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Questions about learning various aspects of Standard Chinese or other Chinese languages and dialects.

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How many words/characters do I need to understand Chinese sitcoms?

I'm not sure how to ask this question since English words and Chinese characters are different, but hopefully someone will understand what I'm saying: basically, I'm wondering how many different words/...
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Where can I find more cartoon videos like BBC's Muzzy for a young child to learn Mandarin? [closed]

I'm not talking about instructional videos and bi-lingual videos. Just Mandarin cartoon videos which a young child, with the ability to naturally absorb a new language, can use to learn Mandarin.
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Where can I find chinese (Mandarin) books in Paris? [closed]

Ni Hao everyone ;-) I am searching for Mandarin learning books (or used books if possible) in Paris please. Thank you so much ! 谢谢
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What should I consider for a one month language program? [closed]

As a graduate student Im trying to learn Chinese. I've been learning the language for a year or so through various ways (self study, private tutoring, did an exchange study in Mainland) Yet my level ...
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Where can I find word-for-word translation for “Beijing Huan Ying Ni” song?

I'm trying to learn Chinese by listening to music, and I've been listening to the Olympic song "Beijing Huan Ying Ni." But I don't know what the words mean. All the translations online are approximate ...
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How to start learning Cantonese?

How can I learn Cantonese on my own? What resources can I use and what is the right way to do it? I have friends who are from Hong Kong so I have people to "talk at" I guess who will honestly ...
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My Chinese Story, need correction, any suggestion? [closed]

Are you guys aware of any website service or any language exchange platform where one can post their stories or essays and get them checked? Also, below is my story, if anyone finds a very striking ...
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Why learn to handwrite characters? [duplicate]

I find that it is much easier to recognize characters after I meticulously learn each individual stroke/radical through constant and repetitive handwriting. In a sense, I have effectively "mastered" a ...
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Flashcard website for learning Chinese with pinyin, English, and Chinese

I need to have three separate sets of flashcards. For learning Chinese, I need: Chinese, English, Pinyin (Might also want traditional characters) There is little challenge to have the pinyin with ...
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Table of Chinese characters taught in primary school, grouped by grade

Is there a table like this for Chinese characters, that lists which Chinese characters are taught for each year of primary school? (I'd like to learn Chinese, so this would be a great source of ...
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Does reading books with pronunciation written above the characters develop one's skills?

I've got some books in Chinese, written both in characters and pinyin. Can reading such a book develop anything when it comes to my Chinese? I started reading it by hiding the pronunciation with a ...
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Can someone help me translate this? (Characters identified: 傅璋) [closed]

Can someone help me translate this? Thank you - AP
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How to catch up with advanced group?

We live in the USA. My 12 yo daughter was transferred to a private middle school for gifted children and joined Mandarin class, where students already studied for 2 years. She is trying to catch up, ...
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What good resources are available to assist first-time travellers to learn basic Chinese? [closed]

I'm moving back to China again in a few weeks, and I've already got a few friends planning visits - this brings me to my problem: I can't always be around to translate, and I find people have a more ...
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Where to start learning mandarin [closed]

I'm about to start learning mandarin chinese myself, without any teachers but with a help of textbooks and video (audio) lessons. My question is: where do I start, I mean, is it better to start with ...
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Are there more people in Russia/Ukraine learning Chinese language than other white dominated countries?

I only came up with this idea after I used wechat and VK and found some people from there can speak or are learning the language, while in Australia here I can hardly find any local people learning ...
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ideal way and easiest method to learn Chinese [closed]

My Chinese is not bad, but I want to improve it. And since among all the people that I know who are learning Chinese, the most successful one are those with a Chinese girlfriend, and to be honest with ...
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How to find online freelance teachers? [closed]

I’m new on Chinese Stack Exchange (though a long-time fan of Stack Exchange), so please be nice :) How can I reach out to independent mandarin teachers who would be offering online lessons over Skype ...
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What is the textbook used to learn Chinese in Havard and MIT? [closed]

I know that Havard has an excellent East Culture Research center but what about the teaching of Chinese there?
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Does watching Chinese movies with English subtitles help in learning Mandarin? [closed]

Does watching Chinese movies with English subtitles help a beginner level Mandarin student to learn and improve the language?
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What if you learn all the stroke orders in the wrong order?

I started learning Chinese a few months back by myself but stopped as soon as I realized that stroke order was important part of learning the Chinese language I don't want to go for coaching and want ...
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Is there a website/service that corrects Chinese essays? [closed]

Recently, I've gotten into the habit of writing in a Chinese diary each night. However, I'd be disappointed if I kept on making mistakes and instead of correcting them, reinforcing them through the ...
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How do you improve Chinese writing beyond HSK4 or HSK5?

I am learning Chinese (not student, just private interest) and my Chinese is somewhere between HSK4 and HSK5 (half part of HSK5 finished). I am not focussing to improve my vocabulary as when I speak, ...
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Learn to read online - resources [closed]

I am playing an online game played also by many Chinese people. The game has an instant Google translator - but translations are always bad, sometimes missing. I would like to be able to read, and ...
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While learning Korean, is it a good idea to start learning Chinese in parallel?

I started learning Korean last year, and by now I'm pretty confident with the basic rules of the game; I'm also pretty interested in Chinese, and I've heard that many Korean words can be split up in ...
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Are there Chinese language-learning karaoke videos at a basic conversation level? [closed]

I noticed that watching karaoke videos accelerates learning Chinese characters, even though you might not understand the characters fully. Is there a list of Mandarin and Cantonese karaoke videos for ...
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How to get started learning Chinese? [closed]

I'm new on this website and my only objective is to get some answers. But the main question I have is: How and where to start learning Chinese? How to begin?
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Is this Udemy course in Mandarin, are Mandarin and Chinese very related, and would Mandarin have any use in Hong Kong?

Before moving to Hong Kong in 2 months, I want to learn Chinese and when considering Udemy, I came across a course Chinese Made Easy L1: Understand 65% of Chinese in 10 hours. However the description ...
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How do I improve Mandarin vocal conversation?

I'm interested in learning Mandarin bit by bit via listening to music, having conversations with friends who are native to that language, movies and so on. For some background I have many ethnic ...
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How do I overcome my inability to think in Chinese? I instead translate what I read into English

I am not sure why, but whenever I read something in Chinese...I don't know how to say this, it just doesn't click, Every word I read is instantly translated to English, If I try to force my self to ...
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Standard Chinese translation of “I'm not a bad person”

I'm trying to translate "I'm not a bad person" to standard Chinese. I am told the following: There are also two ways to say "A isn't B". When B is a noun (things, people, places, etc.), use bú shì. ...
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Does reading Chinese sentences improve my speaking?

If I do not have anyone to practice speaking with, will reading Mandarin help me speak Mandarin?
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Most popular question and answer and forum sites in Chinese [closed]

What social networks exist on the Chinese internet, that allow people to meet and discuss things on any topic, or ask questions, like on Quora. I am learning Chinese and would like to practice. Any ...
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Difference between learning Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien for visiting Taiwan

I'm planning on visiting Taiwan as a tourist for about one week next year. Both Wikipedia and Wikivoyage say that Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkien are common languages there. What advantages ...
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Is there a lot of value in learning to write Chinese characters?

I have noticed that a lot of my friends that study Chinese at university spend a lot of their time learning to write Chinese. I would estimate more than 50% of their Chinese study time is spent on ...
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How can I find a suitable-level Chinese class in Beijing?

It looks like I'm moving to Beijing Jiaotong University, and I'm seeking Chinese courses at my level. My reading level is around 三年级 (grade-3 level) and speaking level is probably less than that (...
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App to learn stroke order and writing chinese characters

As the title says, I am looking for an app to learn stroke order and writing chinese characters. Ideally, the software would eventually teach me to draw a character (with my fingers on the touchscreen)...
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Useful resources for learning Taiwanese?

My girlfriend is from Fujian and speaks 闽南语, so I am trying to learn so I can communicate with her family better. The struggle is finding any useful resources (even in Chinese), so I'm wondering if ...
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How does someone train using 了 correctly?

I'm really bad at 了ing: Nankai students say I'm bad at this. My teacher says I'm bad at this. Even Tang Ho mentioned my abuse of 了. Moreover, I'm sure I'm not the only one who is really bad at 了ing:...
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Learning Traditional first with the goal of learning both

I found this in the Mandarin wikibook: "It is considered easier for people who learn Traditional to read both sets than people who learn Simplified only, but Simplified characters are less ...
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How to determine if a word occurs more in written or spoken language?

I recently encountered the word 随着, which was translated by my text as a figurative "following", as in "Following X, Y". At first glance, this "following" translation sounds very formal, almost too ...
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Does learning Chinese demands high IQ level? [closed]

Interestingly, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world. Mandarin Chinese is challenging for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the writing ...
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Is there a good monolingual learner's dictionary for Chinese?

Something that can be useful for an intermediate language student of a language is a monolingual learner's dictionary, which uses a restricted set of vocabulary to define a much larger set of ...
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Does anyone out there have an old textbook about learning Moiyen Hakka?

I was born in Montreal and my parents are both Hakka from Calcutta. They never taught me the language and now in my thirties, I'm realizing how important it is to me to go back to my roots. I want ...
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Why do native speakers often say a character has “no meaning”?

Many times I will know all the characters in a name but one & I'll ask what that one character means. 9 times out of 10 the response is, "That character has no meaning". While it might be true ...
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Mnemonic for differentiating 买 and 卖

I always mix up their tones and/or meaning. Do you know a good mnemonic to differentiate the two? Maybe there are compound words which contain either character which could help me? I found 买卖 which I ...
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How would a person start translating classical stories from the Han dynasty?

Stories like both Confucius's Analects and Ying Shao's Fengsu Tonyi seem to use the characters in different ways than I've encountered so far. As an example, I'm currently working on translating a ...
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Where can I find a collection of samples of Mandarin spoken words, annotated with pinyin and tones?

I recently built the following app that lets you listen to a Chinese word and asks tests your tone hearing ability: https://tones.strokes.ovh/ I'd like to extend it, but in order to get there I need ...
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Curious about different ways of swearing in Mandarin

I'm not sure if this is considered an appropriate conversation or question but I've had conversations with Cantonese speakers before who've mentioned that it's so easy to swear in Cantonese, but there ...
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Especially at the beginning stage, how can one teach Chinese culture and integrate cultural elements into the language class? [closed]

Especially at the beginning stage, how can one teach Chinese culture and integrate cultural elements into the language class, in order to promote a long-term learning process?