tái typhoon; platform

Different tone

tài (too) tài

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Pronunciation

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Cities

邢台 Xingtai, Hebei
七台河 Qitaihe, Heilongjiang
台山 Taishan, Guangdong
烟台 Yantai, Shandong
台州 Taizhou, Zhejiang

Also

台湾 Táiwān Taiwan
台北市 Táiběi Shì Taipei
Wed 15th Feb

Honest students can still be found

All too often the news is full of stories of shady dealing in China, so it was refreshing to learn that honesty can still be found and that it is appreciated. A 17 year old student accidentally scratched the side of a car and damaged a wing mirror. Instead of disappearing at a rate of knots, he chose to write a letter of apology and enclosed all the loose change he had. When the driver returned to discover the damage he called the police. However, after reading the note and seeing the small change he decided that honesty should be rewarded and the driver plans to give the student money towards completing his studies.


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Language

When you start learning Chinese you soon across the fact that there are two written forms still in use, the simplified form used in China and the old, traditional form still used in Taiwan, Hong Kong and other overseas Chinese communities. With 4,000 years of use the written Chinese language has many archaic features. On formation of the Peoples Republic an ambition reform programme of the script was instigated which has made the learning of the characters far easier.
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