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The longer I learn Chinese (and anything else, actually) the more convinced I become that the minimum study time matters much more than the maximum study time. In other words, I prefer to study a little bit all the time rather than go…Continue
Added by Lester Orman on April 17, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
Learning Chinese is a lot about memorization and repetition. This actually seems to be a central component of Chinese culture. In the past, scholars would memorize the Confucian classics, actually memorize entire books. Students of calligraphy would write characters thousands of times, and the repetition is not just limited to language learning. In Chinese martial arts, students practice patterns of movements thousands of times, until movements seamlessly flow into each…Continue
Today I had my calligraphy class and surprise surprise, we actually practiced calligraphy! For the last few weeks we have been painting or learning how to make the ink. But finally, we started writing! We started with 永 (meaning forever) because it takes forever to learn!…Continue
The most frustrating part of learning Chinese (or any language) is that we really have few ways of telling how we am progressing. Test and quizzes are great, but I am in it for the long haul. I don't want to memorize just for test. Also, aside from the frequent "不错" from my Chinese friends, getting regular feedback on my progress was non existent. Sure my teachers are…Continue
This is random but I wanted to highlight a character that was shared by @zhongruige on Twitter.
The character is 龘 dá and has an interesting definition: the appearance of a dragon flying.
This morning it dawned on me, after years of learning Chinese, hours spent of searching, trying different ways of learning these characters, it finally hit me, THERE IS NO SHORTCUT. You have to study, I mean really study, and you really have to give it your all.
The net is full of ways how to learn, but it turns-out unless your living in…Continue
Made up of 57 strokes, the Chinese character for "biáng"…Continue
Well, they are really "little", I mean the nuances of the characters in each following set that I've collected in my notebook. But, in fact, they did make me "sweat" for quite a little time.
- The first set:
田 [tián] field
由 [yóu] oil
申 [shēn] express
甲 [jiǎ] shell/armour
- The second set:
百 [bǎi] hundred
目 [mù] eye
日 [rì] day
自 [zì] oneself
白 [bái] white
- The third set:
I'm gonna go over some time expressions in this post.
Now lets look at weekdays, it's pretty straight forward.
All you have to do is place a number after 'xingqi' to make the days of the week, except for sunday in which you add 'tian' or 'ri'.
Jīntiān Xīngqī jǐ? : What day is it…Continue
Added by JayLatarche on June 2, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments
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Added by Mark Ashworth on April 19, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
I call this post useless but that's only true for those readers that weren't fortunate enough to be playing video games in the early 90s. In 1992, Capcom released Street Fighter 2, which had the first female character in a fighting game (thanks…Continue
I wanted to share this article that was on the nytimes recently, highlighting the techniques that…Continue
This post is part 2 of Mandarin characters we can learn from Snoop Dogg's Gin and Juice. I highly suggest reading part 1 here before you read this.…Continue
Added by Brandon on February 13, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Today’s entry is based around the character 差 chà which has quite a few meanings (of course) but basically means ‘to lack, short of, differ…Continue
A few characters to remember for those just starting out.
口 – kŏu - means mouth, for hopefully obvious reasons :) :0 :O 口 & smaller versions of that box are often associated with…Continue
Unfortunately this 'how to' also involves female stereotypes but, eh, what can you do?
This character 要 - has several different meanings but this is how I remember the more dominant use as a fourth tone, yào. Generally it means…Continue
For those of you not in China 中国 zhōng guó, there's this "fun" system introduced where you can win small amounts of money by asking for official (see: tax accountable) receipts from restaurants and the like.
On these receipts, called 发票 fā piào, there's a scratch off area on the top. 99.9% of the time it's just…Continue
Added by Brandon on December 16, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Okay so this one isn't that complicated but it has proven to be pretty memorable. It's just what I first thought when looking at the characters.
"if - in the event that" - 如果 - rú guŏ
I 'read' this starting with the left…Continue
Added by Brandon on December 13, 2010 at 10:00pm — No Comments
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