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Here are some apps that I can't live without here in China, and better still, they're all free.
Baidu Maps 百度地图 (iOS and Android)
Learning your way around the city is one of the first tasks when you arrive in China. Walking around your neighborhood is a great way to become familiar with the area. But in a city as large as Kunming you are going to need some mode of transportation to get around. Baidu Maps will help you find your way. Although the whole app is in…Continue
I know this is going to happen to me...Funny if it wasn't true : (
Added by jono1001 on July 14, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
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:
If you are in China, using Chrome and a PC, then you will probably agree…Continue
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 lesson"
If you co-opt these behaviors to "refine" your own…
Seems like there now are memes on more or less every topic you could possibly imagine, even China/Chinese:
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.
佩 佩 pèi / to respect / to wear (belt etc) /
呸 呸 pēi / to spit (in contempt) /…
Last time we took a look at how to say, “What do you do?” in Chinese. If you missed that discussion, take some time to …Continue
Added by Mark Ashworth on November 13, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments
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".…Continue
The key to keeping things fresh is creativity, this fact carries on to learning. Don't keep using the same dried up routine. The brain was made to adapt, which mean whichever technique you're using will be less effective if repeated over and over.
I'm going to share a technique I made that websites are charging you to…Continue
Today I want to add some more daily expressions, hope they would help you with your Chinese learning! :)
Here we go:
1. Nancy will retire next year．
I found a very interesting phenomenon that some movie's names Chinese translations are very different from their English names. Today I will show you some, hope you enjoy them!
China Mobile frequently sends out random text messages to subscribers. I got this one the other day for a new service to get a second phone number for your one mobile plan. That way you can give out your phone and if it gets leaked to spammers you can just cancel it but keep your main phone number.
Added by Brandon on August 15, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Don't worry, that's my teacher's handwriting.
I like this simple phrase because of how many speakers pronounce it. Often when I hear it, they emphasize the 'de' on the end and it ends up sounding just like how 'Duh' is spoken in English.
It also means basically the…Continue
The NYtimes posted a video recently talking about how various Mao-era songs are on the upswing lately as the 90th anniversary of the party approaches.
Watch here: Red Nostalgia Rising
In the clip they referenced a ballet called Red…Continue
Added by Brandon on June 30, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Here's a free online game for learning Chinese tones courtesy of the BBC.
The site has another game for Chinese…
Added by Brandon on June 12, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments
iamxiaoli has posted a series of videos on youtube that teach basic mandarin but are quite bizarre. What do you think?
I heard this description of a person the other day and really liked it. Basically you can describe someone as 开心果 kāi xīn guǒ - pistachio and it means they're a very happy, high mood person who makes other people happy.
The reason is that in Chinese, pistachio is 开心果 kāi xīn…Continue
I had to post this video... it's just awesome.
(video via ohmygawdlisa on tumblr)
Not exactly the best video for learning Chinese but you do get some practice when she's talking before each dance.…
She writes about a variety of topics and has an…Continue
Added by Brandon on April 9, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments
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