It seems like so many people are learning other languages than Chinese. Every time I look on the discussion, it almost never says anything about Chinese. I love to see people learning Chinese and I hope that they enjoy learning it as much as I do!
Hello! I'm also learning Chinese with Duolingo. It's hard but it's a beautiful language! :) But … I have a problem: I never get any speaking exercises. I did anything I could think of to activate this, but nothing works. Are there no speaking exercises in Chinese-for-English? I can't believe that, because the pronouncing is so incredibly important especially in Chinese! Do you get speaking exercises?
I was advised just to repeat everything Duolingo says in the exercises as speaking practice. Although I wish there was a repeat slower button like there is in Spanish!
No, Bishaoly, I don't get speaking courses. But what I do know is that if you get the app, "Hello Chinese", it will improve your capability to speak Chinese. I already finished the whole app and it does make you speak into the recorder on your device, so in that way you would be able to learn how to speak a bit more easier. Thanks you for you comment and good luck!
The fastest way is to get a online tutor but will cost you a lot of money. Or you can use other app like Tandem, to make some friends who are learning your language and do some language exchange.
omg chinese is so fun to learn!! I'm going to take a semester in uni to learn it too!
I had finished my trees in Duolingo for both Spanish and the beta version of Esperanto, and I was sorely waiting for Chinese. I am interested in Chinese internal martial arts, and I would like to be able to read the literature and to understand the Mandarin in the audio of instructional videos. I am also going through the Pimsleur audio course for Mandarin, and I am reading a book for learning the characters: Learning Chinese Characters, by Mathews & Mathews. I love the practice in speaking that I get from the Pimsleur audio course, but the lack of pinyin or character training leaves a lot of questions, so the Duolingo course is perfect. Since coming back to Duolingo for the Chinese course, I have also started redoing Spanish and Esperanto which I want to take up to crown level 5, along with Chinese, for every lesson. This is going to be fun. If Latin becomes available on Duolingo, that will be my next language. If not, I am thinking that my next language will be Russian. If Arabic becomes available, I may consider learning that, too. I am doing temp work with a fellow worker who is originally from Lybia, and I have learned that Arabic has had a huge influence on many languages. It is similar to Latin in its influence. I would also like to learn Hindi since India is becoming an economic and technological powerhouse. Getting back to Chinese, I hope that Duolingo will someday offer a course in Cantonese -- which has been the Chinese in America for over a hundred years since the railroad days (although I hear more Mandarin spoken these days, primarily by foreign students, than I hear Cantonese). My avatar on Duolingo, rui4 (瑞），is pronounced just like my first name, Ray, and means 'auspicious,' or lucky. I hope that you continue to have as much fun with Chinese as I am.
Chinese is interesting because so many people speak it,but I have my priority on languages that are at least in the Indo-European language family.
Well, there are many languages to learn, and at the start it was pretty tough going learning Chinese through Duolingo. Things are getting better as I'm sure that you know, having reached the level you're at.
Yes, before it was so hard when I started learning Chinese, but now it is very fun. I already finished Hello Chinese and this Chinese is pretty much the same except that I am trying to learn the characters and the tones now. So I'm really enjoying this because I love to learn. If there is anything that I am interested in it is China and learning the language. Anyways thanks for commenting and I wish you luck in your learning. 再见！
Chinese is a beautiful language, I really like the fact that I am learning a bit about my heritage through Duolingo's Chinese course. But it is really hard, my learning speed is super slow so I don't have much to say on the discussions!
I am really glad to hear that you are enjoying it!
Learning chinese forces you to deconstruct how you think when you talk. This has been a most interesting journey, not only because mandarin structures sentences as we naturally develop language (we first see tools and then infer objects), but also because chinese language is very specific about verbs which in other western Latin/Germanic languages are less specific. "The amplitude of your languange is the amplitude of your world"
I think a lot of people are put off by the characters, and maybe the tones, but if they give it a go they'll find the grammar really easy to grasp!
As a Chinese speaker I'm a little surprised and also happy to see that ppl are getting interested in taking actions on learning Chinese. Would love to help. Also I think to watch some cooking channels on YouTube would help. I'm picking on Spanish and I found that vloggers tend to speak more clearly and slowly when they are trying to instruct. Who doesn't love delicious foreign foods?