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  1. I've achieved a big milestone recently. Up until the last few months my significant other(a native) would never speak mandarin with me. When I first started, I pushed it but she wouldn't budge. I let it go and decided not to push it anymore. Still had her mother to speak Chinese with. As I've improved, expanded my vocabulary, grammar etc, I casually - even accidentally would slip in some mandarin and she kind of naturally started replying in mandarin. It has happened quite naturally. Lately she's even been starting conversations with me in Chinese sometimes. Also, if she says somet
    9 points
  2. Unfortunately I went through another hiatus in learning. It seems to be a character trait that I go through periods of being good and taking a rest when learning Mandarin as a hobby. Here's a list of useful links to posts and articles (to be continually updated) in no particular order. Reading back in Chinese forums helps me get interested again. It just shows how much we can read and learn, yet still forget. 1) List of everyday topics to discuss. Practicing discussing about these topics with different teachers or language partners. One can practice the sa
    8 points
  3. Well it's been a very long time since I've posted an update, so here goes. Just finished up the first semester of 4th year, one more to go which starts at the beginning of March. Should be graduating in July. We are still in Cambodia, for obvious reasons. I feel like my Chinese has gone downhill, simply because online classes just aren't the same as actually being there, and the environment here is nothing like as helpful for learning as being in China. Some classes were a complete waste of time. Learning about world literature in Chinese is interesting to a degree, but someth
    6 points
  4. I recently finished “Art in China” by Professor Craig Clunas. The book organizes the art of China in different contexts, and then describes the history chronologically within that context. This way of learning about history is rather interesting. The discussions are much clearer because the items being compared are discussed right before, and reduces flipping through the book to remember other facts. It also provides a better overall view of the history and development of art in these contexts. I typically read books in Chinese about topics related to Chinese culture because I’m mo
    5 points
  5. I didn't give up on my recording myself speaking for one minute(I had posted several up here last year), I just found a better avenue for it! I found a tutor who sends me a question on WeChat every morning and I send her back an audio message (approx 1 minute in length) of my response. She then sends me corrections. I pay her 30 kuai a week for this. Today was the 50th answer. Sometimes her questions are above my level, but I find a way to answer. An example question: "家庭和事业哪一个让你更乐于投入时间和精力?“ I have found this very useful on several levels: I learn some new vocabulary, I think of an answer in
    4 points
  6. 戴口罩 Wear a mask Seal script 篆書
    4 points
  7. Shockingly, I've somehow been on this forum for more than a decade and have posted more than 1,400 times. I decided to take a stroll down memory lane and review everything I've posted that got a like. And in the process, assemble a list of my favorite posts, because it's clear that I love making lists. Grand Comic Reading Project Japanese Shows with Chinese Subtitles Video game reviews Review of 逆转裁判 Review of LostWinds Chinese Game Review: Sloane and McHale's Mysterious Story 2 斯隆与马克海尔的谜之物语2 Chinese Game Review: Professor Layt
    3 points
  8. What a strange season this has been. I'm not really sure what to write, as our whole semester has been online. I feel like I my improvement was minimal due to the online classes, and the format in which they came. Speaking was done as an interactive online class, and so that was actually not bad. But a lot of the other classes were prerecorded lectures, with a few questions to follow, in order to check that we had been listening. The hardest class we had was 文学,and I got next to nothing out of it, because it was basically a teacher talking at us for a couple of hours, without a
    3 points
  9. The calligrapher Tong Yang-Tze 董陽孜 has a work titled 'Immortal at the River' on display at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. It can be seen on the exhibit website, where there is also video of the work in its entirety. The website also has the words and translation of the work. It's quite a stunning work that spans 54 meters long!
    3 points
  10. Time to get this back up to date. After spending a couple months in SE Asia and studying just a little everyday, it's amazing how just being back in country (days before the border closure) raised my motivation. With only a little work to do, and from home, I've spent loads of time on Chinese study. It's pretty cool to have hours and hours to study whatever i want I am using lots of different resources, but all at a similar level: 3 lessons a week with my teacher online doing CME, Chinesepod, Chinese Breeze, Mandarin Corner, Growing Up with Chinese, etc. No flashcards or vocab lists. I think i
    3 points
  11. Trying to improve listening skills is a tedious process. Humans being naturally impatient skip over listening skills. Yes. Guilty as charged. Over the last month, I have been reviewing my anki cards made from Growing Up With Chinese 成长汉语. (See my earlier blog post). It's also an exercise in tidying up the cards with timings of sounds and clarifying some of the translations cards. I try to intensely concentrate on each sound and try to mentally note down each softer, harder and dropped sounds. Mentally, it's very tiring. I try to do at least a few cards each time I open
    3 points
  12. Here are the first three videos they I recorded in the last week. All videos are recorded as a single take so I'm not "cheating," but I wrote an outline before recording. I think I did two takes of each of these. Video 1: how I have studied Chinese: https://youtu.be/IK_A7Wbeo5Q Video 2: a 成语故事:塞翁失马: https://youtu.be/0H_He6_5jvY Video 3: random dialog about the pets in my house: https://youtu.be/Lx3SdHzd2RY Certainly a lot of room for improvement, but it should be a good way to look back at previous skill level in the future.
    2 points
  13. Have not posted a recording in a long while, so here goes. This one is done with no editing, no stopping the recorder, no reading. I realize there are of grammar mistakes and I am speaking very slowly. Not sure, but I do "feel" like I sound more natural than the last recording I posted. This was my 5th take. The file is slightly over the max size, so I had to put it on a Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ixumvia9oiudfad/我不高兴.wav?dl=0
    2 points
  14. Time to update this blog. I have been ridiculously busy with work coming back onboard. I have not stopped working on Chinese at all though. I was planning to post more "One minute speaking" recordings, but 1) I realized I was running through them 10 times to get a decent one without too many mistakes and I don't think that is best done unless someone checks the grammar first. 2) I thought it best to wait a while and see if there's any progress over a longer period before posting another. Now its been a few months, I may do another round soon. I've been doing a lot of speaking pract
    2 points
  15. Ten reasons why I admire Li Ziqi so much 喜欢李子柒的十个缘由 If people are talking about a girl who could make a set of bamboo sofa without a single nail, show you how the ancient Chinese writing tool is produced, tell the story of how a grain of rice grows from a seed,they are talking about Li Ziqi, a Chinese girl doing what she likes regardless of what they say. 1 She is true to herself Rumor goes that she’s just a cyber-celebrity who aims at a rise to fame, and a benefit from that reputation. She could be anything bad given how the gossips are going to shape, but she still kee
    2 points
  16. It was a crappy 2020. Not really sure that I improved very much but it was a busy year. Hopefully 2021 will be better. What should I be doing? Converting the rest of original Glossika to Anki cards and using them for listening practice. Found a deck based on Allset grammar - let’s have a look and listen to that - https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/782551504 There is another for Chinese listening drills - https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1405939111 After that, umm, I don’t have a fully structured plan - Maybe take up some les
    1 point
  17. Six weeks of Glossika. What have I learnt? it takes a long time to enter the Glossika sentences from pdf to an excel spreedsheet. This the time limiting step. I had to clean up the anki pack as there were some mistakes in transferring the sentences. Because I reloaded the data again from the beginning, I got extra doses of the simple sentences. However, this did mean getting more reciting practice. Although I started anki to get some practice with pronunciation, thinking about grammatical structures is getting easier. Been though about 250 sentences s
    1 point
  18. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. Today is another time to drink and sing A lot of friends are meeting for the first time Even though you’ve just gotten to know each other, you’ll be saying goodbye again very soon I hope it isn’t for forever Even though Bitter Ghost can only offer the gift of a little music We hope you can hear our warm regards Time passes day by day We still haven’t found ourselves Toge
    1 point
  19. Li Ziqi(李子柒), a Chinese internet celebrity(网红,wǎng hóng) who cooks in village became the first Chinese-language creator with more than 10 million followers on YouTube. Subscribers(订阅者,dìng yuè zhě) watch(观看,guān kàn) her in the quiet countryside(农村,nóng cūn), farming, picking and finally, turn that freshness into delicious dishes. Ten years ago, CCTV’s food documentary “A Bite of China(《舌尖上的中国》)”, ushered in the “public age” of Chinese documentaries(纪录片,jì lù piàn) and spurred the creation of food documentaries(美食纪录片). According to incomplete(不完全的,bù wán quán de) statistics, af
    1 point
  20. The project I am starting now (inspired by Imron's https://www.chinesethehardway.com/article/train-what-you-want-to-learn/ ) is to record myself speaking about a topic freely - no reading, no stopping/starting Audacity and no editing out mistakes. I may record several times to listen for mistakes i can catch myself and trying to improve on it, choosing the best of the lot to post. I will try first to speak for one minute and gradually increase it. My aim is to improve my fluency, speed, pronunciation, grammar and vocab speaking about a topic. That being, for me, the most difficult aspect of
    1 point
  21. I felt like doing another one of these tonight. I think its a bit better than the last one. I was in a quiet room rather than a rainy, noisy balcony, so that helped a little. I wanted to say a couple things here but didn't because I wasn't sure how say grammatically. 最近看的书.wav
    1 point
  22. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. 10:30 on the subway Finally everyone gets a seat Gentle breeze Softly, softly, softly blows The (fairly chubby) girl sitting next to me Leaning heavily against me while sleeping I didn't push, I can't bear to push She looks very tired Slide down the seat, lean back I lazily stretch my legs The uncle across from me While snoring, widely opens his mouth Nearby aunt
    1 point
  23. 多洗手 Wash hands often In 篆書 seal script
    1 point
  24. Asian Art Magazine has made their May 2020 issue free online: https://asianartnewspaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AAN-MAY-2020-web.pdf There is an interview with the French calligrapher André Kneib, who practices Chinese calligraphy. It's quite a thorough interview about how he started learning Chinese and then started learning Chinese calligraphy. I'm quite intrigued and am thinking about getting the book about him listed at the end. He also mentions other Western experts in Chinese calligraphy, and I'm probably going to look in their books as well. Really well worth the read.
    1 point
  25. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. Jiajia, the next time we meet, give me a smile You see it’s been so long and yet no answer, just stop putting on a brave face Jiajia, let’s both concede to (your) father and mother I still have freedom, but they only have you Look Jiajia, you ought to have remembered my drunken words (I’ll) personally design a wedding dress of your very own OK Jiajia, don’t keep opening th
    1 point
  26. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. Wenzhou (city) in Zhejiang (province), Wenzhou in Zhejiang, Jiangnan leather factory went bankrupt Wenzhou’s biggest leather factory, Jiangnan leather factory went bankrupt Bastard, boss Huang He is a bastard, he leads a debauched life, leads a debauched life Owes a debt of 350 million, ran off with his wife's sister We don’t have, don’t have, don’t have any choice, use the
    1 point
  27. Ok, it's finally time for the next lesson in Volume 1 of PAVC! Lesson 2! Grammar Notes: This lesson goes over stative verbs and introduces the following sentence structures: 我很忙。 我不忙。 我不太忙。 我很忙,你也很忙。 你忙不忙? Which basically can be formulated as: Affirmative: N/PN + ADV + SV. Negative: N/PN + NEG + SV. -or- N/PN + NEG + ADV + SV. Question: N/PN + SV + NEG + SV? Vocabulary Notes: 不 is usually unstressed in the SV question sentence type. Hanzi Learned: 早,趙,小,姐,張,久,見,啊,很,謝,也,這,太,天,氣,熱,去,上,課,們,忙,再,冷
    1 point
  28. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. Watch Beijing opera, play on a swing, kick a stone by the side of the road Hallway door’s lantern, outdoor market’s soup noodles Newly-bought clothes, pocket money from lunar new year Small cloth shoes, flower print handkerchief Uncle that makes sugar people and celestial beings from the stories I put a handkerchief over my face, count to three You quickly hide behind the ol
    1 point
  29. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. Every young lady is a flower Wherever it blooms, cow poop will be there Every dude has a phrase Don’t know whether or not to say it to a girl Hey girl, where're you off to? I haven’t finished saying what I want to say Hey girl, are you going to come back? When you get back, let’s finish our conversation So girl, when you’re thirsty do you drink water? Me too, this mus
    1 point
  30. Use the translated English lyrics below to find the title and artist of the song. Bonus points for providing a video or audio link. A short audio clip is provided as an additional hint, should you need it. Hi everyone, I'm Wang Qiang, guitar teacher Wang Qiang Let me tune everyone's strings Firstly, strum the E string, let me listen to see if it's in tune Uh, this is off, turn it 30 degrees to the left It's off, it's off, turn it 30 degrees to the right Still off, another 30 degrees Teacher, I've turned it as far as it'll go Oh, if it's all the way then it's alright Wang
    1 point
  31. Ladies in TV plays as charming agents (I) 影视剧里的美艳特工 之一:于曼丽 A legendary agent in The Disguiser (伪装者) with complex background https://www.bilibili.com/video/av5175971/?spm_id_from=333.788.videocard.0 People see how stunningly glamorous she is, not knowing what she has been through. What’s on her is shining, making you trapped in the way she looks fascinating. What’s behind her is a mystery, a disguiser trying to get rid of suffering. She’s silent, indifferent and unusual in the crowd. Staying in the same military camp, no one knows where she’s from. All they k
    1 point
  32. A few days ago, I finished reading the short story collection 《樱海集》 by 老舍. This brought my reading total above one million characters, completing my goal for the year. 《樱海集》 was first published in 1935. The collection contains a funny and self-effacing preface plus ten short stories of varying lengths (from six to forty-two pages). The stories deal with classical human failings—hypocrisy, pride, envy, bitterness, cowardice, lust, revenge, greed, anger—and the consequences that arise from such failings. Though the stories are thematically related, they differ considerably in their c
    1 point
  33. FOUR REASONS WHY CHINESE 成语 PUZZLE YOU I have asked people learning Chinese as their foreign language what will be something puzzling them beside Pinyin, and 60% of them have idiom (成语) as answer. Backed up by story and historical quotation, idioms frequently come in the form of four characters combination, based on the meaning of ancient Chinese, or extended meaning and metaphorical meaning of Chinese. It is a hard-to-crack case even for Chinese native speaks, let alone to mention the challenge they present to foreign friends. I still remember the first material guiding
    1 point
  34. In most of the world's languages, you can turn a word into its respective occupation by adding affixes to it. However, as Chinese doesn't conjugate, we attach an additional character to a word instead to form that corresponding job. One aspect in which Chinese differs from English when forming occupation words is that in English, what suffix is used depends mainly on the origins of words, but in Chinese people choose occupation particles based on the properties and characteristics of that job. Here're some practically and frequently used occupation particles in Chinese. 1.家 家,
    1 point
  35. Basic numbers in Chinese In Chinese, there are only TEN characters you need to learn before you can express basically every number including the extremely huge ones. These ten characters are: 零(líng) ----- zero ----- 0 一(yī) ----- one ----- 1 二(èr) ----- two ----- 2 三(sān) ----- three ----- 3 四(sì) ----- four ----- 4 五(wǔ) ----- five -----5 六(liù) ----- six ----- 6 七(qī) ----- seven ----- 7 八(bā) ----- eight ----- 8 九(jiǔ) ----- nine ----- 9 十(shí) ----- ten ----- 10 百(bǎi) ----- hundred ----- 100 千(qiān) ----- thous
    1 point
  36. So I am going to add a few photos of the campus to this post as was requested, and then hopefully (if I can move my fingers enough to take a picture!), I will grab some of the same shots in mid winter so people can compare. I should probably update my blog at the end of each week rather than the start, so I might change that once I start back. This is our last week before we have a week off. Things are continuing to go well. Yesterday one of my teachers lost it at some of the Korean guys at the back. They were talking all the way through class and it was very distracting for t
    1 point
  37. Here's another dim sum menu, sort of. This one is especially useful because it features only 12 items from a busy upstairs restaurant that offers probably a hundred items. (I ate upstairs.) These take away selections are available for purchase on the street level. My guess is they are some of the house's best sellers. This place was across the street from my Hong Kong (Wan Chai) hotel 華美粵海酒店。 If you figure out and learn these 12 items, you might not be a dim sum virtuoso, but you won't go hungry and will be able to gain a toehold in the dim sum world.
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