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    • werewitt
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      For several times I've heard here a piece of advice being professed: "Don't learn word lists in Anki, learn sentences instead". With zero evidence, obviously, apart from personal 后悔. Here's a nice article from pre-Anki times, with evidence that debunks this and a few other common language-learning myths.   I agree that pure exposure to sentences (aka reading), maybe even drilling simple 2-3 word collocations is useful, but substituting memorising long sentences for memorising words is not.   Quote Myth 1: “Knowing a relatively small number of words takes you far.” Myth 2: “Word lists are of limited value. ” Myth 3: “Presenting words in semantic sets facilitates learning.” Myth 4: “Words should always be learned in context.” Myth 5: “Words whose meanings have been inferred from context are retained better.” Myth 6: “Words learned productively are retained better.” Myth 7: “Vocabulary knowledge should not be tested separately.”   mondria.pdf
    • RogerGe
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      I've always used Mac's default Chinese IME, and I asked one of my Chinese schoolmates why they didn't use the default one, he told me it's really bad. However, he already left the school, so I have no way to ask him what he was using. So, what Chinese IME would you recommend for Mac?
    • Luxi
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      Since there aren't many podcasts with a full transcript, and even less that are suitable for lower proficiency levels, this series from Ximalaya.com seems to tick several boxes,   "5' Psychology"《5分钟心理学》 It's a series of short talks on popular psychology-related topics. The list of programs is 3 pages long, with many different topics, plenty to choose from. The full transcript is posted on the page, ready to copy and save, or paste on CRT (Chinese Text Reader), or Pleco from the mobile App. There is a piano playing in the background and it takes some getting used to, but there are no gongs or whistles, and the readings are clear though fast (normal speed, but easy to follow with the transcript) The language is rather simple and direct, it uses everyday words and expressions, not just easy but very useful to learn, The kind of audio material that would make good class material. A couple of checks for statistics with CRT gave close to 30% at HSK1 level, at a guess HSK3 and up would be able to follow most of these talks. In the mobile App the talks can be downloaded for offline listening.
    • Cake
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      How do I pick a natural sounding Chinese given name? What are the"rules"?   I've been in China for almost a year now and I've been using 阳光 as my Chinese name. needless to say, I always get smiles because of it. However, lately I've been becoming a bit better at Chinese language and growing to dislike this name so I've decided to change it.   I want a name that sounds normal to Chinese people in hopes of fitting in a little better, but also with meaning. Pleco tells me which characters can be used as surnames, but I don't know how to pick a given name. Does having two surnames as your whole name sound strange? How can I find out if a name is natural sounding and may be used while browsing characters. Also I heard that some names sound old fashioned, similar to how Beatrice and Ethel sound old on English.   I also do not want a phonetic copy of my name because I don't want that.   Right now I'm leaning towards choosing 利明,how would that be?   I was considering this name because I like both characters individual meanings and it is really close sounding to 黎明。   I'm a 25 year old guy so I also want to avoid names that are too feminine, I also don't like that are too macho like 强。   Thank you for your help
    • miss-kapa
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      Hey guys. Last year I lived in Shanghai and I noticed i progressed up to HSK 4 lvl.  But now when Im back to my country it feels impossible to go straight and further develope my Chinese lvl.  No streets, no public transport with chinese signs, no native speakers... It got much harder. No even wish to watch movies with subtitles. How do you study chinese when you're back to your country? Where do you get the energy and will from? 
    • 艾墨本
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      Hey all,   I noticed that Ninchanese.com has released their "advanced" material which goes through HSK 5.   I tried it while in beta for free and thought the whole site was well done and the grammar instructions were quite informative.   Are there any paying members out there? How well does it keep you going? Do you feel like you're learning more than if you didn't use the app? Any other thoughts on it?   I want to know if it's worth adding to the resources list stickied at the top of this forum.
    • somethingfunny
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      I'm looking at this line:   子曰:由!誨女知之乎?知之為知之,不知為不知,是知也。   The standard translation seems to be:   The Master said, "You, shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge."   The problem I'm having is in the phrase 知之, the 知 is acting as a transitive verb, with the object 之, so it should be translated as something like "to know it", which is done so in the latter two of the three instances in this section.  However, the first instance is translated as "knowledge", which would have been more appropriate if the original had been 誨女知乎?where 知 is now the noun "knowledge".   Is this just a translation issue for clarity, or am I missing something?
    • TheWind
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      Hi everyone,   I'm looking for some ESL course material for a new school. Students range from kids to adults. So I need a variety of material. Suggestions and resources are a great help.   Thank you kindly
    • ShelbyR
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      I'm in Tianjin for two weeks on business and can speak intermediate Chinese with a problematic ability to understand any words with extra "r's"!  I'd like to take a cab to the fast train station in Tianjin and then go to Wangfujing Da Jie. I could take the subway in Beijing as I've done that before.  Thanks for any info!
    • ruby lin pin ru
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      how can i improve my writing skills in chinese language for business proposal ?
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