DigMandarin Community https://www.digmandarin.com/forum Forum For Learning Mandarin Chinese Fri, 16 Oct 2020 19:26:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 Studying Mandarin Chinese in HK https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/studying-mandarin-chinese-in-hk Wed, 05 Aug 2020 01:59:27 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1774 Considering the current situation with the pandemic + protests, how crazy do you think it is to come to Hong Kong to study Mandarin? (I rly wanna master my Chinese but China is closed) I know that Hong Kong has never been a popular place to learn Mandarin, and the locals don’t speak it well, […]

The post Studying Mandarin Chinese in HK appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Considering the current situation with the pandemic + protests, how crazy do you think it is to come to Hong Kong to study Mandarin? (I rly wanna master my Chinese but China is closed)

I know that Hong Kong has never been a popular place to learn Mandarin, and the locals don’t speak it well, BUT it is literally the only part of China (no politics here, I am just referring to the region), which is still possible to enter as a foreigner if you do not have permanent residence. HK immigration is still issuing student visas, while mainland and Taiwan don’t even make any vague promises about openning. I have been to HK several times and locals seemed pretty friendly when I was trying to practice my Mandarin with them. However since my Chinese is pretty average (I was studying in Shanghai for half of a year before before the pandemic) + recent political situation and the fact that I am white, so I guess locals would still prefer to use eng or canto.

Anyways, how is the situation in the city? how do locals react if you address them in Mandarin? Is it possible to have enough practice? Are there any mainlanders left or all flee back to China? or locals actually would be happy to practise Mandarin with me just for fun, like they do in China/Taiwan?

Hope someone living in HK could advice me with this.

The post Studying Mandarin Chinese in HK appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Find the other half of the word https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/find-the-other-half-of-the-word Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:55:17 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1769 Hi all, I’ve attached some pictures on one half of a keychain (it’s supposed to be a couples type keychain where each person as one half). The two characters on the right are “niu fen” – “cow dung”. I believe the whole meaning is supposed to be like flowers “xian hua….niu fen” so like the […]

The post Find the other half of the word appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Hi all,

I’ve attached some pictures on one half of a keychain (it’s supposed to be a couples type keychain where each person as one half). The two characters on the right are “niu fen” – “cow dung”. I believe the whole meaning is supposed to be like flowers “xian hua….niu fen” so like the guy is niu fen the girl is xian hua.

 

However the characters on the left only show half the word – the top half character looks like “se” 色 but I’m not sure what the full two characters are supposed to be or what the matching keychain is supposed to be.

 

Would anyone have any idea?

 

Many thanks!

The post Find the other half of the word appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Help Needed to Translate Letter https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/help-needed-to-translate-letter Sun, 05 Jul 2020 01:46:56 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1759 Hello! I’m adopted and would like to get in touch with my foster parents in China. I’m from Nanning located in the southern area of the Guangzi Zhaung Autonomous Region but was adopted when I was one years old and emigrated to America. Although the common language of the region is Cantonese, I’m not 100% sure […]

The post Help Needed to Translate Letter appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Hello! I’m adopted and would like to get in touch with my foster parents in China. I’m from Nanning located in the southern area of the Guangzi Zhaung Autonomous Region but was adopted when I was one years old and emigrated to America. Although the common language of the region is Cantonese, I’m not 100% sure what dialect they speak. I would really love some help in translating their address so that I can learn that language and hopefully reconnect with them. 

The post Help Needed to Translate Letter appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
improve pronunciation https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/improve-pronunciation Wed, 24 Jun 2020 04:36:43 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1756 As we know,  Mandarin is spoken by PIN YIN. It SO hard to understand.

The post improve pronunciation appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
As we know,  Mandarin is spoken by PIN YIN. It SO hard to understand.

The post improve pronunciation appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
容易 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/%e5%ae%b9%e6%98%93 Fri, 29 May 2020 13:20:11 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1743 Hello everyone! 🙂I’m new to this forum so please tell me if there’s something wrong with my question. I really can’t understand the logic behind 容易. According to what I know so far 容 = to contain, to tolerate 易 = to exchange, easy So how come 容 + 易 = easy? According to Wiktionary, […]

The post 容易 appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Hello everyone! 🙂
I’m new to this forum so please tell me if there’s something wrong with my question.

I really can’t understand the logic behind 容易.

According to what I know so far

容 = to contain, to tolerate

易 = to exchange, easy

So how come 容 + 易 = easy?

According to Wiktionary,

Rebracketing of 何容易 (OC *ɡaːl loŋ leɡ, “how can one + change”) with influence from (OC *leːɡs, “easy”).

I really don’t get this explanation 🙁 Could anyone help me with this?

Thank you in advance 🙂

The post 容易 appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
English translation for Mandarin “Name” https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/english-translation-for-mandarin-name Fri, 29 May 2020 03:08:40 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1744 I don’t want to learn a lot of Mandarin but I’m researching for a future book possibility and need an English translation (and pronunciation) for a Mandarin name of “BLUE SWAN”. Later may need additional help with Chinese cultures/structures. Would like to establish a one-on-one contact with someone willing to offer intermediate help. Thanks in […]

The post English translation for Mandarin “Name” appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
I don’t want to learn a lot of Mandarin but I’m researching for a future book possibility and need an English translation (and pronunciation) for a Mandarin name of “BLUE SWAN”. Later may need additional help with Chinese cultures/structures. Would like to establish a one-on-one contact with someone willing to offer intermediate help. Thanks in advance. Jim Bigger

The post English translation for Mandarin “Name” appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Italics in examples https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/italics-in-examples Wed, 11 Mar 2020 01:19:58 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1712 Hi, I find your content excellent and thank you very much for contributing to the Chinese language.  If I may make a suggestion, italics is not something you see much in written Chinese and it makes it more difficult to read the characters, so I believe it would be more effective to stick to regular […]

The post Italics in examples appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Hi, I find your content excellent and thank you very much for contributing to the Chinese language. 

If I may make a suggestion, italics is not something you see much in written Chinese and it makes it more difficult to read the characters, so I believe it would be more effective to stick to regular script without italics. The position of the examples on the page make their function already clear anyway. Thanks again and best regards

The post Italics in examples appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
The Chinese Dynasty Song https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/the-chinese-dynasty-song Wed, 04 Mar 2020 05:18:26 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1706 The Chinese Dynasty Song Chinese historyis shrouded in mystery,more myth than factif you go further backthan two millennia, BC … Shang (~1600 to 1046 BC) The first “real” dynasty of Bronze Age clang,Inscribed on Oracle bones, they called it Shang Zhou (1046 to 256 BC) Zhou lasted longest, some eight hundred years,Central power’s decline into Warring States […]

The post The Chinese Dynasty Song appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
The Chinese Dynasty Song

Chinese history
is shrouded in mystery,
more myth than fact
if you go further back
than two millennia, BC …

Shang (~1600 to 1046 BC)

The first “real” dynasty of Bronze Age clang,
Inscribed on Oracle bones, they called it Shang

Zhou (1046 to 256 BC)

Zhou lasted longest, some eight hundred years,
Central power’s decline into Warring States and tears

Qin (221 to 206 BC)

Unified empire, script and currency,
Brief, but long-lasting imperial legacy

Han (206 BC to 220 AD)

Prosperity, Golden Age
Confucianism — all the rage

Three Kingdoms (220 to 280 AD)

WeiShuWu — a divided nation
Bloodshed, technologic innovation

Jin (266 to 420 AD)

A million square miles and more at its peak
Forced to retreat south by a barbarian streak

Sui (581 to 618 AD)

North-South reunited, nomad tribes demoted,
Grand Canal built, Buddhism imported

Tang (618 to 907 AD)

The dynasty that gave us powdered drinks?
Please forgive me – that joke stinks

Song (960 to 1279 AD)

Gunpowder invented, stood up a naval force,
Not enough to repel Yuan’s Mongolian hordes

Yuan (1279 to 1368 AD)

Nearly a century of non-Han rule
Paper money — commerce’s great tool

Ming (1368 to 1644 AD)

Trade, porcelain, Great Wall fortification
Natural disasters, Manchu invasion

Qing (1644 to 1911 AD)

Opium Wars, Dowager, Europeans at the door
Hail the Republic — the old Empire is no more

 


Published originally on Medium.com

© 2020 – Joe Varadi

The post The Chinese Dynasty Song appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Pinyin vs Zombies – A game for learning Mandarin tones! https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/pinyin-vs-zombies-a-game-for-learning-mandarin-tones Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:33:04 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1690 I hope it’s okay to post this here! I just finished this new app, it’s a simple game where you swipe and slash, a la Fruit Ninja. Zombies approach and you tap on them to hear a Chinese word. If you hear the first tone, you swipe straight across. If you hear the second tone, […]

The post Pinyin vs Zombies – A game for learning Mandarin tones! appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
I hope it’s okay to post this here! I just finished this new app, it’s a simple game where you swipe and slash, a la Fruit Ninja. Zombies approach and you tap on them to hear a Chinese word. If you hear the first tone, you swipe straight across. If you hear the second tone, you swipe diagonally upwards, etc. It’s a way for new students to hear the words and try and identify and remember the tones by following the tone direction with their fingers.

Would love to hear what people think!
 
It’s only available for iPhones right now on the app store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/pinyin-vs-zombies/id1493511623?ls=1

The post Pinyin vs Zombies – A game for learning Mandarin tones! appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
We are looking for 10 volunteers to study Chinese with us!(online) https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/we-are-looking-for-10-volunteers-to-study-chinese-with-usonline Sun, 05 Jan 2020 06:37:14 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1678 Hello everyone!We are looking for some motivated Chinese learners and will create a live stream Chinese class on zoom! The lesson is provided by IMCPI, which is a newly formed language school in Copenhagen. Just like the old Chinese saying:”三人行必有我师”,We believe the best way to learn a language is to apply a cooperative learning style, […]

The post We are looking for 10 volunteers to study Chinese with us!(online) appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>
Hello everyone!We are looking for some motivated Chinese learners and will create a live stream Chinese class on zoom! The lesson is provided by IMCPI, which is a newly formed language school in Copenhagen. Just like the old Chinese saying:”三人行必有我师”,We believe the best way to learn a language is to apply a cooperative learning style, which means students and teachers need to respond with each other while they are having a class. This is the reason why we are recruiting multiple students. If you are interested and want to register a spot for you or your friends, please fill our survey at: https://www.allcounted.com/s?did=cflm4a88vm8d7&lang=en_US

The post We are looking for 10 volunteers to study Chinese with us!(online) appeared first on DigMandarin Community.

]]>