https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

Chinese tips and notes

One area this course has done well in, is the tips and notes. I find them to be clear, concise and well written. There seem to be more of them compared to other language trees. Also, they seem to go much further down the tree than in other courses, where they are often all bunched together in the first part of the tree. So, a good job done there.

The only thing is, these good quality notes are most useful for people new to Chinese. But, overall the course is aimed at people who already know a fair amount of Chinese( HSK3/4) which seems quite advanced for a Duolingo tree. 好像不倫不類

November 30, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/Donard6

I reached a high level in Chinese ten years ago and am now renewing this skill. The present version of Duo Chinese is great for that, but must be quite difficult for someone new to the course. One piece of advice from my Chinese teacher in Shanghai "不看拼音". It is tough, but it is much better in the long-run not to become dependent on pinyin.

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

The thing is, you need a good understanding of pinyin to write Chinese on your phone, pc or laptop. It's what most native speakers use too. I mean, when you wrote 不看拼音 didn't you use pinyin to write 拼音 !

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/crush

Thanks, originally we only planned to cover a few skills from the first section just to get it ready for release, but later we got a bit obsessed and added tips & notes throughout the whole tree. We're also still adding tips and notes here and there where we see problems come up in the forums and in the translations.

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NasuSamaruk0

I believe there should also be the traditional Chinese course, even though there is no direct or easy way of teaching. Maybe if we have some ideas or extras for tips & notes, then these should also be included in simplified version.

The thing is: The writing style in traditional is a bit different from simplified since different hanzis are used.

Sounds like a good idea?

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MeaDish

Please come back! We miss and need you! :D

March 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NasuSamaruk0

嗨!

Certainly agreed with your thoughts about the course.

Before I completed the whole tree, I learned Chinese by communicating with my parents who heavily emphasize 福建話 (Hokkien) and Mandarin. When trying out this course, I noticed some solutions are not included for certain part of the lessons. As an experienced Taiwanese linguist, I can figure out the teaching structure of the tree. The concern that I have for the tree is that it's easier to input answer on mobile than on computer. When typing on computer, there are multiple possibilities that are missing; whereas, on mobile you can sometimes combine word choices to obtain the matching/close solution.

However, I understand how the contributors created such course to help learners improve their Chinese skills. Though there are more improvements to make, the course is well-constructed. I don't think there is anything else to say....

...so I would give the course: 好棒啊!

November 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

我給你講以前我住在台灣所以每天可以聽到人講閩南語. 我好喜歡伍佰的歌.

November 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NasuSamaruk0

哇!這是我第一次上網認識個台灣人!你的中文講得流利啊! 我家人不對伍佰熟悉,但是最喜歡聽台語歌(Hokkien Pop,也是 T-pop, Tai-pop)。如:江淑惠,他們每年聽她的歌。

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

我不是台灣人我是老外.

你的中文講得流利啊

哪裡! 你對我那麼客氣,好誇張

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NasuSamaruk0

不好意思,我沒有小心讀你寫的句子,很高興認識個外國人!

我喜歡給人們讚美。:)

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

你是那麼好的人

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NasuSamaruk0

哈哈哈!

December 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/crush

Most courses are like that, much easier on mobile than on the web version, this Mandarin course perhaps a bit moreso. The majority of users are on mobile though (around 90%) which might be why many other courses don't focus as much on the Tips & Notes.

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/varigby

難怪 The majority of users are on mobile though (around 90%) which might be why many other courses don't focus as much on the Tips & Notes ....有道理

December 1, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.rM
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The app sure can include tips&notes but who knows why it doesn't.

December 2, 2017
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