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QQ is mainly a chat client (like AIM) offered in China. It's very popular there, and it's also available in English (QQinternational). They have iphone, android, desktop apps and a web based version (webQQ). 

I have met many native Chinese speakers who love to help and teach me new words. Many will type in characters, then pinyin, then English so you can understand. I use it to try to keep the characters fresh in my mind and if I learn new words I write them in my notebook (where I write all new words I learn).

In the Chinese-tools forum (I posted it below), there is a QQ exchange, where you post your QQ number and find many Chinese people who are willing to help if you help with their English.

QQ is a great tool for those who want to practice character recognition, but do not necessarily want to write them.  I can recognize quite a few, but do not really memorize how to write because I mainly type them. 

http://www.chinese-tools.com/forum/read.html?q=26%2C96449 

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Why? 为什么?

大家好 (da4jia1 hao3) (Hello everybody)

 

I've always had a fascination with Asian culture. Pretty sure it started with Japan (日本国 ri4 ben3 guo2)(anime, manga, fashion), then I moved on to Chinese once I entered college. I remember telling my admissions interviewer that I wanted to study in China and was interested in Asian culture. Unfortunately my school is more geared towards Latin American studies, with not much emphasis on Asian. 

Currently, I am in my sophomore year and decided to take Mandarin 101 to get an introduction to the language. I signed up to take it just as a "for-fun" class with no grade, but half way through changed my mind and took it for a grade. It was by far my favorite class, we learned calligraphy, watched movies, learned about different customs.

It also lead me to meet many of the Chinese students (中国学生 zhong1 guo2 xue2sheng1) on campus and make friends with them. After they learned I was taking Chinese, they became much more open and less shy about speaking with me. Many of them tend to stick with other Chinese students, so for most I am one of their few American friends (美国朋友 mei3 guo2 peng2you3). One of my best friends at school is a Chinese guy (中国男孩 zhong1guo2 nan2hai2)

I am still planning to study in China (Spring of my Junior year), though I will be in Hong Kong (where they mainly speak Cantonese). But I will have plenty of chances to travel on the mainland. 

I try to learn a lot of Chinese outside of class, because we have a limited time to learn in class. I read a lot, talk on QQ (chat client kind of like AIM or MSN), have a weibo (Chinese microblogging like Twitter). I follow a lot of Chinese learning blogs and forums and if you have any suggestions or want some just let me know. 

 



 

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