This is regarding the "Standard Chinese" language.
Pinyin uses a more romanized script.
- Introduction to the Chinese language
- Chinese is hard, why learn it?
- Expectations for learning Chinese
- Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi
- Chinese flash cards
- Chinese language support for Ubuntu
- Chinese pronunciation
- Chinese characters
- Chinese words
- Chinese grammar
- Calligraphy tools
- Software for learning Chinese
Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi ∞
It's broken into six levels, each having a new block of characters to learn.
With clear difficulty levels and government backing, it's the clear model to use to learn the major language of China.
I'm having trouble finding tutorials and other resources which clearly separate their content by HSK, but I'll continue looking.
Reading and Writing Chinese - Third Edition - (2013 book) - It's content is clearly identified with a level, but all content is mixed together in a sort of reference-based order. Very good for higher-level learning, but perhaps overwhelming for a beginner.
HSK level 1 -- Beginner
- HSK level 2 -- Tourist
- HSK level 3 -- Conversation
- HSK level 4 -- Discussion
- HSK level 5 -- Expert
HSK level 6 -- Academic
Daily routine ideas ∞
- 10 minutes of Chinese flash cards, set one
- 30 minutes of audio
- 10 minutes of flash cards, set two
- 30-45 minutes of videos (with subtitles)
- 10 minutes of flash cards, set three
30 minutes of article reading (with a popup dictionary)
Notes / TODO ∞
- People are saying immersion is absolutely necessary - after a year or two of classes, go to china for a few months.. twice.
- Start with the John DeFrancis series then transition into basic elementary school texts
- Work on the issues listed in Chinese language support for Ubuntu. I desperately need to have the proper pinyin numbering and full character list!
- How can having a learning partner be taken advantage of? What things can be done together other than mutual reinforcement.
- Get a dictionary: English -> (Simplified Chinese + Pinyin)
Get a dictionary: Simplified Chinese -> English
- Must be very organized, with multiple table of contents, including stroke order and Pinyin.
Begin a vocabulary "leech book"
Carry a vocabulary "leech book" with you at all times, and leech 10-15 words and phrases a day from people you speak with, on top of the words and phrases you pick up from your textbooks. Review the words and phrases you've learned whenever you've got a bit of downtime (e.g. on the bus, waiting in line). If you stick with this program, you'll learn four thousand or more words and phrases in context over the course of a year.
To do this, you'll need to learn some form of romanization as soon as possible. My personal favorite is Yale romanization, but Pinyin works well too. See www.pinyin.info for a number of excellent tools that will help you learn romanization.
As for learning zhuyin, or BoPoMoFo, it is necessary to read zhuyin for several reasons, but I don't think it is necessary to learn to write zhuyin. You'll learn zhuyin in your classes, or you can learn it online very quickly.
- I've heard poor reviews of Rosetta Stone.
- Study comedy in Chinese. Intricacies of the language could make this interesting.
- Two people, one only speaking English and the other only Chinese, could be useful for teaching others as a pair.
Comedy/acting "scenes", skits and rants as tools in teaching.
- The method Chinese use for learning English is to take an English word and break it down into syllables. For each syllable, try to match it with a Chinese word. This is why their English is halting/stuttering. This is a terrible way to learn a language, and it gives an awful accent. It's for this reason that I don't want to closely associate pinyin words with anything in English. It's a habit that would need to be broken later. It's best not to develop the habit in the first place.
- Long time no see
- No can do