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Sep. 9th, 2009 | 12:43 pm
posted by: jinran113 in chinese_majors

Hello!I'm a Chinese
So if you have any problem
you can ask me

I'll try my best to help

here is my email address

have a good time learning Chinese!!!

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Online Chinese Textbook Project

Jul. 14th, 2009 | 06:32 pm
posted by: aljensen in chinese_majors

Hi, I'd like to share with you a project we are working on - a free online textbook for Mandarin Chinese. The site URL is at www.daydayupchinese.com .  The site is pretty bare bones at the moment, as we are focusing mainly on getting the Chinese material up, and developing explications for the Chinese text later.

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Feb. 17th, 2009 | 02:44 pm
posted by: emmajeans in chinese_majors


Dear All,

I am a grad student at UNE in Armidale, Australia. My research is into online bilinguals' linguistic identity.

I need to find a number of people (over 18s) who are willing to let me read their blogs and take a survey, so that I can complete my research.

I promise, I am not a bot or anything. I hate to join the community and ask a favour immediately, but I have just returned from Nanjing, where (ask you know) LJ is not so accessible. I'll stick around, and hopefully be able to help you guys out in the future!

If you are willing and able to help me with my research, the URL for the survey is here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=depShi7qTx5TZCB3SiS_2bZQ_3d_3d

All the information about ethics approval numbers and contact numbers for my supervisor etc. are on the introduction page; but if you have any questions, please drop me a line at estewar4@une.edu.au

Meanwhile, I am looking forward to getting to know everyone!

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Sign translation

Feb. 13th, 2009 | 09:27 am
posted by: alirose in chinese_majors

I want to put up a sign that say something like "please leave closed" or "please leave this (door) closed" But when I try to write it is sounds like spoken Chinese, not like a real sign. Can anybody here help? Thanks!! (x-posted)

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Question for foreigners who've gone to china

Jun. 22nd, 2008 | 12:35 am
posted by: frigginlicia in chinese_majors

*waves* Hey guys!

I have a few questions... lol, sorry if these have been asked before.

1.What part of the country did you go? Was it in an area that spoke almost no English? Which dialect was spoken there?
2. Was it hard getting a job?
3. How long did it take until you felt you were fluent?

Lol, I'm asking all of this because I plan to move there for a few years to build my fluency/knowledge of Chinese culture... but I'm afraid that I may have trouble blending in.

I was also wondering how to write my name in simplified character... it's Chang Liu Yao (The surname is actually mine... whereas "Liu Yao" was my own creation).

Thanks :)

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Jan. 13th, 2008 | 06:42 pm
posted by: si_yang in chinese_majors

Hi all.

I started learning Mandarin Chinese at uni half a year ago, and I plan to continue it until the completion of my degree, with major status. I just came back from spending a month in Guangzhou, and I also love Cantonese and am learning it by myself and with aid of my Cantonese girlfriend.

I prefer traditional writing, though my Uni mandates all handed in and assessed work must be in simplified! :( I'll get over it. I'm also studying Japanese and Korean, and I find the unification and similarity of these three (four) languages in their roots to be fascinating, and aiding in study!

Looking forward to reading from you all.


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Seeking Advice (Again!)

Dec. 28th, 2007 | 11:22 pm
mood: worriedworried
posted by: sanguinetalons in chinese_majors


It's me again (the girl who asked about studying abroad and then went this last summer)! Graduate is fast approaching for me (this coming June) and I'm freaking out a bit. I've got this degree in Chinese but I won't be fluent by the time I graduate, and my other work skills include basic office skills, a tiny bit of teaching experience, and people skills. I realized that my best option is probably going to teach English in China, even though I don't see it as a life profession. My reasons for this are: A) a lot of jobs there pay for your housing and living expenses are low, so I could make substantial headway paying off my student loan debt and B) I could become more fluent in Chinese so it might actually be a marketable job skill instead of a tiny embellishment to my resume.

The thing is that I've heard that there are some disreputable schools in China that withhold pay from their workers, treat them badly, make them work overtime and don't pay them, and make them live in really, really sub-par housing. In other words, I've heard horror stories. I've heard good stories, too, but the hard thing is knowing how to distinguish the good places from the bad places and be sure that after I get my visa and plane ticket I won't show up in China to a bad situation.

I figured this might be a good place to ask: do any of you have experience teaching English in China? Have any of your friends taught English in China? If so, I'd like to hear about those experiences and any recommendations. How can one go about making sure the place they teach is fairly reputable? Do you know of any good listings? ...or, alternatively, any other ideas on jobs for me? My hometown is very small and I think there are only a handful of Mandarin speakers in my hometown, and I don't have much money to relocate.

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Tone drills.

Nov. 12th, 2007 | 09:11 am
posted by: whitepantheress in chinese_majors

Hi, does anyone know where I could find tone drills to get my spoken chinese more accurate. I am doing Mandarin.


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China Scholarship Council scholarship matters

Nov. 7th, 2007 | 10:06 am
posted by: tina_itsme in chinese_majors

dajia hao!!

has anyone tried applying for CSC's Chinese Government Scholarship Programme? I actually have plans of applying but I'm a bit skeptical and confused. I checked their website but I think it's outdated. I'm also looking for other scholarships available for Chinese language learners like me. Thanks in advance.

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Seeking Advice

Oct. 29th, 2007 | 08:39 pm
posted by: sanguinetalons in chinese_majors

This is gonna be a bit long, but...

Now that I'm in my last year of my undergrad career (hopefully), I'm getting into more advanced Chinese classes. I was kind of excited about it, but kind of scared...now I'm kind of depressed about it.

We have a new 老师 (laoshi for those of you without fonts installed) this quarter and they're pretty cool in that they are energetic and into the subject. However, my class is probably about 2/3 native speakers, 1/3 of us second language learners who've learned from the beginning up. The second language learners (like me) are feeling a little unfairly treated.

Here are some examples:
1. The instructor uses Chinese a lot in the classroom, very fast, which isn't much of a problem for me except that A) I never really have time to stop and ask them about words I don't know (which they seems to assume we should do, but in reality I personally just try to get the best understanding out of what they're saying by parsing what I _do_ know) and B) they use Chinese to tell us what the homework is at the end of the class and it's usually spewed out really quickly because class is almost over...also, assignment explanations are also in Chinese so I kind of missed out on 2/10 points on an assignment today just because I didn't catch one part of it and didn't know that part existed.
2. The biggest thing is that our tests have a "listening comprehension" part in which the teacher reads a piece of prose out loud to us (an article, paragraph, etc.) and we're supposed to answer questions based on that. That'd be all well and good, except that the article on our test consisted of at least 1/4 words I didn't know (integral keywords like nouns, vocab stuff), that I had never been taught. They apparently they say they've been using those words in class, but see point 1 and how am I supposed to memorize a bunch of words that I don't know will randomly show up on a test that aren't part of the vocab or grammar we've been learning? I haven't gotten my test back yet, but I'm super worried because all of my other friends from previous classes have failed the test...and I didn't even try to answer the listening comprehension part because I didn't know what to say since I didn't know most of the important content words.
3. I get marked down points on homework assignments for using things I know were correct, or things will get marked wrong and then the corrections will change the meaning completely or consist of things I was never taught...
4. It's just extra frustrating that the class is full of native speakers in it for an easy "A". (Some of these kids don't seem to have any respect for us second language learners at all...I don't know what's up with that.)

I'm not a stupid kid. I study hard, and since I went to China this summer I feel like I've improved because I can actually understand a lot more...I worry extra about my classmates who didn't have that chance, because they're struggling a _lot_, way more than me. I'm really upset. On the one hand, I really want to like this teacher because they're really enthusiastic and cool, but on the other hand they seem to have an extremely large amount of trouble negotiating the (at least two) extremes in our class (thanks to the fact that our school doesn't have dual track programs). If I get an A- in this class, I might be eligible for honors in my major (which sort of means a lot to me), but it's looking like that's not going to happen even though I'm working really hard.

The advice I'm seeking is...how would you approach the instructor about this? They already apparently knows that this divide exists, but don't seem to be doing anything about it. I'm afraid they'll get really defensive...

(谢谢你看过这个很长的问题, 也谢谢你的忠告。)

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