About…

Seeingredinchina.com was founded in late 2010 by Tom in an effort to create a complete guide to modern China.

Slowly we are trying to build a blog that captures every aspect of the middle kingdom, which we know is a massive undertaking, so topics include: politics, rural life, Chinese language, traditional festivals, education, the environment, and almost anything else involving China.

We post new articles 7 days a week, so we hope you will check back often.

7 Responses to About…

  1. I’ve just come across your comments about learning Chinese. How good to read! My own small publishing company brought out a textbook back in 2007 called The Chinese Classroom. This book met with a lot of resistance from Chinese teachers of Chinese by virtue of the fact that it does not include Chinese characters. Where are the characters?, they would squawk. But our book was specifically designed to teach the skills of speaking and understanding. Including characters would not have been a means of actually teaching characters. More than this, including characters would have obstructed the learning process for what is, grammatically at least, a comparatively simple language. An approach that masses of Chinese teachers could not grasp. To learn a language (I would argue with them) you have to become a little child again – and do kids learn to speak first or write first?

  2. scintillatebrightly says:

    I enjoy this blog, it is teaching me a lot about China. I’ve nominated it for the Beautiful Blogger Award. You can see the full details on my site.

  3. KalanStar says:

    I can’t find a contact form on this site, but I would like to do a link exchange. I am building a China Blog Picks list/page on my site and would like to list this site if you’d list mine on your suggested sites page.

    Cheers

  4. Kate says:

    Hi Peter,
    I am studying mandarin using Rosetta Stone (RS) – just for the fun of it. I also have a bunch of other Chinese books and work with a tutor once a week, but RS is the center of my studies. I find learning the characters actually helps my recall. It also helps my pronunciation because when I look at pinyin I keep reverting to an English interpretation rather than a proper phonetic pronunciation. When I look at the character it often reminds me of the meaning and when coupled with the pinyin (intermittently to avoid the anglicization ) for the pronunciation.
    I am 58 so my language acquisition is different from a child’s learning. I am studying mandarin with my grandchildren and it is much easier for them to recall words and pronounce them correctly (I know that is obvious.) I am amazed at how the youngest (the 3 and 4 yr olds) are so much better than the older ones (8 and 10 yr olds).
    I am not arguing here over method – I’m just noting my experience in language acquisition. I don’t think I’m likely to go to China but I live in the DC area and there are plenty of Chinese people around to have fun with. I don’t think I could have learned as much Chinese as I have if I hadn’t gotten RS. I’ve learned nearly 300 characters in the last ten months. Not huge but I work full time and only have an hour or less a day to study.

  5. S. A. Racine says:

    Hi, I have just discovered your site and I’m very happy about it :) I read your post about WordPress being blocked in China. I am going to China soon for a year, and I wonder if I will be able to access the WordPress admin. This is my site: http://modeiqubator.wordpress.com/

    Do you know about Blogger, if I will be able to access the admin ?

    Thank you in advance for your help. I will now spend lot of time reading your other entries!

    Kind regards

    Sylvain, Stockholm, soon Jinhua in China!

  6. Frank says:

    Sorry, i haven’t found “contact us” so I reply here, you can delete it later

    I like your blog, can you make a friend link with mine?
    http://WWW.chinese-view.com
    I translate the hottest news and comments from China, help others have a better understanding of China, hear the voice from Chinese netizen
    It’s new but I will write all the time.
    I’m pleasure to add your blog to my related link
    Please reply me, thank you very much.

  7. qf19861013 says:

    Sorry, I haven’t found “contact us”, you can delete the reply later
    I like your blog, can you make a friend link with mine?
    http://WWW.chinese-view.com
    I translate the hottest news and comments from China, help others have a better understanding of China, hear the voice from Chinese netizen
    It’s new but I will write all the time.
    I’m pleasure to add your blog to my related link
    Please reply me, thank you very much.

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