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Old 07-31-2012, 01:22 AM
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That's right.he looks like a beginer.I have some friends fluent in Marderine
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Tavludo View Post
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,

I don't think Shanghai is a good option for you as it is very expensive and being that it is very international one can manage there with min. Chinese (as you find many English speakers there). I would think that Beijing or another part of China would be a better option so that you could immerse yourself completely in learning Chinese.
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Old 08-07-2012, 10:10 PM
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This guy learned at 19yrs old....speaks Cantonese and Mandarin... If you have the dedication and time, it can be done.

American Speaking Fluent Chinese
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:55 PM
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Since this thread is close enough, i didn't want to start another thread...since some posters are in China...does anyone know which city(in China) this statue is located in?

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Old 08-18-2012, 03:54 AM
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i speak Chinese,i want to find somebody who speaks Spanish, to exchange the class....
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:29 PM
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Hi, I'm interested in Chinese and I begin to learn it.
I use a free e-book and I find it is amazingly great.
I highly recommend this to you and hope you like it.
Have fun in learning Chinese!
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:17 PM
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When you read you begin with A-B-C. Chinese A-B-C is the Chinese characters, but they are so many! But the basics are limited and interesting, they are pictograms(象形字), example:
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:09 PM
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This American gal teaches the Chinese most common slang phrases that Americans use. She learned Chinese at 19yrs old and is 26 now. She has a huge following in China. Very useful information.


Last edited by JL; 08-23-2013 at 05:22 PM..
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Old 08-28-2013, 02:46 PM
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Bwah, that girl is beyond annoying. Anyway, if you're learning Chinese I recommend you don't go to Taipei, Beijing or Shanghai. Go to a place where there are less foreigners, a 2nd or 3rd tier city ideally. And don't go to a university where there are 30 students in a class (like BLCU), regardless of how good the school claims to be. It's a trap!
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:47 PM
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This is kind of complicated without knowing the truth behind the political lies.
Basically, the writing is almost same after the first emporer with diffirent style of variation. Than CP and KMD decided to simplified the writing to promote speed of science and created the simplified version of HanZi --> current CHinese.
The sound will be different areas by areas and people by people.
For example, I can write Hanzi,Kanji or hanja and English. People who can read them and can understand them, but speak in different languages.
I can speak HaKa,HyFoon,MinNam,Mandarin and English. If you can not understand the tone, you do not understand it.
They are all languages with writing letters with different tones.
EXCEPT, HaKa,HyFoon,MinNam,Mandarin share the same writing and one usually can guess the meaning of the writing. Chinese use another simplified Chinese letters. I have less than 50% understanding rate. Japanes and Korean also share Hanzi. I have more than 50% chance to understand them.

Languages are tools used by people. Speak/write more languages do not make my life better or worse. It is just like konwing how to use chopsticks does not change your life better or worse.
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