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Chinese books

Started by Ana cvet 4月 Apr 29, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi Guysif anyone interested please see my pics for the Chinese books. They were really helpful to me but because of moving i can not carry the weight !!!!!!!!! they are all second hand some are not…继续 Continue

Learning Mandarin with Pinyin and Tone recognition

Started by 由 Richard Chang开始。最后回复由 Last reply by Richard Chang 7月 Jul 30, 2010发布。 8 Replies

Hi everyone, It's July 4th weekend in the US ( Independence Day from UK - England back in 1776 ). I've continued practicing here mainly by listening to CD's and repeating. I've located a "friend" to…继续 Continue

Learning Chinese with your iPhone - iChinese App

Started by 由 Richard Chang开始。最后回复由 Last reply by Richard Chang 6月 Jun 4, 2010发布。 2 Replies

Hi all, Googling around I discovered this today. Topic: iChinese software on iPhone First off, I don't own an iPhone and feel like I'm the last one on US continent in California  who doesn't have one…继续 Continue

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评论 Comment by Ana cvet on 4月 April 29, 2013 at 10:48

Hi Guys, i have some chinese books that i want to sell both for 50 RMB (original price 100 RMB)

Kuaile hanyu ( happy Chinese) 2 and 3

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评论 Comment by Amanda on 5月 May 9, 2011 at 3:32
That's a good link, Dan. Thanks.  The sound clips don't seem to work for me though, but seeing the expressions written in Pinyin is very helpful. Good enough for someone just wanting to know a bit of the language to help them get around.
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评论 Comment by Richard Chang on 7月 July 29, 2010 at 13:04
Hi Dan,

Thanks for that link:

But, I did not quite like the pronunciation of the speakers.
Hoping someone can confirm if the pronunciation is northern accent or what ....
BTW, the Chinese characters could NOT be cut and paste into my favorite dictionary

Not having the tone marks in the Pinyin is a big negative for me since I need those to give me a better chance for learning. I can guess at the tone marks from the pronunciation ... but not absolutely sure.

On the plus side, the list of everyday phrases is useful !

Thanks, LA Guy
评论 Comment by Richard Chang on 6月 June 4, 2010 at 1:51
Hi Ellie and Robert,

Good advice, maybe I will try and engage more Chinese Conversation instead of using English all the time ( e.g. at the Restaurant, Bball court etc )
But I think I would need a voice recorder to record / save / review the conversations ( which can make it awkward ). So that comes back to a "willing" teacher.

Thanks, LA Guy
评论 Comment by Jasmine Qian on 6月 June 3, 2010 at 17:22
Xu said the point, The best way to learn a language is to talk with the native speaker. I stayed in UK for 2 years, before that period, I 've learnt English more than 10 years nad watched many English movies, soap operas etc, etc. But after I arrived in UK, my English was very 'awful '--my friend said that. So, Richard, you'd better find a Chinese who would like talk with you in Chinese....Good luck

评论 Comment by Robert Xu on 6月 June 3, 2010 at 13:49
Yeah, learning both Cantonese and Mandarin at the same time can be tricky, as they might sound similar to a non-native speaker. But who knows, one of my American prof can tell the two apart easily, but learning them can be a different matter.

Another suggestion is to learn pinyin (if you haven't). For adult second language learner, I do think a transcription system would be of great help. Watching movies and listening to songs are helpful ways for any language learning :D I would actually suggest you start with some documentaries, they may use clear and relatively slow language, and it is helpful to enrich the cultural knowledge of the target language as well.

Another good way, to find a native speaker online and chat. That's what Internet is for lol.
评论 Comment by Richard Chang on 6月 June 3, 2010 at 6:01
Hi Ellie,

Yeah, the subtitles are sometimes more funny than the movie.
I guess maybe "soap operas" daily shows with general conversation might be better to listen/watch but without an interpreter to assist it is very tough to pick it up. I think a lot of foreigners coming to the US watch US TV shows ( comedies ) to pick up English.
LA Guy
评论 Comment by Jasmine Qian on 6月 June 2, 2010 at 13:22
Well , As a Chinese native speaker, I have to warn you, many Chinese movies have crapy English subtitle, you should learn how to select the right movie first. And DONOT choose the historic movies at the beginning of learning, since their language are more complicated and out of date.
评论 Comment by Richard Chang on 6月 June 2, 2010 at 13:12
Me again,

I also think that using your cell phone camera or other camera device that you can take a picture/video of some writing / signs that you want to have translated and use some kind of "internet service" to translate for you. Because you have an interest in the translation you are more apt to learn better this way.

Your thoughts ?

LA Guy

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