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Why does Chinese sound like gibberish some times?

Manuel - Today, 09:04 AM in Life, Work and Study in China in General

Manuel avatar My Chinese vocabulary is not the richest out there (because I don't study) but I generally have no problems communicating with the natives, and yet every now and then I encounter native speakers with whom I can't have a conversation without having to ask "what did you just say?" after every sentence...   I usually expect countryside people to be more difficult to understand, in fact even in my own country I can have difficulty understanding speakers from small villages, but I often find young people (aged 1...
Latest of 7 replies by Manuel at 5 minutes ago.

Fun Things To Do In Kunming

MilesM - Today, 04:36 AM in Kunming

MilesM avatar Hey, guys! I am planning to live and study in China for one year. I have already lived in Shanghai and had an amazing time there, but this time around I am seriously considering Kunming. I am just wondering what are some fun things to do in Kunming. More specifically, I'd like to know about the nightlife in Kunming. Personally, I love going out at night to bars and nightclubs. Which clubs and bars stand out in Kunming? Also, are there any good hookah bars in Kunming? Thanks a lot for your input!!
Latest of 1 replies by abcdefg at Today, 11:11 AM.

In general, do you think it's better to study Chinese in a university or at a language school?

MilesM - Today, 02:45 AM in Life, Work and Study in China in General

MilesM avatar Hey, guys! I have been studying Mandarin for about a year now. I spent five months studying abroad in Shanghai at a university where I participated in the university's Chinese language program. I am now back in the United States to finish my final year of undergraduate study (in Economics). After I finish in May 2015, I plan to return to China to study Mandarin again, but this time I will stay for an entire year. I will be going on a scholarship, so I'm trying to find the best program so that I can make the most...
Latest of 1 replies by m000gle at Today, 09:04 AM.


672wolf - Yesterday, 09:33 PM in Visa Issues

672wolf avatar Okay, I am new to the forum, and I want to know what any of you could say about gaining citizenship. What it takes, what one would need to be prepared for, etc. Any information will help, and thank you in advance!
Latest of 4 replies by carlo at Today, 10:13 AM.

How deeply do you "feel" tones?

MariaMaria - Yesterday, 07:38 PM in Chinese Pronunciation, Pinyin, and Audio Samples

I want to ask foreigners who learn Chinese, how deeply do you "know" or "feel" the tones of Chinese? My level has improved very much in last year living in the country. I use only Chinese almost all day every day. My pronunciation seems pretty good, everyone understands what I say (at least they seem to understand!), and it never happens now that I don't know the tone for a word which I use. Even with new words, I learn the tone very easily as part of the word, it's very natural process. I've heard recordings of...
Latest of 7 replies by anonymoose at 29 minutes ago.

Ebook - tips for speaking Chinese (beginners)

mandarina - Yesterday, 06:40 PM in Resources for Studying Chinese

mandarina avatar Hi guys,   So my students kept asking me to collect my favorite tips and resources that would benefit beginner students.  I wrote them down in an ebook that is now available through Amazon here.   The free sample is quite long, enough to give you an idea of the general tone of the ebook.   Thanks!   Eva              
Latest of 5 replies by hedwards at Today, 11:35 AM.

Three goals, unsure how to proceed

Lu Dongbin - Yesterday, 07:14 AM in Life, Work and Study in China in General

Hello everyone, I just signed up to the forum today and wish to start by asking for advice on my current situation, plans, and goals. To be brief, I would like to accomplish three goals which are very important to me: 1) Learn Mandarin, 2) Teach English in China, and 3) Earn a degree in China or Taiwan.   As of now, I only have some college under my belt and have been learning Mandarin on my own through Pimsleurs, flashcards, watching historical dramas, and so on. I have heard that one can teach English in...
Latest of 23 replies by OneEye at Today, 10:03 AM.

Best youtube resources for learning Chinese

spetsnaz84 - Yesterday, 05:15 AM in Resources for Studying Chinese

spetsnaz84 avatar Hi,   I am an intermediate Chinese learner (HSK-4). Recently I bought this chromecast stick so I can watch Youtube clips on my TV. I am looking for some good channels to pick up some Chinese suitable for my level - be it real learning materials, be it real Chinese entertainment. I have already seen all the episodes of 快乐汉语.   Any tips ?   Thanks.   Paul
Latest of 1 replies by simc at Yesterday, 05:07 PM.

沉沦 and 被

Duomi - Yesterday, 03:21 AM in Grammar, Sentence Structures and Patterns

I was recently corrected in my use of 沉沦。 What I thought should have been, "。。。被现代的波浪沉沦。" Was corrected to: "。。。在现代的波浪中沉沦。"   Why can I not use 沉沦 with 被?   Thanks!
Latest of 3 replies by Duomi at Today, 12:51 PM.


Lu - Oct 30 2014 06:49 PM in Vocabulary, idioms, word lists . . .

In the book I'm currently translating, a range of people is fired. One of them, a mayor, is very surprised and has no idea how that has come about. Then,待了解,才知道前不久市里创建[big project]时,他一句话传达下去,错中出错,把一个在市政府门口静坐的妇女给关进了拘留所。I translated this approximately as 'Eventually, he learned that it was because of a remark of his, when the city government had recently been working on realising [big project]. That remark had been passed on from one government body to the next. Mistake had been added on mistake, and a woman who h...
Latest of 2 replies by Lu at Yesterday, 05:17 AM.