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  1. 4 points
    There seem to be only a few people who post here irregularly, but maybe starting it up again will encourage my fellow intermediates to come out of the woodwork. Come update! This week I have: 1) done my Pleco flashcards (from vocab encountered in reading) every day. I recently tweaked the parameters so I'm seeing cards more often, and even though this increases my number of reviews, I feel like I'm retaining the words much better. 2) read from my book every day. This is a little more iffy, as some days I've done it right before bed and have been literally falling asleep, therefore meaning I haven't actually done a lot of reading on those days (like <10 minutes). I had one really good day where I read 30-45minutes in the library, which was very cool! I'm going to try to move my reading earlier in the day to encourage better habits. 3) I've started watching Chinese TV again! I was watching 归去来, but it was getting too overdramatic a few episodes in for me to have the stamina to watch the whole thing. I've since started watching 漂亮的李慧珍, which is a lot more fun and enjoyable (and the language is a little easier as well). This has been cool, because some of the vocab and chengyu I'm learning from my book are popping up in the TV show, even though they're on very different subjects. It really makes me feel like learning the vocab is worthwhile (and helps me remember it better, ofc). So even though I'm not doing transcripts or making flashcards from the show or anything, I still feel like it's helpful for my learning. That's all for me this week!
  2. 2 points
    I disagree; it appears quite often in historical dramas written on prisoners clothes as a single character in isolation. I can imagine a beginner seeing the character and wanting to know what it means, nothing wrong with a bit of curiosity
  3. 2 points
    Did you mean actual letters as in something to post or did you mean should I practice writing Chinese characters? If so then the answer IMO is yes, you need to learn characters so that you can read Chinese and one good way of memorising characters is to practise writing.
  4. 2 points
    You can use an app like 探探。 Its a dating app primarily but I make it clear that I'm only interested in making friends. I have some good great acquaintances and years later still in touch and meet up regularly. I'm a 100% convinced that to improve your Chinese you need to speak to people that have no English whatsoever. (Once you are passed upper beginner stage) My spoken chinese improved dramatically simply due to this. Talking to people who have hardly any contact with foreigners will be a very different experience then compared to conversing with Chinese with good English or experience of conversing with foreigners. You will find tones suddenly become quite important at times and the sentence structure you use, even though grammatically correct can sound quite unnative like, thus causing confusion. The most useful words I have in my anki have all come from wechat chats and hardly any appear even in HSK 6. In hindsight I wish I interacted with native chinese much earlier than I did. I spend 2 years in a language school and really got nowhere to be honest. Even in the spoken classes were far removed from relatity .
  5. 1 point
    If you cancel your subscription, will you still be able to audit Part 2 and see the exercises? You'll miss the teacher's/TA's feedback, but I'm sure you can do them on your own. You can always ask questions here. Have you tried downloading the video lectures to watch offline? That's what I used to do with moocs taught from China, they were painfully slow in the early days.
  6. 1 point
    Thanks! Interesting link there and seems to fit into what the other poster said that you can actually go between questions so you can see the multiple choice options ahead of time but just not all in one place. That should be pretty good! Really want to pass HSK 4 on Saturday. Haven't done any previous ones and been mostly all self-study (but all outside of China). Hopefully I'll get there. Slightly worrying when I read some people getting high passes on mocks/past exams but then low marks on the real one but hopefully it won't be too bad.
  7. 1 point
    I’ve merged your two threads because I don’t think it is helpful to start a new thread per blog post when you already have a thread about your blog.
  8. 1 point
    I'm reading my first Mandarin companion level 2 book. Even on the very first page, the grammar feels like it has stepped up a level. So the sentence Is stressing me out. What is the function of 的 after a the verb 找到? I've never seen 的 after a verb like this and searching Google doesn't help. Any explanation is welcome. Thanks in advance.
  9. 1 point
    /i/ manifests in only a few basic ways: 1a. before a vowel (eg. /-ia/); 1b. before anything else (eg. /-in/, /-ing/, /i/); and 1c. after another vowel (eg. /ai/). Only 1a and 1b seem to be applicable to your question, and there are three basic “rules” you can presume working here: 2a. change /i/ to a glide in cases that fit 1a; 2b. add a glottal stop before any vowels that start their syllable; and 2c. (optionally) add a glide/change ? to a glide where 2b. would apply if there is a preceeding syllable. The interaction of 2b and 2c is one place where the variation is less clear cut because in theory 2c only becomes more pronounced in rapid speech, otherwise 2b is still fine. With those you would get (transcription is loose cause I’m lazy so ignore everything except the placement of i/j/?): 應該 /ing gai/ > ?ing gai 餅乾 /bing gan/ > bing gan 定義 /ding i/ > ding ?i or ding ji 電影 /dian ing/ > djen ?ing or djen jing 答應 /da ing/ > da ?ing or da jing 漂亮 /piao liang/ > pjau ljang (but there is no real difference between this and “piao liang”) 也 /ie/ > je I cannot imagine a syllable “?ia” because it would just become “ja” per 2a.
  10. 1 point
    The website: http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/chinese/ has an extensive archive of thousands of news articles and magazines in Chinese (as well as all other UN languages). Each article includes a word for word transcript and audio read by different reporters. Many of the magazine articles are 10 minutes and over of dialogue along with accurate transcripts. It's all free and extremely beneficial to students in the intermediate-advanced levels!
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