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Useful resources for learning about contemporary China:

 English language Sinica Podcast

James Fallows - not always China-related, but always interesting

What's going on in Beijing:

TimeOut Beijing

The Beijinger

China Daily's Beijing Weekend 

Beijing Weather - Weather Underground

 

Useful language learning tools

Chinesepod podcast - free beginners' podcasts

Popup Chinese podcast - another very good podcast series

Hacking Chinese - interesting ideas on learning Chinese efficiently

Skritter character-learning tool for iPad/iPhone - really fun app

Sinosplice - John Pasden's site on many interesting aspects of China and the Chinese language

 

 

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Monday
Apr232012

Countdown to Beijing - Computer issues


In the countdown to going to Beijing, here are some suggestions for getting your computational life in order:
1. If you're bringing a computer, make a clone of your hard drive (e.g., Carbon Copy Cloner or Superduper on a Mac). That way you won't lose your data if something happens to your drive.

2. Make sure you have anitvirus software installed and updated.

3. If you're not bringing a computer, get a thumb drive and copy all of the files you might imagine you would want access to.

    a) One of our plans is to offer that our group will teach students in Beijing and Xi'an how to work with the TIMSS/PISA data. We'll bring the data, but you should bring the materials for your presentation so you can walk them through your project.

3. It's probably a good idea to set up some non-Google email account, just in case, such as Hotmail, Yahoo, Mobileme, etc.


As we've mentioned before, Chinese is fond of short, usually 4-character phrases, called chengyu.

Here's today's:

qiao3 tu4 san1 ku1
巧兔三窟
literally, "smart rabbit three holes" or a smart rabbit has multiple ways to escape predators.

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