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Simple and easy tips to learn Chinese from foreigner perspective
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Chinese Language is not that Hard

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Simple and easy tips to learn Chinese from foreigner perspective
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I created "Chinese Language is not that Hard" scoop.it page to share my experience in learning Chinese. I learned Chinese for almost 3 years and I would love to share to you all simple tips and advices to learn Chinese more quickly. In my opinion, learning Chinese needs strategy and perseverance. It is one of the most difficult language in the world, yet is one of the most widely spoken language in the world. I love Chinese and I want to share to you why I love it.

 

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Thank you all..~~

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How do you say "so what" in Chinese?

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So what?? 

A short yet powerful phrase!

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ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese ... with ease! | Video on TED.com

For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult.
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Wow! This video is the one that I am looking for so long.. It trully expresses my voice about Chinese. Actually her speech is based on the "The Pet Dragon" book by Christoph Niemann. 

 

Chinese characters are full of ideogram and mnemonics. Using this method, you can learn Chinese more easily and of course more fun!

 

This is a very inspirational video! Big thanks to Ted and Shaolan..

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10 Chinese Idioms to do with Animals

10 Chinese Idioms to do with Animals | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it

There’s one thing that Chinese isn’t short of and that’s idioms 成語(成语 chéng yŭ), so much so that we can even break them down into sub categories. For the moment, though, we’ll have a look at one category of idioms – those to do with animals. Each idiom lists the pronunciation, the translation, and most importantly examples of how the idiom can be used so you’ll know how to use it yourself!

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Chinese idiom is one of my favorite part in Chinese language.. Chinese has a lot of idioms and this idoms are very unique.. They usually consist of only 4 words and some idioms are based on a real story in the past history. This article will show you some idioms that are related to animals.. For some of you may feel a little hard to understand, but don't worry, just have an idea about idioms first..

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A Guide to Chinese - Chinese characters

A Guide to Chinese - Chinese characters | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
BBC Languages - Learn Chinese in your own time and have fun with Languages of the world. Chinese characters and what's significant about them
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Many (not all) Chinese characters' meaning can be interpreted by our own assumption and knowledge. For example, can you guess what this character means?

田Tián --> ?


Can you guess??

 

It is the symbol for field or farm. Look, the symbol is somewhat similar to the reality right? So, in some cases, use your common sense while keep continuing learn Chinese...

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How to create mnemonics for general or abstract character components

How to create mnemonics for general or abstract character components | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
Anyone who has tried mnemonics for learning Chinese characters knows that some components are easier to link together than others. This article discusses in detail how to deal with abstract or gene...
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As I said before, writing chinese is more likely drawing instead of just writing. We can use a technique called mnemonics, it is a technique that aids information retention. Mnemonics aim to translate information into a form that the human brain can retain better than its original form.

 

This article tells you how to create mnemonics in Chinese...

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The Story of Chinese Character : 心

心 is the picture of heart. Ancient Chinese thought that heart was an extremely important organ, so the vocabulary which bear 心 also imply the meaning about i...
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Let's learn Chinese through ideogram.. 

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Chinese Ideograms - Easy, Fun and Interesting

Chinese Ideograms - Easy, Fun and Interesting | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it

"I want people to understand China, Chinese and Chinese culture without getting lost in translation"

Shaolan Hsueh, Chineasy

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Chinese language is built of ideograms- characters, symbols, or figures that suggest the idea of an object without expressing its name. The ideogram representing woman is often combined with other ideograms for other meanings. For example, the combination of woman 女, and child 子 means good  好; and woman 女 and eyebrow 眉 means flattery 媚。。。

 

Interesting huh?

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Ken Morrison's comment, April 25, 2013 12:33 PM
Thank you for sharing this WONDERFUL resource. I love the idea!
Amelia's comment, April 26, 2013 2:51 AM
Thank you professor.. I love it, too!
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Ordering Food in Chinese Resturants

How to order food in Chinese? Watch this video!

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Let's be practical.. When we are in China, we would likely to deal with a lot of Chinese restaurant unless you eat Mc Donald everyday....

 

This video shows you how to order in Chinese restaurant simply and quickly.

Have fun!

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What's the Date Today? Say it in Chinese

Longmen Chinese Language Center Copyright © All rights reservedTuesday, April 16, 1
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Saying date in Chinese is pretty easy. Basically, it will just follow the number. 

 

 

year = 年 Nián

month = 月Yuè

date = 日Rì

day = 星期 Xīngqí

 

So, for example:

2013 = 2013 年 nián

January = 一月 Yī yuè

1 = 一日 Yī rì

Monday = 星期一 Xīngqí yī 2013年一月一日,星期一

 

It is pretty easy since the following day and month just follow the number. For example, Tuesday is 星期二 Xīngqí Èr, Wednesday is 星期三 Xīngqísān, etc..

Same rules for month: February 二月 Èr yuè, March 三月 sān yuè,......

 

 

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The Complicated Chinese Family Tree

Did you know that every member of a Chinese family is called something different? Depending on whether it's from your mom's side or your dad's side and their seniority? It gets quite confusing, so we will draw it out for you in a family tree and hope you can learn some Chinese along the way!

Note: There are still many more ways to call the same person, for example husband's mother can be called 家姑,家婆,婆婆 or 奶奶. This all depends on where you are from. To keep it simple, we just chose the more generic terms.

Amelia's insight:

Well, well, well, yes, it is very complicated and I haven't known all of those terms yet. Hmm.. However, this video is funny and I would like to share to you all guys, how Chinese people call their family members and relatives. But please don't get confused with all those terms. Just focus on your close/primary family first, and then spread to all of the tree..

Cheers!

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Da Shan a.k.a Mark Rowswell - The Most Famous Western personality in China's Media Industry

An interview with Dashan on his role as Team Attache for Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
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Da Shan (大山) or Mark Rowswell is very famous in China. He is Canadian and best known for his mastery in Chinese. He can speak Chinese very well, as fluently as Chinese, and often perform in chinese performance stage.

 

Whenever I felt depressed in learning Chinese, I always look at him as my motivation. 

 

 

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UN celebrates Chinese Language Day - The Importance of Chinese Language

UN celebrates Chinese Language Day - The Importance of Chinese Language | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it

UNITED NATIONS, April 19 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations marked the fourth Chinese Language Day here Friday with a series of special activities in an effort to discover the beauty of Chinese language and highlight the historical importance of Chinese culture.

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Chinese is one of the UN six official languages. It is one of the world's most widely spoken language and this reflects the importance and power of Chinese language. By learning Chinese, we can communicate with more than a billion people. It means that 1 in 7 people communicate with Chinese in the world. Isn't that cool? 

 

The bottom line here is that, there is a tendency to increase in the importance of Chinese language as universal language.

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Chineasy - Where characters are revealed

Chineasy - Where characters are revealed | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
A visual-based learning system which teaches Chinese characters, phrases and simple stories. Our aim is to bring down the great wall of Chinese language.

Via Chris Carter
Amelia's insight:

This is a very powerful site for learning chinese and growing your interest in learning Chinese! I like the animation as it helps people to memorize the words.. 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 13, 2013 10:17 PM

Oh my, yes!  I am learning Mandarin, and this REALLY helps!

Amelia's comment, May 15, 2013 8:44 AM
Hi Chris Carter, I am glad that to know that you're interested in learning Chinese. I agree with you completely, that site really helps especially for the beginners. Good luck with your Chinese!
Chris Carter's comment, May 15, 2013 10:13 AM
Xia xia, Amelia!
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5 mnemonic devices for reading Chinese characters | TED Blog

5 mnemonic devices for reading Chinese characters | TED Blog | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
To an outsider, the Chinese language “seems to be as impenetrable as the Great Wall of China,” says ShaoLan Hsueh in today’s talk, given at TED2013.
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This is the script for her speech in TedTalk.. I recommend to watch the video first before reading this article.. You will feel less excited to watch the video if you read this first....

 

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Laowai - Foreigner (Chinese Hot Words)

In this episodes of "Hot Words" Ben takes a comical look at the way Chinese people refer to foreigners, the word Laowai. Lao Wai T-Shirts: http://www.zazzle....
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Frankly, it will never happen to me, because.... chinese people will never see me as an foreigner with those typical asian faces.. there are good and bad sides from it.. But, it's true, whenever Chinese people look at foreigner (either Western people or African or European, not Asian), they will likely to call them laowai.. For some reason, it is not so polite, but Chinese people just get used to use those terms and my suggestion is, just don't take it personally....

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Chinese Characters Story - Field

「田」字是一塊農田的象形,連田埂也給清晰地畫出來。
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Remember this word? 

 

Some Chinese characters reflect the reality. This word means field. Use this kind of association to help you remember Chinese characters more easily..

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A Guide to Chinese - 10 facts about the Chinese language

A Guide to Chinese - 10 facts about the Chinese language | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
BBC Languages - Learn Chinese in your own time and have fun with Languages of the world. Your fun Chinese language taster. Pick up essential phrases and learn some fascinating facts about the Chinese language.
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In my opinion, the most difficulties foreigner face in learning Chinese is the tone (no.4 (tongue twister) and no.7).. Chinese languange is very sensitive in terms of tone.. Just a little mistake in the tone will come up with different meaning that most time make the speaker feel embarrased. I experienced that before and I also need to keep working on that...

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You can’t learn Chinese characters by rote

You can’t learn Chinese characters by rote | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
My conclusion after five years of learning characters is that rote learning is useless. Spaced repetition software is good, but it's still not enough. If adult foreigners are going to learn to writ...
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Want to Get a Chinese Name? Try this!

Want to Get a Chinese Name? Try this! | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
Get your own Chinese name based on your English name. Provides
a pronounciation guide and meaning of the name and your Chinese astrological sign.
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This is so fun! However, there is no 100% guarantee that it is the perfect name for you, but just have a try, maybe you'll like it!

 

 

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Ken Morrison's comment, April 26, 2013 3:46 AM
My new name is
Ma Kuang Nu. What do you think? Be honest :)
Amelia's comment, April 26, 2013 4:59 AM
haha.. you tried it! It´s a pretty unusual name (honestly,hehe).. However, I don´t know exactly what the meaning is, since there are a lot of combination for ma, kuang, and nu characters.. I still prefer call you Prof.Ken,, hehe
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Introduction to China in 10 minutes

Produced by: Eno Jin production Facts and research by: David at Randomwire Published with expressed permission.
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I am sharing this video to let you know more about China.. China is complex with many culture, tradition, and people. However, it is an interesting country with interesting languange : Mandarin. 

 

 

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Memrise : Read a Chinese Menu!

Memrise : Read a Chinese Menu! | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
This course helps you learn to read a Chinese menu as quickly and enjoyably as possible. Test yourself by going out for a nice meal in an authentic Chinese restaurant (with someone you're looking to impress).

Via Ms Webster
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I like this learning tool so much.. They provide catchy topic, fun pictures that grab our attention and make it easy and fun to learn Chinese!

 

You should try it... I bet you will like it! 

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Ms Webster's comment, April 24, 2013 2:47 AM
Love the name of your Chinese Scoop.it! topic Amelia. Lets hope it inspires people to learn.
Amelia's comment, April 24, 2013 3:38 AM
Thank you.. Yes.. I hope so.. Let's study Chinese! hehe
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10 ways to say “I love you” in Chinese

10 ways to say “I love you” in Chinese | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it

Why don’t you impress him or her by expressing your love in Chinese? Here are 10 ways to tell your Chinese partner you love them.

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It is not Valentine day, but it is okay to express your love to some one you love everyday, right? Here is 10 ways to say the three magic words in Chinese, "I Love You"..... 

 

My favorite is no.5..What about you??

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Pinyin Exercise

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Pinyin Exercise

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Test your pinyin ability in this website.. What score did you get? Share here:)

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Lesson 02 - Phonetics, Thank You

Lesson 02 - Phonetics, Thank You | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
Pinyin pronunciation, rules of phonetic spelling, retroflex final.
Vocabulary : I'm sorry, Thank you, See you tomorrow.
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This website will teach you how to spell chinese phonetics, tone drills, neutral tone, and some useful conservation.

 

Thank you = 谢谢 Xièxie

You´re welcome = 不客气 Bú kèqi

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Lesson 01 - Chinese Phonetic Alphabet

Lesson 01 - Chinese Phonetic Alphabet | Chinese Language is not that Hard | Scoop.it
Introduction to the Pinyin, the Chinese Phonetic Alphabet, the four tones. First conversation.
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Chinese has totally different alphabet with English alphabet. Instead of a,b,c,d,...., in Chinese we say, b(po), p(pho), m(mo), f(fo),....

This is the basic of all Chinese pronounciation. You will find difficulty in some letters such as:

z c s

zh ch sh r

 

According to my experience, these 7 letters are the most difficult ones since it looks similar to each other (z and zh, c and ch, s and sh).

The best way is to listen and practice over time.

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