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2009-11-04 09:00:00

BEIJING, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- http://www.mychineselearning.com is pleased to announce its partnership with Peking University's Chinese Government Cultural Development Research Center to jointly develop distance learning materials that give improved access to anyone who wishes to learn Chinese online. The result of this teamwork is a rollout of a technology that benefits anyone with an internet connection, and a yearning to learn Chinese, with tailored one-on-one personalized...

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2009-10-12 12:40:00

Chinese-speaking children with dyslexia have a disorder that is distinctly different, and perhaps more complicated and severe, than that of English speakers. Those differences can be seen in the brain and in the performance of Chinese children on visual and oral language tasks, reveals a report published online on October 12th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. English dyslexia consists of a "phonological disorder," meaning that people with the condition have trouble detecting or...

2009-07-15 08:05:40

In the United States, adolescence is a time when many teens become less interested in academics. A new longitudinal study has found that this disengagement is greater for American teens than for Chinese teens.The study, by psychologists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, appears in the July/August 2009 issue of Child Development, a journal. It may help explain why Chinese children consistently outperform Americans in academic areas such as...

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2009-06-25 05:48:45

Prominent US trade executives announced they have submitted a request to the Chinese government pushing for the relinquishment of a new rule demanding all computers be installed with Internet filtering software, the AFP reported. China may be breaking the established terms of agreement with the World Trade Organization by making it mandatory for all computers within its borders to operate with the "Green Dam" program, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said....

2009-04-29 08:51:33

Facial recognition is not as automatic as it may seem. Researchers have identified specific areas in the brain devoted solely to picking out faces among other objects we encounter. Two specific effects have been established as being critical for facial recognition "“ holistic processing (in which we view the face as a whole, instead of in various parts) and left-side bias (in which we have a preference for the left side of the face). Psychologists Janet H. Hsiao from the University of...

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2009-04-16 08:05:00

China is using its checkbook to gain influence in Latin America, a former U.S. Commerce Department official said. This is how the balance of power shifts quietly during times of crisis, David Rothkopf said in a report Thursday in The New York Times. Loans are an example of the checkbook power in the world moving to new places. China is negotiating deals that include a $12 billion development fund in Venezuela and a loan of $1 billion to Ecuador for a hydroelectric plant, The New York Times...

2009-03-17 07:00:00

HONG KONG, March 17 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Knowledge Factories Limited today announced the first public release of Mandarin FastTrack 1.0 that works with the iPhone. The program is an effective and flexible conversation Chinese learning tool as well an easy-to-use English-to-Chinese dictionary and translator. Skill competitiveness is always one of the key factors in making a career successful especially in an environment under economic crisis. Acquiring Chinese, the must-have language...

2008-10-09 12:00:22

There's no shortage of U.S. Internet companies that have failed to replicate their successes at home in Chinese cyberspace. Despite throwing considerable resources at its Chinese-language operation, for instance, Google (GOOG) is a distant No. 2 in online search [BusinessWeek.com, 8/30/07] behind local champion Baidu.com (BIDU). In online auctions, eBay (EBAY) threw in the towel [BusinessWeek.com, 12/19/06] in December 2006 after failing to dislodge the market leader, Hangzhou-based Taobao,...

2008-08-24 15:00:27

By Bonnie Washuk LEWISTON - Hannah Fazio is ready to go back to school - in China. The Lewiston High School junior won a School Year Abroad scholarship - awarded to one student in the United States each year - to study in Beijing. The $39,900 scholarship covers tuition, room, board, travel within China, medical insurance and laundry. What helped her win? Hannah, 16, is fluent in Mandarin, the standard language in China. Learning to read and write in Chinese is challenging, she said....

2008-07-25 06:00:36

By Jennifer Robison By JENNIFER ROBISON REVIEW-JOURNAL International travelers know the scenario: The hapless foreigner wants to ask locals where he'll find a bus stop, but thanks to his mangled translation, he inadvertently queries about the nearest whorehouse. Hilarity ensues, unless he's in Pahrump or Amsterdam. Sure, it's funny, especially when it didn't happen to you. But linguistic mix-ups aren't so amusing when they involve national identity and pride. That'll be the case...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.