trevelyan on July 26, 2014 (0) | reply
@archimon,

Echo is newly married and not actively recording with us. I am not sure if she will in the future, but perhaps not. She seems to be going through a rough time in her life.

The future is always what happens tomorrow. If you want to see more KTV Wednesday, please recommend songs. Rather than rehash Film Friday, we're experimenting with new ideas like the Quiz Show with Brendan out of town as well.

Best,

--david

archimon on July 27, 2014 (0) | reply
I'm sorry to hear that things are a bit down for Echo, I hope everything works out. Thanks for the quick response!
trevelyan on July 14, 2014 (0) | reply
Really strange that this page has been picked up by Google, since as far as I know there isn't anything linking to it online.

To answer the question -- yes -- we have been working on this on-and-off for a while (two or three years?). It was originally designed to be a reference associated with various test questions, so that if someone kept getting answers wrong, we could point them to a page that would explain the reasons behind all of these things. Unfortunately, like most efforts at categorizing the Chinese language, it kept getting more complex and less usable....

Anyway, it is all database driven and so there is some material in there right now, but definitely not enough to be useful. So we are probably going to revive it at some time (when we overhaul the testing stuff), but not in the immediate future (next couple of months).

Best,

--david

trevelyan on July 7, 2014 (0) | reply
No. Auto-renewal is evil.

We do it for a couple of people in our university program who want to pay month-by-month, but it has to be specially requested.

menevets on July 7, 2014 (0) | reply
Agreed. Thanks. I guess I'll have to e-mail service@... to find out when I upgraded last year?
trevelyan on July 2, 2014 (0) | reply
Not intended aggressively, but unless you have a particular reason to take the exam, why do you want to do the HSK anyway? Level 4 on the new test approximates to Level 1 on the original, so the first three levels are tremendously easy....

Hanban has added the extra levels to try and suggest conformity with the European Common Languages Framework, but the result is that the easier levels are not practically very useful. Unless you have a specific goal in mind with the test, why take it? Or... why not push yourself to level 4?

Bhawash on July 2, 2014 (0) | reply
I don't really have any strong reason for taking up the test. Its just for an extra 'certificate'. Hanban certificate will be widely accepted than the certificate issued by the school where I am learning right now.

I wish to pursue my higher studies in Singapore or China. Even though my course will only be in English, I thought HSK certificate might add extra points on my card. I have around 2 years in hand. As per your advise, I must decide whether to clear easier levels first or directly take up the higher level next year.

Thanks,

Bhawash

trevelyan on June 21, 2014 (0) | reply
Just to chip in... I've heard 尿布 and 尿不湿, but never 纸尿裤. Not exactly a Chinese thing so it wouldn't surprise me if the name changing, but a search for 尿布 on Baidu is clearly pulling up diapers, so I think the distinction is not exactly real in practice.

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