DigMandarin Community https://www.digmandarin.com/forum Forum For Learning Mandarin Chinese Fri, 13 Mar 2020 06:55:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.13 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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Chinese Measure Words https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/chinese-measure-words Tue, 03 Sep 2019 21:04:05 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1604 专用名量词 个ge、条tiao、根gen、枝zhi、张zhang、颗ke、粒li、双shuang、对dui etc. 临时名量词 指的是某些名词临时处在量词的位置上,被用作数量单位。 计量名量词 公斤gong jin、尺chi、亩mu、度du etc. 通用名量词 种zhong、类lei、些xie、点dian etc. 动量词: 趟tang、遍bian、次ci、场chang etc.   These are some basic categories of Chinese measure words and examples. If you have any question about Chinese, feel free to ask me in the comment. I’d like to help 🙂

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专用名量词

个ge、条tiao、根gen、枝zhi、张zhang、颗ke、粒li、双shuang、对dui etc.

临时名量词

指的是某些名词临时处在量词的位置上,被用作数量单位。

计量名量词

公斤gong jin、尺chi、亩mu、度du etc.

通用名量词

种zhong、类lei、些xie、点dian etc.

动量词: 趟tang、遍bian、次ci、场chang etc.

 

These are some basic categories of Chinese measure words and examples.

If you have any question about Chinese, feel free to ask me in the comment. I’d like to help 🙂

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could someone help me to read it https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/could-someone-help-me-to-read-it Thu, 09 May 2019 13:30:04 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1539 Hi could someone help me to read it? My chinese is too basic to get through, but also the calligraphic style is not my level :(( it would be great at least to have it in “printed characters” This was a present from a good friend, she bought the scroll in Xiamen Thanks!

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Hi

could someone help me to read it? My chinese is too basic to get through, but also the calligraphic style is not my level :((

it would be great at least to have it in “printed characters”

This was a present from a good friend, she bought the scroll in Xiamen

Thanks!

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Chinese Listening Practice Books Needed https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/chinese-listening-practice-books-needed Wed, 27 Mar 2019 14:11:43 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1514 Hi everyone, I’m looking for a practice book to improve my Listening, Intermediate Level. I prefer books with the format like Tactics for Listening for English learners. Thank you.

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Hi everyone, I’m looking for a practice book to improve my Listening, Intermediate Level. I prefer books with the format like Tactics for Listening for English learners. Thank you.

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a list of 283 chinese classifiers/measure words/Measurement unit https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/a-list-of-283-chinese-classifiers-measure-words-measurement-unit Fri, 15 Feb 2019 21:09:35 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1498 Dear All, I just finished today my first draft of a master list of chinese classifiers/measure words / measurement units.  It is handwritten and both in Traditional and Simplified characters.  If there is interest I can later post my list and would like you to add to my list. Thanks.

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Dear All,

I just finished today my first draft of a master list of chinese classifiers/measure words / measurement units.  It is handwritten and both in Traditional and Simplified characters.  If there is interest I can later post my list and would like you to add to my list.

Thanks.

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