Newly launched News
I don't know whether I will still have time to publish news here, and in view of the amount of good content now available, I am not even sure what the value would be.
One of those is the newly launched CCTV.com news bulletin published daily by iMandarinPod.com, combining podcast, full transcript, vocab and practice drills. These 3-5 short news pieces are read a slightly slower speed than normal.
Interesting stuff, but politically correct and spot clean as you would expect. Here's their announcement :
changyeJune 22, 2009, 01:32 PM
Here is a piece of hilarious news. A Chinese student wrote an essay using ancient Chinese scripts, such as 甲骨文 (oracle bone scripts), 金文 (bronze inscriptions) and 篆书 (seal scripts), in this year's college entrance exam (高考) in the PRC. This "incredible" applicant lives in 四川省 (Sichuan province), where is a center of 甲骨文 study/research in China. Great guy, I just hope he will pass the exam, hehe.
changyeJune 27, 2009, 02:44 PM
Another "extraordinary" student appeared in this year's college entrance exam (高考) in the PRC.
An applicant in Hubei province (湖北省) wrote an essay in the exam all in archaic Chinese (文言). Furthermore, in the essay, there is a classical poem (古诗) that contains more than a hundred lines of seven-character phrase (七言).
The student naturally got a perfect score on the essay exam, but unfortunately and strangely, his total score in the entrance exam is only 370, less than a half of the perfect score 750. Looks like he is NOT a "Jack of all trades", hehe.