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Old 05-30-2011, 08:03 PM
 
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Taipei use traditional Chinese, their pronounce with local color. You should learn Chinese to China. Peking
is OK.
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Old 06-01-2011, 05:47 AM
 
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Considering your studies would be the very basis of your Chinese language, I would definitely recommend Beijing, where the "standard Chinese" is spoken. It is not choosing a Chinese speaking city to live in after all, right?
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:49 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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This may be a shot in the dark...

Hi everybody,

I'd like to learn Chinese, I've always been good at learning languages, in speak 3 and currently learning Italian. My question is: what way would it be better to start learning Chinese? I am planning to buy Rosetta Stone but so far with my experience moving to the country for a couple of months has been greatly beneficial.

I have traveled to Europe and that's how I learned French but never to Asia, that's why I am hesitant moving there and about how much would it cost me to live in let's say Shanghai or Beijing for 3 or 4 months and enroll in a school. Also, I was looking into enrolling for a summer in Middlebury College, I hear they have a great language program. It costs 9K dlls for two months including room and food, what would it be more cost efficient and helpful?

Ok let's see your insight on this matter,

Thanks!
Chinese is a very difficult language for Westerners to learn. And I wonder if it is worth the trouble. Occasionally I have to do with Chinese people professionally, and most of them already speak English pretty well.

It doesn't even sound nice to my ears, quite to the contrary

In terms of places, Taiwan is of course a whole different league, it is more like Japan or South Korea than mainland China.
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:19 AM
 
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I'm not disencouraging you.Marderin is a difficult language to learn.

About listening,there are various accents even in a small region.So many words share the same pronouce but have different meanings.

But you can give it a shot at the confucious institute.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Quakertown, Pa., USA
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Tavludo, I learned or should say I started learning Mandarin from Rosetta stone, but then met and later married Ling my now wife in Beijing, she has shown me that her teaching me is better and faster and a lot more fun as we laugh when I mess up the tones ( which was often ) so, get in touch with emilyemy and take her up on the offered help, you may find this is fun, Hǎo ynq h yǒu lq ( good luck and have fun )
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:19 PM
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OP,
You should send a message to this guy...he will tell you where to study...i believe he studied with a group of Americans for expats in Beijing. He even speaks with Beijing accent...


White guy speaks fluent Chinese
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Old 07-26-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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No one can learn Chinese well in 3 or 4 months. Haha maybe I can teach you
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Old 07-28-2012, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Quakertown, Pa., USA
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Coonnie123 is right, I am going on a little more then 4 years now(?) wow ) and still have a lot to learn and remember, I am also learning Manchurian from her.
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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I currently live within a Taiwanese community in Southern California. I also share a home with three Taiwanese persons who speak fairly understandable English. As a result, I too would like to learn Mandarin in conversational and Pinyin form.

One would naturally be inclined to ask: Why don't your Taiwanese neighbors teach you Mandarin?

Sadly, our working hours and busy schedules leave very little time for us to socialize, and even less time for language lessons.

If anyone knows of a solid, highly recommended course/website, please feel free to share.

Xie xie!
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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You should send a message to this guy...he will tell you where to study...i believe he studied with a group of Americans for expats in Beijing. He even speaks with Beijing accent...


White guy speaks fluent Chinese
He is reading something, probably in Pinyin. That is not the same as being fluent in Putonghua.
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