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Hands down the Best Site for streaming music in China - QQ Music translated screenshots

streaming music china I wanted to share a site for streaming music in China that a Chinese coworker tipped me off to that I have been using pretty much every day since. The site is QQ music and you can access it here:

http://y.qq.com/

If you are in China, using Chrome and a PC, then you will probably agree…

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Added by Brandon on June 16, 2012 at 3:30pm — 13 Comments

Easy way to record Mandarin for use on the web - share anywhere

Hi all - 

Just wanted to share a pretty interesting website that you may want to use. It's a simple way to record like 20-30 seconds of your voice and then once completed it gives you a unique URL to share the recording.

This could be quite useful if you want to include audio in your posts or comments on Study More…

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Added by Brandon on June 3, 2012 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Shanghai video footage from the 1970s with a Shanghainese song

You can watch an interesting video below that has a lot of footage of Shanghai from the 1970s and features a song sung in Shanghainese.

 

I saw this video via member Edna's (…

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Added by Brandon on April 1, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

The 8 Most Annoying Foreign Language Classmates

This list is either a not-to-be-taken-seriously rant or a sweet list of strategies for improving your language classes.

The title could just as easily be, "8 tactics to turn your language class into a private…

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Added by Brandon on March 7, 2012 at 8:00pm — 5 Comments

A fun way to waste an hour drawing Chinese characters online

A designer friend Mauricio shared this link with me &, having no artistic talent myself, I thought it was awesome.  I don't know the…

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Added by Brandon on February 11, 2012 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Reading Comprehension or Translation exercise "I fought for 18 years to have a cup of coffee with you"

A coworker of mine used this story in Chinese to practice her reading comprehension & translation skills. It's a story about the differences in opportunities for people with Shanghai hukous vs those in Rural China and could be an interesting way for you to practice. If at some point you need writing help yourself,…

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Added by Brandon on January 31, 2012 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Sure you can learn Chinese but 'easy' & '5 minutes a day' are marketing at their worst

This is kind of a random post but I laughed after searching for the word pei.  I had heard it used in a song and didn't know what it meant so I was like, hey, a dictionary, that could help. Using just the 'sound of the word', here's what I got.

Search Results For: pei

佩 佩 pèi / to respect / to wear (belt etc) /

呸 呸 pēi / to spit (in contempt) /…

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Added by Brandon on January 14, 2012 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Watch 6 unique Chinese short films about happiness - "One step away" - 幸福59厘米

I wanted to share with everyone a set of 6 original, and rather unique, Chinese short films that were put up on Youku called "One step away" - 幸福59厘米.  Thanks to Anna (Zhang Wenzhou) & DK for…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 1 - "How long will the love last"

This is episode 1 of a series Chinese short films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 2 - "wu jing de ai"

This is episode 2 of a series Chinese films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 3 - "Beijing ticket"

This is episode 3 of a series Chinese short-films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 4 - "Save it for later"

This is episode 4 of a series of Chinese movies (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 5 - "Angel in Night" - 夜天使

This is episode 5 of a series of Chinese short films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page here.  Embedded below is "Angel in Night" with English subtitles (or "Night Angel")

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 6 - "Xiao Ma" - 小马

This is episode 6 of a series of short films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page here.  Embedded below is "xiǎo mǎ" with English subtitles.

 

幸福59厘米之小马 -…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Watch Chinese cartoons Sponge Bob & Dora the Explorer (for kids learning Mandarin)

Just wanted to share a couple links that I came across the other day for watching Chinese language versions of kids cartoons.  It looks like you can watch quite a few episodes free via cntv.

Sponge Bob Square Pants

Also known in Chinese as 海绵宝宝 hǎi mián bǎobǎo.…

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Added by Brandon on November 20, 2011 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

It's Super Single's day in China - 11/11/11

Happy Super / Divine Single's Day everyone! 

 

It turns out that a non-traditional holiday exists in China every 11/11, basically because the date is comprised entirely of 1's, and it is therefore called single's day.

It puts yet another pressure on "leftover" men & women to find someone & get married.  There are quite a few matchmaking events happening in Shanghai…

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Added by Brandon on November 11, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

OMG Meiyu videos teach "American Slang" in Chinese (OMG! 美语)

I came across this video series based on a Washington Post article entitled, "‘OMG Meiyu,’ a breakout hit Web show, schools Chinese in American slang".…

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Added by Brandon on November 6, 2011 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

How say except and besides in Chinese - grammar how to use 除了 chú le

To say 'except' & 'besides' in Mandarin you can use a sentence pattern that includes 除了 chú le, which we touched on in a previous daily…

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Added by Brandon on November 5, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

One of the more interesting Chinese characters

This is random but I wanted to highlight a character that was shared by @zhongruige on Twitter.



The character is  dá and has an interesting definition: the appearance of a dragon flying.

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Added by Brandon on October 30, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Why are you learning Chinese? Add comments & support Washington Association for Chinese Education

For the 101st blog post on StudyMoreChinese, I decided to do something good for a change & feature Andrea Liu & Kevin Li (pictured) who co-founded the Washington Association for Chinese Education…

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Added by Brandon on October 16, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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