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Has Anyone Used the Disney Books Apps "Learn Chinese Toy-Story 3" yet ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hubert Cross Jan 9, 2015. 2 Replies

Has anyone tried the "Learn Chinese : Toy Story 3 " APP yet and is it…Continue

Tags: Toy-Story, 3, Pinyin, Chinese, Learn

What does " 冶春茶社 " ?

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Saw a picture of the front entrance to a Yangzhou Dim Sum House called " 冶春茶社 ". Does this mean in English "The all dressed-up spring tea club " ? or what is the real name in English !An address is…Continue

Tags: tea, Yangzhou, spring, chashe, chun


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"Most Cantonese speakers are bilingual in Cantonese and Mandarin ( many are even trilingual with knowledge of English ).  Most Mandarin speakers can only speak Mandarin ( many are bilingual with knowledge of English or Hokkien, and some are…"
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Short Bio - what's your story? What languages do you speak & why Chinese?
Retired Engineer living in North Quincy just outside of Boston Massachusetts. Have known some phrases in Chinese for several years. Married to a Hong Kong Cantonese native speaker who also knows Mandarin and Taishanese. We both puzzle over Hokkien songs such as those sung by Joyce Lim ( Xiao Feng Feng). Know maybe 450 characters. Use Google Translate and the WCC Dictionary as crutches way to often. I have lived in the Boston area most of my life. My wife has lived in the Boston area since 1976. We both have grown children by previous marriages and a few grandchildren. We enjoy Chinese music Yu Yar, Teresa Teng, Faye Wang, Han Boa Li, Zhang de lan, A-Mai, etc.

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Review of Book “Basic Spoken Chinese” by Cornelius C. Kubler

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

I have been reading and studying a fairly new set of Mandarin Language textbooks known as the “Tuttle Basic Chinese Series” that can be used in the AP level High School or College classroom or by people studying on their own. I will only review the first book in the series “Basic Spoken Chinese” BSC at this time. At later times I will review other volumes in the “Tuttle…


Chinese People and Western TV Shows - An Article posted at Yoyo Chinese Blog

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 1:00am 5 Comments

Michael Hurwitz over at "Yoyo Chinese The Official Blog" has written a fine article ( in English ) about some of the US/UK TV shows that are now popular in China. 

"Thanks to the advent of Chinese streaming services like Sohu and Youku, it’s easier than ever for Chinese fans to watch their favorite foreign TV shows.

While pirated versions have been available online for years, lately Western content providers have struck…


Taiwan Mandarin versus Beijing Mandarin - A Starter Kit

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 1:00am 0 Comments

A May 29, 2014  article over at "The World of Chinese" Internet Site by  Keoni Everington (华武杰) does a good job of scratching the surface of the baffling differences between Taiwan Mandarin and Beijing Mandarin.  ( It may be relatively baffling probably only to the mostly European language based members of the SMC Site ).  Read the article and some of those unknown words you have heard in a Taiwanese movie or song may now make sense.  Here is the link:



Olle Linge Points Out Problems With Listening to Chinese

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Olle Linge over at has posted an article of the difficulties involved in listening and understanding what one hears in Mandarin. It is even worse in the real world where sometimes you must determine which language is being spoken and if the speaker is saying a word wrong or using a slang word or mixing languages.  It is not uncommon to hear sentences consisting of Mandarin, Cantonese and English all mixed together in some Chinatowns.



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At 9:22am on January 12, 2014, Lester Orman said…

The arrival of the Zhen Hua 26.

At 7:56am on November 23, 2013, Lester Orman said…

Ni hao Thomas.


Video lyrics.


At 3:29am on October 24, 2012, Batman said…

"Little Turtoise is looking for a job"

I 'm lazy, I must try to translate it in English by myself and then perhaps I will ask you to check my work.

Thanks a lot. 

By the way, I wanted to learn more about creating web pages and making programs, that is why I haven't been here on SMC for a certain time...I 'm back because I eventually realized things were a bit too hard so I am almost depressed now, angry with my own poor brain.

Never mind : mastering Mandarin Chinese requires so many efforts, I don't need more goals to achieve, it would be too much !  


At 11:23pm on October 21, 2012, Guanglei he said…

I'm really thanks for you help. I had wrote a new eases to thank you just now. I invite you to read.

At 3:53am on September 6, 2012, Batman said…


I 've just noticed that you master Chinese and that you are a native English speaker...In my comments related to Snow White Story on my personal page, I displayed that Chinese text 小乌龟找工作 with the audio. However, I would need a good translation in English. May I ask you ? My English is not bad but is not perfect. If you give me your translation, I would copy and paste it inside my article...Perhaps, you are too busy. I can understand.

At 9:43pm on April 12, 2012,

Hey Thomas! Sorry I didn't noticed your post on my profile until today,

I've heard of 小凤凤 she is also known as 童欣 if I'm not mistaken,

I often see her singing Hokkien songs and Chinese New Years Songs, 

I'm not sure about her background, in fact it is very rare that Malayisan singer are exposed in the media, the tabloid mostly write about Hong Kong singer, Taiwanese singer or Korean. I did some research and found these;


小凤凤原名:林小鳳Joyce Lim也叫童欣,出道:10歲,1985年

Xiao Feng Feng birth name: Línxiǎofèng   

Stage name: 小凤凤

also known as: Joyce Lim/ Tóng xīn

her first debut: 1985 when she's 10years old.

I didn't hear any news about 童欣 got married, I'm always not concern about artists' private life :P but probably my mother will know, I'll ask around :)


have a nice day!

At 9:52am on September 11, 2011, Gordon Mathieson said…

Hey Tom,

Welcome from a native North Quincy man now living with my wife in Falmouth.   Retired from IT career most of which was  at Yale University in New Haven, CT.

I studied Mandarin back in the sixties for the government and based in Taipei.  

I am trying to refresh my knowledge in both spoken and written (which I once knew about 600 characters, but now back to ground zero)  and spread the culture and language via my novels....see

Talk later



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