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  1. 5 points
    I recently finished “Art in China” by Professor Craig Clunas. The book organizes the art of China in different contexts, and then describes the history chronologically within that context. This way of learning about history is rather interesting. The discussions are much clearer because the items being compared are discussed right before, and reduces flipping through the book to remember other facts. It also provides a better overall view of the history and development of art in these contexts. I typically read books in Chinese about topics related to Chinese culture because I’m more familiar with names and terms in Chinese. With books in English, I typically have problems with translated or romanized names and terms. (I never learned Chinese romanization). I had no problems with this book. I think it’s a good introductory book for anyone interested in the history of art of China. The book also has a timeline, bibliography, and lists of websites for reference.
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    Ok, it's finally time for the next lesson in Volume 1 of PAVC! Lesson 2! Grammar Notes: This lesson goes over stative verbs and introduces the following sentence structures: 我很忙。 我不忙。 我不太忙。 我很忙,你也很忙。 你忙不忙? Which basically can be formulated as: Affirmative: N/PN + ADV + SV. Negative: N/PN + NEG + SV. -or- N/PN + NEG + ADV + SV. Question: N/PN + SV + NEG + SV? Vocabulary Notes: 不 is usually unstressed in the SV question sentence type. Hanzi Learned: 早,趙,小,姐,張,久,見,啊,很,謝,也,這,太,天,氣,熱,去,上,課,們,忙,再,冷 Exercises:
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    Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. Watch Beijing opera, play on a swing, kick a stone by the side of the road Hallway door’s lantern, outdoor market’s soup noodles Newly-bought clothes, pocket money from lunar new year Small cloth shoes, flower print handkerchief Uncle that makes sugar people and celestial beings from the stories I put a handkerchief over my face, count to three You quickly hide behind the old tree Elder sister, l saw you once last year You’re laughing, laughing with others and start to talk about the past Alleys from childhood were long and short Without realizing it, twenty years have passed You said you remembered my pigtails from when I was six Laughing at my craziness, say that I should become a performer Now, faraway from home, when I come across a street performer girl Can’t keep myself from giving a few pennies more Small cloth shoes, flower print handkerchief Uncle that makes sugar people and celestial beings from the stories I put a handkerchief over my face, count to three You quickly hide behind the old tree Elder sister, l saw you once last year You’re laughing, laughing with others and start to talk about the past Alleys from childhood were long and short Without realizing it, twenty years have passed You said you remembered my pigtails from when I was six Laughing at my craziness, say that I should become a performer Now, faraway from home, when I come across a street performer girl Can’t keep myself from giving a few pennies more Elder sister, l saw you once last year You’re talking, talking with others and start flipping through a photo album Mottled smudges, bits and pieces How did twenty years pass without us realizing it? I’ve already cut off my pigtails Your looks have a bit more weariness to them Now, faraway from home, when I come across a girl who loves laughing Still can’t stop myself, your face pops into my mind Elder sister, I’ve also been fondly remembering Childhood fruits were so fragrant and sweet That year when you were married off, I suddenly grew up Every day hoping, when will I receive your letter? clip.mp3 Answer
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    Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. Every young lady is a flower Wherever it blooms, cow poop will be there Every dude has a phrase Don’t know whether or not to say it to a girl Hey girl, where're you off to? I haven’t finished saying what I want to say Hey girl, are you going to come back? When you get back, let’s finish our conversation So girl, when you’re thirsty do you drink water? Me too, this must be fate Hey girl, when you’re hungry do you eat? Me too, this must be fate Hey girl, does your long hair hang over your shoulders? Me too, this must be fate Girl, do you like to wear your hair in braids? Me too, this must be fate Fate grows wings, it will fly Without you realizing it, it flies to your side Fate grows legs, it will run If you don’t catch him, he’ll be out of sight So girl, where're you off to? I haven’t finished saying what I want to say Hey girl, are you going to come back? When you get back, let’s finish our conversation Hey girl, when you’re tired do you sleep? Me too, this must be fate Hey girl, when you wake up do you get out of bed? Me too, this must be fate Hey girl, do you like listening to this song? Me too, this must be fate Hey girl, do you want another one? Me too, this must be fate Hey girl girl, when you’re thirsty do you drink water? Me too, this must be fate Hey girl girl, when you're hungry do you eat? Me too, this must be fate Hey girl girl, does your long hair hang over your shoulders? Me too, this must be fate Hey girl girl, do you like to wear your hair in braids? Me too, this must be fate clip.mp3 Answer
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