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.
Thanks! Yes, possible with the TinyCards too. Settings, audio.
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.
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.
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!
Thanks for your appreciation. I'm glad you like it. I put a lot into this course.
I wonder why Memrise doesn't show you the course on you mobile if you have already joined it on your computer. I have it on my mobile and it works fine. Which type of mobile do you have? I'm using Android OS.
The only other explanation I can think of is because Memrise is currently separating the user-created courses from their own course. Memrise.com will have their own courses, while decks.memrise.com will have user-created courses.
This may possibly affect those who joined a user-created course recently, but I remember reading, on their site, a promise that it will not affect users at all, which means the course should show up on you mobile memrise app.
Let me know if there is any change.
Thank you very much, I've just found by myself your course on Memrise and started it! The stroke animation looks spellbinding. It's very difficult to stop watching it and move on, you have unbeatable desire to write this symbols immediately :). I still will continue with Duolingo (my level is 11 right now), but your course will be very useful for me. I just have to find out the best way to use Memrise. So far it's not too obvious. Any ideas what is the best way to use Memrise?
I'm glad you find it useful. I only intended it as a supplement to the Duolingo course.
The way I used it was to first do the Memrise course for each section, practice writing each character by hand, which makes it easier to stick to memory. Then I move to Duolingo and do the same section there.
I guess each person finds the way it works best for them, but I tend to use the study iteration that is the basis for the Crown system in Duolingo. Here is a good article that illustrates that: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/30732615/My-Crown-Strategy-to-Success
Personally, I prefer a language immersion more than the Duolingo approach. Duolingo forces you to think in two languages, while an immersion is more oriented toward one language at a time. Duolingo is still useful, but limited in this way. But, that's just my experience :)