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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Learning Chinese DVD & CD Sale

Learning Chinese DVD and CD Sale 

 Chinese DVD and CD Sale


Q. Should I buy DVD or CD's to Learn Chinese?
A. Yes - They are an excellent method and most of the CD's and DVD's

Q. Why are they on sale?
A. I want to focus the site on Learning Chinese Textbooks, so I have put all the CD's and DVD's on sale.

Q. Do you think DVD's or CD's are going obsolete?
A. Yes and no.
 They are not selling for me. My textbook sales vs DVD's / CD's are 20 to 1 at least. So getting rid of inventory that does not sell makes sense for my business. Then I can simplify my website, and focus on what sells.

Q. Do I think they will be obsolete?

A. Personally no.

I prefer having a CD or DVD. MP3's and video files moving them around are a headache from device to device for those of us less technically advanced. At least with my current hardware and software set up. And a lot of the content on the DVD's are not available online at this time. 

The Video market seems to be moving to an all you can eat, with limited selection, pricing model such as NetFlix. So DVD sales industry wide have dropped dramatically. For teachers, I see DVD's as a great solution since the material is not available online, and this is specialized market. Yes, Youtube has some Learning Chinese Materials, but it's nice to be able to play a video without any advertisement. Plus, this way you don't need to worry about having a good Internet Connection.

 One of the Learning Chinese Textbook Series I carry went to MP3 replacing a CD and I disagree with the decision. I wish they had kept the CD, and added the MP3 files. They are hosting them on their website, and websites are not always accessible. Plus it's not 100% clear where the actual files are located.

Same with the Chinese Reading Touch Pens, which went from CD to MP3 with no notice, so you have to download, that was a huge headache for me to figure out and caused some customer frustrations I did not appreciate. Plus downloading files from China is not super fast. CD has great usability and no downloading issues.

Q. Are they new?
A. Yes

Q. Are they guaranteed?
A. 100% - which means they will work when you receive them. This does not mean you open them all up, say you don't like them, and return them theoretically without copying them - I am sure nobody would do this... I have more in my return policy about CD and DVD returns. I changed the return policy after somebody bought a bunch of DVD's, opened them all up, and then returned them since they did not like them. All in the same series.

Q. What zone are they?
A. Most are zoneless, but you need to look at each product page. It should be there.

Q. What is a DVD zone?
A. The wonderful people at the big movie studios, made zoning for DVD's. That means a Disney DVD made in China in Chinese, will not play a standard US DVD Player. You can buy a zoneless DVD Player, which takes care of the issue. If I understand correctly, zoneless DVD players are not legal in the US, but they are available. Chinese and Korean electronic retailers carry them. This also applies to Blue Ray DVD's. On the back of DVD's there is a picture of a globe that has a number below it, that is the zone. US is Zone 1. Taiwan Zone 4. China 6. Often DVD's are more expensive in Europe, than they are in the US. Or DVD's are cheaper in China, than in the US. It's frustrating, since in the US it's a pain to get DVD's dubbed in a foreign language (Disney does an amazing job, there US Mulan DVD has Chinese on it).

Q. What language are the DVD's in?
A. Mandarin Chinese with English.

Q. Are there sub-titles?
A. It varies, please check each DVD.

Q. Can you play English sub-titles with Chinese
A. Depends on the DVD.

Q. What language are the CD's in?
A. Mandarin Chinese - check each CD. I have some CD's that are used to teach English.

Q. Do you have CD's or DVD's in Cantonese?
A. No. Back in the days of Cassette Tapes, I bought some Cassette Tapes with Books, and they were very slow to sell. I used to get lots of requests for Cantonese, so I was surprised at the lack of sales.

Q. Which accent of Mandarin?
A. It varies. Look where they are made. If made in China or Taiwan it will have their respective accent. Ones made in the US vary in the accent. I prefer the Taiwan accent over the Chinese, but I am married to a Taiwanese...

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Machine Translations Update - Chinese

Google Translate just got better: AI-powered software is now almost as good at translating Chinese as humans | Daily Mail Online

My wife last month saw a notice in Chinese at a Elementary School we walk by that probably used Google Translate for a Chinese version, and she thought the wording was strange. When I have a chance I"ll post it. I took a picture. 

I am surprised they did not have one of their teachers polish the Chinese a bit...


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chinese Touch Reading Pen

Chinese Touch Reading Pen

I have a limited quantity available of the Touch Reading Pens. I have gotten quite a few requests about them, but I was reluctant to sell till I was 100% sure it would be a positive experience for the customer and me.

The touch pens are fun to use. Basically you have a special book, and the pen then reads the text in Chinese. If there is not a CD provided, I will preload the pen with the needed software. The download from the publishers site is slow, so there will be a day or two delay in shipping touch pens while I test everything. A specially written English Manual is included with the touch pens that I wrote.

Chinese Reading Touch Pen Sets
Home Page of Touch Reading Pens

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cost of Nepotism

The Cost of Nepotism: J.P. Morgan to Pay $200 Million  -The American Interest

Amazing the double standard of the children of US Politicians, vs. Chinese with American companies (cough, cough Chelsea Clinton's Hedge Fund Job, work at McKinsey the premier US consulting company, and as a reporter for NBC).

Note - I am not saying either is right. I just hate hypocrisy.

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Post Office Loses $1 per order from China Shipped

ePacket shipment from China on ebay.

The Postal service is losing millions a year to help you buy cheap stuff from China - Washington Post

Some observations:

  1. Somehow for low weight items it seems cheaper to have an item shipped from China to the US, than ship an item within the US.
  2. ePacket takes around 14 days to get to the US. It may take up to a month.
  3. Basically Chinese sellers have taken over the market on eBay for new items of low weight mfg. in China.
  4. Some Chinese sellers get a US address (person), and still ship from China.
  5. For new girls dresses category, sellers from China now dominate it. This was not true a couple of years ago.
  6. No idea how returns work for sellers? Shipping from US to China is expensive, probably $15 starting per 1 lb. $16.75 using 1st class. This probably explains why there are so many companies that ship to China, probably use a container.
  7. Not sure how a US seller would compete with stuff from China on eBay, which seems to be about price, price, and price..
  8. ePacket my guess is subsidized by Chinese government, so super cheap and probably below their cost.
  9. USPS actually loses money, $1, on each item shipped from China via ePacket.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Calfornia Bilingual Education Deja Vu?

Calfornia Bilingual Education Deja Vu?

There is a proposition on the ballot, that wants to gut the Ballot Proposition that killed most bilingual education in California. I have mixed feelings about this. My understanding was once 227 went into effect, it had a huge negative impact on businesses selling bilingual materials. I have heard this from multiple book sellers. As an educator, it seemed that prior to 227 many students were stuck permanently in bilingual classes, and never learned English. The incentive for schools being to max out bilingual classes for additional funding. The end result from studies, is eliminating bilingual education did not seem to have a negative impact on student performance.

My 2 cents - What California needs is true bilingual education. What it has prior to 227 was not. The goal has to be to get students fluent in English ASAP, for this is a basic language they need for economic survival in the US, To go beyond the survival level, being bilingual is a great advantage to have. In Southern California Spanish is very helpful, but the rise of China, had made Learning Chinese a competitive advantage.

Déjà Vu in California (Culture Wars) - The American Interest


Friday, August 5, 2016

My First Chinese Words - 36 Books

Why Choose My First Chinese Words

Mini FAQ

What Age is it for?

Why should I use it?
The material is split apart into 36 parts, which works perfectly with the short attention span of kids age 3-6.

How is the Quality?
A+ - What I admire about this publisher, Better Chinese, is the high quality of their products.

Will it work for Non Chinese Speakers?
The program was actually designed for use by non native Chinese speakers. The program originally started by educators from Columbia University.

How many schools use Better Chinese Materials?
Over 1600 schools, Pre-K to home.

My First Chinese Words Set
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  • 36 short books with a CD that Teaches Chinese through reading
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  • Excellent supplementary materials, teaching support system
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    My First Chinese Words Set (36 Books + Audio CD), Traditional Chinese
    Our Price: $50.95


    My First Chinese Words series is for little kids to learn Chinese words and make into sentences.
    • Teaches basic Chinese sentences a child can immediately use.
    • Lessons focus on how to communicate in Chinese, not just memorize individual words.
    • Excellent supplementary materials, teaching support system
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