Mandarin Vocabulary Speedy Study Guides

Author: LLC Publishing
ISBN: 9781632870254
Format: PDF, ePub
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Mandarin is rather unique in terms of popular languages. While most popular languages follow certain rules, Mandarin vocabulary contains a number of special traits which can make it difficult for many people to pick up. One of the biggest differences is that the vocabulary is heavily altered by something known as tones. This has also influenced Mandarin vocabulary to be more polysyllabic than the majority of other languages which arose in the same general region. Mandarin is extremely useful to anyone who has an interest in the culture of China. This includes both classical and modern literature, cinema, and the continually growing economy. Given that China has long been a cultural super power, and is an economic one as well, there's a vast amount of potential benefit to learning Mandarin.

Mandarin Vocabulary

Author: Lung-Hua Gail Hu
Publisher: Quickstudy
ISBN: 9781423204213
Format: PDF, Docs
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This 6-page guide provides vocabulary essentials for students, travelers and businesspeople. Divided into tables that show the Mandarin character (ideogram), the pinyin (Mandarin transliterated into the Latin alphabet) and the English translation for every vocabulary word/phrase covered, this guide is both comprehensive and user-friendly.

Hacking Chinese

Author: Olle Linge
ISBN: 9781530334889
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Learning Chinese can be frustrating and difficult, partly because it's very different from European languages. Following a teacher, textbook or language course is not enough. They show you the characters, words and grammar you need to become proficient in Chinese, but they don't teach you how to learn them! Regardless of what program you're in (if any), you need to take responsibility for your own learning. If you don't, you will miss many important things that aren't included in the course you're taking. If you study on your own, you need to be even more aware of what you need to do, what you're doing at the moment and the difference between them. Here are some of the questions I have asked and have since been asked many times by students: How do I learn characters efficiently? How do I get the most out of my course or teacher? Which are the best learning tools and resources? How can I become fluent in Mandarin? How can I improve my pronunciation? How do I learn successfully on my own? How can I motivate myself to study more? How can I fit learning Chinese into a busy schedule? The answers I've found to these questions and many others form the core of this book. It took eight years of learning, researching, teaching and writing to figure these things out. Not everybody has the time to do that! I can't go back in time and help myself learn in a better way, but I can help you! This book is meant for normal students and independent language learners alike. While it covers all major areas of learning, you won't learn Chinese just by reading this book. It's like when someone on TV teaches you how to cook: you won't get to eat the delicious dish just by watching the program; you have to do the cooking yourself. That's true for this book as well. When you apply what you learn, it will boost your learning, making every hour you spend count for more, but you still have to do the learning yourself. This is what a few readers have said about the book: "The book had me nodding at a heap of things I'd learnt the hard way, wishing I knew them when I started, as well as highlighting areas that I'm currently missing in my study." - Geoff van der Meer, VP engineering "This publication is like a bible for anyone serious about Chinese proficiency. It's easy for anyone to read and written with scientific precision." - Zachary Danz, foreign teacher, children's theatre artist About me I started learning Chinese when I was 23 (that's more than eight years ago now) and have since studied in many different situations, including serious immersion programs abroad, high-intensity programs in Sweden, online courses, as well as on the side while working or studying other things. I have also successfully used my Chinese in a graduate program for teaching Chinese as a second language, taught entirely in Chinese mostly for native speakers (the Graduate Institute for Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at National Taiwan Normal University). All these parts have contributed to my website, Hacking Chinese, where I write regularly about how to learn Mandarin.

Learn Chinese the Fast and Fun Way

Author: Lifei Ji
Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
ISBN: 9780812096897
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A language guide offers a selection of phrases and vocabulary related to everyday situations

A Dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms

Author: William Edward Soothill
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
ISBN: 9788120803190
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Here is an outstanding work for which two eminent scholars of Chinese Buddhism separated by 2000 miles of ocean collaborated for complete ten years during which the manuscript crossed the Atlantic four times. The authors aim has been to provide a key for the student with which to unlock a closed door and which does serve to reveal the riches of the great Buddhist thesaurus in China. In the absence of a dictionary of Chinese Buddhist Terms it was small wonder that the translation of Chinese texts has made little progress important thought these are to the understanding of Mahayana buddhism especially in its Far Eastern development.

Chang Yong Han Zi

Author: William McNaughton
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 9780804832069
Format: PDF, Docs
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This is a compete and easy–to–use guide for reading and writing traditional Chinese characters. Reading and Writing Chinese has been the leading text for foreign students and teachers of the Chinese writing system since it was first published in 1978. This completely revised edition draws on the lessons learnt from the use of the book in classrooms so as to provide a more convenient and up–to–date introduction to written Chinese. Over 1,100 new combinations of characters have been added, increasing the total vocabulary significantly to about 4,500 items. There are also new notes on usage to give students insight into the contemporary state of the Chinese language. The student's ability to read Chinese and write Chinese are reinforced throughout. For each of the basic 1,062 characters, the pronunciation, definition and derivation are given, with examples of the use of most words and a chart showing how to write each character. Memorization tips and cautionary cross–reference to look–alike characters are also provided, as well as notes to help clarify those overlooked aspects of the Chinese writing system. Key features of this book: The Student's 1,020 List. The Official 2,000 List. Over 2,000 characters and 2,500 combinations. Definitions and explanations. Standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization. Memorization hints and stroke–order diagrams. Hong Kong/Taiwan and China/Singapore forms. Traditional and modern radical systems.

Illuminations from the Past

Author: Ban Wang
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804750998
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book offers a cultural history of modern China by looking at the tension between memory and history. Mainstream books on China tend to focus on the hard aspects of economics, government, politics, or international relations. This book takes a humanistic look at modern changes and examines how Chinese intellectuals and artists experienced trauma, social upheavals, and transformations. Drawing on a wide array of sources in political and aesthetic writings, literature, film, and public discourse, the author has portrayed the unique ways the Chinese imagine and portray their own historical destiny in the midst of trauma, catastrophe, and runaway globalization.