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A better way of learning Mandarin

A better way of learning Mandarin
Hacking Chinese focuses on how to learn Chinese, something which is neglected by most teachers and courses that simply focus on what to learn. By putting the process in focus, I strive to unveil the mysteries of language learning and thereby help you improve the way you learn. I don’t think there is a golden path to instant success, so instead I do my very best to provide both inspiration and information about how to learn, enabling you to find your own way. I have learnt Chinese to an advanced level myself as an adult and I have the relevant education and experience to help you. Let Hacking Chinese be your guide to successful language learning! If you’re new to Hacking Chinese, you probably want to check out the introductory article to your particular level.

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Get a Chinese Name Get your own Chinese name based on your English name and find out your sign in the Chinese Zodiac! Simply type in your first and last name, select what kind of characteristics you want to be expressed in the name, select your gender, enter your birthdate and press "Get a Name!". Note that the namer will likely give a different name each time you use it. Word dictionary - MDBG Chinese-English dictionary Examples and Help Example queries: hello, nihao, ni3hao3, 你好, rest*, zei*, *zei*, *茶, 英*公司, chinese *文, "to rest", bill -gates Pinyin words should be entered without spaces, either with or without tone numbers: ni3hao3 or nihao. The character ü can be entered as v instead. The asterisk character * can be used as a wildcard to match zero or more characters:

Mandarin Chinese Pinyin Chart with Audio - Yabla Chinese About Pinyin Hanyu Pinyin is the official system to transcribe Mandarin Chinese sounds into the Roman alphabet. It was invented in 1950s, and adopted as a standard in mainland China in 1958. Pinyin is used for several purposes, such as teaching Chinese, transcribing names and places into the roman alphabet, and used as an input method for typing Chinese characters.

China Learning Initiatives Instructional Videos for Chinese Language Teaching In addition to providing practical training for in-class development, Asia Society sees the need to develop a new generation of leaders in the Chinese education field. Through our Teaching Fellows program, we aim to cultivate master teachers who can become mentors and exemplars to those new to the field. Each year, Asia Society selects 5–10 Chinese teachers as Teaching Fellows.

Learn Chinese Blog, learn to speak Chinese “Learn a Chinese Phrase” Review I was contacted on Facebook a while ago by Patrick Bresnahan asking me to review the “Learn a Chinese Phrase” series of videos on YouTube. Patrick, his fellow students and their Chinese teachers at the Confucius institute of Wayne state university have produced a great series of videos that achieves what it sets out to do: teach viewers a Chinese phrase. The videos are suitable for Chinese learners from beginners right up to advanced (at least for the advanced students who haven’t come across these particular idioms before).

untitled In Chinese, we use informal interjections in many situations before we start a sentence. Let's look at some more examples here to help you better understand something of both the unique nuances in the Chinese language and of our people. Just as in Informal Chinese Interjections (Part I) please note:1. The informal interjections don’t have any practical meanings.2. The tone of informal interjections changes according to the situation.3. The tone of each character is shown in the pinyin. The Best Resources For Learning How To Use The Dictogloss Strategy With English Language Learners Dictogloss is primarily a listening and writing activity used with English Language Learners. It can certainly be done a number of different ways but, very simply-put, the teacher reads a short text, often one students are familiar with. Then, after the first time of just listening, the teacher reads it again and students write down notes of what they have heard. Next, the teacher reads it a third time and, again, the student writes down additional notes.

Untitled Document China abounds in rivers, lakes and water resources. Due to its topographical features, most rivers flow east or south into the ocean, thus forming vast outflow river valleys that constitute nearly two-thirds of the national total area. Most of them belong to the Pacific Valley and a small number fall into the Indian Ocean Valley. Only the Erix River in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region that flows westerly out of China belongs to the Arctic Ocean Valley. More than 1,500 rivers have a drainage area of over 1,000 square km. Hacknight: Better Mandarin Support in Quizlet There’s no way around it - Chinese Mandarin is hard to study on Quizlet. Mandarin doesn’t fit into the normal “Term” - “Definition” model that Quizlet's six study modes are based on. This is because learning a word in Mandarin requires learning the character (Hanzi), the pronunciation (through a romanization system called pinyin), as well as the corresponding English word. As a result, students of Mandarin are forced to either cram the English and the pinyin together into the definition column of a Quizlet set, or leave the pinyin off completely. Neither option is ideal.

Chinese Notes — Grammar 中文笔记 - 语法 鼠标悬停可以看词的英语和拼音;点击中文词可以看词的详细中文和英文数据。 Mouse over to see English and pinyin for a Chinese word. Click the word to see full details in Chinese and English. 目录 Contents 酷我音乐_中国领先的在线正版音乐网站 G-Dragon代表作:Crayon211404257624 EXID代表作:up&down4024266858 Justin Bieber代表作:Baby257100261751 Melanie Martinez 代表作:Alphabet Boy251734347

The second round of Chinese character simplification By Olle Linge Updated April 30, 2015. The history of Chinese characters is fascinating. Over thousands of years, characters have changed a lot, from being simple symbols to making up the component parts of a complete writing system. At 105, Chinese Linguist Now A Government Critic Zhou Youguang, founder of the Pinyin system of romanizing the Chinese language, has published 10 books since turning 100, some reflecting his critical views of the Chinese government. Shown here in his book-lined study, the outspoken Zhou has witnessed a century of change in China. Louisa Lim/NPR hide caption itoggle caption Louisa Lim/NPR Louisa Lim/NPR Zhou Youguang should be a Chinese hero after making what some call the world's most important linguistic innovation: He invented Pinyin, a system of romanizing Chinese characters using the Western alphabet.

Glossary - Chinese Grammar Wiki We strive to avoid unnecessarily technical terms on the Chinese Grammar Wiki, but occasionally it's sort of necessary, and sometimes even useful (yes, really!). So to help you out, we've placed all of the grammatical terms related to Mandarin Chinese in one place. Click through each link for a more complete description of each term. Many pages also have lists of grammar points related to the term. Action verb — Also known as: 动作动词 (dòngzuò dòngcí) and 行为动词 (xíngwéi dòngcí). Action verbs describe what a subject did, is doing, or will do, physically.