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Called to a shooting

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  Called to a film shoot in the far south-west corner of China close to Burma, my acting pedigree had landed me a role as General Merril the leader of a special forces group operating behind Japanese lines in Burma in World War Two.   My character was subordinate to Field Marshall Stillwell played by […]

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Chinese teaching tips in Moravia

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Three days of lectures about teaching Chinese, curtesy of Chinet, had me travel to Palacky university in Olomouc eastern Czech. My interest had been especially aroused when I learned that most of the presentations were to be given by staff from the university in Taiwan at which I studied twenty years ago.   The first […]

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Welcome to this website about China and Chris

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Welcome to this website largely about China from the viewpoint of Chris, which was established in 2015 to raise the profile of Chris as someone useful regarding matters pertaining to China and Chinese. Here you can find lots of photos and videos of the place, along with information on China-related topics. Chris can help with […]

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Combining Chinese with spectacle

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New year, new plan – combine Chinese with spectacle ! London’s Evening Standard newspaper has reported an 81% increase in the number of visitors from China coming to the capital this month compared with twelve months ago. No doubt they’ll all be carrying a smartphone , if not a camera.   When I perform in […]

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Publishing video on Wechat

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This month I am learning how to make best use of Wechat, the social networking app used regularly by the majority of people in China of working age. So far I have managed to round up a posse of five Wechat friends with whom I have had a few ‘chats’, and have posted a handful of […]

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Diplomats! Know your flowers

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“What’s your favourite flower?” was the topic forming a base on which group members introduced themselves at a recent gathering of the London Mandarin Learners Meet-up group. The flowers I appreciate are manifold, but I realised that despite knowing the English names for all that blooms on my allotment, my ignorance of their Chinese names […]

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Enlightenment and flying saucer

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Discovery of the italki website, in combination with a renewed spurt of producing stories in Chinese, could prove a winning formula for my literary prospects. As an italki member I write Chinese, post it into the website, and find it corrected by a native Chinese speaker, or two, or three, a few hours later. Translating […]

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Nicked for talking with Russian

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Hearing a few weeks back of an upper-intermediate level Chinese course organised by the Chopsticks Club, I made arrangements to attend a ‘taster’ session. This taster confirmed the class as being the right level for me, and so I decided to continue with the course for its remaining five sessions. Homework for the following class […]

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