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New Members - How long will you study Chinese? 66 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 Debbie Thornton 21 hours ago.

Japanese vs. Chinese characters

Is there anyone out there who is familiar with Japanese characters and has also learned simplified Chinese? I am wondering whether it would be helpful or confusing to try to add characters to my study sessions. My goal is conversational Chinese,…Continue

Started by Lolly A in Can you help with this? 21 hours ago.

Chinese films to learn Mandarin 2 Replies

I have watched 33 Chinese movies so far in my unusual quest to learn Mandarin, and I would highly recommend 11 of them: Hero, Journey to the West, Dragon (Wu xia), Shower, House of Flying Daggers, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Shanghai Triad, The…Continue

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Looking for a software to look up and listen to Chinese example sentences 6 Replies

Hi, I'm looking for a software to learn Chinese easier. I wonder if there is one where I can type in a Chinese word (from the HSK list for example) and I can then listen to example sentences containing that word spoken by native speakers. Does a…Continue

Tags: sentence examples, listen to Chinese, app, dictionary, look up Chinese

Started by Majiya in Can you help with this?. Last reply by Jas Oct 24.

how best to learn chinese characters? 4 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 Oct 24.

New Members - What Chinese app do you use the most? 23 Replies

This is a topic designed for New Members.There are no wrong answers - just add a comment below with the name and a link to the app site or to itunes letting people know what Chinese app you are using the most. Or you can just comment about one that…Continue

Tags: apps, chinese app recommendations, app, apps for chinese, chinese apps

Started by Brandon in Are you new here?. Last reply by Debbie Thornton Oct 23.

Can anyone tell me what these characters mean?

Hello friends, I need help translating this, I don't know a word of chinese and they have told me that this seems to be chinese. I bought this and I want to know what does it means, please help!you can find the images attached to this message1) …Continue

Started by Javier A. Ulloa Alcántar in Can you help with this? Oct 21.

Exercises to practise certain grammar points 1 Reply

Does anyone know of any online exercises which will help me practise grammar - preferably with answers so I can check I have things right? For instance, past aspect sentences which I can translate from English into Chinese. I would like the…Continue

Started by Debbie Thornton in Can you help with this?. Last reply by Debbie Thornton Oct 21.

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Review of Book “Basic Spoken Chinese” by Cornelius C. Kubler

I have been reading and studying a fairly new set of Mandarin Language textbooks known as the “Tuttle Basic Chinese Series”…

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Posted by Thomas Doherty on October 1, 2014 at 12:30pm

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. 

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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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Debbie Thornton replied to Brandon's discussion New Members - How long will you study Chinese?
"10 months. I hope to visit my son there soon. However, my style is to want to read it as well, so I have also been learning characters and I am reading some children`s books now to help with that as well as using Pleco, Memrise and some other apps.…"
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Japanese vs. Chinese characters

Is there anyone out there who is familiar with Japanese characters and has also learned simplified Chinese? I am wondering whether it would be helpful or confusing to try to add characters to my study sessions. My goal is conversational Chinese,…See More
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Lolly A replied to Brandon's discussion New Members - How long will you study Chinese?
"Hi Debbie, Thanks for the suggestions. I've looked at yoyochinese and will think about doing the full course….right now I feel like I'm pretty scattered in my learning patterns.  How long have you studied Chinese for?"
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Debbie Thornton replied to Brandon's discussion New Members - How long will you study Chinese?
"Hi Lolly! I spent quite a long time looking at stuff on the internet before I went with something. I find yoyochinese very good indeed ~ just what you want for conversation. To get the full course, you do need to pay, but it is reasonable and you…"
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Lolly A replied to Brandon's discussion New Members - How long will you study Chinese?
"I just started to study Chinese about 1 month ago. My goal is to be conversationally fluent so I probably won't put much energy into learning the characters.  Right now I'm looking for as many free online resources as possible, so any…"
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