To learn Chinese for free is, actually, not that difficult. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that most people starting out learning the language will try to do so for free, just in case after paying out course or other tuition fees they find it’s not for them. In any event there are several …
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The Mandarin Chinese language is thousands of years old. We always believe it is interesting to know something about the origins and usage of the new language you are about to or have started studying: Background to and Usage of Mandarin Chinese Mandarin Chinese (漢語) comprises seven main dialects, Mandarin (官話), Cantonese (廣州話, 廣府話), Hakka …
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There are many ways of learning Mandarin Chinese writing, and everyone will have their own preferred method. However, but there are a number of fundamental items to learn first before you start; these include Know the Stroke Types yongStrokes are traditionally classified into eight basic forms, each appearing in the character “eternally” and listed below …
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Chinese pronunciation can be fairly easily mastered. In fact, the key to learning any new language is often learning the correct pronunciation—and learning Mandarin Chinese is no different! However, there are a number of very useful aids and tools available to help you on your way. Some background on the writing system first, though: Pinyin …
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For most foreigners about to learn Chinese characters after being used to learning a 26 letter alphabet, it can be a challenge. Still, it can be a pleasurable and rewarding challenge provided that a measure of realism is adopted. How Many Characters Do I Need to Learn? Depending upon who you talk to, the consensus …
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To learn how to read Chinese is an important step in speaking the language. Written Mandarin Chinese is known as pinyin or zhongwen or, in Chinese 中文, and comprises Chinese characters 汉字/漢字or literally “Han characters”. They do not constitute an alphabet but, rather, the writing system is roughly monosyllabic. That is, a character generally represents …
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You’ll need to find the best way to learn Chinese if you have decided you really want to learn the language. Whether you plan to learn Mandarin Chinese simply to converse with your Chinese friends or maybe to gain an advantage in business, some important things to remember include: Learning Mandarin Chinese Tones Is Not …
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Learning to speak Mandarin Chinese can be fun and very rewarding. Quite how you best go about it is up to you but, clearly, you need to start with the basics. If you follow these simple but effective suggestions, then it’s likely you’ll be able to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese in no time at …
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To try and start to learn Chinese in 5 minutes will bring untold rewards. As it’s a language spoken by some 15-20% of the world’s population, wouldn’t it be great to be able to converse with so many people? Learn about their culture, their ways, their likes and dislikes, and be able to explain about …
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