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Wu Yong
Shanghai
Interests: ELT textboks, English language, news, publishing, productivity, Chinese language & culture
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Thank you very much for your comment, Melanie! Please pay attention to the legal disclaimer: don't do this at work, unless you manage to get your boss to participate!
Thanks for your comment, Melanie! The best cure for a hangover is a 10 km run, followed by a massive Wagas breakfast. But I guess it's nicer to stay in bed? One thing I forgot to mention in the post: RSS readers. If you're stuck with a phone without 3G, websites will take a really long time to open. If you add RSS feeds to your phone, you can get the content you want delivered straight to your phone, so no need to get out of bed! (I guess your phone has a RSS application, right?) There's a Google Reader application that you can download to your phone as well - if you live outside China! You can get all the posts from the site by adding the feed http://wu-yong.typepad.com/blog/atom.xml Enjoy your hangover, and have a nice day!
No, they are completely in English. They are reprints of books originally published in the 90s in the UK, from different publishers (OUP, Heineman Macmillan...); SFLEP put them together in one series. I think they got the licence, and just didn't bother to translate. : )
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Chuck Norris went to Burger King and asked for a Big Mac - and got it.
In China, there are a few other Cambridge University Press titles, if you're looking for Business English. I think one is called "Business Vocabulary in Use", for intermediate students. There's also a a multi-level business English course from CUP published by Post & Telecommunication Press... can't remember what it's called, but I'll have a look next time I go shopping.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2010 on Inside Out at The Friday Afternoon Guide
Thanks for your comment, Sandra! I used to be an English teacher here in China, now I'm developing textbooks for teenagers. I'm not affiliated with any of the companies (e.g. Macmillan, CUP) mentioned on the site, but you can probably tell that there are some UK publishers that I like : ) You're in the same line of work, or...? .
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Actually, it's pretty simple: modern Chinese dictionaries are almost always in alphabetical order, then in order of tone (first, second, third, fourth). If several characters have the exact same pronunciation, they are ordered according to the number of strokes. The radicals are only used as an index, when you don't know the pronunciation of a character. (Older dictionaries were organised according to radicals, strokes and stroke order.)
Yeah, but most people would use MS Word for printing their stuff out anyway. You can't be too creative with that, unless you're some kind of lo-fi layouting guru who refuses to use InDesign. The limitations of the available technology make people stupid. 12p Times New Roman on A4 is the default, that's why you see so much crap in that format... PS Just had an nasty wargument with my girlfriend about standard paper sizes, it's clearly an important topic.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2010 on Does A4 have a use anymore? at Noisy Decent Graphics
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I guess you'd feel a bit insignificant if you walked into a meeting room with bunch of A5 sheets? On the other hand, whenever I forget my notebook I find myself folding a sheet of A4 into A5. A4 size is useless for any handwritten text... It's like trying to read a broadsheet in economy class.
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