Earlier this year, I mailed myself a large package from China to a foreign country. I have mailed items from China to foreign countries before this time, but never large items. It was a bit of an adventure, but I wanted to share with all of you how to do it, so you can avoid many of the mistakes I made in the process. This post will describe in detail how to mail a package from China to a foreign country.
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The question to how to get started learning Mandarin Chinese is a question that I have been asked in different variations over the last few years. I suppose the answer to the question would be similar to the answer to how to get started learning any language. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to learning Chinese. We are not yet at a point where you can just put a computer chip into your brain and instantly learn Chinese. Chinese is unique in that you have to learn the characters as well as learn how to listen and speak, so you need to give yourself enough time to learn it. That being said, I believe that the following methods are great ways to get started learning Chinese.
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I am proud to say that Mandarinportal.com is now one of the hosts for the CC-CEDICT project. CC-CEDICT is one of the best open source Chinese to English dictionaries in the world, and very useful to use. You can download it in many different and convenient formats here. CC-CEDICT is somewhat hard to search initially, but, I will put more information here about how to quickly and efficiently search it soon.
I having finally finished transferring my server from a shared host in Ireland to a VPS in Singapore. This upgrade took many many hours, and at times made me want to pull my hair out, but was a great learning experience. Lots of technical things behind the scenes had to work perfectly for the transition to complete. This upgrade has forced me through sheer necessity to get much better at Linux administration very quickly. Using a shared host allows you to have the host hold your hand so to speak, but really limits what you can do. Having a VPS is like having ultimate freedom with regards to the server, but with no one to hold your hand. I might host this site in Ireland again eventually, but for now, I am sticking with my Singapore server. But in any case, I love both Singapore and Ireland, so I am OK with having the server in either country. This upgrade will allow me to do many more interesting things with the site, and allow it to be significantly faster.
I have created a new section of mandarinportal.com at chinglish.mandarinportal.com. This will be a place where funny and epic Chinglish pictures will be placed. I have a large collection of Chinglish pictures from my time in Greater China, and I encounter Chinglish nearly every day here. I think Chinglish things are very funny, and I hope you all enjoy them. Come back frequently to chinglish.mandarinportal.com to see more chinglish pictures.
I have created a new section of mandarinportal.com at signs.mandarinportal.com. signs.mandarinportal.com will be a place where pictures of Chinese signs will be placed. I have a passion for taking pictures of signs. There are several reasons that I find signs so interesting. Signs in China will help you learn more and more about the unique Chinese Culture. Also, translating signs in Chinese can really help improve your Chinese level. I often find Chinese signs to be very bizarre, but at least interesting. I probably have hundreds of pictures I have taken of signs in Mainland China, and hope for this part of mandarinportal.com to be very interesting and useful for you all.
I have finally started blogging again on the main mandarinportal.com blog at blog.mandarinportal.com. You can visit it here. You can all look forward to quality blogging about Greater China and Chinese culture on blog.mandarinportal.com. Guest bloggers will appear in the future. So, enjoy and come back often for high quality posts about Greater China and Chinese culture.
My travel blog is finally back up. You can go to it here. After a somewhat painful period of transferring my travel blog to a new web host after having major problems with my first host, it is finally back up! I hope that in the future, it won’t be down again like this.