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Why did the actor pronounce 程, "du" instead of "cheng"?

It's 前途 (qian tu) which has pretty much the same meaning as 前程. Probably a typo in the subtitle or the actor said it differently from the script, the director thought it was fine, but the subtitle ...
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Am I mishearing 这房子里究竟哪一样, and if not, how do I understand it?

I think the period mark is a typo, the sentence only makes sense without it. 这房子里究竟哪一样。是你挑选的呢 (X) 这房子里究竟哪一样(東西)是你挑选的呢 (O) - What (thing) in the house was actually chosen by you? The punchline is '我太太' ...
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CCTV News: 海外观察:英国华人抗疫进行时: please correct my transcription

Sorry I couldn't add comments to existing answers, while being pretty good, there are some small mistakes within the existing answer, so I'll post the entire transcript below, feel free to ask me any ...
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what does 革去功名 mean?

http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/dictionary/characters/1072/ 革: [3] [v] get rid of; dismiss; abolish 革 = remove (verb) 去 = away (result complement) 功名 = scholarly honour plus official ...
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How to hear tones in speech better

It will come with more exposure. Watch movies/shows, listen to music, talk with people via voice-chat or in person. One of the ways I trained myself to recognize the tones is to listen to the same ...
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How can I distinguish different yet similar sounds when listening?

This is a very good question, which I also run into while I was learning English. My approach to this is to learn 最小的语言单位 (I defined it as a Minimum Language Unit, MLU). I invented that term here, ...
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Am I mishearing 这房子里究竟哪一样, and if not, how do I understand it?

老王回答:“所有的家具都是我太太挑选的。” 我终于忍不住问道:“这房子里究竟哪一样,是你挑选的呢?” 老王思考了片刻,说:“我太太。” My translation goes like this Lao Wang replied: "All the furniture was my wife's decision." I finally couldn't help ...
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Is it possible to understand an ancient poem by hearing only?

Is it possible to understand an ancient poem by hearing only? virtually impossible 😼 people's addictive reliance on subtitle displayed on screen when watching videos, even the language is their ...
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CCTV News: 海外观察:英国华人抗疫进行时: please correct my transcription

This guy doesn't enunciate clearly enough. Anyway... ...的留学目的地,又有二十二万... ...生活中[huang3(?)]狀況怎么... ...华生的[qing3ying3(?)]經營又受到... ...负责人离长 Lǐ Qiáng (maybe 李強) 的观察 ...有些华人表示呢?TA们收到了歧视 ? should be , ...
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Hearing the difference between 他 vs 大

他 starts with a [tʰ] (pinyin "t") which is aspirated. It is like most of the "t"s in English, for example: top or tap 大 starts with a [t] (pinyin "d") which is non-...
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Lyrics required

There is a very popular Finnish version of this song by Kari Tappio which has been performed together with Toto Cutugno as a bilingual duet. The melody is also popularized in Português, Hebrew, Arabic,...
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Where can I find a collection of samples of Mandarin spoken words, annotated with pinyin and tones?

Some websites or apps you may need: https://www.chineasy.com/ All you need. Looks like the best one. https://www.chinesecharacterart.com/ No audio is a shortcoming https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/...
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How can I distinguish different yet similar sounds when listening?

Depending on what region they live in, quite a lot of natives cannot distinguish them very clearly, not only when listening, but also when speaking and typing. And that's why many Chinese input ...
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How can I distinguish different yet similar sounds when listening?

Of course, Chinese can distinguish them. But we highly rely on context. For example, if you say xiàng merely, I have no way to figure out it, 像? 向? 象? If you have accents, it could be 想, 香, 翔... ...
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CCTV News: 海外观察:英国华人抗疫进行时: please correct my transcription

This is based on @dROOOze's answer, but with more corrections: "受到"了歧视 更"清醒"的认识 “响应” “涌现”出了 远程“义诊” 给老人的“特定”购物时段 (also cleared up some punctuations and tiny bits) 英国有近八十万的华侨华人群体,也是全球重要的留学目的地,...
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How to hear tones in speech better

The best way is to experience these mistakes as many as possible. This would have a deep impact on you even hardly forgotten. There's nothing you need to do with your ears. Just let yourself make ...
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Improve listening skills - Any best way to do it?

I reckon all the methods you mentioned can improve your listening. A common efficient way is: listening without transcripts first, read the transcripts while listening second, and listening without ...
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Can native Mandarin speakers understand all of the lyrics to the song 芒种 without seeing them written out?

I can understand the meaning of the song about 80% by literal and 20% by context. Due to some of the terms were poetic terms that do not belong to high-frequency words to daily life, I cannot ...
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SZTV News: 外交部告诫美方:敌人是病毒不是中国: please correct my transcription

Here I come! 应对日益严重国内疫情,美国总统特郎朗普频频妄图甩锅中国。他妄称在新冠疫情的问题向上,中国故意误导了国外社会,还频繁拿病毒源头做文章。对此外交部表示美方一些人应该尊重事实、尊重科学、应该认识到他们的敌人是病毒不是中国。 特朗普之外西方部分政客和媒体借疫情大肆渲染向中国索赔的论调。对此都[ming2(?)]多名外国政要和学者都看不下去了。...
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"tā gāoxìng de tiào qǐlái" distinguishing 得 vs 地

You won't hear any difference in spoken because both are pronounced the same de. In writing, 他高兴得跳起来 is correct. 他舒服地睡觉 and 他舒服得睡觉 are not idiomatic because they are not a typical Chinese way but ...
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Help with tones?

As said in a story: 2 men learn Chinese together. One learns by reading Chinese books and listening to Chinese radio broadcasts. The other one found a Chinese girlfriend and told her to teach him ...
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what does 革去功名 mean?

It means something akin to "remove his rank/honor".
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Why did the actor pronounce 程, "du" instead of "cheng"?

It is almost impossible in an official film and television program usually, except that the subtitles are mistyped, or that the foul words are not shown or replaced with the homophones intentionally. ...
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How can I distinguish different yet similar sounds when listening?

Being non-natives, how can I improve myself to differentiate them properly? I would recommend having a look at the Yoyo Chinese Pinyin Chart. There are plenty of Pinyin charts out there, but this one ...
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How can I distinguish different yet similar sounds when listening?

If you have only been learning for 5 weeks, you probably just need to listen and practice more. Maybe you could get a textbook with a CD. Read the pinyin while you listen. You can also use electronic ...
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How can I distinguish different yet similar sounds when listening?

Let's be realistic: if you've only spent five weeks learning speaking and listening it is all only going to be gobbledygook. It probably feels pretty frustrating and hopeless at this point. That’s ...
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How can I distinguish different yet similar sounds when listening?

Even native Chinese speakers sometimes have trouble distinguish similar sounding short phrases without enough context For example: Both 因緣 and 姻緣 are pronounced /Yīnyuán/ in Mandarin If I only hear '...
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Chinese Listening

还是多听听,最根本的原因还是因为你练习得不够,多花点工夫肯定行的,书读千遍,其义自见嘛。加油
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News video/audio with transcripts (or consistent subtitles)

I recommend you watch CCTV-4 (Chinese international). Many of its programs are subtitled in BOTH Chinese and English. Plus, its translation is professional and accurate. However, these programs are ...
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