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Manlyrous replied to the thread Where to learn Mandarin in China on the China forum:
fenixsan initially posted:
Hello, I'm looking to move to China for approximately 6 months to study Mandarin. I'm looking for suggestions of places to try. I'm hoping to find somewhere in a city/town that is not very westernised and speak predominately Mandarin so I can avoid spending too much time with other expats and be completely immersed in the language. The Keats Language school in Kunming has a 16 week package for 4000rmb which seems like very good value but unfortunately they're not accepting anymore students until September and I was hoping to start well before then. I tried looking into schools in Beijing for a comparison and they were up to 4 or 5 times this amount. Can anyone please give me some recomendations for reasonably priced places around China that I can contact? Fenix
Manlyrous replied on August 27, 2015 with:
I am a native Chinese teacher from Hanbridge Mandarin. Hope my answer will help you. If you are a beginner, you need to learn it from learn characters. In addition, the grammar is the most vital part of Chinese learning, if you want to speak fluency. The intermediate Chinese grammar is for those who have mastered at least 600 Chinese words and related grammar knowledge. You will enhance on the grammar knowledge and explore the new. After this, you will be able to communicate in Chinese on topics of life, study and work in a relatively fluent manner. So learn Chinese from Hanbridge Mandarin: http://www.hanbridgemandarin.com/
Manlyrous replied on August 27, 2015 with:
I am a native Chinese teacher from Hanbridge Mandarin. Hope my answer will help you. If you are a beginner, you need to learn it from learn characters. In addition, the grammar is the most vital part of Chinese learning, if you want to speak fluency. The intermediate Chinese grammar is for those who have mastered at least 600 Chinese words and related grammar knowledge. You will enhance on the grammar knowledge and explore the new. After this, you will be able to communicate in Chinese on topics of life, study and work in a relatively fluent manner. So learn Chinese from Hanbridge Mandarin:
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Hi all, I'am renting an apartment in beijing, I have found the apartment i like through an agency, the problem is that the contract is in chinese and i don't understand what it says, I need someone to help me translate it, what should i do?
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CMSL posted Math Lesson for my kids on the China forum:
Hi all expat in Teda , how are you ? We are an expat in Teda for almost a year now. I am looking for a math lesson for my kids. Is anyone know any good teacher who can speak english? Thanks a lot.
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Hi there all! My husband and I are planning to move to Shanghai for work around October. We will be put up in a hotel for the first month but I'm wondering what normal rates for rental accommodation are. It's just us two (no kids) and we really don't want to flatshare, so how much should a 1 bed apartment in that area cost? I've been looking on SmartShanghai at flats around 6000-8000RMB and they are tiny for that amount of money - is that normal? Is the market inflated for expats, are there cheaper options we could get without living in squalor or do we just have to suck it up to be in such an expensive and central place? Any opinions/inisghts welcome.
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Britte posted search for local cameraman/journalist on the China forum:
Hello, For a Dutch documentary film we are looking for a cameraman(if possible camera-woman) in Nanning for Friday August 7, maybe someone here has some contacts that might help us? We are specifically looking for someone who has more than 2 years of professional documentary or journalistic experience and owns a Canon C300 or Sony F5 camera (or something comparable). If you are this ‘camjo’, you should be social and independent and also be able to record in a ‘neutral’ film-style that we will explain in advance by sending some footage that was already shot in Holland. The documentary is about 11 Dutch children who have been followed since they were 11 years old until they will become 18. At this point they are all 15 years old. Here you can find some stills and recordings of the film: http://www.defamilie.net/in-productie/tijd-van-je-leven/ You will follow a very nice Dutch (mainly female) family with 4 adults and 2 kids, who will visit the city of Nanning at Friday August 7. The day will start in the morning if you meet the family in the Mingyan Xindu Hotel and then you’ll follow the family’s daily touristic activities (walking, visits in the city, diner) until the evening. Because of the unpredictable time schedule of that day, we are looking for someone who is flexible, kind, social and speaks English fluently or at least the basics. We will arrange a suitable reward, preferably paid by an official invoice. Please look here for more information about our company: http://www.defamilie.net/english/. If you are interested please contact me at britte@defamilie.net. Thank you, Kind regards, Britte Hermans producer De Familie Film & TV The Netherlands Britte@defamilie.net 0031 (0)202 6633303 Britte Hermans Producer De Familie Film&TV
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happyjack commented on the Expat Report Retirement in Nanning, Guangxi Provence, China
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What have been the most rewarding aspects of being retired abroad?
China is more like the USA than a lot of Americans who have never been here would believe. Capitalism is rampant, so is hard work. Crime is very low. The people are very friendly and helpful. The police have helped my several times to find where I want to go, even telling me to follow them and they went out of their way to take me to the place I wanted to go. Rarely been ripped off buying things, but then I do my homework first and figure out what I should spend and I always can just walk away. Taxis are metered. No tipping. Buses are $0.15 if un air-conditioned and $0.30 if air-conditioned and that can take you across Nanning. A medium size city of just about 6 million! When I first came here I rented a four bedroom apartment of about 1,400 sq feet, fully furnished, with Internet hookup, on the top floor of a 6 year old building (18th floor) for 1,900 yuan or about $315USD, add another 600yuan (about $100USD) for utilities. (Continue)
happyjack replied most recently with:
This is one of the most informitive articles I have ever read pertaining to retiring in China. My goal is to retire in Kunming, Yunnan. My house is for sale. When it is sold I will quickly apply for my visa. I was in China in 2011. I was amazed on how well the Chinese people treated me. I fell in love with China and the Chinese people. Great article! Thank you
fixitfil replied recently with:
Part of the Traffic problem in Nanning is because the central part of Nanning is excavated installing Metro (subway) in the vicinity of the Train station.. Apparently Rich is not aware that 10 year Tourist Visas have been available since November 12, 2014. and are available in Beijing and Hong Kong. HK is my favorite airport. Fly there direct from SFO on China Air. 14hrs over, 12hrs back, has to do with winds at 36,000 ft. I have been to China 4 times in past year visiting various cities. Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beihai, Kunming, Dali, Nanning, Beijing, Shanghai without a Tour guide and no ability to speak Chinese. Going again about Christmas.
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richwood7 replied to the thread I have been cheated in nanning by a hired translator on the China forum:
jal77 initially posted:
Fisrt to mention that I am no english native speaker, I am spanish. This happened in spain, once I came back to spain from my encouter in nanning with my gf. My gf hired a person to translate and paid him 2000 yuans. But I was aware of it, this guy managed everything from the begining and turn all into a big confusion. Because my chinese is not good enough and I found it out just a week ago I am still investigating about it. My gf says she didnt know that this person was keeping all the money was sending to her . This person impersonante my gf and used his own name to get the money from western union. From the very beginning this guys says is her cousin and because she does not speak english so it is all managed by him. I could not have any suspicious about him. Maybe this person told my gf I could not marry her then the relatinship was over but he impersonante my gf and was keeping money. However my gf says was keeping contact with him but I do not know how long. Everything is a mess right now, I cannot differ of what she really is. First I thought she really cheated me but is still in contact with me and trying to catch this guy. I reported to nanning expats forum and they told me this is common in china. But know what I just really mind is if she really loves me or is still using me... I getting a paranoid and losing my confidence with chinses people. I want to visit my gf but she says she cannot stay with my because is working to start up a business. It is that normal in china? She told me I can go to guiyang and we could met but at the moment we cannot get marry. I have to say that due to this dirty I decided to broke up, and I found out what had happened. She is burden now in conscience a big guilt. But I want to forgive her because it is not get fault. Well, going to the point, I love her and I cannot give up on her, I need to know the truth or any advise and learn more about chinese relationship. As I learnt, in some places in china you cannot live together with you gf if you are not already married. It is only between chinese and foreigner? Is there anyone who lives in guiyang or nanning? She is from nannign but living in guiyang. Now I have a benefit of 400 euros per month becuase I rented my apartment, so could I stay in guiyang or nanning with that amount of money per month? I have to say that I do not count with commision of withdrawn and etc. What is the best plan to do?
richwood7 replied most recently with:
True, I did the same but I would never send money to anyone I had not meet. The girl i came out to marry was great but greedy and I ended that but the women are all over. The catch is to find one who is interested in love not money. I am an American so I could come here for a year without really knowing anyone (did need to get a letter of invite which the first girl did). I ended up marring someone else
Umpire replied most recently with:
why don't you just move to China and then try to meet someone there? Anyone you meet via the internet like this will always be unreliable. It is a business transaction, not love and if it is better business for her to cheat you, she would be stupid not to.
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