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    Absolutely possible. If you work hard, then you too can master Mandarin within 120 months
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    The US Library of Congress (in partnership with Sony, apparently), has made a huge collection of historical recordings available for streaming from its website: National Jukebox In the Chinese language section there are four recordings of Chinese opera from 1902 and 1903 - pretty wild sounds! I can't identify the style of opera or the dialect, although I'd hazard a guess at it being Cantonese opera. The names of the recordings are: 1. 貳其子送 (link) 2. (I can't read this one) (link) 3. (or this one) (link) 4. 號七氣吐章文 (link) It looks like the LOC couldn't be troubled to find somebody to read the characters written on each record, as the 'title' section of each recording has been left blank. Perhaps if folks here can get some more information about the recordings we could send it to them!
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    1. As always, search Chinese-forums.com for ideas and advice. 2. Registered at italki. 3. I had not yet even added any profile information- gender, age, photo, etc.- so all it knew, I think, was "English- native, Mandarin- beginner, eastern U.S. time zone", when I started receiving friend requests. 4. I accepted the first one (putting off any more for now). 5. We began a text exchange in the italki message system. She gave me her MSN (Windows Live Messenger) ID. 6. I installed the Live Messenger client, friend-requested that ID, and got started (text and audio, no video for now by mutual preference). Seems promising so far. 7. I then *also* started getting friend requests (within the Live Messenger client) from the people *on her contact list*. (I clicked on "reply later" to avoid too much complexity for now.) -> So, I've seen for myself now that there's plenty of opportunity to find someone who will treat me fairly with regard to "language exchange". For now, I'm very excited to get started talking on the Internet, and if I should ever want an online professional tutor I'll be ready to try that again without having a heart attack from the stress. :-) The Live Messenger client is linked to an email address @live.com that I've never really used. So, if a "friend" turns out to be some kind of trouble they can spam themselves in there, or be filtered cleanly, or whatever.
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    I guess you know they should be read from right to left ... 1. 送子其貳 2. 寄子全宗六號 3. 湘子登仙弍號 4. 文章吐氣七號
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    Since you've only seemed to get recommendations for Live the Language I feel I should give you some names of other schools which also have a decent reputation: Sinoland: http://www.sinolandchinese.com/index1.asp Thats Mandarin: http://www.thatsmandarin.com/ BLI: http://www.blichina.com/ I think for many of the University Programs the deadline date probably has passed, but there are a few like PIB: http://www.princeton.edu/~pib/ , also some CET programs: http://cetacademicprograms.com/programs/china/chinese-language-beijing-china/ For my input, I went to BLI for 8 months and found it extremely effective (if you can afford it). It is in one word: intense, but I found most students that study there progress extremely rapidly. Of course, you work your ass off in the program, but it pays off in the end. For a 2 month program I would highly recommend it: the teachers work on all aspects of the language and will cater to your likings and interests, developing a curriculum around you rather than a pre-planned one that may not be as effective. This is what I found to be the best aspect, as the curriculum is very flexible to the student, rather than the student having to force interest in a topic that may not be to their liking. However, I have heard these other programs are also good and are worth taking a look at. If you are truly wanting to attend one of these smaller programs, I suggest you don't sign up in one until after you arrive. Each of the programs should give you a free test class, from that you will be able to determine if their teaching style is suitable for you. I know your time is limited though, so this might be a bit difficult to do. Good luck!
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    What does "mastery" mean to you? If it's what it means to me, mastering Mandarin in months is possible, but extremely difficult, sacrificing a lot, and that's if you're pretty smart. And most people aren't pretty smart.
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    Under the pressure I cook but I only can cook Chinese food. Anyway I have took them to Iranian, Lebanese, Turkish, Spanish, Mexican,Italian ,... restaurants in Dubai and they always complain how the foreign food is disgusting from the beginning to the end. In Iran the word for the husband that I have become is much stronger than 妻管嚴。 <_<
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    I have read this as well. I have also read that the only large geography lacking tonal languages is Australia. This was certainly my impression until I learned that Shanghaiese is only marginally tonal. It can be analyzed as having a pitch accent like Japanese. Also, Tibetan is considered by many to be related to Old Chinese as part of the Sino-Tibetan language family, and Wikipedia says that "Classical Tibetan was not a tonal language, but some varieties such as Central and Khams Tibetan have developed tone." As for the origin of tones in Mandarin, it is pretty much agreed that they go back to the four "tonal" categories of Middle Chinese: "level" 平, "rising" 上, "departing" 起, and "entering" 入. The phonetic values that correspond to these can only be determined in a general sense, since Chinese fangyan 方言 differ quite a lot in how they realize them and the historical descriptions of how they sounded are not sufficiently precise. There is a lot of confidence however, in tracing the development of tones since Middle Chinese. For more on this, read the "Four Tones" page on Wikipedia. The origin of the four Middle Chinese "tones" is discussed here, where it says at the beginning of section 3.1 on page 15: For more on the original of tones in general linguistics you can read about tonogenesis on Wikipedia.
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