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    • Knightchampion
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      https://m.youtube.com/shorts/dKBPPj7HP8o   I can't tell from listening the lyrics of this song. Song identifiers don't work as there is someone talking over it. Please help.
    • Tharushi
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      Hi, guys. I'm (22F) learning Mandarin Chinese so I have to choose a Chinese name before the exams. I would really like some feedback (especially from native Chinese people). I was thinking 瀚碧(hanbi) with 瀚 meaning ocean and 碧 meaning green jade/ bluish green. Does this sound okay? Does it have any innuendos or double meanings? Is it suitable to be a name?   My ethnic name in my mother tongue means new beginnings / dawn of youth. I would also accept any names you can suggest that has this meaning.   Please help me!!!    
    • Mia fluette
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      Please help me figure out what this stamp means. Thank you
    • Eibar
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      Could someone share more thoughts on this topic? I heard of a case of someone who applied for the CSC type A scholarship through the Embassy of his country and was sent to Hunan Normal University to study a Chinese Literature program, supposedly he was rejected because no foreigner had ever applied to that program before. Then this guy applied for a change of university to Nanjing University but they did not accept the change, apparently he lost the scholarship. I think that no information is given about these risks, the precautions to take, any "blacklist of universities" with this kind of risk; don't misunderstand me, I just mean: "not so foreigner friendly universities", something that seems normal to me but that should be taken into account for us foreigners. I imagine that this risk applies more to programs taught in Chinese, since those taught in English should not represent any risk of rejection for admission.
    • malazann
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      So I figure the ROI on getting a pronunciation coach could be worth it. I can pull a random number out of thin air like 1 hour coaching = 10 hours of private study.    But the direction and advice of a specialist could be invaluable, and 1-2 lessons a month to find areas of improvement and focussing on them is the strategy I am considering going for. So I wanna ask firstly if anyone has anyone they can refer me to, I found one on iTalki and did a 30 min session months ago and thought it was decent and reasonably priced. But it was only 30 minutes and she basically compiled all the errors I made when reading out the character dialogue in a tv show scene   But this time I'd go back with a plan.  1. monthly sessions 2. pick out 1-2 most impactful errors and work on them 3. evaluate improvements on next lesson and go from there    
    • jaapgrolleman
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      After 3,5 years of Mandarin classes I took to Taobao to buy a gaming console to play Pokémon LeafGreen from 2004: 口袋妖怪-绿叶. Here I take you through the process and adventure of learning new words and catching Pokémon.   When the new Pokémon games come out (Scarlet/Violet) I also want to play them in Mandarin.   video: https://youtu.be/Cb22LUDCeAU   Google spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1GhwzcucQiNB0QzTtAa7mc_Y_16YF0r1Ic9WH1ofS_tA/edit?usp=sharing   Spreadsheet tip: – For Chinese to English, use a formula such as =GOOGLETRANSLATE(A1,”zh-CN”,”en”) – For characters to Pinyin, install the Google Spreadsheet addon ‘Mandarin Cantonese Tools’ and use the formula =PINYIN(A1) Replace A1 with the variable you need.
    • raymond2
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      I have been learning Mandarin off and on for 15 years. I speak it fairly well (B2 ish?), but don’t read it well. I speak/read Japanese at a slightly better level. I have a so-so grasp of Chinese characters, both traditional and simplified, and completed RTK1 for Japanese many years ago. Because reading Mandarin is my weakest point in all my languages, about a month ago I decided to buckle down and study it more intensely. I’m a bit old school, and I did this in a very conservative way. I would read some, then memorize/review the unknown words. My reviews are both L2 to L1 and L1 to L2. Progress is slow, and maybe that is how it should be, but I have heard rumors that some people drop the L1 to L2 reviews and learn much faster.   A few more details that may influence your answer. I only read until I get 20 new words, because more than that tends to make the reviews overwhelming. I read the previous 2 days passages before reading the current one, to better review the new stuff in context. Although I’m old school, I use some modern tools. I use a pop-up dictionary to read, and an SRS to review.   Assuming that my only goal here is to read better, do you recommend that I drop the L1 to L2 review? Do you have any other suggestions for learning to read Mandarin faster?
    • TW
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      Hello. I've been studying Mandarin for a bit over a year now and I have seen my vocabulary exponentially grow using several online tools. However, I recently realized that all these tools and software make me practice reading/understanding Chinese characters by remembering their meaning and translation. The other way around is much more challenging (e.g. I find it easier to recognize a character and find the right English translation for it than translating a word in English into Mandarin). So in a nutshell: my reading has improved a lot, but my vocabulary when speaking or writing/typing has been lagging behind. Does anyone know of any tools I can use to practice this sort of translation in reverse, i.e. from English into Mandarin? Thanks!
    • fabiothebest
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      Which chrome or firefox extension do you use to quickly add new words from a web page to anki? I'm doing it manually. Do you have any extension to recommend? Maybe an extension I'm already using could do that (zhongwen chinese popup dictionary) through export to csv and then into anki, anyway I'm looking for suggestions. I saw there are more extensions of this kind for Japanese rather than Chinese.
    • flautert
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      I will start to read The Three Kingdoms in Du Chinese but I am not sure what is the best order. I prefer to read stories in chronological order. So, the Prologue (Oath of the Peach Garden) comes before chapter 1 (The Beauty Trap)? Also, the two parts of chapter 3 come before chapter 4, right? Thanks!
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