Monthly Archives: August 2009

汉语大赛 hànyǔdàsài

Accidently I found the TV show “汉语大赛hanyudasai” Chinese Language Competition for foreign students in China on CCTV-4 when I was switching TV channels. This competition started last year and is to effectively assess how well the non-Chinese students can manage the Chinese language from listening, speaking, reading, writing and translation five specific paths with a particular emphasis on listening and speaking skills of the candidates. At the same time, this competition tests candidates’ strengths as well as their unique elegance. The organizer behind this competition aims to create a platform where the international students who came to China for studying can share their experience of learning Chinese language, so that they can find their own suitable learning methods and foster their confidence in learning Chinese.

The show I’ve been watching recently is the final session. Watching the performances of the finalists makes me thinking how much energy and time they spent on my mother tongue. It’s not just a language competition but also a cultural and literal contest. They are really amazing! They showed their strong interest in Chinese language and history, and understanding of Chinese culture. Some of them speak even better Mandarin than some of the native speakers. In particular, their multi-talented performances made me convulse with laughter. They are indeed the “Old China Hand” (中国通 zhōngguótōng). I really respect their enthusiasm and perseverance for learning Chinese.

There is a saying in China: “台上一分钟,台下十年功 táishàng yìfēnzhōng, táixià shíniángōng。” It means that one-minute stage performance implies a decade of practice off the stage. An advice to the Chinese leaners: Don’t give it up when you meet dificulties!


The encounter with Twitter

The first time I heard about Twitter was two years ago on the PICNIC network event in Amsterdam. Many visitors were playing with their mobile phones while the companies were presenting their innovative development. This caught my attention, so I intentionally glanced at a mobile display holding in a visitor’s hands who was sitting in front of me. Aha! She was tweeting. I remembered also on that day while I was having lunch with Marc van der @Chijs a man was walking by and then Marc told me “he is the CEO of twitter!” Since then, this new social network application started running in my head. But at that time, I neither tweeted on my mobile phone nor on my computer, as I didn’t have a smart phone that I could tweet everywhere at every moment.

Until last year I bought iPhone, the things have got changed. I took the iPhone recharger all the time because I tweet all day long;-) I felt I had a lot of things to share on Twitter and friends to make. Twitter is really fabulous! I registered another account @pinyin besides my personal account at the suggestion of @casparterhorst who I met on Twitter. Of course, I’ve made more friends on Twitter with who I can share my passion for Chinese Language and for life;-) Now I’m twittering daily with new friends and discussing issues about Chinese language and helping people to improve their Chinese Characters and way of saying things. Also I daily update a voice sample via Twitter so people can listen to Chinese as well and learn from it.