来自中国的手信

1912691228Alison has been to China and back (lucky her!) to our class today. She has brought us a lovely present from China. See if you can read and understand what it is?

上(shàng)海(hǎi) : the well-known city in China!

栗(lì)子(zi)馅(xiàn)饼(bǐng): chestnut filling cake

矿(kuàng)泉(quán)水(shuǐ)制(zhì): made with mineral water

Yum! Thanks very much Alison!

 

Design in China

A short programme in BBC iPlayer about China’s new industry. Very interesting!

The Click team travel to China’s tech capital, Shenzhen, to meet with some of China’s largest technology companies and find out how our gadgets go from ideas to finished products.

Watch here: http://bbc.in/28Ypn34

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Will we inspire you? 

Our Inspiring Chinese course will start the new term from 28th September. We are looking forward to having the lessons for another 10 weeks(every Wednesday)! Welcome new students to join us. This course is open to all levels. 

Summer Party 2015

The Chinese class had a relaxing and fun summer party in Jeff’s boat this afternoon. Nancy made delicious picnic-style feast, Jeff prepared delightful drinks, and Fred, the cake man, of course brought us sweet treats. We had nice chats in Jeff’s lovely little boat, enjoying the warm sunshine and the sea breeze. We also went to visit Jeff’s neighbour–the swan family we met last year, who had just welcomed their three new family members one week ago!

Next Wednesday will be our last lesson of this term.

Visit our facebook album to view the photos.

Last year’s party photos are here.

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In Our Chinese Class

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热闹的年夜饭(New Year’s Eve Dinner)

Had a heart-warming New Year’s Eve dinner with my lovely students/friends. Really appreciate your trust for all these years. It is such a pleasure to teach you guys. Wednesday has become my favourate day of the week because of the lessons!

Wish all of us have a healthy, wealthy and happy year of sheep!

祝大家新年身体健康、财源广进、羊年大吉!

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A Happy New Year 1937

China On Film is a significant project of BFI (The British Film Institute). This project collected many “extraordinary, rare and beautiful travelogues, newsreels and home movies from the first half of the 20th century”. Some of the footages have never been seen before. In this post, we have picked a film that shows street scenes of HK in 1937 during the Chinese New Year.

“What sets this film apart from other amateur or newsreel films dealing with similar subject matter is its focus on the lead-up to the celebrations as opposed to the spectacle of the Chinese New Year Festival itself. While the firecrackers and dragon dance are striking there is a palpable air of excitement as Hong Kong residents walk through the streets bearing gifts for their family and friends.”

Click here to watch in BFIPlayer.

Why Chinese Is So Damn Hard (为什么中文这么TM难?)

 

A funny article by David Moser (from University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies) about the difficulties of learning Chinese. Quite long but interesting, see whether it will strike a chord with you? But I hope you are not going to be afraid of Chinese after reading! 🙂

 

From Schriftfestschrift: Essays on Writing and Language in Honor of John DeFrancis on His Eightieth Birthday (Sino-Platonic Papers No. 27, August 1991), edited by Victor H. Mair

“The first question any thoughtful person might ask when reading the title of this essay is, “Hard for whom?” A reasonable question. After all, Chinese people seem to learn it just fine. When little Chinese kids go through the “terrible twos”, it’s Chinese they use to drive their parents crazy, and in a few years the same kids are actually using those impossibly complicated Chinese characters to scribble love notes and shopping lists. So what do I mean by “hard”? Since I know at the outset that the whole tone of this document is going to involve a lot of whining and complaining, I may as well come right out and say exactly what I mean. I mean hard for me, a native English speaker trying to learn Chinese as an adult, going through the whole process with the textbooks, the tapes, the conversation partners, etc., the whole torturous rigmarole. I mean hard for me — and, of course, for the many other Westerners who have spent years of their lives bashing their heads against the Great Wall of Chinese.”

Read the whole article in PDF format.

 

Merry Christmas everyone 圣诞快乐

A holiday greeting to our Chinese course students!

A holiday greeting to our Chinese course students!

Chinese film-归来 Return (gui lai)

If you feel like watching a Chinese film in this chilly weather, you could try this one. Chinese with English subtitles.

 

 

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