Reading Meetup (Bob Dylan songs + Bei Dao Poem)

A couple of months ago, we very successfully covered 4 Bob Dylan songs (Blowin' In the Wind I Shall Be Released, Like a Rolling Stone and Just Like A Woman) translated into Chineseas well as a great poem by the poet Bei Dao called 回答 (The Answer) - which came out in 1976 just after the end of the Cultural Revolution.

Here are the documents

Chinese Text

English Text

English and Chinese Side By Side

Chinese with Pinyin and Translation

Anki Flashcards


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  • Tina

    Hi guys! I just finally realized the perfect Chinese word for the "fall" we discussed yesterday, it is 落马,luo4ma3, which originally was used to describe someone falling down from their horse in battle leading to a big failure. Now it is THE WORD to describe the fall of politicians. For further information, check this dictionary-like webpage, and also a piece of news from Xinhua news agency which summarized all the 高官 who recently 落马。 And the last web link is from Hongkong Fenghuang reporting the north Korean politician who recently 落马 as well.
    http://www.baike.com/wiki/%E8%90%BD%E9%A9%AC http://news.xinhuanet.com/legal/2003-10/30/content_1150976.htm http://news.ifeng.com/world/special/zhangchengzeluoma/content-5/detail_2013_12/11/32022949_0.shtml

    December 11, 2013

  • limin t.

    Limin, here. I am Chinese, like to learn english more and have a conversation with others. I am not sure if I can attend to this meetup or not?

    December 10, 2013

    • steve

      yes - this is for english and chinese exchange - we need more chinese people!

      1 · December 10, 2013

    • limin t.

      Thanks a million, Steve. I am not fimiliar with this website,so I may have sent you the same messages several times,haha. Please do not mind. Looking for ward to meeting you all next time. Have a good learning time!

      December 10, 2013

  • steve

    At level 3 door a

    December 10, 2013

  • steve

    Will be approx 15 minutes late. Power cut @ my station

    December 10, 2013

  • Bea

    hi there,
    Can someone tell me, are the anki flashcards for a mobile app or what's a good software to open them with?
    Thanks for your time,
    Bea

    December 9, 2013

    • steve

      Bea - thanks for asking - I have added a page with instructions at: http://www.meetup.com...­

      1 · December 10, 2013

    • Bea

      Brilliant! Thanks for that Steve

      December 10, 2013

  • Bea

    Should be fun...

    December 5, 2013

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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