Chinese Duolingo on Memrise
I think, in learning Chinese, that the biggest challenge for a westerner is (1) memorizing the symbols and how to draw them, (2) getting used to and leaning the sounds of Chinese.
I put together a Memrise course to deal with these challenges: https://www.memrise.com/course/1748281/duolingo-chinese/
With each new character, I have included a sound and an animated image that shows how to draw the symbol.
Let me know if this is useful to someone. I have not completed the course so I will be adding a new section as I progress. If anyone is further ahead and wants to contribute let me know below.
Yes, but I am used to Memrise in that regard. I have played with Tinycards and although are pretty and stylish I haven't figured out the simples things like adding audio etc. It's been awhile, maybe I should give it another look.
It's alright. As long as you are used to a certain learning style, that is certainly fine.
Thanks~ This is useful. It will probably help out bunches with the course.
This is a wonderful post and I strongly hope you continue. This will help a lot of people.
Thanks! Yes, possible with the TinyCards too. Settings, audio.
on level 27:
桌 - table 桌子 - table 椅 - chair 椅子 - chair
How can I tell the difference when asked to choose from multilple choice type question? Right now it's just pure guess :(
As far as I know the word 子 has many meanings and one of them is to indicate a thing. It is basically a noun suffix. I'm not qualified to say whether 桌 (table) or 椅 (chair) can be used on their own or whether they need a 子 to make them into thinks, but I know that 子 is a noun suffix.
I found this just now: http://ichinesematters.blogspot.com/2015/01/noun-suffix-zi.html. I hope it helps.
Brilliant resource. I think using both makes the duolingo course more usable and beneficial! XieXie Nie
There is something not clear to me. At level 3 in Memrise: 呢 -> it. But 你呢 -> and yours?
I made this Memrise course when the Chinese Duolingo course was in beta. My knowledge of Chinese is still quite limited, but as far as I know 呢 can mean "it" and also be a question word "what". The question regarding "你呢" meaning "and yours?" belongs to a native speaker of Mandarin.
I put this course together in order to aid and speed up my learning on Duolingo, and while it did, I still feel Chinese needs to be taught differently, especially for western learners.
We need to master the Pinyin sounds, the basic strokes and the radicals, before even entering into learning all the characters. I tried to give some justice to this in the course, but it is incomplete. I'm planning to do separate courses on the radicals soon. Sorry for not being able to give you a clear answer.
I hope some native speaker can weigh in.
I want to thank you for this Memrise course that i find very usefull. My comment was intended only as a contribution to make it better.
No, thank you for bringing this to light. I hope this question will be resolved soon as well as all the other questions. I hope it didn't discourage you make use of the course :)
This is absolutely fantastic! Thank you for the hard work you put into this. I would love to be a contributor, but I lack the knowledge of how to add audio to the course, except for my own. I am not a native speaker by the way, but am very particular about pronunciation. Anyway, thank you!
I'm glad you liked the course. It is actually pretty easy to add audio to the Memrise course, but I think it requires you to be added as a contributor. Each word or sentence can also have multiple audios. Enjoy :)