Chinese learning – Around the Web, 6th of June 2010

So what happened in the world of learning Chinese and Chinese related blogs this week? (well more than a week since it’s been a while since the last post).

How to Optimise Your VPN Connection

Something that should be useful for anyone currently in China, or planning on going there in the near future, is a VPN connection – if you don’t know what one is you’ll need to learn quickly if you want to continue using Twitter, Facebook and Youtube etc. Random Wire has an article on How to Optimise your VPN Connection:

I recently had a chat with the people from 12vpn about how users can optimize their computers to get the most out of their VPN connection and I’ve compiled together their advice including my own experiences below – some of this is quite technical but should be straightforward for anyone with moderate computer skills…

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Creative Chinese Character Art

Another Sinosplic article this week looking at Creative Chinese Character Art – the integration of Chinese characters into artwork that represents the meaning of the characters:

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You know you’re progressing in Mandarin when…

Confused Laowai lists out the ways in which you might realise you’re Mandarin is improving. I’m sure most learners of Chinese can relate to some of these:

  • You start having internal monologues with yourself in Chinese
  • You start dreaming in Chinese, baffling yourself in the morning that you understood everything
  • You RSS feeder is almost taken over by Chinese Interest and/or Mandarin blogs.
  • You answer you friends with short Mandarin sentences such as “我 不知道”, “没 有” or anything that you’ve recently learned. They then turn at you thought you were mumbling and then you answer them in the appropriate language
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Chinese Buzzwords

If you haven’t seen Shanghai Daily’s semi-regular Buzzwords articles, then they are worth adding to your RSS reader. Some of these you may not have even heard of in English… “Golden Exposure Ratio”?

  • 黄金暴露比例 (huang2 jin1 bao4 lu4 bi3 li4)
    golden exposure ratio

    A professor at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom recently found that men are most attracted to a woman when her clothing covers about 60 percent of her body…
  • 全球语 (quan2 qiu2 yu3)
    Globish

    When British English is loaded down with grammatical rules and American English is spiced with slang, “global English,” or Globish, has become an overwhelmingly economic phenomenon…

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Have a tip on a good blog or website for learning Chinese? Let us know below so we can keep an eye on it!