DigMandarin Community https://www.digmandarin.com/forum Forum For Learning Mandarin Chinese Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:33:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.13 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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A List of 283 Chinese Classifiers/Measure Words/Measurement Units https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/a-list-of-283-chinese-classifiers-measure-words-measurement-units Fri, 15 Feb 2019 20:58:02 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1497 Dear All. I just today completed my initial study of Classifier/Measure Words/Measurement units.  I was pleasantly surprised to end up with a list of at least 283.  I have been self-studying Mandarin from my home in the Caribbean for a little more than 1 1/2 years.  I know that my list isn’t complete so I […]

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Dear All.

I just today completed my initial study of Classifier/Measure Words/Measurement units.  I was pleasantly surprised to end up with a list of at least 283.  I have been self-studying Mandarin from my home in the Caribbean for a little more than 1 1/2 years.  I know that my list isn’t complete so I turn to you in this forum for assistance.  I keep getting headaches every time I use an online dictionary that reveals a cl/mw so to avoid to keep checking if I know this measure word I decided to create a master list in alphabetical  order.  

Your feedback is essential.  If persons express an interest in this topic I can then post my handwritten list (both in Traditional and Simplified characters) and give you my sources for confirmation.  

I  would like you to add to my list which will make it more comprehensive.

Thank you

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Using The Verb “有/没有” to Express Comparisons in Chinese https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/using-the-verb-you-to-express-comparisons-in-chinese Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:41:19 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1478 How do we use the verb “有/没有” to express the comparisons in Chinese? Here is a structure: Subject + 有/没有 + Noun Phrase (+ 这么/那么) + Adj. The construction “X + 有/没有 + Y + Adj.” is used to indicate whether the quality or characteristic of something (X) is on the same level as another […]

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How do we use the verb “有/没有” to express the comparisons in Chinese?

Here is a structure:

Subject + 有/没有 + Noun Phrase (+ 这么/那么) + Adj.

The construction “X + 有/没有 + Y + Adj.” is used to indicate whether the quality or characteristic of something (X) is on the same level as another thing (Y).

(“X” represents the quality or characteristic; “Y” represents another thing.)

This type of comparison uses the second object as the criterion. The quality or characteristic being compared is often expressed with an adjective.

For example:

X + 有/没有 + Y + (这么/那么)+Adj.

 

  • 元旦节春节(那么)热闹吗?

(Yuándàn jié yǒu chūnjié (nàme) rènào ma?)

Is the New Year`s Day as lively as the Spring Festival?

 

  • 没有姐姐(那么)聪明。

(Wǒ méiyǒu jiějie (nàme) cōngmíng.)

I am not as smart as my sister.

 

  • 弟弟有没有你(这么)高?

(Dìdi yǒu méiyǒu nǐ (zhème) gāo?)

Is your younger brother as tall as you?

 

The quality or characteristic of the comparison can also be expressed with a verb phrase, which can be

X + 有/没有 + Y + (这么/那么)+ Verb Phrase

 

For example:

  • 哥哥没有弟弟跑得快。

(Gēge méiyǒu dìdi pǎo de kuài.)

The elder brother doesn`t run as fast as the younger brother.

 

  • 我(那么)喜欢中文吗?

(Nǐ yǒu wǒ (nàme) xǐhuān zhōngwén ma?)

Do you like mandarin Chinese as I do?

 

  • 同事们有没有(那么)了解彼此?

(Tóngshìmen yǒu méiyǒu (nàme) liǎojiě bǐcǐ?)

Do the colleagues know each very well?

 

Note that the negative form with 没有 is most commonly used and often found in declarative sentences, while the affirmative form with 有 is less frequently used and often found in interrogative sentences and the answers to questions.

 

You can check more explanations and more language points in Step by Step Chinese Course 3.

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