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Showing content with the highest reputation since 12/04/2018 in Posts

  1. 3 points
    中国文化概论 ("Introduction to Chinese Culture"), by Wuhan University, is on its 9th run and a recipient of a National Excellence Award. https://www.icourse163.org/course/WHU-20011 Lecturers: 李建中(Li Jianzhong), Gao Wenqiang (高文强) and Li Li (李立). A historical overview of traditional Chinese culture, including Confucianism; the Dao and Daoism; Buddhism; political culture in history, aesthetics; folklore; science and technology; etc. The videos have Chinese subtitles that work with mouseover browser dictionaries like Zhongwen. Playing speed can be lowered to 0.75%. Sound quality is excellent Handouts: class ppt in pdf, can be downloaded. I'm only half way through, but this already is one of my most enjoyable moocs ever and the best course on traditional Chinese culture I've done so far, and I've done quite a few both online and in campus. The teachers manage to condense a lot in each class, without dumbing-down their lectures. The presentation and views are fresh and informative, free of mind-numbing slogans and set phrases. I also like the absence of on-your-face flag waving, the teachers allow Chinese culture speak for itself. This does more to enhance one's appreciation and understanding than 120 months of worth of slogans. Despite the simplicity and directness of the language, this is a very well thought, in-depth foundation course. At the end, you will understand Chinese culture like never before. Higher intermediate and advanced language learners with a basic knowledge of Chinese culture should be able to follow, a smattering of Classical Chinese helps. Best keep a chronological table or summary of Chinese history handy, to orient you while watching the lectures. Because of the large amount of information, it also helps to listen to the video lessons more than once, perhaps even taking notes (which is also good practice). Professor Li Jianzhong speaks with a strong Hubei accent, but he speaks slowly and carefully, and, I find him quite easy to follow (subtitles help at first) and very appealing - actually, his accent is part of the charm of this mooc, he also has a great way to recite from the classics. Gao Wenqiang and Li Li speak standard putonghua. Registration for this mooc may already be closed, in which case you can register your interest and receive a reminder when registration opens again for next semester. More information on 中国大学MOOC in this thread https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/53786-chinese-universities-moocs-中国大学-moocs/
  2. 3 points
    Viki (Rakuten Viki now) has a lot of new additions, total 210 drama series from China and 58 from Taiwan. They're licensed for viewers outside China, and availability varies for different countries. https://www.viki.com/explore Here are a few of the subtitled ones I'm partial to (but check the explore pages for more) Candle in the Tomb 鬼吹灯之精绝古城 https://www.viki.com/tv/31617c-candle-in-the-tomb With Learning Mode, try it out! Candle in the Tomb: The Weasel Grave (in progress) 鬼吹灯之黄皮子坟 https://www.viki.com/tv/35568c-candle-in-the-tomb-the-weasel-grave Story of Yanxi Palace (90 episodes, in progress, soon complete) 延禧攻略 https://www.viki.com/tv/36279c-story-of-yanxi-palace On a similar vein, Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace 87 episodes - complete 如懿传 https://www.viki.com/tv/36164c-ruyis-royal-love-in-the-palace The Three Heroes and Five Gallants (42 episodes, complete) 五鼠闹东京 https://www.viki.com/videos/1097037v-the-three-heroes-and-five-gallants-episode-1 Lots of kungfu and banter, and Kevin Yan is good as the Imperial Cat. Based on an oral story later written down during the Qing dynasty. I'm partial to it because I worked in the team, it was fun. For some reason, Chinese subs can be seen in the background - great! Secret of the Three Kingdoms (54 episodes, complete) 三国机密之潜龙在渊 https://www.viki.com/tv/35857c-secret-of-the-three-kingdoms The Deer and the Cauldron (50 episodes, complete) 鹿鼎记 https://www.viki.com/tv/34438c-the-deer-and-the-cauldron?q=deer and the The one I'll be watching because I just bought David Hawkes and John Mintford 4 3-volumes translation Ever Night (60 episodes, in progress) 将夜 https://www.viki.com/tv/36178c-ever-night?q=eternal This is one I'm working on, not quite sure what it is about because I came to the team late, but it has a cast of thousands, lots of adventures and lots of kungfu. Had good reviews. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9193596/
  3. 1 point
    Looking back at my old visas ... from the time I had visas ... none of them have my middle name or even my full name. They’re all an initial and surname. My name is fairly long for an English name but not as as long as the OP. It’s a mere 23 letters but it still gets cut off on most things in China. My residence permits all include full name (first, middle, last).
  4. 1 point
    Plus if someone calls you and you don't know what the call is going to be about, so you have to figure out what the other person is saying while also figuring out what general topic you need to listen for. I also still find this hard.
  5. 1 point
    That's during my first year in China, had a scholarship to study the language for a year and finding ways to immerse myself in the language was pretty much my full-time occupation 😋
  6. 1 point
    @GabrielaVD hey, I also want to apply for uibe masters program, but another specialization. Are you going to study in Chinese or English?
  7. 1 point
    Any self-respecting vegetarian would use vegetable stock! Or seaweed/dried mushroom stock! Hmph! (By the way, which would you consider more appropriate for this dish? Seems like either might work?) Does the 鸡精 add much flavor? I'm wondering if I should use MSG or if a small piece of seaweed would do it. Since I've always understood MSG as really just adding umami, I usually replace it with seaweed, dried mushroom or dried fish (dried anchovy or dried fish flakes). Two great looking recipes. I love fennel fronds; I used them often in salads back home. I don't think I've ever seen them here, though. I'd love to try this soup so I'll ask around the 农贸市场 tomorrow.
  8. 1 point
    Only six months ago, I met an art gallery owner in Hong Kong who spoke like that posh bloke. My accent followed his and he got quite curious to where I came from. I used to like watching those old English productions that were endlessly repeated on BBC particularly Hammer House of Horrors with Peter Cushing or Basil Rathbone playing Sherlock Holmes.
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    This is actually quite comical. I hadn't seen it/heard it before. I had a student write a paper on the survival rates of neologisms for a linguistics class once, let me see if I can find it and if it has a good/sound explanation I'll ask her if I can share it
  10. 1 point
    @mungouk I’d base my vocabulary on the HSK4 list, around 75% can be used in speaking.
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