October, 2011 issue
Chinese Language Programme November Newsletter
Photo of the Month: A woman is reflected in a window of an office in the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, on September 22, 2011.(Reuters/Carlos Barria). The photo is taken from The Atlantic's "In Focus" that features 49 spectacular photos taken recently in China. See all the photos, please click here.
End of the Fall
www.chineseocw.com has added a new download to its website. This PDF (with embedded voice files) is all you need to master pinyin pronunciation. They have the entire pinyin chart with sound files embedded in a PDF that may downloaded for free, at this time. They have included a section to clarify some of the confusing points, such as the pinyin spellings that have more than one pronunciation. (i.e. the "uan" in "guan" is different that the "uan" in "yuan" and a few others) All of the examples have voice recordings embedded in the examples.
They will be rearranging the website soon so it will be easier to navigate, for now this file is available for download on the "downloadable programs" page. Don't forget to have a look at the downloads available on the wiki-projects page.
The banner on an Internet site set up by a Chinese man in Kyoto says "Learn a language the right way from native speakers," and takers are lining up worldwide.
The language-learning site, called Lang-8, allows registrants to post writings in a foreign language so other registrants well versed in that language can correct the grammar. At present, the site offers the service for free covering about 80 languages — not just English, French and Chinese but also minor languages such as Afrikaans — and has been accessed from 190 nations.
Click here to see details.
Heralding Hong Kong’s rich cinematic heritage and widespread global success while celebrating its own 10th anniversary, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) has launched “100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies.” The new program will feature 100 films from 1916 to 1999, including silent movies, documentaries with historical significance, films of different political views, studio works and independent films, so viewers can experience some of the best movies made in Hong Kong.
Click here to see details.
China in Ten Words
Written by Yu Hua
Translated by Allan H. Barr
Published by Pantheon
Click here to see details.
Join us for an inspiring evening with Fan Jinshi and Mimi Gates, steward and protectors of the World Heritage Site at Dunhuang.
This remarkable Silk Road oasis, where hundreds of exquisitely decorated grottoes hold China’s most important repository of Buddhist art, is a splendid legacy for China and the world. Ms. Fan, Director of the Dunhuang Academy, has worked at the site for 48 years. An indomitable woman with a powerful vision for its future, she remains Dunhuang’s guiding force, conserving its ancient murals and sculptures for future generations at a time when surging tourism threatens to overwhelm the site.
Joining in the conversation will be Mimi Gates, Director Emerita of the Seattle Museum who has formed the Dunhuang Foundation to preserve Dunhuang and raise awareness about its artistic treasures.
Date: Friday, November 4, 2011
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
This event is bilingual in English and Chinese with our Ben Wang Laoshi as the moderator.
HUANG RUO ON HIS NEW OPERATIC WORK: SUN YAT-SEN
Heralded by China Daily and selected by New York City Opera’s Vox: Contemporary American Opera Lab, Sun Yat-sen is a grand opera in three acts about Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the founding father of modern China, in the tumultuous time of the Xinhai Revolution, which overthrew the last of the Chinese imperial dynasty. More than just a work on the revolutionary movement itself, the opera also deals with the personal journeys and sacrifices that Dr. Sun and his compatriots had to make in their efforts to reach their goals for nationhood. Commissioned by Opera Hong Kong and the Hong Kong government to celebrate the 100th- year-anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution, this two- hour work is being developed by composer Huang Ruo and librettist Candice Chong in both English and Mandarin. It will be orchestrated for both Western- style orchestras, supplemented by traditional Chinese instruments (Sheng, Chinese mouth-organ; Zheng, Chinese zither; and Pipa, Chinese lute) and for Chinese orchestras featuring Chinese instruments only.
Acclaimed composer Huang Ruo was awarded First Place by the prestigious Luxembourg International Composition Prize in 2008 and has been cited by the New Yorker as “one of the most intriguing of the new crop of Asian-American composers.”
Date: Thursday, November 17
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
$10 member / $15 non-member
Date: September 07, 2011–January 2, 2011
The two dozen teenagers are part of a pilot project started this autumn in nine Belgian schools to promote Chinese language learning. More broadly, they are among hundreds of thousands of students in the West who are opting to learn Mandarin Chinese, often at the expense of traditional languages such as Spanish or German.
performance - at least in cities such as Shanghai and
- seems to be as spectacular as the country's breakneck economic
outperforming many more advanced countries.
Business cards are almost as important as the names themselves in China.
I'd perfected the technique of accepting someone else's business card - receive with two hands, make sound of great reverence, peruse, comment on how impressive his or her job/street/mobile number is, peruse again, nod with satisfaction, place into wallet in manner that suggests you will peruse once more at home.
However, it was getting somewhat embarrassing that I couldn't complete the last step of the ritual - handing over my own business card.
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