Hey all! This is Mary Benke, a new assistant at the Language Learning Center for Chinese.
Recently I created a profile on China’s Version of Facebook, 人人网 (also called Xiaonei). This site is really similar to Facebook in its abilities and applications. Xiaonei also has a feature where members can listen to internet radio, with stations ranging from American rock to Chinese Jazz. When I first tried this feature, I immediately came across my now-favorite artist Hackleberry (扑树 Pu2shu1). Because the feature acts like a radio, this feature is a great way to discover Chinese artists and current musical trends.
That being said, Xiaonei is also a great way to learn Chinese characters. The site uses simplified Chinese; if you still have trouble reading, the Language Learning Center can set you up with a program called Wordchamp that lets you read scroll over words and translates them. If you have friends using Xiaonei, try contacting them and chatting in Chinese!
That’s all for now!