December 2011 Blog Posts (19)


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How to ask, "How many people are in your family?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #5

Today we are rounding out the first five basic patterns for asking and answers questions about yourself:
 1. “What is your name?” 
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Added by sikora on December 29, 2011 at 3:30am — 5 Comments

Can native speakers fully pronounce tones while singing? Do they give up tones in modern songs?

Listening to lyrics in chinese is a good way to learning the language.

However, to me it sounds like the pitch is often flatened and adapts to the melody rather than the sylable tone. Is it because I am not trained enough to hear the…

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Added by Antonio Vila-Coro on December 27, 2011 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments


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How to ask, "What do you like to do in your free time?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #4

Last time we took a look at how to say, “What do you do?” in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to 
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Added by sikora on December 24, 2011 at 5:30am — 16 Comments

"的" and "得" in the Internet age (survey)

大家好,

   I'm working on a little research on how those pesky words “的” and “得" get used on the Internet. If any of you are interested in helping, please visit my Google.doc survey and simply respond to the question posted.

If you are looking to discuss the question, than please comment below.

*Note* Survey is all in Chinese, but if you feel up to the challenge than go and cast your vote.

謝謝!…

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Added by Jacob Gill on December 22, 2011 at 8:00am — 9 Comments


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How to ask "What do you do?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #3

Welcome back to "20 Questions to Basic Fluency."   If you haven't answered the first two questions in the series, take some time to go back and…

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Added by sikora on December 21, 2011 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments


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How to ask "Where are you from?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #2

Welcome to the second post in the "20 Questions to Basic Fluency" series.  If you missed the first question, take some time to…

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Added by sikora on December 19, 2011 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments


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How to ask "What is your name?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #1

In this series we will take a look at approximately 20 basic, high frequency questions and answers that will help you with your communication skills in Mandarin, Chinese.  Please feel free to answer the questions in Mandarin or pinyin in the reply to the best of your ability.

 

If you are beyond the basic level, perhaps you would like…

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Added by sikora on December 17, 2011 at 10:30am — 9 Comments


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Daily Expression Ⅴ - Business Chinese

Hello,everyone! Today I'll post some sentences about business, hope it helps!

 

Here we go!

1. If you have any questions on the details, feel free to ask.

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Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on December 11, 2011 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Story Behind the Comic: Our "F-My Life" Joke

A while back we did this comic that I found on the site called "F my life" which I don't think I need to translate for any of the native English speakers out there.

 
But I thought it…
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Added by MandMx on December 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments


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How to say "This workaholic suddenly died from overwork" and "maniac" in Chinese

A workaholic is a person who is addicted to work or simply feels compelled to work pretty hard. Have you ever wondered how to say "This workaholic suddenly died from overwork" in Chinese?

这个工作狂突然死於工作过度。Zhe4 (这 pronoun, this) ge5 (个 MW measure word for person) gong1 zuo4 kuang2 (工作狂 gong1 zuo4 means work, kuang2 means maniac, and together it…

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Added by Shu on December 10, 2011 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Learning to Count

When we were getting ready to move to China, I spent my time hunched over my brand-new MacBook Air attempting to learn Chinese from a white girl named Sonia, whose tutorial DVD’s came in a sleek glossy red box that we’d paid roughly a squabillion dollars for.  Meanwhile, my mother kept muttering to herself and twisting her fingers into what looked like gang…

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Added by Shannon Moffett on December 8, 2011 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Being realistic: is a passion for China more or less an unstated requirement to be fluent?

Technically speaking it’s obviously possible for a person to learn Chinese without being passionate.  They can memorize the characters, learn the tones, practice all the time & eventually they could become fluent.  Technically.

 

But let's take a step back, remove ourselves from the picture and really try to be…

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Added by Joel Linge on December 5, 2011 at 9:30pm — 9 Comments


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Watch 6 unique Chinese short films about happiness - "One step away" - 幸福59厘米

I wanted to share with everyone a set of 6 original, and rather unique, Chinese short films that were put up on Youku called "One step away" - 幸福59厘米.  Thanks to Anna (Zhang Wenzhou) & DK for…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments


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Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 1 - "How long will the love last"

This is episode 1 of a series Chinese short films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment


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Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 2 - "wu jing de ai"

This is episode 2 of a series Chinese films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment


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Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 3 - "Beijing ticket"

This is episode 3 of a series Chinese short-films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 4 - "Save it for later"

This is episode 4 of a series of Chinese movies (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments


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Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 5 - "Angel in Night" - 夜天使

This is episode 5 of a series of Chinese short films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page here.  Embedded below is "Angel in Night" with English subtitles (or "Night Angel")

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments


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Chinese short film series "One step away" - episode 6 - "Xiao Ma" - 小马

This is episode 6 of a series of short films (幸福59厘米) that were produced by Youku in collaboration with 东乐影音(a kind of entertainment company)and 6 famous directors from different fields. Read more on the summary page here.  Embedded below is "xiǎo mǎ" with English subtitles.

 

幸福59厘米之小马 -…

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Added by Brandon on December 4, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

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