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Hey gus, Neil here. I know this blog hasn’t been active for quite a while now, and it has a good reason for that(other than my laziness, that is to say). 

First of all, as some of you might be aware of it already, internet restriction from Chinese government has gradually closing up access to non-chinese websites in the past 20 years, and since late 2016, we no longer have access to tumblr as well. Secondly, I struggled through my last semester in the first half of 2017, and begun my postgraduate study in the second half, thus demanding school life keeps it difficult to keep up with fandom updates. And thirdly, I am a little lazy biach and would rather disappoint my fellow prociutto sinners than try harder despite the fact that I am now in London. Sorry.

With the reason for why I left explained, it is why I’ve decided to came back that I’d like to spend more time to share with you guys. 2017 has not been the best yeat in my life, and knowing that it hasn’t been kind to all other persons in the world doesn’t make me feel any better. As a history major, I think it would be fair to say this year is like one of those critical moments in history that challenges humanities as a whole. While I’m fully aware that literally almost everyone is exhausted from their own(and others’) tragedies, Chinese’s voices are still nowhere to be heard, and it worries me so much. Not only do I fear that my peers and the generations to come would see the ‘internet great wall’ and the separation from the world as a norm, doing nothing but struggle with helplessness when struggles hit, but also, I am so eager to tell the truth to you guys, to show you the beauties, the heartbreaks and the struggles of this amazing country, to let you know that when it comes to rescuing and re-striving humanities, us Chinese people stands with everyone else in the world, together; but I am so terrified by the notion that I might not even allowed to do so someday.

Winter holidays here has officially begun, and I shall leave my askbox open for a while, and try to see what the Internet has to share with me, like the good o’ times. Feel free to reblog this message, and drop some random questions into my mailbox, such as: 

What exactly happened in China this year?

What’s your opinion on Newwork Neutrality/Refugees Crisis/Alexander Hamilton/Donald Trump?

If I want to take a trip to China, what places would you suggest the most?

Do you have any  hobbies other than being an annoying brat you are and tries to spread Communist over the world ye little cunt?

(Preferably, I’d prefer questions with a friendlier, or at least a netural tone.Thank you.)

I know-we have probably one of the shitteist governments in the world, and I really can’t give any pinky promise that Chinese people, as a whole, is the best bunch of person in the world either. But, hey, it’s home. It’s the place where I am born and race, a place that holds so many wonders that I’d love to share with you guys, a place I love with all my heart. Please, allow me to take this chance to change things slightly for the better.

Love you all beautiful creatures out there, and stay strong. All of us, no matter who or what we might be, or become.


Sincerely yours, 

her grace, the one and only Prociutto demi-goddess Neil

GOT7’s Jackson Confirmed To Attend AMAs As Guest

GOT7’s Jackson will be part of the audience at the 2017 American Music Awards!

On November 17, a Chinese streaming website called Youku announced that Jackson will be attending the AMAs along with several other Chinese stars. According to fans, the AMAs are working with China’s Alibaba Group this year, and Jackson will be attending the event as one of Alibaba Tmall’s representatives.

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One of the things I am most impressed about Daehwi is that he never cried. Although the Knets have had their pick of the week when it came to trainees they hate, everyone knows no trainee has had it as hard as Daehwi.

He was hated for being “too ugly to be center”, hated for “being too ambitious” (as if this isn’t a competition), hated for “putting others down” (by saying something that every other team also said), hated for being feminine or excited or dancing. Even when people explained that the plagiarism thing was probably an evil edit, people still hated him so much that random comments telling him to screw off leave the show would be top voted with thousands of upvotes.

Heck, go onto Chinese websites today and people are still reluctant to praise him for his great performance in the last episode, they would sourly say stuff like “now that he is quieted down I guess I can stand him”, “he seems less ugly now that he is put in his place”, “just continue to go down, Daehwi I don’t hate you but 12th is just right for you". It makes my blood boil. Haters can suck on their bitter “praise” and just screw off.

Through all this, through the hardest of times, Daehwi never cried. (I am not saying that crying is wrong.) A 16-year-old who could have just debuted happily through his own company came onto this show, got smashed for everything he did and still stood firm. He quietly admitted his mistakes and he quietly said he will improve.

And when it is time to stand on the stage, he confidently smiled and blew a handful of confetti and won the hearts of everyone. He said “Sewoon hyung has the guitar and Dongho hyung has center and me and Minki hyung will figure something out to grab their attention just once.” And he did.

He doesn’t need your pity. He won’t cry for it. He needs your vote and he will grab it with his talent. Wait and see.

mynameispolystyrene  asked:

Hey love your blog :) I've been trawling through tumblr trying to find mandarin langblrs lol I've been learning mandarin for about 2 years now (but I'd class myself as an advanced beginner tbh) do you have any recommendations for any books or apps or websites or anything where you can read stories/any texts in mandarin? preferably at a beginner (but not too easy) level? thanks a bunch! Aliyah :)

I don’t have many beginner resources sadly, but i do have a few suggestions for things you should definitely check out and maybe save for later:

  1. Du Chinese: This is an app that has a bunch of short readings that range from easy to difficult. The readings are organized by HSK level so you can pick what level you want to read at. While reading, you can click on words you don’t know and the definition will appear on the top of the screen. Also, if you hold down on the word, a couple bubbles will pop up above the word and one of them gives you the option to save the word to a vocab list that you can review. Reading the stories is free when they come out but, after a week or two, you have to pay to view each story. It would be nice to have free access to all the stories, but you still have access to the vocab so that’s a plus.
  2. 漫画人 Manhuaren is an app i’ve talked about on my blog before. It’s an app where you can read manga translated into Mandarin for free. It’s a Chinese app, so everything is in Mandarin. Also, I was unable to find it in my phone’s app store, so I had to go to the app’s website on my phone and download it from there. It’s a resource intended for native speakers so the manga might be difficult to get through but if you’re interested in this it’s definitely something you should check out.
  3. 短美文 Duanmeiwen and 短文学 Duanwenxue are two websites where native speakers post short pieces of writing. The content ranges from poems to short essays about almost any topic imaginable. These are also made by and for native speakers of Mandarin so the website is in Mandarin and the content will be slightly more difficult to understand, but there’s definitely some interesting stuff on here. (A really simple piece I recommend is 你知道我喜欢你吗. I made a vocab list here if you’re interested)
  4. 成语故事大全 Chengyu Gushi Daquan is a website that has the stories behind a bunch of 成语 chengyu (set expressions that are typically four characters long that refer to a story or historical event; they’re like idioms but a little different).
  5. Chinese Reading Practice: this website has short stories and poems with English translations and relevant notes. It was created to help people learning Mandarin so it’s a little different than the other resources. Everything is divided by level of difficulty. It also has a scrollover dictionary feature, so you can see the definition of words when you scroll your cursor over them. 
  6. 童话故事 tonghuagushi: this has a bunch of fairy tales. I haven’t really explored this site much but it looks promising.

Another suggestion I have is to find some Chinese or Taiwanese musicians, actors, models, etc., that you like and follow them on social media. They’ll usually make really short posts and they sometimes use slang or more colloquial expressions that you might not learn when using a textbook.


Like I said, I don’t have many beginner resources for reading so I’m sorry if this isn’t helpful right now. If anyone else has some other suggestions though that would be great!

So today it was confirmed that there would be an 8th Character Song (picture taken the Chinese website ohYYFU.com) to follow up the Levi and Erwin songs, and that is the Beast Titan’s Song titled “Ceaseless Animosity”! It’s set to release on August 1st as a bonus to the Season 2 Blu-Rays. Coincidentally, that is also Zeke’s birthday in the manga. At the moment, it’s unknown if it will have a separate release like the remaining songs.

And of course, the song will star the Beast Titan’s voice actor, Koyasu Takehito, who hasn’t done any music-related work in a while, so this should be exciting and definitely something to look forward!

As with the other releases, Ceaseless Animosity will contain the song, its Instrumental version as well as two monologue sequences, unlike one like the other songs. The information (Be aware, that some translations may or may not be inaccurate) states that one of them will be the typical monologue we get in the other songs, while there is no information about the second one. It could be a Part 2 or some other type of content. Really excited for it!

Please refer back to this original post if there are any uncertainties!

Chinese Resources

Youtube:
+ MandarinChineseSchool: I think this one is ESSENTIAL to learning and mastering tones. It’s really the best way to not only get used to how Chinese sounds but to learn how to pronounce tones properly and see how they all fit into a sentence.

+ Learnchinese Huajie: This channel gives you a lot of vocabulary and it’s great for preparing for the HSK test.

+ Learn Chinese Now: A foreigner who’s really good at Chinese explaining words, grammar, and he also teaches a bit about Chinese culture.

+YangYangCheng: Watch the tone pair video, again it’s very helpful for learning tones. Overall she just teaches Chinese, she also has her own website.

Apps:
+ ChineseSkill: Very similar to duolingo and includes a phrasebook and a multitude of other vocabulary when you finish the initial levels. Additionally, the app has a speaking practice option at the end of vocabulary themes that scales how your pronunciation of tones are.

+ Learn Chinese Daily - Awabe: Not like duolingo but it does give you themed vocabulary, although there’s not as many as ChineseSkill and less options than it.

These are both good for gaining vocabulary but make sure you double check definitions in a dictionary.

Dictionary apps:
+ Pleco: Extra features cost money, it has audio of native speakers, example sentences which are very helpful when learning a language, and you can add cards to a deck
+ Hanping Lite: Shows you the definition but not all possible definitions, no example sentences, no audio, but it shows you character strokes which Pleco doesn’t offer for free and it let’s you favorite cards like Pleco as well.

Messenger: If you really want to practice with native speakers then I suggest downloading wechat (a.k.a “weixin” 微信). Pretty much all Chinese people use it

Websites: justlearnchinese.com, and  chineseboost.com
What more can I say? They teach Chinese grammar

This is Xu Weizhou. He’s 22. Multi-talented. Multi-faceted. In January, he acted in the Chinese web series Addicted. Because of its sudden popularity and subject matter, it was removed from Chinese websites and he was then banned from broadcast, along with his co-star Huang Jingyu.

He has been trying to rebuild his budding career by staging his own concert tour based on his debut album Light, without any traditional promotions. His fans made it a success throughout Asia and China, yet he’s still forbidden from singing the theme songs he wrote for the series in his own country.

In a few short months, he has been through many ups and extreme downs, but he remains the sweetest, brightest, bravest and all-around most awesomest human being. Last month, he became the first Mainland artist to have a sold-out solo concert in Korea. This is him for Dazed & Confused by Kim Tae Hwan.

I’ve been living paycheck to paycheck for probably 10+ years now. I also have substantial medical debt that keeps my phone ringing everyday due to relentless collectors. I can’t speak for all of those with financial difficulty, but I do know a lot of fellow spoonies in similar situations. I’m not sure it is always true that we have to buy poor quality stuff. Most of us just have to wait longer to get the things we need.

I will use my friend as an example. He has a decent job. He is doing pretty okay. He is a giant cheapskate. When he needs something, he will hunt down the cheapest thing possible on the internet. He will search ebay and craigslist. One time his wife wanted a thingamabob and he found a great deal on a Chinese website. It took months to arrive and when I tried it out, I noticed it did not function properly. My friend has a history of buying things and having them fail. But he continues to do so because there is no huge consequence. He can afford to take that chance. 

When I need a thing I research the hell out of it. I don’t look for the best deal. I look for the smartest value. Is this well reviewed? Does it have a history of failing? Am I going to have to replace this in 6 months? Price is always a consideration, and I buy the most inexpensive product that I can, but only if I know it will last. I do this because I learned a long time ago, when you buy the cheapest piece of shit, you are taking a huge risk. I have had things break on me and I couldn’t replace them right away. I ended up spending way more money. It was a hard lesson to learn. Sometimes it sucks because I have to save up for months and months to get the thing I need. That really cheap piece of crap is soooo tempting. But I know I need to wait and get the reliable product instead. 

Like I said, most of the poor people I’ve dealt with, and most of the poor people I know, will not risk their money on a piece of shit if they can help it. No one I know in dire straits needs a cheap TV bad enough to get in a fistfight. I don’t think these Black Friday incidents are about poor people. I do think big businesses are predatory and are preying on people who are addicted to deals. People who will buy things they don’t need just because it was 50% off. They can only see the money they are “saving” and not the money they are spending. These are usually not the same people who worry about stretching their money another week without running out of food. 

Being resourceful and patient is much better than being cheap.  

My take on bought vs made costumes

I would like to start off by saying: Cosplay is stupid and we’re all stupid and we want to dress up like fictional characters so none of this really matters in the long run. We all want to be a part of this big dumb community and whatnot so, whatever.

That being said

Who Fucking Cares. Wear what you want. Just don’t be an asshole.

My personal opinion:

I don’t buy any of my cosplay stuff from Taobao or Aliexpress or Miccostumes or anything mainly because like, I know that shit’s mass produced and often questionable quality.

if I’m going to buy anything cosplay-wise its going to be from another cosplayer who I know has experience in the field, and who I know has done a great job with their work.

My bodysuit from Captain Marvel? This bodysuit that went fucking viral after Katsucon:

I commissioned that from Too many Heroes because I saw their work up close on someone else’s spiderman suit and I was really impressed by it.

The Medusa cosplay I’m currently upgrading? I bought it from a cosplayer who didn’t want it anymore.

The Cynthia cosplay i’m waiting for in the mail? I found that through a cosplay for sale group on Facebook.

So like, go ahead and buy costumes. Professional level cosplayers still buy some costume pieces. Some profesional level cosplayers buy whole costumes. A lot of the people who have popular cosplay Patreons do nothing but buy their costumes. Buy them from wherever you want I don’t give a fuck. But if you know you can get something from a good crafter and not an overpriced chinese mass selling website or a company like Miccostumes, then by all means please support other cosplayers.

Nicknames

I’ve talked about this somewhere else before but can’t help bringing it up again.

So…I’m Chinese but I didn’t know any local musical theater fan community until I started uploading musical related stuff to a Chinese website recently. And the most precious thing in Chinese musical theater fandom turns out to be the really hilarious nicknames they give to actors and characters. Crack me up every time without fail. Here’s a list of everything I’ve seen so far. Will add more when I find new ones.

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anonymous asked:

I started learning Russian and it's a really fun language, but all the drama with Russia (I live in America) is discouraging me from continuing. Should I just ignore it all and keep learning anyways?

Hi! I think, only you can answer this question. What were your goals when you started learning Russian? Why have you started learning Russian? What do you want to do with the language when you are fluent? 

Actually, all the drama could only be an extra motive to learn Russian - to read Russian blogs, to have a wider picture, to understand both sides better, to be better informed …

I’m learning Chinese now. The politics of that country is controversial, to put it mildly. Yet, I’m absolutely intrigued and can’t wait for the moment when I’m fluent enough to read Chinese websites - including those in Mandarin but being hosted elsewhere. 

Imagine someone learning German in 1939 - was it bad to learn German when Germany was an aggressor? Mind you, I’m not saying that Russia today is like Germany in 1939, no, it is not. I just picked that example to show that languages and politics are interconnected, but they are not the same thing! 

It’s up to you to decide either to quit now or to stick with Russian.