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The untold spy story of WWI

In 1910 a proposed Alliance between Germany and France (See New York Times Article ) worried Britain so they sent someone to 'sniff around'.

The story is a personal journey of discovery set in the vibrant energy that is Zanzibar. Susan finds herself in the palace of the great Sultan of Zanzibar as private tutor to his children. She immerses herself in the heady experiences of that rich island. From making friends with her personal servant, Subira, to falling in love with Asim, a senior member of the Sultan's court. Susan delights in the discovery of Zanzibar and the discovery of herself. The only shadow being that she was recruited by British Military Intelligence as a spy. That compromises her love for Asim and will eventually cut the silken thread that is her journey into the exotic.

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Learn Chinese

Chat with Friends on QQ

QQ is the Chinese version of Skype



One of the main problems you have when learning a new language is finding someone to practise it with.

I joined QQ (the Chinese Skype) and soon people were contacting me and wanting to Chat

Many did not know any English, so I was forced to use my Chinese.

It is a great way to learn.

You can also help them with English and become freinds.

and don't worry, it is all in English



QQ is the equivalent of Skype in China

When I am chatting on QQ I have both the MDBG word dictionary in a seperate window and the MDBG phrase/sentence dictionary in a seperate window - both set to English.

If I am unsure of a word or a phrase in QQ I can easily copy and past it into the dictionary.

Sometimes if I am tired or unsure I type the sentence in English and translate it into Chinese.

REMEMBER - the translations are 很差 hěnchà, so always check out the Chinese set out below the translation and adjust if you have to.

I type my sentences into QQ in Chinese, and have QQ set to Chinese.

If I am unsure or just want to check, I copy and past the sentence (written in Chinese) from QQ into the MDBG phrase/sentence dictionary.

With all the above set up I do not have to be constantly changing from Chinese to English in my computer language setup.

I find this means I can keep the conversation going ... I often chat to people in China who cannot write 英文 Yīng​wén . It is a great way to learn.


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