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  1. More than 30 years after their use was discouraged due to the Speak Mandarin campaign, dialects seem to be making a quiet comeback among an unlikely group - the young. More young Chinese Singaporeans now see dialects as an important part of their heritage, and are taking steps to make sure they will not be lost. Business undergraduate Jasmine Tan began uploading basic Teochew tutorial videos on YouTube last year. Her channel, Teochew Gaginang (which means "our own people" in the dialect), currently has 214 subscribers. "It's a way of reaching out to people," said Ms Tan, 19. "It's about cultural preservation but it's also to show people that dialects are not something uncool." The self-professed "cultural zealot" said that she started her tutorials after being inspired by another YouTube user who uploads tutorials of Native American languages in an effort to protect them from extinction. "You could call me sentimental," said Ms Tan. "But if you lose your dialect, you lose your culture." Others, like students Jeraldine Phneah and Mah Poh Ee, have even petitioned the authorities to bring dialects back on air. Ms Phneah, 22, has lived with her Hokkien-speaking grandparents since she was young. "When I listen to people speak in Hokkien, I feel a sense of closeness and warmth," she said. Ms Mah, who communicates with her family mostly in Cantonese but also speaks Hokkien and a smattering of Hakka, agreed. "I use the language to bond with my closest kin. If grandchildren can't communicate with their grandparents, that's a very sad thing," the 18-year-old said. There are also efforts to promote the use of dialects as a tool to communicate with those in the broader community. The National University of Singapore's Students' Community Service Club, for example, is experimenting with dialect tutorial videos to equip volunteers in their interactions with the elderly. The club used to hold two to three dialect workshops each academic year. However, it decided to switch to videos this year to increase outreach. "We wanted our volunteers to have a more meaningful interaction with the elderly," said Ms Kristabelle Tan, 21, the club's president. "Some are afraid to volunteer if they have no dialect skills." Ms Annie Lee, 24, who works with the Social Service Institute, has found that speaking "very fluent" Hokkien has made her job as a community relations officer easier. She recalled how she used to have difficulty conveying her thoughts to her Hokkien-speaking parents as a teenager. "I knew what I wanted to say but I couldn't verbalise it properly," she said. That was when she made a conscious effort to brush up on her Hokkien, and she now considers herself to be "very fluent" in the dialect. Ms Lee is now trying to pick up Cantonese, and has bought a Cantonese copy of social worker Koh Kuan Eng's dialect picture book. She has even purchased the Teochew and Hokkien versions of the book for her 20-month-old nephew. "Personally, I want to let dialects be passed on," she said. "I like the whole idea of continuing the legacy." Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/the-big-story/case-you-missed-it/story/young-people-speak-dialects-20131023
  2. Maybe the family who donated to their PM is buying this carrier for them also? http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/france-to-discuss-mistral/2076084.html
  3. Icebrush79

    Any RC helicopter enthusiasts here??

    Any fellows into RC helicopters here? I'm thinking of getting one to amuse gf and myself... but i've no experience flying one (ever).... Perhaps, any enthusiasts might wanna share their experience? Mainly, is it hard to fly for beginners ? Thanks in advance !!
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21040313 Helicopter crashed after hitting a high rise crane. Terrorism ruled out but crash site is very near the MI6 building and where the new US embassy is being built. Authorities are unable to confirm the number of casualties so far.
  5. Tom_kkh

    RC helicopter

    Hi guys, anyone into RC heli? Am thinking of getting one for myself, any recommendations? budget around $500... is it too little? only interested in those battery operated ones.
  6. Porker

    RC Helicopter

    Anyone into this? I'm thinking of getting Atom500E. Should I get maybe a beginner's kit since its my first time trying?
  7. Davidklt

    Mercedes Styled Helicopter

    Interesting: http://www.mercnews.net/2010/05/mercedes-s...helicopter.html
  8. http://timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sp...icle2461339.ecehttp://timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/more_sp...icle2461339.ece Another one from the 90's era ..... after richard burns ..... R.I.P .....
  9. sad sad day for rally fans. first Gronholm retires than this. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/mor...icle2461339.ece
  10. Hi guys... Can anyone tell me whether uneven tyres can make such sound? Cause I came back from Stamford Tyres to do wheel rotation... And uncle said my tires are uneven... After rotation, I get this helicopter sound... So will it be an issue in the near future?
  11. Hi, i own a G9 auto. recently i noticed that there is this sound that sounds a little like that of rotors blades of the helicopter spinning. It disappears when i move off and appears occasionally when i stop. It's not very loud but kinda irritating. Used to think it was the air filter box vibrations giving out those sound but now i know its not. Any ideas what it is?