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Stickers!!!!!! (Squee)

Where (preferably online) can I buy the very best and most motivating stickers? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Oct 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Anti-Trump articles, blogs, facts, etc. in Chinese?

I need anti-Trump (or pro-Hillary) articles and facts to sway to send to my dad, a semi-retired physics professor and lifelong Democrat, who is planning to vote for Trump in this election. One caveat: they have to be in Chinese. [more inside]
posted by the_wintry_mizzenmast on Oct 5, 2016 - 3 answers

Chinese puns poster online?

Someone made a cool image illustrating some large number (more than 30 but less than 100?) of puns/proverbs/idioms in Chinese (I think Mandarin, but don't remember.) There was a key in English to each of the puns/proverbs/idioms, but the image had no words on it. Naturally, I lost the bookmark and can't find it now that I want to show someone else. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Aug 18, 2016 - 2 answers

How to quit smoking in Chinese

My Taiwanese boss got his heart broken last month and consequently started smoking. I want to leave a note in Chinese for him to find in his cigarette pack to encourage him to quit [more inside]
posted by levijk on Jul 16, 2016 - 23 answers

Help me find some good Chinese rap?

I know it is out there, I'm just not sure where to look... I tend to like more melodic or verbally interesting stuff. But I'm keeping an open mind, as I don't really know what is out there. Anyone have any good suggestions, or at least good places to look? I'm a Chinese language student at the intermediate level (meaning I'm ok, but can't read pages and pages of Chinese websites)
posted by wooh on Jul 15, 2016 - 4 answers

What to do in Flushing?

We have incoming visitors desperate for decent Chinese food. Answer? Flushing! The only trouble is, we live in CT and have never actually been to Flushing. What should we do when we're not busy stuffing our faces? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Jul 13, 2016 - 10 answers

Best Chinese food in San Francisco (with special details)

Hi! We're going to be in San Fran this weekend and are looking for somewhere awesome to eat in Chinatown. Where do you recommend? But there's some considerations... [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL on Jun 13, 2016 - 11 answers

Chinese Please

Can anyone translate the Chinese characters on this vase? I don't think it's valuable, but maybe it says something other than "Made in China"?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jun 9, 2016 - 4 answers

Can someone translate this bizarre, maybe Chinese-language voicemail?

The other day I was lying in bed and my cell phone started ringing. Caller ID showed an out-of-town area code. I picked up, heard a low voice murmuring in an unfamiliar language, and hung up. A few seconds later, my phone rang again. Same number, same murmur, another hangup. Then, a third ring. This time I let it go to voicemail. Then there was another ring, and another voicemail. These voicemails are SO WEIRD. [more inside]
posted by AAAA on Apr 15, 2016 - 10 answers

Visiting China without knowing the language

I want to go China towards the end of the year. How far can I get without knowing any Chinese languages? [more inside]
posted by As the space-crow flies on Mar 30, 2016 - 7 answers

principles-based Chinese language education?

The grammars of English, Latin, and Spanish are all taught as relatively general principles (families of declensions, verb tenses, etc.). In contrast, I'm now on my third attempt at learning Chinese, and this program like both before it apparently expects me to learn the grammar by memorizing a vast library of fill-in-the-blank templates. Why the difference? And is there anybody teaching Chinese with less reliance on rote memorization? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Mar 14, 2016 - 7 answers

Can you translate these Chinese lyrics?

Looking for a slightly more fluid translation of the lyrics (below the fold) to Hedgehog's lovely song Waiting for the Last Bus than any of the machine translators have been able to offer. They're quite short; can you help? [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa on Mar 9, 2016 - 4 answers

What is this short phrase that I heard at a Chinese restaurant?

We heard the owner of a Chinese restaurant speak the words "Ha chin tao" in an angry tone, and I was curious if anyone recognized the phrase and could translate it for us. [more inside]
posted by newfers on Feb 20, 2016 - 9 answers

First project with Chinese clients - cultural etiquette advice?

Next week I'll spend several days together with clients from Shanghai coming to Europe for a project we are producing for them. As it's the first time we are working for a Chinese client (specifically: an advertising agency and their client), it would be great to know in advance any specific business etiquette (beyond usual international practice), and any relevant cultural pointers to keep in mind during our work together during the day, and dinners (that we will be offering) during the evenings. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Jan 30, 2016 - 11 answers

Why do my Chinese cleaners move my toy snake off of my toy tiger?

Why do my Chinese cleaners move my toy snake off of my toy tiger? [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Dec 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Anonymous cash gift is OK, right?

The local Chinese place has a "closed for repairs" sign up. I want to brighten the proprietor's day by slipping an anonymous cash gift in the mail slot. But I don't want to make any cultural mis-steps. Guide me, mefites. [more inside]
posted by evilmomlady on Dec 14, 2015 - 15 answers

Where can I find a good skype mandarin conversation partner?

I have heard of people doing this, but I don't know how to find a good one -- if you do a google search, there are a ton of hits but a lot of them look sketchy. I am looking for a person that I can have say weekly, paid conversation with, ideally where they would point out pronunciation or grammatical errors, but perhaps more informally than it would be in a classroom setting. My chinese is good enough that I can hold a basic conversation, but bad enough that I have to pay someone to practice with me :P I have a teacher I meet with twice a week, but I think it would be good to augment that with a different person, more conversation, etc. Any advice?
posted by wooh on Nov 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Help Me Identify this Chinese gift!

HI, We recently had a lovely couple visit us from China, and they left behind these two broaches/pins (could be something as well). Already said thank you, but have absolutely no clue what they are or their function. Google hasn't helped!
posted by Funmonkey1 on Oct 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Did Chinese President Xi Jinping refer to "sword of Damocles" in speech?

In the translation I've found of Xi Jinping's speech at the recent military parade, he says: "War is the sword of Damocles that still hangs over mankind." Does he refer to the Damocles myth in the original Chinese or is an equivalent Chinese reference transposed into Western culture? If he does refer to the actual sword of Damocles, is it a common reference in China? And if so, did it enter common Chinese parlance through the writings of Marx?
posted by Kattullus on Sep 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Maybe the professor just isn't funny

Do you have any suggestions for books, websites, other to help a new arrival to the US with learn general cultural references? I'm mentoring a Chinese student who is attending a mid-size US university. This is her first time in the US, and her English is fantastic. She asked me if I knew of any resources that could help her understand more US cultural references since sometimes she feels lost. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Sep 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Where in Beijing can I buy scholarly editions of the Chinese classics?

I'm going to be in Beijing for a couple of days sometime soon and while I'm there I'd like to buy serious, modern, scholarly editions of some of the Chinese classics. Not translations into any modern language, definitely not versions set in simplified characters, but editions of the texts + scholarly apparatus. (So, not Penguin, not even Loeb - more like Oxford Classical Texts.) The difficulty is, I don't speak Chinese. [more inside]
posted by No-sword on Sep 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Anyone know of a good Shanghainese cook book? Ideal Eng, but Chineese ok

My girlfriend's family is from Shanghai, but her families recipes are informal and there are many common dishes that she'd love a good cookbook on how to make. Any suggestions?
posted by wooh on Aug 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Chinese food prices for restaurants around the world?

I'm curious about the pricing of Chinese restaurant food in various countries. Can you give me a price range for your country or area, for either delivered or in-restaurant dining, either in your country's currency or US dollars? [more inside]
posted by taz on Aug 11, 2015 - 25 answers

Good iphone/ipad apps for chinese (esp character) practice?

So I decided to take the plunge and begin studying the chinese characters (before now I was still studying chinese, but only focusing on pinyin and speaking). My chinese teacher is elated! And I'm deflated. What are some good tools for study? [more inside]
posted by wooh on Jul 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Japanese without the hard parts

So I know Mandarin Chinese, as in speak and read it pretty much as well as English. I also have a community of Japanese speakers I can tap to help me with the very esoteric task of learning Japanese from scratch. I don't have any incentive curiosity and time to kill, so given these factors, are there any things the almighty green would recommend to learn Japanese better/faster/smarter, especially from the unusual approach angle of a USian gaijin? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Jul 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Number Generator for Foreign Language Learning

Is there a number generator that will read the number out in Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by Trifling on Jun 30, 2015 - 2 answers

Can someone translate this Chinese text for me?

One of my ELL students wrote this in my yearbook and I don't know what it says-- it's probably not overly exciting but I would like to know what she wrote. [more inside]
posted by sadtomato on Jun 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Where can I find a phone or in person interpreter for Hakka Chinese?

I'm looking for someone to help me communicate with my Chinese grandmother who only speaks Hakka, a dialect spoken in her village in Hong Kong. Is there somewhere I could find someone to help me interpret over the phone? We are in Sydney Australia, but would be happy for help from anywhere. [more inside]
posted by strekker on May 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Chinese translation needed for special painting

My father passed a few months ago and left behind a painting that he picked up while residing in China many decades ago. We don't know much about the story behind the painting but would at least like to know what the artist's name was. Can anyone tell us what the Chinese on the painting says? Picture links inside. [more inside]
posted by Papagayo on May 6, 2015 - 2 answers

Please help me identify this (possibly) Chinese brooch

I recently came into possession of this brooch. I would like to know what it is. Any ideas?
posted by mortimore on Mar 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Romanize me!

What did they use in China, particularly in Cantonese speaking regions, to romanize names around the turn of the century? How did foreigners choose how to transcribe Cantonese names in the Latin alphabet back before the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Mar 9, 2015 - 2 answers

How can I find someone in Beijing to interview remotely (in English)?

I'm trying to find someone who uses public transit in Beijing to interview about a new service offered on the subway there. I'm writing a short article about the service. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could find someone who speaks both Chinese and English to talk to, either via email or a phone interview? I'm in the U.S. Just to be clear, this isn't something I could pay for, but the interview would probably take 10 minutes or less or someone's time, so I'm hoping someone would be willing.
posted by three_red_balloons on Mar 2, 2015 - 4 answers

Chinese word(s) on dragon: translation, pls

There is a large dragon statue at Children's Fairyland in Oakland, and it has what I think are Chinese characters on it. Can someone tell me what it says?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Feb 24, 2015 - 2 answers

Chinese/Taishanese translation for short bits of a news report?

I'll provide the link in the extended, but in a 2 minute news report for a local culinary school I'm interested in knowing what the student is saying in Chinese and I'm wondering if I can get any help in that regard. This report is from a San Francisco Chinese-language news station, and I expect the students are just talking about their intended careers and the school experience, but would love to know precisely what they're saying. Can anyone help out? [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Feb 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Nasdaq.com automatically switches to nasdaq.com/zh, which is in Chinese.

Every time I go to nasdaq.com, it automatically defaults me to nasdaq.com/zh, which is in chinese. I can't figure out how to get it to switch back. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Jan 28, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I get certified to be an interpreter in Austin,TX?

I am from China and my first language is Mandarin Chinese. I also speak excellent English. My SO is an American. I just moved to Austin,TX, USA. I am trying to become an interpreter for Mandarin/English. I have a bachelor's degree in English language from my university in China and I worked as a full time interpreter in a UN wetland protection project in china in 2014. Could you please help me find more info (websites, books etc.) about how to get certified as an interpreter and a translator between Chinese and English in Austin? How and where can I find work? Thanks
posted by denimchair on Jan 23, 2015 - 1 answer

What should I buy from a korean supermarket?

I now live two minutes away from a huge korean supermarket that has an amazing and cheap produce and seafood section. I have no idea what a lot of this stuff is, but I love Asian cooking, so what are some things I should buy, now that I have an opportunity? I'm particularly interested in any recipes that are easy, inexpensive, and depend on 'ethnic' ingredients that you can't find in most grocery stores, or fresh seafood or unusual cuts of meat (pork belly, chicken feet, etc)
posted by empath on Jan 4, 2015 - 20 answers

Need image reference for Chinese business/office interior

I'm in need of some image reference for Chinese business interiors, with an emphasis on decor vs. architecture. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Dec 15, 2014 - 3 answers

"You know, my last three girlfriends were Asian."

How can somebody on the receiving end of the unfortunate manifestations of Asian fetish ("yellow fever") suck it up and get on with her day/life as best as possible? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Nov 30, 2014 - 30 answers

Help Me Explore Chinese Traditional Music

I am looking for suggested recordings of Chinese traditional music and some help in how to contextualize and understand what I am listening to. [more inside]
posted by JimInLoganSquare on Nov 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me cook for Chinese children!

After a great deal of deliberation, a thorough reading of Fosterhood, and an inconceivable amount of bureaucratic obstacle weaving, we are currently parenting two foster children. They're Chinese. We aren't. They need to eat more soups, more vegetables. I need help figuring out how to make things they'll like. [more inside]
posted by amandabee on Nov 2, 2014 - 27 answers

Received Chinese-language version of phone ordered on Amazon

I recently ordered the Huawei P6 mobile phone on Amazon (UK). I received it this morning, and it is clearly the Chinese version of the phone with a UK adapter included in the packaging. Will this be a big problem? Can I return it and get a refund easily? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Oct 27, 2014 - 2 answers

What % of your reading do you need to remember at post-grad level?

I'm interested in doing a Chinese Studies MA but I don't know how much of my reading I need to remember. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Oct 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Help Me Identify This Pakistani Counterterrorism Expert

I'm looking for the identity of this Pakistani counterterrorism expert. In this [YT] documentary, the Chinese transliteration of his name appears as 古尼‧伊纳亚特‧欧拉‧罕‧尼亚文. Any ideas?
posted by klue on Oct 14, 2014 - 4 answers

How to get some HEAT in my Chinese food

I live in an extremely whitebread town, and nothing I have done has induced any of the Chinese restaurants to make my food in the least hot. I say "extra hot" or "extra spicy" or "with hot peppers" and the food seems exactly the same. They must have had people complain that what they ordered was "too hot." What can I say in Chinese to get the point across? How do you say the pepper paste stuff that is made out of pepper flakes and oil, and then lots of it?
posted by ackptui on Sep 27, 2014 - 21 answers

what are some steps that I can take towards my ideal career set-up?

I have an idea of what I think would be my ideal career set up (involving social, ethnographic and/or market research in China) , but am not too clear on the next steps to take. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Sep 26, 2014 - 2 answers

How should I go about becoming fluent in Chinese?

TLDR: I'm in a serious relationship with a girl whose whole family is native Shanghainese speakers. They are ok Mandarin speakers. If I'm gonna be with her long-term (seems likely), I want to have a relationship with her family and feel like I need to learn either Mandarin (or Shanghainese -- open to that). So I need strategies to get as fluent as possible as efficiently as possible. I can spend whatever I need to on this. Can't go live in China for a while, though can at some point in the distant future maybe. I live in NYC. More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by wooh on Sep 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Options for Cantonese study in the SF Bay Area

I'm working on a project that would benefit from Cantonese speaking skills. Luckily, I live in the SF Bay Area, where there are a couple college-level classes, and lots of native speakers. Unluckily, the class I'm enrolled in is terrible. What are my other options for Cantonese language learning in the Bay Area, or online, or even just via self-study? And, if you have any experience with self-study, what worked best? [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf on Sep 3, 2014 - 4 answers

If you were learning Japanese, which radical list would you use?

I'm going to start learning Japanese in a couple of months, and in researching the language, I'm realizing that it's going to be a *lot* easier if I could recognize all the component parts of any Kanji I encounter. But..I'm noticing that there are a lot of different lists of those component parts...Heisig's lists, Wikipedia's tables of radicals, The Kanji Dictionary's 79 radicals, etc. Which radical lists do you like best, and why? Are there any out there that show you the radical, show you the characters that use it, and explain how the radical fits into those characters (meaning-wise)? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Jul 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Hey, Chinese speakers . . . got a question for you

Actually, that should read "Hey, readers of Chinese script, etc". Recently, some of my neighbors took exception to the opening of a homeless shelter in my neighborhood. They held a protest. Some of the signs were in Chinese. What do these signs say in English, if you've got a moment? Many thanks in advance.
posted by jason's_planet on Jul 1, 2014 - 2 answers

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