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Ideal personality traits, habits and attitudes to master Chinese
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Hwong_DsiKiem - Today, 04:39 PM in Classical Chinese"The situation is that when the ancients wrote a character by sound regardless of meaning, it was a 'loan character'(通假字), which is considered a form of poetry, whereas if a modern schoolboy writes one, he is punished for writing the wrong character!" ~Chao Yuenren, paraphrased This seems so ironic... Any thoughts?
li3wei1 - Today, 03:26 PM in General Study Advice and DiscussionI've been trying to find some way of comparing the UK Chinese GCSE with anything else, such as the HSK or the . Word lists, I've found vocab lists that look like there are around 2000-2500 words, but they're not numbered, and as they're classified lists there's probably some overlap. A character list would be helpful, This: http://en.wikipedia....e_for_Languages lists four kinds of GCSE, but I'm not sure which kind the Chinese is, and the relationship between the new HSK and the CEFR is disputed.
Hwong_DsiKiem - Today, 01:16 AM in Non-Mandarin ChinesePeople keep telling me how Cantonese is like the second hardest Chinese language and how it's very very difficult. But having grown up in a Cantonese-speaking environment, I don't quite understand how hard it is. Some people tell me it's the tones. But well, Cantonese only has one more phonemic tone than Mandarin. Mandarin has five: the fifth being the neutral tone. Tones 7-9 in Cantonese are exactly the same as tones 1, 3 and 9, except they're shorter because they end with a non-nasal consonant. S...
brekk2 - Yesterday, 08:08 PM in Visa IssuesHi Everyone, I would like to ask for your advice with the following situation: I study at one of the Chinese universities and I live in a dormitory. My boyfriend is going to visit me in January - he already has a tourist visa. I asked people in the school's office if he could stay with me, but they said that due to the winter break noone will be in the office, so they will not be able to help me register him with the police. Even if we do the registration on our own, there would be noone in t...
AlexBlackman - Yesterday, 03:37 PM in General Study Advice and DiscussionMastering Chinese seems a lot easier for some people than others, What personality traits contribute to efficient and successful study, and fluency? What habits are good? What kind of attitudes do successful learners have?
jmido8 - Yesterday, 11:17 AM in Grammar, Sentence Structures and PatternsMy teacher for chinese has been assigning me lots of essays lately and I have been messing up a lot with several similiar but not quite the same words. For example: 经历， 经验 - I can never seem to use them correct and despite my teachers countless explainations, it's just not getting through my head. I was hoping someone could put it really simple and clear. 明白， 理解， 了解 - I use these wrong almost every single time I try to use them. I never know the specific function of each. Also,...
jachristen - Yesterday, 09:35 AM in Classical ChineseI have two questions regarding this passage: 庖丁為文惠君解牛，手之所觸，肩之所倚，足之所履，膝之所踦，砉然嚮然，奏刀騞然，莫不中音。合於《桑林》之舞，乃中《經首》之會。 #1: Can the three characters I put in red be translated phonetically, as in the sounds he makes with his knife (such as the English formulation, "With a whoosh!")? If not, how would they best be translated? #2: What is the Jing Shou, exactly? I guess it must be a classical work, but I'm having a hard time finding much about it? Thank you in advance for any generous a...
Jeremy Andrews - Yesterday, 08:44 AM in MusicI don't actually know a lot about genres, so I'm just going to link a couple of English songs I like as an example of my taste.Nightwish - The EscapistStyx - Brave New WorldAssemblage 23 - AnthemThe Cruxshadows - Wake the White QueenI'm not very knowledgeable about what kind of music they have in China, so I'm just wondering if they have anything that would appeal to someone like me. I would think so, but I don't know.
Jeremy Andrews - Dec 05 2013 10:54 PM in General Study Advice and DiscussionI became interested in Chinese because I really like the sound of the language. In fact, I don't mind listening to the same clips over and over because of this. My interest only deepened because of the characters. Each one seems to have some kind of interesting background or history, and when you put them together in words, you see how they symbolize these abstract concepts. It's fascinating, really.I really like the grammar. It seems like bigger concepts are often clearly built-up from smaller ones in a way tha...
Hwong_DsiKiem - Dec 05 2013 08:32 PM in Non-Mandarin ChineseEdit: So I see that the thread has been split. This is originally in response to a thread about Middle Chinese. The original post will be spoilered. So I created this Tangent Constructed Chinese, which is also used by a friend of mine. (given in the video is the IPA representation of TCC, not the Romanization) http://www.youtube.c...zzLBkeiI4p0#t=0 The Tangent Constructed Chinese (TCC) is meant to resemble a modern Chinese language (like Cantonese, the Hokkien languages, etc) that closely resembles Middle...