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Re: OT -- Learning Chinese

From:laokou <laokou@...>
Date:Friday, November 23, 2001, 21:31
From: "Patrick Dunn"

> How can I get a cheap but fairly hefty sample of Chinese text, like a > newspaper or magazine, preferably published in China, without writing a > large check?
Depends on where you're located (and if you're looking for simplified or traditional characters). Boston's Chinatown is relatively small, but offers a decent selection of stuff in traditional from Taiwan and Hong Kong (not as cheap as native prices but certainly not unaffordable). You might also, as someone else mentioned, look online. I was told gives you freeloads for reading Chinese and Japanese off the web, but I haven't tried it yet. If you're looking for simplified, Shanghai Yebao (say: Zzang2he2 Nga2bo3 and really impress the natives) has an aura of prestige around it (à la New York Times), from a mainland perspective. I found the Beijing papers a little dry. There is also Shijie Ribao, published out of New York (there's a sub-office out of Boston). Fifty cents a day? Monthly, semiannual, yearly discounts, and more, if you *really* want to commit (hey, maybe even a free taoster out of the deal). In traditional characters; reads like a Taiwan or HK daily. Kou