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Resource: http://www.learnmandarinnow.com/how-to-learn-chinese/

CHINA ON FILM

There is a precious list of films and documentaries of China on BFI website. Even better that they are all free to view via BFI iplayer. Below is quoted introduction of those recommended films. Don't miss watching them! Highly recommended @

http://player.bfi.org.uk/collections/china-on-film/

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'Travel back in time to a lost China with this collection of extraordinary, rare and beautiful travelogues, newsreels and home movies from the first half of the 20th century.
See bustling, cosmopolitan Shanghai in 1901. Wander the streets around the Qianmen, Beijing, in 1910. Cruise Hangzhou's picturesque canals in 1925. Visit China's great cities - Hong Kong, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Kashgar, Kunming, Suzhou, Tianjin - before concrete expressways and steel-and-glass towers transformed their skylines. And discover rural China almost untouched by modernity, as farmhands bend their backs in paddy fields.

Napoleon Hill wrote in his best selling book Think and Grow Rich, “There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.”

Do you say to yourself, “I am too old/ young/ fat/ skinny/ rich/ poor/ educated/ uneducated/ white/ black/ gay/ straight/ hairy/ hairless/ sheep/ goat to be learning a new language [or insert any formidable-sounding thing].”

Realize this kind of negative talk is self-defeating and that you are your own worst enemy.

For instance, for a long time, I felt like going to China because I had never been there. I am half Cantonese, half Taiwanese, born and raised in the States. With a fierce determination to not suck at Mandarin (I already spoke fluently in a dialect of Cantonese at home), I told my parents I wanted to study abroad in Beijing, China, and the moment they agreed (they were, after all, fronting the tuition and plane ticket), the rest is history.

There doesn’t need to be a huge practical reason why you need to learn a language

Let me repeat that, for the world tends to focus on the practical and rational versus the heart reason: There doesn’t need to be a huge practical reason why you need to learn a language.

Spoken language itself is made to be an active communicative dialogue between two or more persons. People don’t speak to each other solely because it’s the hot language of the month, it’s a business advantage that one needs to have, it’s the only way to stand out in the piles of university applications, and so forth.

If you feel like learning Mandarin, let your heart feel it, embrace it, then do it.

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Let’s break down learning Mandarin, shall we?

We are very honoured to be invited to Chinese Visual Festival 2015 Opening and Closing Gala in King's College London in May.

We watched a Nominated – Best Documentary in 51st Golden Horse Awards Taipei- The Last Moose of Aoluguya, which is directed by Gu Tao in 2013, explored the world of Chinese experimental art cinema, with an eclectic showcase of works from talented directors, and watched Vision Taiwan: Meeting Dr. Sun- Winner of Best Original Screenplay at the 51st Golden Horse Awards Taipei and Best Script at the Taipei Film Awards.

A sincere thankfulness to China Culture Connect, who invited us for such a marvellous event! Support Chinese films; support Chinese art!

 

 

We are so honoured to host the Welcoming Chinese New Year event at last Friday, 20th Feburary, 2015 with some of our dear staff, students and Meetup members :) 

Our student Shehzaad has also published a blog about this incredible celebration at his fashion blog website: Onetimefashionista-Welcoming Chinese new year of sheep (Click to read)

Welcome to click in and review this event with us! Many delicious Chinese food and amazing China Town street pictures are attached too!

 Again! Happy Chinese New Year of Sheep/Goat/Ram! 羊年吉祥!春节快乐!

We are looking forward to seeing you in our coming social events! Sign up our Meetup Group (click to sign in) for more further events details!

Heya! On 19th, Monday @6:30. We are challenging our members to take this 'No English but MANDARIN Only' 1.5hrs practice exercise ! Are you ready to push your limits?????!!!!

Rules:

The second you step into our classroom 'Mandarin Monster', you are expected to have general conversations with anyone in the room in Mandarin. Body languages, facial expressions, Chinese songs, drawing on board or papers alongsides are all accepted.

Whoever speaks one English/foreign word, would be banned away from 'Mandarin Monster's house- the classroom for 4 mins.

A judge will be wandering around the house to make sure everyone is abiding by the rules. Meanwhile, you can ask judge any questions you are uncertain during the conversation, but only in Mandarin!

More time you stay in the house, more practice you would have with our members and judges.
Members of all levels can take the challenge! Don't be shy or worry that you might not understand what others say! Challenge them to make you understood with the Mandarin you don't understand yet with body languages or drawing etc!! It will work out with a willing heart!

So is Challenge accepted?? I dare you to come AGAIN! Book your seat via our MeetUp Group http://www.meetup.com/GoChinEasy-Chinese-Mandarin-Learning-Group-Holborn/events/218679352/

 

Secret revealed: video: How to learn a language in 6 month ONLY? (Spoken in English with Chinese subtitles) click the title or picture below to watch!

by Chris Lonsdale, a psychologist, linguist and educator. He adopted Chinese name 龙飞虎 and created the Kungfu English learning system.

Source: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjY4NjE1OTQ4.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Lonsdale_(entrepreneur)

There’s a cost to being lost in translation, but English is still the global language of business.

ON HIS return from China late last year, David Cameron called on British school pupils to forget about French and German, and to crack on with the scarily difficult business of learning Mandarin. It’ll be a struggle. Fluency requires learning an estimated 3,000 characters, and only 2,541 pupils took a GCSE in Mandarin in 2012, compared to the 72,606 who took Spanish, and the creditable 15,000 who took Latin.

But what about business? Although the Chinese economy is showing signs of strain (Lombard Street Research’s notable China bull Diana Choyleva thinks the country’s Bear Stearns moment may strike at any time), the Centre for Economic and Business Research expects China to overtake the US as the world’s largest economy by 2028. And with the Communist Party recently raising hope of further economic liberalisation, the number of business opportunities for Western companies looks set to grow. So is learning Mandarin worth the considerable effort?

Apparantly, not long David Cameron, but US First Lady Michelle Obama, also tried her hand at ping pong as she visited a school in Beijing on her six-day tour of China.

The US First Lady went to Beijing Normal School, which prepares students for overseas universities, with her Chinese counterpart Peng Liyuan.

During their travels, Mrs Obama, who is with her mother, Marian Robinson, 76, and two daughters, Sasha, 12, and Malia, 15, will visit the Great Wall of China, Terracotta Warriors and a panda reserve. Mrs Obama is due to make a speech tomorrow at the prestigious Peking University.

The two First Ladies were expected to meet last June when their husbands held a summit in California but Mrs Obama stayed behind in Washington.

Source: The Evening Standard

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/michelle-obama-proves-a-hit-with-chinese-hosts-9208151.html?origin=internalSearch

Michael Howie

Photography: Dab hand: Michelle Obama plays ping pong during her visit to far east

David Cameron, who has notoriously poor schoolboy French, is urging today's youngsters to abandon the language of Molière and Voltaire to concentrate on the tongue of the future – Mandarin.

To reinforce his message the prime minister quoted Nelson Mandela, who said learning someone else's language is the best way to their heart. Cameron said:"I want Britain linked up to the world's fast-growing economies. And that includes our young people learning the languages to seal tomorrow's business deals.

"By the time the children born today leave school, China is set to be the world's largest economy. So it's time to look beyond the traditional focus on French and German and get many more children learning Mandarin."

 

An increasing number of families in the United States are seeking Chinese nannies- not much for child- rearing capabilities, but more for their language skills. Many parents believe that helping their children master the intricacies of Mandarin is giving a decent head start in their lives. 

Hilton Augusta Roger, aged 2, whose parents are Caucasian American, lives in a $1 million villa on the Hudson River and swing in the yard is her favourite. A vivid live part was described at the newspaper that: when she was swing through the air in a sunny morning, she doesn’t express her joy in English. ‘Geng gao’ she told her father Jim. “That means ‘higher’,” he explained while pushing the swing.

As the need of Mandarin learning is growing in the UK, there are numbers of language institutes and schools in the marketplace. However, in order to choose the ideal course or school, there are a few steps you can follow:



British business leaders are calling for Chinese to be taught at schools and universities because it has been found that the language has increasingly become the main barrier to do business in China since early 2000.
Research released in 2006 from the management consultancy Hay Group claimed that British business leaders expected to make China the UK’s most important export market, 10% of their global revenues worth sales, equivalent to £200bn a year by 2009. However, they believe that lack of language skills and understanding of the Chinese market is holding UK PLC back.

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