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MANDARIN HELP

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I have decided to give up on Japanese and I want to learn Mandarin instead, does anyone have good resources besides Memrise (I am already using it) Thank you I greatly appreciate any help I get. 谢谢!

1 year ago

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There is Hello Chinese, an app with a gamefied learning mechanism very similar to duolingo, plus a pronunciation exercise at the end of each skill. If you are a beginner, I recommend studying grammar the old fashioned way from a book; my personal favorite is Hung-nin Samuel Cheung's A Practical Chinese Grammar (Mandarin). Unfortunately I cannot give you advice on studying the tones, because I'm struggling with those myself.

1 year ago

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Thankyou! I am actually less worried about tones because I find them a welcome challenge, just characters I am worried about. Thankyou for the book recommendation.

1 year ago

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Check out YoYo Chinese. It's a paid service, but you can explore quite a bit of free stuff from them as well.

I don't know what your exposure is to tonal languages, but I highly recommend that you initially focus on tones, tone pairs and pronunciation. Mandarin has "consonants" that sound very similar such as "j q x"; "zh ch sh" and "z c s". These take quite a bit of practice, and it's worth taking the time to learn them well.

Here is a link to an audio based pinyin chart for you to use to practice: https://www.yoyochinese.com/chinese-learning-tools/Mandarin-Chinese-pronunciation-lesson/pinyin-chart-table.

For good measure and variation here is a link to another that also has some pronunciation tips: https://chinese.yabla.com/chinese-pinyin-chart.php

Here's another link that will help you with tones and tone pairs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wV8B4bx1lM

1 year ago

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Thankyou

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zaitrancer
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On the lighter side, here's a fun music video that I think many English speaking Mandarin students run across sometime during their studies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XTBwvi0h2E

One of my favourite Mandarin music videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIF8xvSA0Gw

Another of my favourites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVmZpcrQBU4=PLJo0DrmM87TY6PPEDQyzCH0dPdOIYBpPx

1 year ago

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ChineseSkill HelloChinese are great apps just like Duolingo.

1 year ago

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Heisig's books are good for remembering characters. Glossika is good for getting used to normal-speed speech. There are a thousand and one books covering basic grammar; personally, I thought that Routledge's 'Modern Mandarin Chinese Grammar: A Practical Guide' was very good, although it's a little expensive. 'Chinese Demystified' is somewhat similar, albeit much thinner and cheaper.

Learn the phonology properly before you start any course, as none of them explain it well. Don't expect Chinese teachers in classes to explain it properly, either—it's so natural to them that they don't recognise many of the things an English-speaker needs pointed out.

1 year ago