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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 Mark Clulow on 9月 September 5, 2015 at 22:04


评论 Comment by sophia sun on 8月 August 13, 2015 at 10:16

Kathy is my friend who study TCFL( teaching chinese as a foreign language) at Miami University, and she is an excellent student. She recommends Wanting Qu (曲婉婷)’s songs for Chinese study. Wanting is a girl grown up in nothern China, so her pronounciation is very clear and special. She accomplished her university in Canada, so the context of her song is very closed to Northern Americans. Her most famous song is You Exist In My Song which use simple words tell how 2 strangers fell in love and touched many people’s heart. This Sophia from Aihua Chinese School.

评论 Comment by sophia sun on 8月 August 10, 2015 at 14:40

Chinese New Year, known in China as Spring Festival, has an abundance of unique traditions associated with it. Among the many New Year's customs are a few whose meaning is derived from puns of Mandarin words. Mandarin Chinese, like many Sinitic varieties, has a significant number of homophonous syllables and words due to its limited phonetic inventory. All languages have homophones, but in Chinese they are especially abundant

  • Nián nián yǒu yú - 年年有余 "There will be an abundance every year" homophonous with 年年有鱼 "There will be fish every year." As a result, fish are eaten and used as common decorations during Chinese New Year.
  • Nián gāo - 年糕 "niangao" and 年高 from 年年高升 nián nián gāoshēng or "raised higher each year," leading to the belief that those who eat niangao should have greater prosperity with each coming year.
  • Fú dào le - 福到了 "fortune has arrived" and 福倒了 "fortune is upside down", the latter simply referring to the ubiquitous character , which when displayed upside down denotes one's good fortune has arrived. It is common practice to hang the character upside-down on doors during the Spring festival
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.
评论 Comment by jöl on 3月 March 24, 2011 at 23:45

ni hao!

wo ting bu dong ZhongWen!  :-(  wei shen ma?!  :-D


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.

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