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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Weather Check
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on April 07, 2019, 08:22:01 AM »
It's sneezin season again. Hot dry winds blowing pollen from the four corners of the globe right straight up my nose and I'm doing my best to blow it out my eyeballs
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Random Oddities in China
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on April 05, 2019, 04:32:16 AM »
Naw, it's a one-off event associated with some new regulatory environment, and been happening across China for the last few weeks.

http://www.thatsmags.com/beijing/post/27250/you-may-be-asked-to-verify-wechat-pay-here-s-how-to-do-it

Prooooobably not targeting just foreigners, but it doesn't seem to be affecting too many Chinese.


Meat for the squalling baby panopticon, is what it really is. Large scale uploading of selfies linked electronically to uploaded id documents? What else is that but control items for widespread facial recog testing. And we're all kind enough to do it for the government. Thanks, China.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Random Oddities in China
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on April 05, 2019, 02:09:29 AM »
I finally got my WeChat pay activated - sadly, it didn't want to take my green card, but was happy to accept a bank account number.  Since then, I've gotten 10 rmb in it.

I'm guessing there's some magical threshold where it will want excessive amounts of proof that I'm really me.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Please help my wife.
« Last post by old34 on April 04, 2019, 07:17:17 PM »
From looking at the English-language part of their website, I have a feeling the ipa.org group is operated by the Mormons (Salt Lake City address, big picture of the Mormon Tabernacle Church on its landing page).


Here's another outfit you might want to look at: [size=78%]http://https://www.actfl.org[/size]


I only know about them because one of the Chinese English teachers I trained sent me a link through WeChat to an online workshop they're having tomorrow (April 5, 6pm PDT). Link here: [/size][size=78%]http://https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/Mwtu7RrZcFusdjrrL0zbHw[/size]


Also, I previously taught students being trained by Hanban to teach Chinese in Confucius Institutes in American schools. Some of the students already had MAs in Teaching CHINESE to Speakers of Other Languages (MTCSOL). Some of those students got their degrees from Mainland Normal Universities.


The Hanban itself offers certificates and an MA in teaching Chinese. That might be your best bet for being recognized in China. They might have a program in your area or you can go to Beijing for one of theirs. The one I taught at was at BLCU and runs from May-June. General Hanban link is here: [/size][size=78%]http://english.hanban.org[/size]
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Random Oddities in China
« Last post by Calach Pfeffer on April 04, 2019, 12:10:00 PM »
That moment when wechat holds your payment service hostage unless you supply your phone number (which they already have), your passport number (which everyone already has), a PHOTOGRAPH of your passport, and then for the love of god a SELFIE, a freakin SELFIE! They want you to take a goddamned picture of yourself to go with all this other stuff.....

Illustrating my point that there are no RANDOM oddities in China. The oddity is purposeful. I wish to sign up for my unabomber cabin now.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Random Oddities in China
« Last post by Granny Mae on April 03, 2019, 06:58:52 AM »
Well done EL! I believe that if you choose to live in another Country, then you should speak the language. bjbjbjbjbj
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Random Oddities in China
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on April 03, 2019, 01:06:34 AM »
March 29th, 2019.  A day that will go down in linguistic history.

I was chatting online with a Chinese friend.  Just as I ordered WeChat to translate a short sentence, I realized something shocking:

I COULD READ THE SENTENCE!

Even better, the translation that popped onto the screen supported my interpretation.

So, after all these years of barely speaking any Chinese and having a Chinese literacy level of about a dozen characters, I'm FINALLY making some progress.  I've been chewing my way through Duolingo.com's free Chinese lessons for about a month now, and am seeing some small, but noticeable improvements.
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Happy Birthday china-matt
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on April 03, 2019, 12:47:10 AM »
Financial editing?  Can you please edit the balance in my checking account in the upward direction? ahahahahah
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Please help my wife.
« Last post by Escaped Lunatic on April 03, 2019, 12:43:19 AM »
Contact a few language mills that offer Chinese for foreigners, preferably in the cities where there are lots of foreigners who will be looking for the best trained instructors (Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen come to mind).  Ask them about what sort of certifications their trainers hold, since you want the best possible Chinese lessons.

You can also have your wife contact some and ask what sort of certifications they'd want her to have if she applied for a job with them.

See how many mention this IPA or have even heard of it.

Their US website.  ipaus.org

And they seem to have a few more Chinese language websites.  ipaceo.com, ipacn.com, ipacnn.com
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The Champagne Cabana / Re: Happy Birthday china-matt
« Last post by Granny Mae on April 02, 2019, 10:57:15 PM »
Thanks for that info china-matt! I like to hear about the traveling you folks do while you are still able to. I can't get travel insurance for health reasons, so I'm grounded. bibibibibi
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