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Showing content with the highest reputation on 02/17/2020 in all areas

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    I'm not sure whether this is the right place to post this, but here it goes: While Hanyu Pinyin is the uncontested Romanisation of this century's Modern Standard Mandarin, I thought it would be fun to create one as though it were the first half of the 20th century. I took inspiration from Yale, Latinxua Sin Wenz, Wade-Giles, Mandarin Phonetic Symbols II, Tongyong Pinyin, and even some features of historical postal spelling to fabricate a systematically sound and anglo/europhone-friendly Romanisation for the Pekingese Mandarin of the time. One distinct feature is the preservation of the round-sharp distinction (as still used in Peking Opera): (狗 gǒu) 九 giǒu 酒 dsiǒu (墾 cěn) 遣 ciěn 淺 tsiěn (恨 xèn) 憲 xièn 線 sièn The Cantonese system similarly preserves some older features, including the flat-curled distinction (e.g. 象 versus 丈) and the 金甘 distinction.
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    You can check out my lyrics challenge blog, published on this very site: https://www.chinese-forums.com/blogs/blog/136-chinese-lyrics-challenge/ You don’t have to guess the song based solely on the translated lyrics. If you want to focus on your listening skills, play the short clip and try to figure out what’s being said. Type it into a search engine and see if the results you get actually match. Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t get it, some of them are difficult. In any case, the answer is always provided for each challenge.
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    Weirdly enough, my sister’s coworker is one of the people stuck on the ship. He’s not having a good time, but at least he’s not staying in one of the tiny rooms without a window. His wife is one of the infected passengers, so she’s in a Japanese hospital.
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    You're in Harbin, right? Low temperatures? Ballpoint pens are bad with that, they clog up when it gets cold (doesn't even have to be below zero). Use a pencil, if that is allowed.
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    I totally agree with you about impatience. In fact, just a few minutes ago, I searched the forums for "most efficient way to study Chinese", because I felt progress could be faster 😏 Just so you do not have to waste your time doing the same: https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/34571-which-method-do-you-think-is-the-most-efficient-way-to-learn-chinese/ https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/33866-best-strategy-to-self-study-mandarin/ https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/12395-the-most-effective-way-to-learn-chinese-recommendations-and-opinions-please/ Regarding reading, I can strongly recommend Lingq.com (premium version). It helps immensely! There is a lot of free and interesting content to read on Lingq and you can import whatever you like. In terms of efficiency, I currently watch Chinese TV shows with English subtitles. Then I read the Chinese subtitle text on Lingq. The great thing about Lingq is that it tells you which words you do not know. So, I can skip sentences where I already know all the words and only practice reading sentences with new words. Since I have already watched the episode, I know the content and skipping the easy parts saves me a lot of time.
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    A major goal for me is to become more familiar with seal script. I think this will help my calligraphy and seal carving immensely. I'll start with memorizing the 540 說文 radicals. Then I'll memorize 篆法百韻歌,a rhyme about the rules of seal script. Not sure how long this will take me, but the sooner I start, the better.
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    I created a user dictionary for Pleco which adds a new "dictionary" to Pleco so that when you look up a word, you'll also see the frequency ranking of the word in 6 types of corpora: subtitles, weibo, blogs, literature, news and technology (see the screenshot below). The subtitle word frequencies are based on SUBTLEX, and the other 5 are based on BLCU Chinese Corpus (see this thread). I thought others might find it useful. To install it, you'll need to purchase Pleco's flashcard add-on to access the user dictionary options. Next, download the zip file attached to this post, and extract it to get a plecofreq.pqb file which you'll need to put on your phone. In Pleco go to Settings -> Manage Dictionaries -> Add User -> Existing, then locate the plecofreq.pqb file. In the next post I'll attach a text file with the raw entries (as it's too large to attach to this post). There are a total of 109207 entries, which includes all words which are in the top 50,000 most frequent words in at least one of the 6 corpora. The pinyin of the words is based on the CEDICT dictionary, and is left blank if the word isn't in CEDICT. plecofreq.zip
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    @889 XÌNG-FÚ DE JIA-TÍNG Wŏ de jia shì yíge san-dài túng-táng de jia-tíng, yì-jia wŭ-kŏu, sheng-huó hĕn mĕi-măn. Píng-cháng, yéye ciù yùn-dùng, bàba, mama ciù shàng-ban, wŏ hé gege ciù shàng-xiué. Sing-cí-tien, wŏmen bú shàng-ban, yĕ bú shàng-xiué, tsiuén-jia yì-cĭ ciù pá-shan. Wŏ de jia-tíng jhen xìng-fú.
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    So it was only a book of short stories and it was incredibly easy, but it ticks the box! I'm halfway through the next volume and I'm really enjoying it. It's funny really, just writing this post and knowing I've ticked one of my list, I'm just about to sign into the chinese-test site to sign up for a HSK 5 test! Have read: Graded Chinese Reader 500 words Reading: Graded Chinese Reader 1000 words
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    well my 2020 goals have pretty much been thrown out of the window, time to revise: Cangjie is still going strong, i do the majority of my typing with it now, unless it's a particularly urgent situation and i have to go back to pinyin as im still not quick enough without. This goal stays All my cantonese stuff is back in the uk, pretty much back to square one. Considering how much time and progress has gone into my hubei dialect since being barricaded in here, I am thinking scrap canto altogether and just run with being that guy with putonghua + obscure dialect instead. Pretty much all calligraphy exhibitions have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, so this goal is also out the window too it would seem. There is actually an 'online' calligraphy exhibition bring held by Hubei calligraphers association, with the theme of 'wuhan coronavirus'. Not really sure what kind of inspiration that will draw, but interesting nonetheless. Revised goals: finish learning to write out 千字文 in full, and cursive too if there's time. be able to recite 100 poems. Im currently on 12.
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    January was a crazy year! Thank god we made it through! Joking aside for everyone In middle earth/ Middle Kingdom - hope you are safe and well looked after, The Hubei situation certainly puts our goals into perspective - we might as well do our best to learn Chinese this year and progress, and I know we can all do it. I’ve registered for the HSK 5 in March and got through the first 3-4 chapters of the HSK5 Shang book. Realistically will probably need another 6-8 months before I pass this test. Hours for January are about 12 hours book time, lots of tv shows - finished 精英律师 which is on YouTube with English subtitles (put captions on). 武汉加油!!!
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    IF you missed your goals, then you can always start now. It's the Chinese New Year after all! *wink wink*
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    I've been learning Chinese for nearly 5 years now. I could have done more but I'm happy with the very modest progress I made. I can recognise about 3200 characters, read simpler novels, chat online with people about lots of different topics, watch TV shows etc. That said, I don't have the same energy/motivation as I once did but also don't want to plateau at this level. I still do my Anki reviews daily and add words/characters I want to learn to Anki. However, in 2019 I didn't add as many words/characters as I would've liked. My goals for this year is simply to be a bit more aggressive with addings words/characters and keep up with consuming media. I figure over one year this might not make much of a difference but if I continue for another 5 years, even learning 2-3 words per day, which isn't so hard to do, will add up to ~5000 words which is quite significant.
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