Third, AliPay charges a 5% transaction fee in addition to the 3-5% transaction fee charged by credit cards for foreign currency transactions, making this an absolutely horrible value proposition when compared to simply carrying cash. Fourth, if Google/Apple store reviews are anything to go by, not only are there significant limits to time (max 90 days per account), and significant transaction limits (currently 5000 CNY), but some accounts are being frozen (along with all the money in them) with little to no recourse. Summary: Can work; but with high fees, and high risk. WeChat Pay is further behind the curve even than the AliPay Tourist Pass mess, described above, to the point where it seems non-resident foreign nationals still cannot use the service at all. You may be able to add your foreign credit card; however, you will not be allowed to add funds from them, nor will you be able to send/receive money from other WeChat users. Real name verification still requires a local bank account or Chinese ID card number, even though a passport option exists. Finally, attempting to use said passport option got my WeChat Pay account frozen. After three weeks of dealing with telephone support (Chinese language only), my WeChat Pay account is both frozen (due to "suspicious activity") and unable to be cancelled (due to a balance which exists from before these regulations barring foreigners took effect). Odds are, I will need to start a whole new WeChat account, in future, and somehow move over all my contacts, in order to rectify this mess. If this ever does get fixed, however, I will update the post. Summary: Doesn't work, full stop. Make use of the passport option and you run the risk of permanent loss of WeChat Pay functionality even if/when they full support on-resident foreign nationals. in a nutshell, I would bet that very few non-resident foreign nationals will make use of either service any time soon, and those that do are subjecting themselves to what feels like a Wild West of extortionate fees and frozen accounts. I normally like to present things in a more positive light, or at the very least provide mere facts without editorializing. That said, it would be remiss of me to not admit that the whole mess has left be with a very poor impression of both services. Use at your own risk.
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    Don't be fooled. Finnish schools were once the envy of the world, but their embrace of progressive education policy is coming to fruition and the result is a continued slip down PISA rankings. The UK, on the other hand, has embraced some aspects of traditional teaching methods that would be common place in schools in China, and they have seen their position move up recently. I'd like to know what exactly is meant by "traditional Chinese teaching methods", and how this differs from just plain "traditional teaching methods". The forefront of the educational debate in the UK is a return to certain aspects of so-called "traditional" teaching, mainly as a remedy to going too far down the progressive rabbit-hole. I wouldn't want to go to a Chinese school, but there are plenty of "traditional" schools in the UK that I would be more than happy attending. On the question of whether or not British pupils are tough enough for a Chinese school, the answer is emphatically "yes". To find out what's happening, simply google "strict schools in britain" and you'll see what our young men and women are capable of.
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    Subtitles for Episode 7 – I Love Beijing Opera Happy Chinese 快乐汉语 Ep007 SRT subtitles.ass
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    Hello ! So many people finally answered ! @DonCachopo ok here is the google sheet link https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wgc1dXNIgy1Xn_XFd6HMXnxwYeYfCUXu20W4UPkvUI4/edit?usp=sharing @DavyJonesLocker yes indeed davy, the exemple that you mention is very confusing , that's why even if it's not the same radical, I placed them close to each other if anything else to improve, just tell me
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    Thank you for helping people with Chinese If I can give you some advice: there are tons of channels out there. So, look for a niche! For instance, you could focus on teaching Chinese by explaining lyrics from Chinese songs, Chinese movie subtitles, etc. Also, if I were you I would first create 100-200 videos and only then go "online". If you publish only 1 video per week and you have only 5-10 videos in your channel, then your channel will get little traffic and will be "irrelevant" (i.e. people will not register it compared to Chinesepod, Mandarincorner, etc)
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    Hi everyone I'm currently going through module 9 of the FSI Standard Chinese course. As you may know, there isn't an accompanying workbook as with the rest of the modules, so I thought I'd transcribe the reference lists You can find it here http://fsiunit9.weebly.com/ I'm up to unit 6 now; should have the next few units up by next week
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    this is not a home brewed text book, it is a book written by qianmu.钱穆, check his wiki page: https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh/錢穆. I am a history fan, we can share views no chines history and world history as well. To be honest, the book is too difficult for a non-Chinese, even for Chinese, without a good teacher, 50%-70% of content is hard to understand. You should know the background and culture behind to understand the stories...
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    Sorry for the slow reply. I'll certainly admit that given my background I'm likely to be fussier about these things than most. However, in this case it's important to note that this wouldn't just be happening once; there's the potential to introduce errors / duplicates / data loss every time you sync with another app or website. So the more you use this service, the more likely you are to get to the point where the level of inaccuracy is no longer acceptable. I'd also be wary as a developer of potentially getting blamed for imperfections caused by a) different apps or b) the inherent limitations of a sync service like this; if somebody uses this system to bring some words from another app into Pleco and then finds a lot of them are missing / duplicated / don't match up correctly, since that transaction took place within my app I'm the most likely one to get an angry support email. I can see this working a bit better if it was one-way, i.e., you dump words into it, search / review / download your word lists from the service itself, and perhaps also offer the option of checking word statuses in it via an API, but you don't expect to actually pull data out of it and into another app, or to use it to sync data between apps. However, in that scenario you're also imposing a lot more workload on this non-profit open-source service. If I were to try to build something like this I'd probably focus on a data interchange format without introducing an intermediary service at all; simply come up with a standard way for an app / website to accurately dump as much data as it possibly can about your known words to a file that other apps can read. So a lot of items like tone sandhi / variant status / etc can be optionally dumped to this file - could even support dictionary entry identifiers so that if, say, Pleco and Wenlin want to share links to specific ABC entries we can do that - but other apps aren't necessarily bound to pay attention to those fields if they don't care about them; at the same time, two apps that want to work together would now have a neutral format to share data in and could potentially even add custom handling for each other's peculiarities. Basically, instead of trying to impose a centralized service on everything, you simply facilitate sharing between individual apps and leave it to developers to sort out the quirks.
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    I forgot to mention that we place the straining cloth over a mesh bowl (like that below) for straining the yogurt. I also bought the mesh bowl at the local Carrefour. The cloth can be washed and re-used. Be sure to sanitize the cloth in boiling water before each use. http://www.amazon.com/06804X-Stainless-Grilling-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0043M5RKE/ref=sr_1_23?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1412993866&sr=1-23&keywords=steel+mesh+bowl Stainless Steel Mesh Grilling Bowl The bread machine is light and portable. You can put it away in a cupboard or somewhere else when you are not using it. For the bread, I've been using a 50/50 mix of whole-wheat and white flour. I also add in some chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and Quaker oat meal It's so much better than any bread that's sold in shops and restaurants. We are using the bread machine to make marmalade. Just peel the oranges, blend in a blender, add some orange peels and corn starch, and you are set. It only takes about 90 minutes to make marmalade in the machine. Some pictures of the bread and yogurt made.
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    Any raccoon-dog eating success to report? Did it go marvellously with some fava beans and a nice Chianti?
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    It would be awesome if he comes out spouting Marxist rhetoric and decides to dedicate his life to the revolution. Get him to log on here ASAP.
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