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    锵锵行天下 (qiangqiang xing tian xia) - you may hear some old friends here: https://www.ximalaya.com/toutiao/18146107/ No transcript but there's an accompanying article with photographs (and most of us do need some sort of text to be able to understand the names). and even see them here: https://v.qq.com/x/cover/06ugnp9xc3wrhxn/c07047k03zl.html? .. subtitled! (in Chinese) Edit to add : There's an introduction here: https://v.qq.com/x/cover/06ugnp9xc3wrhxn/p0704pbogf4.html Long may it last! It's not the same, but it will help fill the gap for some people here. I've already warmed up to it, especially after discovering the video.
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    Chinese Reader - Annotated Daily News Wow! This one is an online tool, not a browser extension. The tool - from the Purpleculture set, is my Chinese Tool of the Year. It's a selection of passages from the day's news with everything one needs to study. It has everything I could have asked for, except a human voice for the TTS - but individual words don't sound too bad. The texts change daily. Don't forget to copy or save your word list before moving out of the page! I lost a very useful list that way.
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    The concept is 胯下的女人, the "woman under his crotch/between his legs", a sexualised reference as you can imagine, with imagery I think of domination, cf, http://www.iciba.com/胯下之辱 The crotch of his pants has ended up on his head (somehow) which makes it as if he is between his own legs, something a bit shameful.
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    Also for Chrome (or Firefox or Opera) Chinese Tools offered by https://www.purpleculture.net/ Tools provided in this extension includes: - Chinese to Pinyin/Zhuyin conversion - Traditional/Simplified Chinese conversion - Vocabulary list generator - Dictionary lookup - Translate to English - Chinese text to speech It works from the context menu: highlight and right click to get the list of options. I like the TTS - it sounds humans but bots are getting too good these days, it may not be. The website is well worth a visit. It's a Hong Kong bookshop with lots of titles for Chinese learners offering easier payment and shipping options than mainland sites, it allows Paypal for payments. I haven't compared prices. The site also has an array of diverse tools for learners, something for everyone.
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    I just watched Us and Them (后来的我们) which I really enjoyed. It’s much deeper than my appear and features some beautiful cinematography with really clever editing. It also has the actress from 七月与安生 who is again excellent. This is on Netflix where I watched it.
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    So I've read through many threads and something I find underdiscussed are clubs, sports, and other sorts of recreational activities available for language students. Are these available? Are they easily joinable? Specifically this comment: kind of worries me because if I'm going to be learning as a student in another country, one of the most important things is being able to interact with local students and perhaps the easiest way to do so is through activities (课外活动). I absolutely love to play soccer and tennis and any school that has an active club for those would probably boost it by 2x appeal in my eyes. Asides from that, this thread has really been fantastic with info and has probably swayed me into doing MTC at NTNU instead of other programs like ICLP and CLD. Thanks to OneEye, etm, and TaiwanFox for posting long paragraphs of your experiences at MTC; believe me when I say I lap up those posts like candy every time I see one as it really helps me make an informed decision on which program to pick.
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    Update: OK I tried again, much better this time around. I dropped the 老抽, reduced the other measures to 15ml (I measure) and used 老陈醋 from 山西 instead of 米醋。I only used half the sugar they suggested I used 750g of 排骨。 Overall far better and less rich than 1st day. Only factor I noticed user was the 排骨was less tender but this is because I used a different brand than 1st time. I suggested to some people about adding onion in at the very end but I got strange looks lol. Happy with my result and easy to knock up start to finish 45 mins with 20 mins just waiting
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    Hey, everyone. Some weeks ago, Pleco released two series of graded readers: Selections from The Chairman's Bao (Read the title again... it's NOT "Quotations from Chairman Mao") Selected articles from TCB, levels HSK 1 through 6 Graded Chinese Reader 6 levels from 500 words to 3000 words, mainly based on the HSK5 list. These can be found on Amazon as: Graded Chinese Reader X Words: Selected Abridged Chinese Contemporary Short Stories Has anyone gave them a try? EDIT: Pleco's "Graded Chinese Reader" series seems to be the same as the Sinolingua series mentioned in the original post in this thread. But of course, having them in digital and pinyin-free makes them more awesome, IMHO.
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    Hello! I am new to the site, I wanted to share my fathers cooking. I have just started a youtube channel for cooking, We have only a few videos up, but I would like have some feedback on them. If there are any request for a particular dish we would love to make it and show how its done. I hope you enjoy the traditional cooking style. If there are questions please ask away! Egg Noodle Pan-fried Wonton Ginger and onion Crab
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    I would think that since you already have the most difficult part down(speaking and listening) you really don't need to take any classes. Since you already know most of the words you will be reading, the Chinese writing system was basically designed for you. Once you learn the basic phonetic components, it will be easy for you to guess which words are which because you already know what they sound like. For example, if you knew that this character 方 has a "fang" noise, you could easily guess the meaning of 访问, 国防, 模仿, 房子 without having to actually look up any of them(presuming those words were in your spoken vocab already). Of course, writing might require you to learn characters a bit better, but in this age of Pinyin IMEs(which even include features to account for speakers who can't differentiate sh and s), sometimes you wonder if it's even worth learning to handwrite characters anymore. I've never been in your situation, but I think you don't really need classes to learn characters; you could start by simply reading simple textbooks and once you can read most of the purely pictographic characters, you could move up to more interesting reading matter. Getting one of those books that explains the story behind each character would also be a big help; I think those are always fun to read or browse around in.
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