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  1. I think it's very inefficient as a study method. You might learn something, but reading one page of a textbook a day would do much more. Watching shows in Mandarin is a good way of being a little bit productive in your free time, bonding with your target language, but it only becomes actually useful as a method for learning the language if you can understand most of what's being said.
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  2. I did this after only 3 months of studying Chinese. Looking back I realized it is a form of procrastination. What you will learn is minimal compared what you could learn in the same time if you studied with a textbook, a teacher, with ChinesePod or TheChairMansBao. I would not watch kids shows either. Boring! Honestly, at this stage, learning by watching movies or TV shows is not realistic. I suggest, Youtube channels for Chinese learners, ChinesePod or TheChairMansBao.
    2 points
  3. I have begun watching shows in Mandarin. Nothing complicated, and I realize I don't understand much. I've only been watching with Chinese subtitles with little pausing. Just trying to focus on how the sounds correspond with the characters and watching the visible aspects for context. Maybe I look up something that I've identified that comes up frequently but I usually do that after the show. What do you think about this approach?
    1 point
  4. True words! Of course tv shows and movies can be useful, but as supplementary material, as a way to get engaged with Chinese culture and as a way to enjoy what you're learning. I'd recommend watching with subtitles until you don't need them anymore. You will still pick up lines here and there*, and if you want to pick over something more closely you can skip back a bit until you understand. You'll get a lot of input, more sense of how people talk and how different people talk, and it's fun. But don't do it instead of more efficient ways of actually studying. * My first
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  5. Thank you, everybody! That is cool. So, 通假字 means, that in ancient times there was a word 行理箱? And in later but still ancient times by misspelling (or was it intentionally?) 理 was replaced by the phonetically but not semantically equivalent 李 which became standard. Correct? Are there more 通假字s? Did this occur often?
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  6. I'm subscribed to about a dozen different Chinese YouTube channels, but my favorite, by far, is 李永乐老师. His content is extremely interesting and top-notch, and rather than simply build the subtitles directly into the video, he uses YouTube subtitles. That means that I can use the "Zhongwen Popup Chinese Dictionary" browser extension to hover my mouse over the subtitle text and get a quick translation of any words I don't know. Most other Chinese channels that I've seen don't really have that feature. That also means that when I want to practice without the subtitles, I can turn them off. It's p
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  7. I've been there. I was in Hong Kong, though. I was awarded a scholarship targeted at international students to study in a Chinese department from 2010-2012, after two years of Chinese study at the college level. As a naive 23 year old, even though it was in Hong Kong I thought it would be like 2 years of Chinese bootcamp where I would have an abundance of Chinese classes as well as language and culture classes. When I got there, I found something much different, and that something was "not much at all". HK grad students are like UK grad students - coursework takes a b
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  8. "Those don't, but my point still stands. Simplified characters are more phonetic-based than traditional characters. I'm not saying simplified characters ARE phonetic." However people disagree with me, this is what I have been taught. If something is more, it is not necessarily absolute.
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