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Corinne Dillon commented on Seraph Ching's blog post Hot on Weibo: 连上八天班 Working 8 days in a row
"I have lived in China for more than 5 years now and I still don't understand the 'logic' of this system. Working 8 days in a row is brutal - you're basically punished with an extra-long work week every time a holiday rolls around."
Jan 7, 2013

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sikora commented on Corinne Dillon's blog post How to talk about family members in Chinese (A Family Tree)
"Zhang Wenzhou, that's really interesting. I never knew any of those terms. 后妈 definitely sounds bad, even in English !"
Dec 31, 2012

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Zhang Wenzhuo commented on Corinne Dillon's blog post How to talk about family members in Chinese (A Family Tree)
"About "stepmother", there are two translations in Chinese----后妈 and 继母 后妈:The woman who marries your father after your parents' divorce, generally, in this condition your father would not care about your feeling, even though your…"
Dec 30, 2012
Ma Si Wen commented on Corinne Dillon's blog post How to talk about family members in Chinese (A Family Tree)
"Great post Corinne. I thought I would share a similar post from my blog. Some readers might find this one helpful too. http://mychinesenotebook.blogspot.ie/2011/10/chinese-relationship-tree.html"
Dec 30, 2012

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Corinne Dillon commented on Corinne Dillon's blog post How to talk about family members in Chinese (A Family Tree)
"Good question - I asked a friend about this and she said that you would either address your step-mom as 妈妈 or the more generic and obviously less intimate 阿姨. Maybe someone else knows a better term?"
Dec 28, 2012

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sikora commented on Corinne Dillon's blog post How to talk about family members in Chinese (A Family Tree)
"Awesome list Corinne! How about the term "step" as in "stepmother." I think that's among the basics in the US at this point."
Dec 28, 2012

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Corinne Dillon posted a blog post

How to talk about family members in Chinese (A Family Tree)

Dear fellow Mandarin enthusiasts,How many times have you been in the middle of a conversation with a Chinese person only to find yourself unable to find the right name for your father's oldest sister or mother's second youngest brother?I know I'm not the first foreigner to find herself in this situation and,…See More
Dec 27, 2012

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Corinne Dillon replied to Brandon's discussion How do you make Chinese part of your real life? Or part of your daily habit?
"I completely agree with James' comment about listening to Chinese tapes. It was only when I started listening to MP3 recordings of my 1-on-1 Chinese lessons, dialogues, etc. and *repeating after the recordings* (really, really crucial to do…"
Dec 25, 2012
NikiFan commented on Corinne Dillon's blog post Why Sounding Like an Idiot is a Good Thing (When Learning Mandarin)
"Great point!  I am from Taiwan. I had a chance to go to a Mandarin class in NJ where my cousin is a Mandarin Teacher there. Before I went to the class I assume the classroom must be full of voice. However, the things turned out the different…"
May 17, 2012

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Corinne Dillon commented on Corinne Dillon's blog post Why Sounding Like an Idiot is a Good Thing (When Learning Mandarin)
"Sorry to hear that your attempts to practice Mandarin with your Fujianese grocers have been less than successful, Mark! My guess is that they're probably very self-conscious about their Mandarin (if they speak it at all) and are probably a…"
May 11, 2012
Mark Cg commented on Corinne Dillon's blog post Why Sounding Like an Idiot is a Good Thing (When Learning Mandarin)
"Great article Corinne, I couldn't agree more.Where I live there is about a Chinese owned supermarket per block. Unfortunately, they are usually not very friendly and tend to ignore you when you try to talk to them. Not sure why. Even…"
May 9, 2012

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sikora commented on Corinne Dillon's blog post Why Sounding Like an Idiot is a Good Thing (When Learning Mandarin)
"Very perceptive and well said.  This might sound like some sort of paradox, but I've found that my best students aren't always the ones getting the best grades.  My former students who have gone on to become fluent tend to fit…"
May 5, 2012

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Corinne Dillon posted a blog post

Why Sounding Like an Idiot is a Good Thing (When Learning Mandarin)

Yesterday I had a conference call with the father of a thirteen year-old student to discuss the progress his daughter has made since she started studying Mandarin at our online Chinese school three months ago. Overall, the feedback was very positive - Mary's a smart, precocious girl who listens attentively and…See More
May 3, 2012

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Corinne Dillon replied to Steven Chan's discussion Looking for more chinese resources for kids and sharing what I have found
"My advice is to get Chinese cartoons and simply let your kids watch them. They'll be entertained and learning a ton of Chinese at the same time. You want them to be exposed to as many native speakers' voices as possible so that they can…"
Apr 27, 2012

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Corinne Dillon is now a member of Study More Chinese
Apr 19, 2012

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http://www.discovermandarin.com
Short Bio - what's your story? What languages do you speak & why Chinese?
I've lived in Beijing since 2007 and run my own online Chinese language school called Discover Mandarin. We offer personalized, 1-on-1 classes for students of all ages and abilities.

I love learning Chinese and sharing my best practices and tips to do so with others passionate about Mandarin!

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How to talk about family members in Chinese (A Family Tree)

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 12:00am 5 Comments

Dear fellow Mandarin enthusiasts,

How many times have you been in the middle of a conversation with a Chinese person only to find…

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Why Sounding Like an Idiot is a Good Thing (When Learning Mandarin)

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 10:00am 4 Comments

Yesterday I had a conference call with the father of a thirteen year-old student to discuss the progress his daughter has made since she started studying Mandarin at our online Chinese school three months ago.…





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