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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 on Thursday.

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 on Thursday.

New Members - How long will you study Chinese? 51 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 Joenhiy Eswe Sep 9.

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.

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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. 

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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
"动词短语是非常有用的。 Dòngcí duǎnyǔ shì fēicháng yǒuyòng de. The verb phrase is very useful. "
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How to say "verb" in Chinese - 动词 "dong ci"

"你知道很多普通话动词吗?Do you know a lot of Mandarin verbs?Nǐ zhīdào hěnduō pǔtōnghuà dòngcí ma?动词        "dòng cí"       / verb /The traditional written Chinese word is different:動詞     …See More
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "theory" in Chinese - 理论 "li lun" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"弦理论是理论物理的一个分支学科。弦论的一个基本观点是,自然界的基本单元不是电子、光子、中微子和夸克之类的点状粒子,而是很小很小的线状的“弦”(包括有端点的“开弦”和圈状的“闭弦”或闭合弦)。 Xián lǐlùn shì lǐlùn wùlǐ de yīgè fēnzhī xuékē. Xián…"
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "theory" in Chinese - 理论 "li lun" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"I have a feeling this is not correct but here goes: 不久有会可能带来新的理论贡献的进步。 Bùjiǔ yǒu huì kěnéng dài lái xīn de lǐlùn gòngxiàn de jìnbù. Before long it will be possible to bring about…"
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "theory" in Chinese - 理论 "li lun" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"Many practitioners of the old mathematical theory do not understand the new theory. 旧的数学理论的很多从业者并不了解新理论。 Jiù de shùxué lǐlùn de hěnduō cóngyè zhě bìng bù liǎojiě xīn lǐlùn. "
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "theory" in Chinese - 理论 "li lun" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"弦论和超弦论,区别是什么?or 弦理论和超弦理论,区别是什么? Xián lùn hé chāo xián lùn, qūbié shì shénme? or Xián lǐlùn hé chāo xián lǐlùn, qūbié shì shénme? String…"
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "theory" in Chinese - 理论 "li lun" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"弦理论是一种可行的候选自然的统一理论。 Xián lǐlùn shì yī zhǒng kěxíng de hòuxuǎn zìrán de tǒngyī lǐlùn. String theory is a viable candidate for a unified theory of nature. "
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Thomas Doherty replied to Thomas Doherty's discussion How to say "theory" in Chinese - 理论 "li lun" in the group Daily Chinese Sentence
"Shing-tung Yau wrote an English language  String Theory book called "The Shape of Inner Space--String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions".  From this idea we can construct Chinese sentences such as…"
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