Update 2016-07-24: Added Phonescoop glossary to Telephones > General.
A big post with lots of vocabulary lists from online dictionaries of words related to ICT (information and communication technology): telephones, computers and networks & systems like the internet, the worldwide web and e-mail. Go to the list and click on the words to see definitions, examples, pronunciation etc.
This vocabulary can be useful for our classes on: using the telephone, mobile phones, technology, office work, digital marketing, innovation, e-mail, communication etc.
After a lot of time and difficulty, I have finally got back access to my Tencent Weibo microblog.
Previous posts on this issue:
I communicated with several Tencent employees, using e-mail addresses I found via Google search, as there were no useful/working links or e-mail addresses to be found on (the English language version of) Tencent Weibo itself.
Again they recommended the "Lost password" process even though I told them several times and in several ways that I had not lost my password.
Eventually they gave me back access to my account without having to go through the standard (and deeply flawed) account recovery process.
After that, I was also finally able to set up security questions for my account, which has been a big problem throughout this, because answering these questions is crucial to getting back access to a Tencent account, even though the whole idea of security questions was not in the English version of setting up a Tencent account when I created my account.
Based on my latest experience, it seems that Tencent have translated a few more pages to English since I first created my account and since I first lost access to it.
But there are still a lot of things missing from the English version of Tencent Weibo (like a help page!). And I have still never received a useful explanation about why I was denied access to my account. But I will give Tencent Weibo another try.
So here's my Tencent Weibo:
Update 2017-03-22: Added The English We Speak & China version for LearnEnglish. 2017-03-03: All ESLPod.com links changed to Lizhi.fm. For more info, see this post: ESLPod Links Broken. Updated About.com to TheBalance, although the videos are gone. 2016-03-11 : Removed dead Videojug and Howcast links. Added 2 About.com videos. 2015-09-05: added ESL Podcast 1096 – Improving Online Reviews
2014-12-06: added Pearson Education Marketing podcast on E-marketing and new media. 2014-09-13: added Macmillan podcast about viral videos and INTEAD podcast about digital marketing know-how 2014-04-26: added China232.com podcast about Web 2.0 2014-04-05: added Business English Pod Video Vocab 37 & 38 (Internet Marketing)
Digital marketing includes marketing over the internet and cellular networks, to personal computers, smartphones and tablet computers etc.
Below are some useful videos and ESL podcasts you can watch & listen to about digital marketing.
You can listen to these ESL podcasts (especially designed for learners of English) online on your computer, or you can download the MP3 and listen to them on your computer, MP3 player, smartphone etc.
The audio is free, but sometimes other features ("premium features") require payment.
These links will take you to videos on websites which are not blocked in China (except for the Business English Pod videos, for which I have provided separate download links for users in China), and which usually have transcripts (sometimes already shown on the same page as the video, or sometimes you have to press a button that says "Transcript").
Summary: As someone who is not fluent in Chinese, I cannot rely on Tencent 腾讯/QQ for microblogging (or indeed anything). So I'm not using Tencent and now I'm trying LinkedIn instead.
Update 2013-11-15: Once again, Tencent Weibo is denying me access to my account without explanation and without a way to resolve the problem in English.
I used to use a Tencent Weibo microblog to give my Chinese students useful or interesting links related to English, China, business etc. But back in June, I had a major problem with it: I could no longer access it at all. I wrote about that in my blog post here.
Any attempt by me to fix the problem would lead to lots of untranslated pages in Chinese. So I e-mailed their international support. The only response I had from Tencent was a link to instructions about what to do when you lose your password.
There were several problems with this:
I continued to try to resolve this problem communicating in English with Tencent / QQ International, via e-mail and via their blog (which is what you get taken to when you click on "Help").
No luck for me with Tencent
I never had another reply from Tencent International's e-mail, despite me writing twice more.
Tencent won't let me log in, so I can't access my Tencent microblog at all.
Even though I'm putting in the right password, I get an error about "restricted account access".
I clicked on the link, and it all changes to Chinese. So much for the international version in English. As soon as there's a problem, it all reverts to Chinese, with a lot of important text (e.g. action buttons) actually presented in image format, so I can't use translation software to help me understand it.
I tried guessing and various things but eventually got stuck here:
I tried googling and tried one piece of advice on the web, which didn't work but I did end up with the e-mail address for QQ International help.
I emailed them, and they sent me back a link to a blog post with instructions in case of a lost password. I didn't lose my password, but I'm trying it anyways.
That post explains in English how to get a new password (the whole process in Chinese again) using annotated screenshots.
I've managed to complete the first couple of steps, but then comes one that's not explained. It asks for 3 "Friend's Account Numbers". Which is fine if you use QQ instant messenger and have those numbers saved or written down somewhere.
But I don't use QQ messenger, I only use Tencent for microblogging. So I don't have any such numbers. I can't even access the IDs of my microblog followers (to try using those instead of QQ numbers) because I have to sign in to see those.
I've posted a comment on that blog article about this problem, and I await an answer. If there isn't one, I'll try writing QQ International support again.
The irony? When I have a China-related tech problem, I tell people and ask for help using Tencent Weibo. But this problem means I can't even do that.
I'll post about any future developments.
G.A.L.E.S.L. / joe3
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