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

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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?

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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Website with subtitles similar to VOICETUBE and OROROTV

I would like to know if any of you know whether or not there is any website similar to Voicetube or OroroTV for watching videos with subtitles and an easy to find transcript with a translation. Also, ...
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What do these stickers say? [closed]

I bought these stickers at a reuse store and I'm not sure what it says, and if the words seem fitting, I was going to but it on my binder I will use for my Mandarin classes.
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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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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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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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Most popular question and answer and forum sites in Chinese

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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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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Can I say 在..住? Why we say 我住在?

As far as I know in chinese sentences we should use adverb after subject and before the verb. For example: 我在上网聊天儿。 So can i say 我(S)在北京(adverb)住(verb)? Why do we say 我住在北京?
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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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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?
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Where can I find a list of Chinese language learning karaoke videos for kids or adults that have 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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Is that chinese language is easily learn from watching chinese dramas?

Is that chinese language is easily learn from watching chinese dramas and is that language easy?
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Does Taiwan have any website like YouTube?

(Inspired) I want to let learn about Chinese and I want to watch some short video to begin with. Is there any website like Youtube in Taiwan and can be access from USA?
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Does China have any website like Youtube?

I want to let learn about Chinese and I want to watch some short video to begin with. Is there any website like Youtube in China and can be access from USA?
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I can't think In Chinese, I always instantly translate what I am reading 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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Location of Certain Location words

I have a couple of Chinese sentences that I have been struggling with. I know basic grammar order: Subject, Time, Place, Verb, Object but I am unsure how to construct sentences of this nature: ex. I ...
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I am confused with this “ 最开始” in a specific sentence

In this sentence,毕业之后最开始在一家房地产公司做销售员,底薪一千八. the translator apparently translated "最开始" as went to work? I am confused because I can't find any thing that relates 最开始 with finding a job . Here is ...
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Isn't Chinese SVO? then why is it SOV here?

Chinese is supposed to be SVO right? (as I learnt, of course) then why In this sentence "我可以跟她约会"? "约会" means to date, so It's a verb I presume, why is it SOV in here then, I have a hunch though ...
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if … then … in Chinese without any special words

I found the following example on this webpage: 你 高兴,我 也 高兴。 nǐ gāoxìng, wǒ yě gāoxìng. If you are happy then I am happy. Somehow, the translation sounds weird to me, as I would rather ...
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How can I know a similar or related word in Chinese?

One of the problems I face these days is that while my reading is getting better, my writing skill is still quite limited. When I draft out a sentence, I could not come up with any word that should ...
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Colour code characters according to tone on iPhone/Android

I use wechat to talk with Chinese friends, and try to type Chinese to help me learn. I would like Chinese characters to appear colour coded according to tone. How could I go about this? Assuming it's ...
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Why chinese people always use chinese subtitles ¿?

This is my question, almost every program, TV Show, movie... everything has subtitles, one reason could be that there are many different accents in different provinces but I don't really find that ...
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Where to start/continue my learning?

你好!我是美国人, 我做在中国 一年 也学习中文一年。我想 to continue with 我的中国学习. 现在 我能 rate my 中国口语 level as intermediate, 拼音 and 汉字 beginner level. I have not formally 学习 the language. 我的 method for learning thus far as just ...
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Comparative Glyph Origins Of (Visually) Close Characters

As part of my learning experience, I am taking the useful advice someone offered and examining the many different tools available to learn more characters. To that effect, I am keying in the ...
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What Chinese lesson (Category of words) should I be studying?

I have absolutely no idea about the words that are circled in black. So the cycle starts, I will use Pleco dictionary to scan the word and I will know the meaning of that word for a while. Obviously, ...
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What are these two questions asking about? (See information from the passage) [closed]

Somebody help me with these questions. I knew the meaning of every words in those questions. I’m too stupid to understand these two questions. 云南石林的风景怎么样? 小李为什么想再去云南?
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How many characters do Chinese pupils know at different ages?

I'm looking for data that would let me estimate how much written language young Chinese at different ages know, in terms of number of characters they can read/write. Examples of materials that would ...
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Learning Chinese and Korean

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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How do I make the most of my Chinese language course? [closed]

I'm currently taking an intensive language course in a Beijing university and, as of late, I've incurred some difficulties, namely that the course itself is providing to be a challenge to me. As ...
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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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How many traditional chinese characters needed to know how to read a basic restaurant menu only?

My husband currently speaks cantonese at an elementary school level, and would like to upgrade this knowledge of being able to read a chinese menu at least. He's able to recognize alot of the very ...
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How can I get exposure to mandarin usage and pronounciation?

I have been taking Mandarin classes at university. Due to illness I have missed a lot and fallen way behind. Now I wish to continue learning on my own. I find it very hard to remember the characters. ...
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What are some US Mandarin curriculum standards?

I'd like to start tutoring Mandarin through software I am writing. What are US domestic curriculum standards that I can base my teachings off of, starting at the middle- high-school level? Please ...
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What are some ways I can learn Chinese characters effectively?

What are some great ways to learn Chinese characters effectively? I recently have learnt Pinyin however; I find it quite difficult to learn the characters because of poor learning techniques. What ...
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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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Resources for learning Cantonese

I'd like to learn Cantonese. Does anyone know some good resources (books, websites) that provide a thorough introduction into the language? I know that the pronunciation is a lot harder than in ...
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What does '一个赛一个不讲理的' means? Does the '的' in this sentence determine its meaning?

Does it means 'one competition, one unreasonable' or 'one is more unreasonable than the one before'? Does the word '的' important in sentence like this?
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A few questions before taking an online course

After two months, I will be moving to Hong Kong for my Bachelor's degree. Before doing so, I decided to spend my time learning Chinese to lessen the burden in the future. As I was searching for a ...
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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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How to express that someone is old?

If I am talking about someone, and want to indicate that they are very old (not in a negative way, just stating a fact), how do I do that? Something like this? 他是老人
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Questions about a website: 作文把

I have stumbled upon the following website: http://www.zuowen8.com/. It seems to contain a daily-updated listing of school students' essays, categorized into groups. I figured out it would be good ...
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Wu dialect children's learning materials

Are there any good resources for teaching our child Wu dialect. I'm looking for games / music / toys that have spoken songs or dialog so he can listen. He is 19 months and we have been speaking ...
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How can I get a Mandarin teacher while living in a small town without Chinese schools/institutions?

I've been learning Chinese for 2 months and I'm finding it too hard to learn by myself. So as I asked in the title, I'd like to get a tutor so that I can learn basic grammar and practice conversations....