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Poster:Nicolay Shinkin
Date:2017-08-09 08:50
Subject:“Trading Email Writing for Beginners” by Polina Shinkina

The five standard emails provided in this textbook are written in full compliance with the modern Chinese email correspondence specific requirements to the email text layout, usage of standard lexicology and stylistics, introduction and closing phrases.

The email texts are followed by detailed wordings which facilitate and speed up the learning process.

This textbook is specially designed as a beginning course for the Chinese language learners who are willing to be successfully employed in the area of the international trading relations.

It also can be used by the Chinese language teachers as a supplementary material in their Chinese business writing lessons.


Tags: Chinese, Chinese-English, addition, advanced, analysis, arithmetic, beginner, business, character, financial, mandarin, market, marketing, math, mathematics, multiplication, number, numerals, radical, self-learn, how, intermediate, self-study, speak, structural, textbook, trading, university, write, study, subtraction, commerce, commercial, language, learn, learning, letter, level, china, contract, correspondence, decomposition, dictionary, division, email, English-Chinese, finance, calligraphy

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Poster:Nicolay Shinkin
Date:2017-04-22 06:21
Subject:汉字分解。 Decomposition of the Chinese Character 非 fēi ‘wrong’

三 sān three,
一 yī one,
二 èr two,
丨 gǔn line,

三一二 丨

Chinese, Character, Breakdown, Decomposition, Analysis, Strokes, Language, Dictionary, Textbook, Break Down, Split, Analyze, Decompose, Learn, Memorize, Broken Down

More information: http://www.lulu.com/content/e-book/the-chinese-character-decomposition-guidance/18847104 and http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/polina985

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Date:2017-02-22 07:51
Subject:A New Approach to Study the Chinese Language

All is like everything in this world. Any substance consists of molecules. The Chinese language consists of characters.

An atom consists of an electron, a proton and a neutron. A Chinese character consists of radicals and components.

There are 118 officially registered chemical elements in the periodic table and 214 generally recognized radicals in the Chinese language.

Each chemist should know the periodic table, each Chinese learner should know how to decompose a Chinese character into radicals and components. The Chinese radicals and components added one to another to produce new characters. To understand this process one should know the decomposition of the Chinese characters.

Decomposition of the Chinese Character 小 xiǎo ‘small’

小 xiǎo small
亅 jué hook
八 bā eight

NB. Synonyms: Structural analysis of the Chinese characters, Breakdown of the Chinese characters, Chinese characters split.

For more information about the Chinese character decomposition please check The Chinese Character Decomposition Guidance
and http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/polina985

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Date:2011-01-09 17:17


I'm a 2nd year student at the medical university in Azerbaijan, I wanted to (someday) transfer or somehow study in a better university out of the country. I'm hoping to get a scholarship of some kind. But I don't really understand how the whole thing works. Here's what I wanted to ask:
Do I have to get acceptance from the university of my choice before I apply for a scholarship, or do I have to find the scholarship first and then apply for the university? Can someone please explain how the whole thing works?
Thanks so much, I appreciate it.

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Date:2009-03-03 19:10
Subject:New community!


Want to connect with college students around the world?
Have a question for other college students?
Just feel like having some discussion with other students?

COLLEGIATE HUB is a new community dedicated to the
students who want a place to hang out, talk, or just be college

Join, start talking, and tell your friends!


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Date:2008-12-11 20:17

What did you do after you got your degree? What if you weren't sure what you wanted to do for a career and not ready for grad school?
my long rambly: I'm graduating with a communications degree in Spring 2010. To make a long story short, college taught me a lot about myself and I'm massively undecided about my future.  I'm scared that I might still feel this way next fall.
So far my options post-graduation are:
- Grad school... However, I'm very wary of signing up to spend tens of thousands of dollars a year unless I KNOW I'm following through with it. I'm still not even sure what my major is, so I don't think this is the most prudent idea.
- Peace Corps. I love helping people and this would give me a couple of years to figure things out (and I know that a two-year commitment to communities that NEED you isn't something you agree to just to run away from adulthood, but I volunteer regularly because I like helping people and the Corps really helped some of my friends figure themselves out...)
- Anything that would let me drop off the face of the planet and figure things out.
- Use my degree to get a job and work until I know what I want. 
Anyway, that's what my plan looks like. What were yours?
(cross-posted to other college communities)

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Date:2008-10-11 13:04
Subject:Art Student Scholarships

Myartspace Scholarship Reminder


First Prize:$5000 for undergraduate student, $5000 for graduate student
Second Prize:$2000 for undegraduate student, $2000 for graduate student
Third Prize:$1000 for undergraduate student, $1000 for graduate student

Myartspace recently launched a student art scholarship competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The competition is free to enter and is open to art students throughout the world. In order to enter and submit a portfolio/gallery students must be a member of the myartspace community. Membership is free.

The scholarship program is intended for students who exhibit exceptional artistic excellence in their chosen medium. Including photography and video, both contemporary and traditional in nature. Myartspace is providing 3 scholarship prizes for undergraduate students and separately 3 scholarship prizes for graduate students. Creating a portfolio and gallery is quick and easy using the Gallery Wizard on the site.

The deadline for submission is November 21, 2008. Scholarship winners are announced on December 19th, 2008. Students interested in signing up for the myartspace scholarship competition can find out more details by clicking visiting-- www.myartspace.com/scholarships

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Date:2008-09-05 14:25

I thought you guys might like this:

Anonymous Confession Board.

Basically, it's a discussion board where you can talk about anything you want anonymously. My friend is from JHU and they have the same thing there, thought you guys might like to check it out.

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Date:2008-07-31 17:50
Subject:Participate in a Harvard study on moral cognition via e-mail

Hello all,

As research assistants in Harvard's Cognitive Evolution Lab, we're conducting a study on the psychology of moral decision making. To help us out, you can take either (or both) of our brief (<10 minute) surveys (which are accessible here: http://rivanathans.googlepages.com/dtevsdnpgword_1.doc and here: http://rivanathans.googlepages.com/aohtrj_webstudy_1.doc) and send them to us via e-mail. Full instructions can be found in the text of each survey.

Thanks so much to all those who participate!

Jay Musen and Riva Nathans

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Date:2008-07-31 16:00

Gender Public Advocacy Coalition
Fall Internships Available!!!

GPAC's Academic Internship Program is designed to give students and youth an opportunity to work with the only national organization working to guarantee every American's right to express their gender free from stereotypes. Interns can expect to benefit professionally from this opportunity while making substantial contributions to the organization's work.
The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition works to ensure that classrooms and communities are safe for everyone to learn, grow, and succeed - whether or not they meet expectations for masculinity and femininity.

Internships Available:
• Administrative
• News Media/Communications/Public Education
• Development
• Research
*Complete Intern Descriptions available online at www.gpac.org.internships.
Term: September – December

Application Deadline:
August 15th

We encourage you to get your application in as early as possible so that we can begin the interview process well before your internship starting date. You can submit an application at any time, but please be aware that we may not be able to process late applications unless additional spots become open.

The majority of internships are for academic credit and unpaid.

To apply, please fill out the online application at: www.gpac.org/internships.

For more information, go to: www.gpac.org/internships or contact Brittney.Hoffman@gpac.org.
Brittney Hoffman, Program Manager for GenderYOUTH
Gender Public Advocacy Coalition (GenderPAC)
1731 Connecticut Ave. NW, 4th Flr WDC 20009
Brittney.Hoffman@gpac.org www.gpac.org
Phone: 202.462.6610 Fax: 202.462.6744

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Date:2008-06-17 17:52

The Gender Public Advocacy Coalition is pleased to announce the release of its 2008 GENIUS Survey in partnership with Ernst & Young. GenderPAC works to ensure that classrooms, communities and workplaces are safe for everyone to learn, grow and succeed.

The Gender Equality National Index for Universities & Schools (GENIUS), GenderPAC’s most recent effort to end discrimination and promote awareness, encourages colleges and universities to recognize the benefits of a GenderSAFEtm campus - supportive equitable and protective for all students. Choosing to participate in GENUIS sends a strong public statement that bullying or discriminating based on the race, sex or gender of a student, faculty, or staff member is not tolerated at your institution

Fill out the survey at: www.gpac.org/GENIUS2008survey, and make sure that we have data for as many schools as possible. Your voice will help us continue to work towards a safe and welcoming environment for every student.

*While we greatly appreciate the interest taken in GENIUS by students, staff, and faculty at academic institutions outside of the United States, at this time GENIUS is only able to track schools based in the U.S.

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Date:2008-04-24 12:50
Subject:Free medical school seminar!

Pre-Med Information Seminar


Learn about the MCAT and medical school admissions with The Princeton Review!


Come join The Princeton Review for a two-hour seminar on the MCAT and medical school admissions. Our expert teachers will walk you through what to expect on the exam, give you tips on how to more effectively take the exam, and answer your questions about the admissions process.

Date: May 5th, 2008
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: University of Pennsylvania


Light refreshments will be served.


To register, please contact your local office at:

215-222-5363 or infophiladelphia@review.com

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Date:2008-01-23 13:51
Subject:They claim you can make cash by just clicking and scrolling but

..but can you really trust them? Cause if it’s legit it’s like free money!

Every Sunday at midnight the website starts the countdown for the next competition. Each week is another chance to be number one.

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Date:2008-01-20 10:56
Subject:Resident Advisor Advice

I am thinking of potentially applying to be an undergraduate resident advisor at my university and for this I am seeking some advice.

I have to submit something creative, centered around a "learning objective," somehow demostrating how this objective pertains to residence life and how/why it is necessary or useful that students grow and develop in that certain area.

The three objectives we can choose from are: "Clarified Values," "Leadership Skills," "Appreciating Diversity"

Any advice? I am usually really creative and I have some ideas but more would be so helpful and I want to incorporate a lot of different things into this project. Please help? ANY ADVICE would be amazing!

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Date:2008-01-16 00:31

Hi guys!

I have a favor to ask!

My name is Anna and I’m finishing my degree on Psychology Moscow State University in Russia, and as a part of it I’m doing a case study. My subject is people's beliefs about the concept of family.
If you could please help me out and take the test that would be great.

It would be also great if you could forward it along to your friends and associates. This is restricted to American born people between the ages 22 and 40.
Ideally I need 30 people - 15 male and 15 female. The test only takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Here's the link:

Thank you very much!

Thank you for your consideration!

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Date:2007-11-24 13:18

Hello everyone!

I'm in something of a situation here, and I was hoping that you guys could help me out. I'm twenty years old and a junior (I certainly hope I'm a junior, anyway...) at Rhode Island College, majoring in English. I've had something of a roundabout college career; I'm from New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina hit three days into my freshman year of college. For my own sanity (I started having horrible panic attacks after the storm) I decided I NEEDED to transfer out of LSU. Essentially, I chose the school that I went to by UPS; my parents were significantly financially impacted by the storm and I applied to pretty much everywhere I could find in areas I was interested in that cost less than $20,000/year, literally picking the first one that sent me an acceptance letter. As you can imagine, this was really not the best way to pick a school; I'm miserable here and completely unchallenged, the academics are subpar (my GPA is in the toilet because I have a distinct tendency to do poorly in classes that don't challenge me), the student body is (with a few exceptions) lazy, unmotivated and not interested in learning at all, and the campus is a maddeningly ugly cement block.

My request for you guys is to recommend to me (and tell me a bit about!) schools that you think I would be interested in. Tuition isn't an issue anymore, as I'm prepared to take out loans. RIC was miserably cheap and the loans worth my sanity and a diploma I'm proud of.

My criteria:
-Solid English program- a traditional liberal arts school.
-Located in at least a small city/significantly large town, preferably on the East Coast (ironically, I love New England!); I have my car so it doesn't have to be NYC or anything, but I'd like there to be at least some kind of nightlife. Reasonable proximity to a larger city would be a HUGE bonus as well.
-Pretty campus. This matters entirely more to me than it should.
-A sense of community- RIC is mostly a commuter school, and it's been miserable making friends.
-Neither massively huge nor claustrophobically small.
-A literary magazine program would be great (it's what I want to do for a living) but not a dealbreaker.
-Basically, an atmosphere that fosters learning- speakers, academic opportunities, the whole shebang. I've been through two diploma mills and been frustrated by both; I'd love to get an actual education. I am a New Orleans girl and I do love a party (going home for Mardi Gras? I think yes), but I'm serious about my academics as well. A balance of the two would be ideal.

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Schools that I've been semi-seriously looking at (information on these would be appreciated!)Collapse )

I'm pretty much the textbook definition of a motivated student. I read (I do most of the readings assigned for my English classes for pleasure!), I work hard, I love school and I'm genuinely passionate about learning and the study of English. My school isn't giving me the opportunities I need to grow academically and personally; can you guys help me out with some suggestions for the fit for me? Thanks so much in advance!

(Crossposted to transferstudent, college_help, english_majors and undergraduates.)

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Date:2007-09-04 21:30
Subject:check us out

I hope you know about CelebritySeaman. I just landed a job working there as a gossip editor! I'm crazy obsessed with celebrity gossip and it kicks ass so far. No one is spared!

Also, if you have any celeb sightings while you're in New York or L.A. or anywhere else... send them to our tipline! We get thousands of visitors every day and it's hilarious when we catch a celeb doing something batshit crazy.

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Date:2007-09-04 18:09

When it comes to talking in class, how often is too often?

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Date:2007-07-22 19:59
Subject:Hello All

Hello all, I'm new to this community, and joined it in the search for a place that may help me with an upcoming paper I am writing.

A little bio: I am an undergrad entering my fourth year, and I am studying philosophy. I plan on going to grad school, but do not yet know where, or what I am specializing in. I realize, that by my fourth year, these are things I should have figured out, but it's difficult to narrow my interest down to one or two fields. So much interests me, but I only have so much time.

Two questions:

1) Does anybody know what a philosophy grad school looks for in a writing sample? I've spoken to prof's about it briefly, and they recommend an exposition of a specific text: say, an in-depth look at a book by Russell or Kant or Nietzsche (or some other respected and known philosopher)

2) Anybody wanna look over this essay? It's for my metaphysics course, and the deadline is aug 1. If you feel like it, any help (style, grammar, content) would be great!

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Date:2007-07-06 14:34
Subject:Looking for a music program?

Is anyone out there thinking about applying to college music programs? Do you have students thinking of applying to a college music program? I'm a recruiter for SUNY - University at Buffalo and I'm here to answer any questions you might have about our program. We have a great mix of traditional and new music options and students are free to focus on any style that they please. We have programs from Bachelor's to PhD and lots of openings, as well as funding, particularly for graduate theory students.

If you're interested in learning more visit our website at http://www.music.buffalo.edu or leave a comment. You can also email me at sbailey4@buffalo.edu.

Hope to hear from you soon!

x-posted, sorry for duplicates

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