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Questions tagged [chinese]

Questions about the Chinese languages and their dialects, including, but not limited to, Standard Chinese, Mandarin, Wu, Yue, and Min.

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Graded readers using simplified Chinese characters?

Graded readers are very useful for practising extensive reading. Extensive reading has several benefits, for example, getting a lot of comprehensible input. The majority of speakers of Standard ...
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How many Hanzi (Chinese characters) are theoretically possible to learn per day using Heisig's RTH?

I am currently learning three new Chinese characters per day using Heisig's Remembering the Simplified Hanzi (1 and 2) combined with Anki. This leisurely pace suits me because Chinese is not my top ...
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What are general cognitive principles that could explain why Heisig's method works?

This is a follow up to this question on Remembering the Kana. James Heisig is author of a famous series of books involving learning Chinese and Japanese characters. These books are Remembering the ...
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Should I learn Simplified or Traditional Chinese characters for reading in China?

I am interested in learning Mandarin Chinese, as written in Mainland China, and I see that they use both Traditional and Simplified characters. Is one more dominant than the other? Is one considered ...
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How long between each HSK level for learning Mandarin?

A common question among language learners is how long will it take me to learn <insert language>?, and the usual answer, for a native English speaker, is to refer to the FSI list, which divides ...
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HSK3 written test - what to expect and how to prepare?

It would be useful for beginner Mandarin learners, who want to eventually take the HSK exam(s), to hear success stories and HSK-specific advice. If you have passed the HSK Level 3 written test ...
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How to overcome hurdles learning Chinese as a vegan?

Chinese seems to have many words indicating, or at least traditionally derived, from the killing of animals. Examples of these are 红, a character for red indicating prosperity, derived from the color ...
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Which romanization system is closest to native pronunciation of Standard Mandarin?

The most commonly used Mandarin romanization systems are Hanyu Pinyin (most common by far), Gwoyeu Romatzyh (GR), and Wade-Giles (more common in Taiwan than China). Based on your experience, and ...
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How to overcome language learning fatigue when learning Standard Chinese?

An acquaintance of mine has been learning Standard Chinese in his spare time for a number of years. He passed the HSK3 test with a very high score and started preparing for HSK4. However, he recently ...
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Should I use my second language to learn my third language? [duplicate]

English is my second language (I do not have a good command of it.) while Chinese is my first language. I want to have Japanese as my third language. Can I learn Japanese from books/tutorials ...
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Efficient way to teach English singular/plurals and verb tenses to Chinese students

Chinese mandarin nouns have no singular/plural forms. Also, the concept of time in mandarin is not expressed by changing verb forms, and other mechanisms are used for this purpose, such as adding '...
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Learning Mandarin or Japanese First? [duplicate]

I am interested by both Japanese and Chinese cultures and I intend to learn both Mandarin and Japanese at some point (I don't even know if this is realistic as I also intend to learn Spanish and ...
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How can I progress from A1 to B2 on listening skills?

My written Mandarin Chinese is likely B2 while speaking and listening are practically useless, likely A1 on CEFR scale. I'm now trying to improve the listening and speaking fluency, but for me it is ...
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Resources for learning to read Chinese newspapers (in simplified Chinese characters)?

Many textbooks for learning Standard Chinese, e.g. New Practical Chinese Reader, focus on conversational Chinese. In these textbooks, the text in the lessons are always dialogues. This type of ...
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How to teach someone to correctly pronounce unaspirated t and p in Standard Chinese?

Some languages, such an English and German, make a distinction between the aspirated voiced consonants pʰ and tʰ on the one hand and the unaspirated voiced b and d on the other. Standard Chinese by ...
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Are there any advanced proficiency tests for Standard Chinese (CEFR C1/C2)?

HSK or Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi is the PRC's official Chinese language proficiency test for non-native speakers of Standard Chinese. Hanban has published a mappping between the six HSK levels and the six ...
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Book or other resources on activities for teaching Chinese grammar?

I am looking for a book or other resources about tasks and activities for teaching Chinese grammar. There are book on teaching English grammar, e.g. Task-based grammar teaching of English by Susanne ...
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Are there natural languages with logographic systems that don't require learning the spoken language?

This isn't posted to linguistics because I'm concerned about the purpose of language learning. I've found questions asking whether you need to learn written Japanese to learn spoken, for instance, ...
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Online course or resources on speed reading in Chinese

In a comment to my previous question about the transfer of speed reading skills to other languages, someone wondered whether this would be affected by the writing system. This is very plausible. In ...
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What can teachers do to promote or increase mastery of 把 structures in Standard Chinese?

Each lesson in the Chinese series of texbooks New Practical Chinese Reader contains a section entitled "Master the following phrases". Below are a few examples from lesson 16 (in volume 2): 现在就去 - ...
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Graded readers using traditional Chinese characters?

Graded readers are very useful for practising extensive reading. Extensive reading has several benefits, for example, getting a lot of comprehensible input. I have found several series of graded ...
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How to teach someone to correctly pronounce tones in tonal languages such as Standard Chinese?

I regularly meet with a small group of other learners of Standard Chinese. They have been learning Chinese for several years, though not as long as me. One of their problems is pronunciation, ...
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List of Chinese “verb plus object” verbs?

In Chinese, many verbs consist of two characters. However, not all two-character verbs function in the same way. One category of two-character verbs consists of verbs where the two characters cannot ...
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Can I measure my Chinese proficiency without taking an HSK test?

Is it possible to measure my proficiency on Mandarin Chinese without taking an HSK exam? I recently took a brief exam on EasyMandarin website but it is only about a brief grammar and vocabulary test, ...
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Unpredictable multiple homophony of Chinese characters [closed]

I look for a strategy to deal with this lexical issue of the Chinese language, and so memorize the right pronunciation(s) correctly
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Practice AP and WebCAPE Exams and study guides

I'm creating a language teaching curriculum which will follow ACTFL and World Readiness Standard guidelines. My end goal is for students to pass the US domestic AP exam (with a 4 or better) and/or a ...
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Evidence that learning radicals speeds up character learning in Chinese?

Characters — in Chinese or Japanese (or Korean Hanja) — can be learnt in various ways, and it is plausible that paying attention to radicals helps memorisation and retention. But is there any hard ...
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Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese vs Pimsleur Digital Mandarin Chinese

I'm using Pimsleur audiobooks via Audible.com to help learn Mandarin. There seem to be 2 different series, "Pimsleur Digital Mandarin Chinese" and "Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese" but I can't find any ...
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Is it easy for native Japanese speakers to remember simplified Chinese characters?

Kanji resemble Chinese characters because they were introduced into the Japanese language via Chinese. Is it easy for native Japanese speakers to remember simplified Chinese characters? I'm asking ...
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What's the most effective way to learn to quickly read Chinese?

I know enough Chinese characters to read quite advanced texts in this language. The problem, though, is that I'm terribly slow, so slow that reading anything is not a pleasure. This is something that ...
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How useful is it to study Chinese using Duolingo's English for Chinese speakers course?

Unfortunately, Duolingo does not have a Chinese for English speakers course. However, there is a English for Chinese speakers course. In other words, there is a course where people who speak Chinese ...
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Is it necessary to learn the characters of a language that uses logograms [Japanese]?

I want to learn Japanese and most books or guides begin with how to draw an logogram and to repeat the process of "writing" and single character dozens of times. And learning hundreds of those signs ...
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How to remember words I never use

How can I put words I don't often use into my long term memory? I have trouble doing this, as I think I know them, and a few weeks later I can't remember them. For example, a word I am trying to ...
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Does learning the stroke order in Chinese help with learning that language?

In Chinese, there are several different strokes, and they should be written in a specific order. For example, you write a horizontal stroke first, then a vertical stroke. When there are characters ...
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Explaining the difference between 'very' and 'too' to native Chinese speakers

The Indo-European languages that I know (Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish) all make a distinction between "too" (meaning "to a higher degree than is desirable, acceptable or allowed") and "very"...
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What resources exist for learning Fuzhounese?

For a long time now, I've been attempting to learn Fuzhounese, a specific dialect of Chinese spoken in Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China. However, I've found very few resources. All I have found is ...
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Necessity of studying Hanja to reach intermediate level of Korean proficiency?

Taking the Korean Government's TOPIK examination as a standard, is it necessary to be able to recognize Hanja characters to get an intermediate or advanced level in Korea? Or if someone wants to take ...
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Which order should I learn Japanese and Chinese? [closed]

Saw this question on Area 51 and I'm learning both languages. Which order should I learn Japanese and Chinese? I already know some French and am fluent in English, so what way would I go from that? ...
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Is it possible to learn a language just by being exposed to media and books? [closed]

Say I want to learn to speak Chinese. Could it be possible to learn Chinese just by watching subtitled Chinese movies/tv and reading books made for children?