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I'm a language student and teacher who has quite a lot of opinions on how to learn languages more efficiently. Since I think there is a severe lack of people discussing how to learn (rather than just what to learn), I'm running a website called Hacking Chinese, welcome!


Nov
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awarded  Critic
Nov
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comment Placement of Pinyin in relation to characters
A very good answer indeed. I don't think there would be any difference at all. I didn't ask this question because I'm planning to write a textbook (not any time soon anyway), but because I realised that my intuitive answer was wrong. I simply wanted to figure out what was going on. Thank you very much for your detailed answer! Accepted!
Nov
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accepted Placement of Pinyin in relation to characters
Nov
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comment Placement of Pinyin in relation to characters
This is interesting. Next time I go to the library, I'll check more textbooks for foreigners. Will report later. :)
Nov
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comment Placement of Pinyin in relation to characters
What do you mean when you say "do not think of the two systems as equal"? I never implied that they were, I'm simply asking if there are rules for where the Pinyin should go. As for Zhuyin, I have never seen the horizontal version, it must be very rare.
Nov
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comment Placement of Pinyin in relation to characters
Yes, I meant beginner textbooks for foreigners. I wasn't aware there were beginner textbooks for native speakers.
Nov
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asked Placement of Pinyin in relation to characters
Oct
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revised Resources for learning Mandarin Chinese
Interested stories -
Oct
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comment Noun Placement in Grammar
Is it the case that you have seen that sentence and now you'd like to know where the noun should go if you want to add "clothes" to that sentence?
Oct
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comment What is the best way to teach a child Mandarin?
I thought like you (Dan) for a long time until someone pointed out to me that communication isn't really hampered by imperfect language ability on my part until the child gets older. So, for young kids, I think it would be okay to use any language I'm reasonably good at, but I would never dream of using anything but my native language (Swedish) once the child reaches an age where I feel that nuances of words and more complex arguments become important.
Oct
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accepted What is the difference between 濱 and 瀕?
Oct
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comment What is the difference between 濱 and 瀕?
Aha, that makes more sense. Sometimes using Google can be misleading. :) That explanation partly overlaps with what I wrote, since meaning (2) above should be mostly verbs.
Oct
14
comment Is there a Chinese WordNet?
Yes. Click 線上檢查 at the top and enter your keyword. Here's a direct link, but I'm not sure if it will work: lope.linguistics.ntu.edu.tw/cwn/query. You can also download, but I haven't tried that.
Oct
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asked What is the difference between 濱 and 瀕?
Oct
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comment Can I use 我的腿累了 for “My legs are tired”?
Yes, I know, but I thought we had a specific context here, such as playing football. Wouldn't that work?
Oct
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comment Can I use 我的腿累了 for “My legs are tired”?
Also consider 我的腿沒力.
Oct
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comment Is there a Chinese WordNet?
This website looks very promising. It shows semantic relationships visually in a fairly neat way. I just checked a few words, but perhaps someone who has used it more can provide more information.
Oct
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comment Is there a Chinese WordNet?
I agree that Zdic is very good, but I fail to see how it is relevant to the original question. As far as I know, Zdic doesn't show semantic relationships.
Oct
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comment How do non-native speakers get to perceive tones in Chinese?
I'd like to add that minimal pair bingo with tones is an excellent exercise for all levels, except perhaps for true beginners. In essence, you write down a number of tones and person A then pronounces one of them. Person B is supposed to guess which tone was pronounced. The student and the teacher/native speaker can switch roles. I've found this to be a very, very good way of spotting problems with tones. I've written much more about this here in case the above description isn't enough: hackingchinese.com/?p=245
Oct
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