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  2. Yes, do Chinese at once. I speak fluent German so if you can't manage that, following what abcdefg says, I think you should go for Bengali or German first and Finnish later.
  3. How was it like? Was the quality of the course good? Are the teachers fluent in English? I would also love to hear any other thoughts about your study experience there! I am thinking about pursuing my Master's there but I'm worried that Tsinghua foreign graduates are not seen in the same light as the local graduates because it is much easier for us to get in. What do you guys think?
  4. as a person with a very low and clumsy level of chinese, I had fun trying to describe my most recent Amazon purchases. Weighted Blanket was a particularly difficult one to explain when the other person wasn't even aware of its existence!
  5. abcdefg

    Chinese Made Easier mp3?

    I used several of them in classes at Keats (Kunming.) Thought they were great. Thank you for writing them, Mr. Symonds.
  6. If you want to learn Chinese, start learning it today. Don't interpose artificial hurdles that delay the project indefinitely, probably forever. That is nuts. "After I master calculus and astronomy and become fluent in Finnish and Bengali, and get the times down on my hundred-yard dash, I will tackle Mandarin."
  7. Agree. I've used some of those resources. Found them very helpful. Also found several skilled private language teachers over the years among Chinese teachers of English. Unconventional resources are often terrific. Plus more fun. One of the best private language teachers I ever had was a lady who taught Chinese to minority middle school students in Kunming. These were kids who didn't speak Chinese in the home and she was trying to get them up to speed in Putonghua. She had infinite patience and was very inventive. All our classes were "on the fly" -- walking around doing interesting things and talking about the process in Chinese.
  8. I'd say you have 5-10 hours of study and debugging ahead of you before you've got a handle on how to set up Anki in the way that you envision. You could try asking the course organizers to do it. You're a paying customer after all, and Anki is commonly used among Chinese learners. Try to enlist other students to make some noise.
  9. For the time being, I decided to use Skritter. But, I'd be still interested in the answer to the question that I originally asked.
  10. Yesterday
  11. @vellocet Thank you for your comment. Am I trying to do something that's considered difficult? I haven't been getting much responses from either Reddit or on this forum.
  12. Moshen

    Emigrants’ feelings about their decision

    I agree with the other commenters that this statement may be based on a misconception. Or several misconceptions. People who were "highly educated" prior to the Cultural Revolution generally didn't come to the US afterwards. They had kids and got their old jobs back. Those who did come to the US after the Cultural Revolution was over would have been educated during 1977-1985, and everyone I know in that category landed on their feet in the US relatively easily. I never heard of anyone educated who came to the US from China in their twenties and ended up in poverty. Maybe you are thinking of refugees from other countries?
  13. vellocet

    Emigrants’ feelings about their decision

    The Cultural Revolution was in 1966. The rise of China started with joining the WTO in 2001. That's a gap of 45 years. What a weird leading question. So these educated people abandoned China, came to America to live in poverty instead of gaining employment where they could use their educations, and then when China rose 45 years later they regretted their choice? PS When you write your text this large, it seems like shouting.
  14. anonymoose

    Emigrants’ feelings about their decision

    The answer is quite clearly going to be that "emigrants who were highly educated and who left mainland China because of the Cultural Revolution" cannot be treated as a single entity. Furthermore, whilst it may be true for some, I don't think they all had to "live and work in poverty in the United States never having the opportunity to use their education in jobs in the US". Besides these flaws in the question, I can't speak for how such emigrants may feel. However, the cultural revolution ended in 1976. Chinese people who were "highly educated" presumably were in their 20s at the youngest at the time of leaving which means now they would be in their late 60s, 70s, or older. As can be seen from this graph here, the Chinese economy has only picked up substantially within the last 20 years or so, when these people would have been coming towards the end of their working lives. So I doubt the relatively recent economic rise of China would have had a significant economic impact on the cohort of people you talk about.
  15. I have been mentally flipping between wanting to learn German and wanting to learn Chinese/Mandarin. My main concern was that I don't (currently) have someone to practice speaking with. I know someone who is a native speaker, but have been hesitant to ask him, for numerous reasons. (That mainly boil down to procrastination and timidity on my part, I think. Also, talking to people is hard.) I also would appreciate some input from others on if learning another language before trying to learn Chinese/Mandarin would be a better idea than just trying to learn Chinese/Mandarin straight from only knowing English. (The only other language I've ever tried was school-mandated classes in French, and that put me off language learning for two decades.) [Side note: I am confused as to why the word "Chinese language" is used when it would appear to apply to numerous languages, from what I've found. I vaguely recall reading that the word "dialect" was used incorrectly in one descriptor of a historic text, and it stuck ever since. Kind of like how natives of North America are referred to as "Indians," despite not being from India. Ontological inertia with the human mind is odd.]
  16. Do Chinese emigrants who were highly educated and who left mainland China because of the Cultural Revolution feel they made a mistake after seeing how the Chinese economy developed and/or because of the increased opportunities for the highly-educated in China after the end of the Cultural Revolution? I wonder this particularly as it relates to those who came from mainland China to live and work in poverty in the United States never having the opportunity to use their education in jobs in the US.
  17. Your tones are sounding great. I would say it's a trade off, the reason why you're finding it so difficult is because of the congitive stress of not hitting perfect target trajectories in your tones as you try to discuss a complex topic. I've asked Chinese friends to deliver my speech for me and I then record and mimic their delivery to resolve this. That's because at this level it's not actually about your tones, but about the prosody and the way in which your tones truncate slightly differently to a native speakers. But your study technique sounds on point, nothing better than drilling if you ask me.
  18. I went through the video with my Chinese friend. After relistening very closely, I realized I messed up tones more than I thought. It is quite interesting, as my Chinese friend says in normal chat (with no preparation) I rarely mess up tones. But in this very rehearsed video, I mess up a lot (go figure). I assume this is partly due to speed of speech in the video. Also a lot of the feedback was regarding the actually delivery (ie. you should pause between these two words longer), to make it more like a native speaker and easier to understand. Other feedback was just on some things I said wrong/or too wordy. @becky82 I like your method of just describing random pics. I find myself often not sure what to talk about in Chinese. That method allows you to always have something to talk about. Currently I am just watching some youtubers (ie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ3C62kmPAo) and prepare my own thoughts on their topic, pretend I am responding to some of their thoughts, and writing down any interest sentences/words he uses.
  19. Kenny同志

    家居建材 in English

    Thanks Imron. That's a really good one, though fixtures and fittings may need to be included. 🙂
  20. I need to get back into Anki. But, the last time I tried, it was less a SRS software than a DIY web development kit. You're expected to learn its paradigms and terms and design your own cards in XML. I hope it's changed by now, but I fear the answer to your question is "do it yourself". 😟
  21. Update: Received my documents and my visa. School is still adamant on apartments but I've found one and so have many others so maybe it'll be okay. Quarantine situation for now is 5+3 days at entry city, then 7 days in a hotel in Shenyang, then another 7 days in our apartments. I have yet to go there so maybe the situation might change or be different than what our school has told us. Will let you know~
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  23. I just noticed if you search for 学英语 ("study English") on YouTube, you get some pretty good Chinese-learning resources. They usually speak both English and Chinese, and in the videos I've watched, their Chinese is very crisp and standard. Most of the time, they use Chinese to give precise explanations, or just translate the English. Learn housework in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGD9j_nU2bQ Going to the supermarket in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMLb6d4MfPU Read the news and study English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf59X8rpS7s Read the news and study English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NKvYa1DTUg
  24. Hello everyone once again! I would like to inform you, that my app "Amazing HSK" got approved by Apple. You can download it from App Store here (or search for "Amazing HSK" in App Store app): https://apps.apple.com/us/app/amazing-hsk-learn-chinese/id6444536850 I was thinking about linking the previous topic, but quoting it (without the Android part) make more sense:
  25. abcdefg

    My first post in years…

    @mackie1402-- I have not had any experience with these guys, but in similar situations I have sometimes managed to get results by reaching out politely to one or both of the Prinicpals via Facebook or Twitter. (Or WeChat.) Sometimes the website notification software does not function the way they intended and it might not be conveying your wish to be deleted from their mailing list. Just a thought. Frustrating situation.
  26. Jan Finster

    My first post in years…

    They are [expletive] (!) https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/58073-it-only-took-3-years-the-mandarin-blueprint-method-is-ready/?do=findComment&comment=474864
  27. Jan Finster

    Chinese teaching methods are evolving

    Just makes me concerned generally about the quality of content and newer learners thinking that curating their own Youtube videos is going to be an "on the cheap" way to replace the methodical approach provided by traditional learning. I would be careful with the assumption "sober, humble & conventional (101-ish) equals great quality" and "flashy, marketing-conscious & innovative etc equals poor quality". Nowadays everyone tries to get by and hustle. It is not as if being a teacher is a super lucrative job. I do not see a problem if she wants to build up a community, do side hustles and up-sell.... As mentioned before, I have not spend any money on her and never will. However, I still believes her teaching style is appealing to me.
  28. So I’ve been away for a few years! I’ve finally made it back and honestly, there’s only one main reason why I’m returning… Mandarin Blueprint… how in the world can I escape your emails?! I’ve been getting bombarded with them for years now and every single one I choose to opt out or unsubscribe. Recently I’ve turned to unsubscribing and reported it as abuse. Is anyone else facing the same problem as me? What kind of marketing is this?
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