DigMandarin Community https://www.digmandarin.com/forum Forum For Learning Mandarin Chinese Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:18:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 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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Why is a measure-word not required in this case? https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/why-is-a-measure-word-not-required-in-this-case Sun, 04 Nov 2018 01:00:28 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1465 Consider the following two sentences: A year has twelve months 一年有十二個月 Yī nián yǒu shí’èr gè yuè A year has threehundreds sixtyfive days 一年有三百六十五天 yī nián yǒu sānbǎi liùshíwǔ tiān Why is the measureword 個 left out in the second sentence? What is the general grammar rule for cases like this?

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Consider the following two sentences:

A year has twelve months 一年有十二個月 Yī nián yǒu shí’èr gè yuè

A year has threehundreds sixtyfive days 一年有三百六十五天 yī nián yǒu sānbǎi liùshíwǔ tiān

Why is the measureword 個 left out in the second sentence? What is the general grammar rule for cases like this?

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Looking for some good soul that lives in china https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/looking-for-some-good-soul-that-lives-in-china Sun, 28 Oct 2018 06:18:57 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1459 Hello, I’m looking for some good person that have 2 minutes of free time to help me with something, I’m trying to register in an chinese mmorpg game, but only who lives in china can register/create account in that site, so if any good soul here wanna help me with that, would be greatfull Ty!

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Hello, I’m looking for some good person that have 2 minutes of free time to help me with something, I’m trying to register in an chinese mmorpg game, but only who lives in china can register/create account in that site, so if any good soul here wanna help me with that, would be greatfull

Ty!

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HSK Standard Course (Access PDF, Textbook) https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/hsk-standard-course-pdf-textbook Sat, 22 Sep 2018 08:41:06 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1448 I just passed HSK 4! When I planned to take HSK level 2, my teacher Amber in my Chinese school used the HSK Standard Course (HSK 标准教程) to help us prepare for the test. The result showed that the serials were really helpful. All of us passed the test. Afterward, I continued to study with […]

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I just passed HSK 4! When I planned to take HSK level 2, my teacher Amber in my Chinese school used the HSK Standard Course (HSK 标准教程) to help us prepare for the test. The result showed that the serials were really helpful. All of us passed the test. Afterward, I continued to study with this HSK Standard Course series and passed HSK level 3 and 4 smoothly. It`s suitable for all self-taught learners and the students who want to pass the tests. “With HSK test papers as its primary source, HSK Standard Course is characterized by a humorous style, familiar topics, and a scientific course design. Matching the HSK test in all aspects, from the content, form to the levels, it is a series of new-type course books embodying the idea of combining testing and teaching, and promoting learning and teaching by testing.”

HSK Standard Course 1 : download PDF

HSK Standard Course 2 : download PDF

HSK Standard Course 3 : download PDF

HSK Standard Course 4A: download PDF

HSK Standard Course 4B: download PDF

 

Highly recommend to study with DigMandarin’s HSK One Stop Courses alongside HSK Standard Course

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please help me translate https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/please-help-me-translate Fri, 31 Aug 2018 17:00:01 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1435 曾经自己 像浮萍一样无依 what is the meaning of that sentece?

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曾经自己 像浮萍一样无依 what is the meaning of that sentece?

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need some help https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/need-some-help Fri, 31 Aug 2018 13:09:27 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1434 i learned spontaneous five animal qigong by liang shifeng and i haven’t been able to stop my body from spontaneously moving its been like that for 16 days can someone with knowledge of chinese look up on the chinese internet if anyone has had this problem and has successfully stopped this and tell me how […]

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i learned spontaneous five animal qigong by liang shifeng and i haven’t been able to stop my body from spontaneously moving its been like that for 16 days can someone with knowledge of chinese look up on the chinese internet if anyone has had this problem and has successfully stopped this and tell me how they did it?

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How many characters are there in Chinese? https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/thread/how-many-characters-in-chinese Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:02:48 +0000 https://www.digmandarin.com/forum/?post_type=thread&p=1404 Many people are afraid to learn Chinese characters. One reason is that they feel the characters are too complicated. Another bigger reason is that many think that there are too many Chinese characters! How many characters in Chinese? There are 54,678 characters that can be found in the Great Compendium of Chinese Characters, or what is […]

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Many people are afraid to learn Chinese characters. One reason is that they feel the characters are too complicated. Another bigger reason is that many think that there are too many Chinese characters!

How many characters in Chinese? There are 54,678 characters that can be found in the Great Compendium of Chinese Characters, or what is called “Hanyu Da Zidian” in Chinese. So, with so many characters, how can Chinese people master and understand the language? The simple answer is that we don’t need to remember that many! 2,500 characters is enough!

Let`s take a look at some books that have compiled and collected Chinese characters as reference materials: the commonly used Xinhua Dictionary contains more than 11,200 characters; the Chart of Generally Utilized Characters of Modern Chinese lists the existence of 7000 characters; another document called The Chart of Common Characters of Modern Chinese only includes 3500 characters, and 1000 of these are considered “less commonly used characters.” As you can see, the number of commonly used Chinese characters are not that big. Now there are only 2,500 characters left for us to know!

Let`s put this all into perspective: if you know 2,500 characters, you can read 97.97 % of written text. With 3,500 characters, you can read up to 99.48 %. The Chinese characters used in Chinese literature are basically between 2000 and 3000.So 2,500 characters are enough for you to read a Chinese newspaper and Chinese literature.

If 2,500 is still too much for you, then let me reassure you that with only 900 characters, you can actually read 90% of a newspaper!

So don’t be scared to learn Chinese characters! Just go and give it a try!

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