DigMandarin Community https://www.digmandarin.com/forum Forum For Learning Mandarin Chinese Sun, 05 Jul 2020 01:46:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 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 […]

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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. 

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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.

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

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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, […]

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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 🙂

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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

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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, […]

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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

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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, […]

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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

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Chinese Movie Recommendation https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/chinese-movie-recommendation Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:17:14 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1673 “THE FAREWELL” 《别告诉她》 Metacritc:89%; Rotten Tomatoes:99%; IMDb:7.8/10 ” Billi’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch — the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live. Initial release: July 19, 2019 (Canada) Director: Lulu Wang Budget: 3 million USD Languages: English, Japanese, Italian, […]

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“THE FAREWELL” 《别告诉她》

Metacritc:89%; Rotten Tomatoes:99%; IMDb:7.8/10

” Billi’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch — the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.

Initial release: July 19, 2019 (Canada)

Director: Lulu Wang

Budget: 3 million USD

Languages: English, Japanese, Italian, Mandarin

Producers: Lulu Wang, Chris Weitz, Marc Turtletaub, Anita Gou, Peter Saraf, Daniele Tate Melia, Andrew Miano, Jane Zheng “  

Review by audience: “

“The Farewell is a strong family drama that is a much better showcase of the cultural clash of western and Asian cultures compared to the overhyped and generic Crazy Rich Asians. The Farewell handles things with subtlety never hammering home its multiple messages. It does not paint anyone as right or wrong and is happy just to share the knowledge of different ideals……”

— by Simon Lam  

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Chinese concubinage https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/chinese-concubinage Sun, 01 Dec 2019 12:58:56 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1659 Hello! I’m studying Chinese language and I’m planing to write my graduation thesis about imperial concubines, from the Tang dynasty to the Ming or Qing dynasties. Do you have any suggestions on how to clarify the topic? What are the most interesting aspects to write about? I read several articles, but everything is quite general, […]

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Hello!

I’m studying Chinese language and I’m planing to write my graduation thesis about imperial concubines, from the Tang dynasty to the Ming or Qing dynasties. Do you have any suggestions on how to clarify the topic? What are the most interesting aspects to write about? I read several articles, but everything is quite general, I need more specific information and details.

What interesting sources could I refer to?

I count on any advice from more experienced people. Thank you!

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