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New Members - How long will you study Chinese? 53 Replies

This is a topic designed for New Members. There are no wrong answers and there's no reason to be shy - it's just an easy way to get started by taking 1 minute to type a reply to try and predict your future. If you want to say a little more, go for…Continue

Tags: how long do i need to study chinese, how long to study chinese, new members

Started by Brandon in Are you new here?. Last reply by Christopher Crisologo 12 hours ago.

PRC to Replace Characters with Pinyin?! -NOOO! 3 Replies

I hope I am not re-posting this discussion, but I searched for the topic, and ended up with nothing, so here I go. .…Continue

Started by Tiao Wu in General questions / discussions. Last reply by Zhongwen Xuesheng Sep 12.

what are the problems you have when you study Chinese? 6 Replies

Im a chinese teacher in ZUFE University in Hangzhou, id like to know what are the difficulties learners will meet while they are studying chinese, ill try to explain it to you.For example:How do you understand the structure of Chinese…Continue

Started by Erica Xu in Can you help with this?. Last reply by Pat Sep 11.

Daily sentence 56 Replies

人生在世,当有所为,有所不为。Rénshēng zàishì, dāng yǒu suǒ wéi, yǒu suǒ bù wéi.Living life, should be do something, and shouldn't.Continue

Started by 秦胜 in Discuss slang, phrases or idioms. Last reply by Mats Fredholm Sep 7.

English translation of Chinese dishes/menus in Beijing

Hey guys!I am a student currently writing my diploma thesis and I would really appreciate if you could help me :)My thesis deals with the issue of English translation of Chinese dishes, or menus, preferably from Beijing restaurants.During my travels…Continue

Tags: translation, help, mistranslations, thesis, menus

Started by 保拉 Pavla in Can you help with this? Sep 5.

how best to learn chinese characters? 2 Replies

Hi Can someone help how do we learn chinese characters and remember them please writing them down over and over and reading please should i carry on learning pinyin.ThanksPieterContinue

Started by 彼得 pieter in Can you help with this?. Last reply by 彼得 pieter Sep 4.

I need spoken chinese 7 Replies

Hello everybody,Currently I am studying chinese at the university of leiden. unfortunately the programme is not paying enough attention to chinese you hear and use in everyday life. In order to improve my communicative abilities I would like to…Continue

Started by Gert-Jan in Can you help with this?. Last reply by Erica Xu Sep 1.

Has Anyone Used the Disney Books Apps "Learn Chinese Toy-Story 3" yet ? 1 Reply

Has anyone tried the "Learn Chinese : Toy Story 3 " APP yet and is it only for the i-pad at this time still ?  It looks…Continue

Tags: Toy-Story, 3, Pinyin, Chinese, Learn

Started by Thomas Doherty in General questions / discussions. Last reply by Thomas Doherty Aug 23.

Practice Your Chinese

How to say "absurd" in Chinese - 妄 wang

妄人独霸天下。

Rash people dominate the world.

Wàng rén dúbà tiānxià.



妄 "wàng"  / absurd /presumptuous / rash / misguided / foolish / harebrained / impulsive /

The traditional Chinese Written character is the very same.  From the CantoDict dictionary we have:

妄 (…

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Comparing language courses: Private vs Group vs Online Lessons

Learning a new language is always a fun challenge. There are varying ways a learner can embark upon a language course, whether they are a complete beginner or have previous knowledge. How do you know which style of learning is for you? Here's the…

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Posted by Zoe Wells on September 12, 2014 at 7:30am

Chinese People and Western TV Shows - An Article posted at Yoyo Chinese Blog

Michael Hurwitz over at "Yoyo Chinese The Official Blog" has written a fine article ( in English ) about some of the US/UK TV shows that are now popular in China. 

"Thanks to the…

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Posted by Thomas Doherty on September 11, 2014 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Taiwan Mandarin versus Beijing Mandarin - A Starter Kit

A May 29, 2014  article over at "The World of Chinese" Internet Site by  Keoni Everington (华武杰) does a good job of scratching the surface of the baffling differences between Taiwan Mandarin and Beijing Mandarin.  ( It may be relatively baffling…

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Posted by Thomas Doherty on September 9, 2014 at 1:00am

Olle Linge Points Out Problems With Listening to Chinese

Olle Linge over at Mandarin.about.com has posted an article of the difficulties involved in listening and understanding what one hears in Mandarin. It is even worse in the real world where sometimes you must determine which language is being…

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Posted by Thomas Doherty on September 2, 2014 at 6:00am

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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "verb" in Chinese - 动词 "dong ci" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"多少个动词在那个句子? Duōshǎo gè dòngcí zài nàgè jùzi? How many verbs in that sentence?"
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "verb" in Chinese - 动词 "dong ci" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"我给了这个女孩一本普通话动词的书。 wǒ gěile zhège nǚhái yī běn pǔtōnghuà dòngcí de shū. I gave the girl a Mandarin verb book. "
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Christopher Crisologo replied to Brandon's discussion New Members - How long will you study Chinese?
"I've studied Chinese for about two months now and still learning. Our country has a lot of Chinese communities and many of my friends are of Chinese descent. I believe the Chinese language is a handy skill to have in one's career as…"
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "verb" in Chinese - 动词 "dong ci" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"My students like to study verbs. 我的学生喜欢学习动词。 Wǒde xuéshēng xǐhuān xuéxí dòngcí. "
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "verb" in Chinese - 动词 "dong ci" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"This also works I think: 你需要說話中文跟老師吗? Nǐ xūyào shuōhuà zhōngwén gēn lǎoshī ma? Do you need to speak Chinese with a teacher? So maybe we can have: 狗和猫需要动词吗? Gǒu hé māo xūyào dòngcí ma? Do dogs and cats…"
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "verb" in Chinese - 动词 "dong ci" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"I do know that this sentence works but the verb here means "to need". 你用不用中文跟老師說話? Nǐ yòng bùyòng zhōngwén gēn lǎoshī shuōhuà? Do you need to speak Chinese with a teacher?"
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