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Questions about learning or teaching the Chinese languages and their dialects, including, but not limited to, Standard Chinese, Mandarin, Wu, Yue, and Min. General questions about Chinese can be asked on our sister site Chinese Language Stack Exchange.

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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?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the main causes of foreign language anxiety in learners of Chinese?

Wikipedia defines foreign language anxiety as follows: Foreign language anxiety, or xenoglossophobia, is the feeling of unease, worry, nervousness and apprehension experienced in learning or using ...
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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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Does it take "about 50 exposures for most words to be retained in long term memory"?

...per Chinese teacher Terry Waltz, it takes about 50 exposures for most words to be retained in long term memory... The kind of beginner content I'd like to see, u/Elevenxiansheng, Reddit r/...
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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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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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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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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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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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Helping a Chinese native improve her advanced-level English

I'm helping a middle-aged, college-educated woman from mainland China improve her English. This is a hard-working, well-educated, highly-self-motivated student. She has lived in the USA for many years....
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How do I make my Chinese listening robust to unknown words?

From my perspective, when reading sentences in Chinese, I might read: [understandable part] [unknown word] [understandable part]. And I can usually understand the whole sentence to a large degree ...
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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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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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I want to train myself to use the Chinese grammar particle 了 correctly: how do I go about doing that?

Motivation: In Chinese grammar, there's a particle 了 which has two main uses: completion 了 (post-verb) and change-of-state 了 (end of sentence). I'm bad at using this particle (see How does someone ...
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What is the proper etiquette for a nonnative speaker who wants to practice Mandarin at a Chinese supermarket in the US?

There is a Chinese supermarket in the US I often shop at. I often hear the staff speaking Mandarin or Cantonese, and occasionally Hakka or Fujianese, amongst themselves and to Chinese customers. I can ...
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Is there much point in aiming for the HSK5 or HSK6 Chinese tests (assuming it's not required)?

A lot of Chinese learners aim for passing some level of the HSK tests. Judging from what I've read online, many people become demotivated regarding these tests around the late-HSK4 level (e.g. me), ...
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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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How can I get over lack of learning resources in "minor languages"

Sometimes I want to learn a language but give up due to the lack of resources available. These languages tend to be the ones that very few people learn using English. In my opinion, one of the core ...
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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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High-qualilty videos for New Practical Chinese Reader

新实用汉语课本 or New Practical Chinese Reader is a series of textbooks for learning Standard Chinese published by Beijing Language and Culture University Press. There are six textbooks, containing 70 ...
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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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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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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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In Mandarin, how can I overcome the problem of knowing all the words, but missing the overall meaning?

This issue arises over and over: In Mandarin Chinese, I often read a paragraph aloud, concentrating on pronunciation. I've studied all (or almost all) the words, and know what they mean individually....
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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 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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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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What are some of the best ways to get a toddler started learning Chinese in a non-native home?

We have a 1.5 year old boy in an English-only household. We'd like him to learn Chinese (Putonghua / Mandarin) over the next ten years or more. What are some of the best ways to get him exposed to ...
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Are there study methods aimed in particular at Chinese measure words?

Chinese has many measure words(*); in the HSK vocabulary, there are at least: 个 本 次 件 把 只 位 条 张 辆 包 双 层 刻 场 份 遍 台 座 节 趟 篇 棵 所 根 首 片 套 支 群 颗 顿 圈 项 顶 匹 团 幅 批 册 届 朵 壶 卷 艘 栋 枚 幢 束 粒 番 枝 株 (There are ...
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Improving vocabulary reading foreign language literature on ebook readers, how to export selected vocabulary into a spaced repetition app?

For improving my vocabulary I read favourite novels and short stories, preferredly in the original (target) language. When my level isn't quite up to it, I read a translation (be that English or ...
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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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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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Is it more difficult for a native Chinese speaker to learn English, or vice versa?

I am a native Chinese speaker, and it was an excruciating journey for me to learn English. My personal belief is that the reason lies in the linguistics, namely the Chinese language may be somewhat ...
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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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What do Chinese students do with the lists of new characters in 语文 textbooks?

In my grade-3 语文 textbooks, we find lists of new characters which appear in the accompanying essay, such as the following: I'm curious as to what what Chinese students actually do with this. I ...