Software to write in Mandarin?

Hi,
I’m going to be taking a GCSE in Mandarin and would like to be able to type up my essays etc. on the computer.
I’ve been to China and know that they have software that allows them to type in the pinyin using the keyboard and then select the appropriate character. Does anyone know where I could get a copy of this? I’m willing to pay, but obviously, the cheaper the better.

Thanks for any help 🙂

I would prefer a film considered a classic or at least a box office hit in China. Please don’t suggest Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. It’s a great movie, but Chow and Yeoh are not native speakers.

New Cousin My Aunt Is Adopting From China Agian.. Help?

My aunt has decided to adopt from china agian, after adopting a baby girl Sophie back in 06, but she was only about a little over a year when they got her (she turned 4 in june) Everything went as smooth as possible, and she adapted very well. She learned English as her primary language, so the language barrier was not a problem. However, the little boy Jax my aunt is going through the process of adopting right now, has just turned 7 and knows no english that we know of. They have just began the adoption basically, just sending in his care package not even 3 weeks ago. So, there might be another year ahead. If so, he’d be 8, and it would be harder for him to learn English, and learn the customs and get used to life.
Any parents who have had a similar situation to this who would like to send some tips?
And the whole family is using rosetta stone to learn mandarin, to help talk to him

Best way to learn Mandarin?

Besides going to China. And I am not entirely sure if there are classes in my area.
Thanks!

What is the best way to learn Mandarin Chinese?

Besides immersion or going to China, in addition to regularly meeting with a learning group, I am looking for some reasonable at home study options. I have heard that Rosetta Stone for Chinese does not really work so well, but I am looking for the most natural way to study Chinese. Has anyone found success with a certain method?

…seeing that China will dominate the 21st. century, thoughts?

Should I learn Irish or Mandarin?

For various reasons, I have already started both. I can do basic greetings and numbers, and what not. I even used some of my Mandarin in China a few months ago as an independent traveler. But I also really want to learn Irish (I have an opportunity for free courses with a small group of people).
I will probably do both, so my question is more of a "which one should I learn first?"

Hello, thank you for taking the time to look at this question! I am learning how to speak Chinese, and I want to know how to say, "Where in China are you from?" in Mandarin. I think it might be something like "Ni zai Zhongguo cong lai nar?" but I’m not sure. Thanks for your help!

As the saying goes for Chinese– if you want to learn Mandarin, go to China. If you want to learn Standard Mandarin, go to Harbin.
Is there something similar for Arabic?

Also, what is the most widely-understood form of Arabic? Is is MSA, Egyptian, Saudi…?

is it? i’m studying mandarin at my local school and i asked my chinese teacher about this… but she didn’t understand my question very well and started talking about something different and she kept going for like 5 minutes and i felt kind of embarrased to ask her again the same question lol

so… is chinese food in china really different from america’s ? and if so… how can i ask for real autenthic chinese food at restaurants?

best answer 5 stars, thx everybody for your tine 🙂

Modern Mandarin or Classic Mandarin?

Hi there,
I want to learn Mandarin with Rosetta Stone.
And I work in a Chinese restaurant where they always seem to talk Chinese to me…
But I have 2 options: Modern or Classic.
I know the difference, but what will be easier for me if I plan to stay in China after I graduated for my MBA?
Best answer 10 points!
@ Freely I mean Traditional or Modern.
Like Modern would be Ni1hou2 and Traditional would be with Chinese marks.
I know I spelled it wrong but you get the idea?

Modern Mandarin or Classic Mandarin?

Modern Mandarin or Classic Mandarin?
Hi there,
I want to learn Mandarin with Rosetta Stone.
And I work in a Chinese restaurant where they always seem to talk Chinese to me…
But I have 2 options: Modern or Classic.
I know the difference, but what will be easier for me if I plan to stay in China after I graduated for my MBA?
Best answer 10 points!

What language should I learn Mandarin or Russian?

I am wanting to learn another language, because I want to work for the government when I am older and knowing another language will help me in whatever field I plan on being in when I’m older. I am debating on russian or mandarin but can’t decide. My dad wants me to learn mandarin but I want to learn Russian. I know that china is rising to the number 1 super power and there are more then 700 million mandarin speakers in the world, but there are only about 250 million Russian speakers. what is your opinion?

Background: I am Filipino. English is my second language I studied it since nursery.

I have been learning French for 4 years now and I think that’s it’s about time to start learning another one. I like all these languages. Mandarin I think will be a strong point for me in the future if I master this language but I dont have too much passion and interest for China. Probably just for the language and the tones. It’s like a song to the ears. I know it’s very difficult and so I must take it seriously. However, I have always wanted to learn another European language. I have a HUGE passion in Europe. Europe is my dream and I hope that I get to live there one day. France is my love. I think it would be an advantage to learn Spanish because it is widely spoken. However, German is also an advantage business-wise? What do you think? Im really torn. I want to choose the best one. My heart is with Europe (Spanish vs German) but I think it would be wise to learn Mandarin… So what is the next step? Help me please!

I’m currently a sophomore at a 4-year American university in Paris, France. Racially, I’m half Chinese but culturally I’m American. I only speak English and French, so my mother is suggesting that I study abroad in China next year to learn Mandarin because I am a Marketing major/Communications minor and it would be useful. I would probably be studying at NYU Shanghai because my university has an affiliation with them.

However, my boyfriend thinks it’s more logical for me to transfer to a university that’s more beneficial to my major. He’s really encouraging me to study in California where I’m from and he’s even suggesting that he might transfer along with me. He also suggests I study at an actual French university so I can solidify my French because I am not yet completely fluent. His final point is that he believes that I will not fit into the Chinese culture nor learn Mandarin sufficiently enough during my one year abroad in China.

His points seem valid but I am still hesitant as to what I should.

originally came from south of Fujian? does it mean even the aboriginal Taiwanese were also mainland Chinese? does it mean Taiwan has always been part of China? let alone the 3 million people that KMT took to Taiwan that Chiang didn’t kill all speak mandarin also. Please enlighten me.
i do have a cantonese friend here, her mother speaks minnan so she also speaks minnan dialect, she told me in parts of Taiwan people speak minnan, what does it mean?

I’m from Africa and I speak my African language freely. The people from China speak Mandarin whenever they want. People from Spain/Mexico speak Spanish all the time, and other people from other countries speak their native tongue whenever they want. But blacks can’t speak Ebonics. They always tell black people to speak "proper" if they wanna get ahead. I hate that. Let these people speak their native language.
@Tyrone you just spoke it.

I forgot to add the motto:

we aint finna speak dat english dats dat white man speak me and ma homies speak dat Ebonics ya heard me
@Apple Pie, but you would hire a Chinese person speaking with a Chinese accent? What difference does it make? People just assume that just because someone speaks Ebonics they are dumb.
@Apple Pie, Ebonics is their language. Why should they have to learn proper English? Proper English is the white man’s language. Ebonics is the black man’s language. Why are people so bent on changing black people into something they are not?
Apple Pie, you’re dumb. I love hearing black people speak their Ebonics. You can’t talk for everybody. I wish all of you uncle tom blacks who love speaking the damn "proper" English would just stop disrespecting the blacks who actually are proud of their TRUE heritage.

I get laughed at/looked down on by Chinese people for being unable to speak Chinese. They get all anal and say things like "You’re not a real American because you have a Chinese face" when A) I wasn’t born nor raised in China, and B) My parents never spoke Mandarin to me, ever.

Mandarin Chinese: Where can I go from here?

Ok I’ve finally finished my Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese course and I’m kinda stuck as to what to do to learn more material. I could look through a dictionary I guess and try to learn words but I really like the Pimsleur method (Not just listen and repeat, forming sentences with previous knowledge.)

I’ve seen the FSI (Foreign Service) Mandarin Lessons and I guess I could go through them, but they’re ridiculously boring. Does anyone know a sort of fun way to boost vocabulary and even some grammar?

I go to China at the end of May to practice speaking in the environment but I have much to learn (and my listening skills SUCK)

I have taken Chinese in school for about a year. (about 5 hours a week) Now in the summer I am taking immersion classes. which is…(20 hours a week). I am trying to find someone in the US that can speak Mandarin Chinese very well so I can video chat with them to gain speaking fluency. I think the best way is to go to China, but I’m poor. I am applying for a program to go to China in 2010. What computer programs can I use? (Rossetta Stone SUCKS BALLS i tried it as a trial… terrible)
i will like a free way. Edufire looks like a GREAT place to learn but I just cannot afford it (im a teenager, don’t have a job, and my mom won’t want to pay for it)

ok if you look at my last question before this, you’ll understand what i’m talking about =s

1. China is not even a developed country. It is dirty both inside and outside, not to mention the horrible Chinese parenting that the middle 20th century has carried along to the 21st century. My parents are Chinese, they are the exact echo of their own parents. They are people who put money first before love. They are extremely greedy people, who CONSTANTLY pin us down into studying our arses off and getting a good job as the common DOCTOR, LAWYER, SOLICITOR to get money and "LOOK AFTER ME WHEN I GROW OLD." Let alone the amount of racism towards every other race just vibing off that crappy country.

2. The streets are dirty, you look at the roads, and you know that this ain’t a proper civilized community. People do not wear seat belts in their cars when they are in the back seat, people cross the road whenever they like, and sometimes walk in the middle of the road along with the cars, like it is PATHWAY. People spit everywhere, air is polluted, and extremely crowded.

For such a dirty, uncivilized country, how could one even think of mentioning the possibility of China dominating Earth in 10 years?

I know most gloves are made in China, but I don’t speak Mandarin to ask the question.

Perfect my French or begin Mandarin Chinese?!?

Helllo! I have reached quite a intermediate/low advanced level of french in the past and now have the oppurtunity to take Advanced Higher French at University. Upon completion of these classes, I would have ‘advanced proficiency’/near-native like proficiency of the French Language.

HOWEVER, one cannot deny the every growing Chinese economy. I am also an Economics/Finance student…and China is set to be the worlds next superpower so Chinese would be extremely useful. Especially since i am australian…where China is so close by..and our biggest trading partner economically…..However I would have to start Chinese at a low level…

but i do think that i tend to pick up languages quite well and have no hesitation with /practising talking to myself in french/chinese on the bus etc.

what do you think?

I’m looking to buy a good Mandarin karaoke DVD for my dad, who is 57. He was born and raised Taiwan and moved here to the US 26-27 years ago. He loves singing karaoke so I thought a new karaoke DVD might make a good gift. He loves the classics, and the usual Chinese music typical 57-year-olds would like (though, please remember that he’s from Taiwan and not China). I can speak Mandarin, but I can’t read or write Chinese, and I was born and raised in the US, so I haven’t a clue which artists are famous, which songs are classics, or anything else, really. I was browsing eBay and found a few that looked promising, but have no idea if the artists or songs are known. I’ve gathered up some photos of one of the DVDs I’m interested in (including the song list). Can someone please take a look and let me know what you think? Any help would be appreciated.

Photo of the DVD itself:
https://i33.tinypic.com/euo4fc.jpg

Song list:
https://i38.tinypic.com/2yuj8k3.jpg

Some screen captures of the music videos on the DVD:
https://i37.tinypic.com/25hifsp.jpg
https://i37.tinypic.com/2zj00mw.jpg

Thanks in advance!

I’m looking to buy a good Mandarin karaoke DVD for my dad, who is 57. He was born and raised Taiwan and moved here to the US 26-27 years ago. He loves singing karaoke so I thought a new karaoke DVD might make a good gift. He loves the classics, and the usual Chinese music typical 57-year-olds would like (though, please remember that he’s from Taiwan and not China). I can speak Mandarin, but I can’t read or write Chinese, and I was born and raised in the US, so I haven’t a clue which artists are famous, which songs are classics, or anything else, really. I was browsing eBay and found a few that looked promising, but have no idea if the artists or songs are known. I’ve gathered up some photos of one of the DVDs I’m interested in (including the song list). Can someone please take a look and let me know what you think? Any help would be appreciated.

Photo of the DVD itself:
https://i33.tinypic.com/euo4fc.jpg

Song list:
https://i38.tinypic.com/2yuj8k3.jpg

Some screen captures of the music videos on the DVD:
https://i37.tinypic.com/25hifsp.jpg
https://i37.tinypic.com/2zj00mw.jpg

Thanks in advance!

Want to learn Cantonese/Mandarin?

I want to learn either Catonese or Mandarin, but I don’t know which class to take. I live in New England, close to NY where I’ve hear many people speak Cantonese, but more people speak Mandarin, but that’s in China. I’m not going to China any time soon, but I want to know which language would be better in the long run. I have lots of time on my hands, I’m 13 and and it’s summer. When school starts I might do one other activitiy, so I haveas much time as I need. If there are any books or websites you recommened too that would be good!
Thanks in advance!
Lauren

Is china developing an alphabet right now?

Is the chinese government trying to develop an alphabet in china right now because i think an alphabet is better than memorizing every single character. Also it helps people overseas, i know people who can speak mandarin, cantonese, wu, and others; but they cannot even write it down.

I know the south is probably the worst but basically what I’m asking is, what placei n China has the least amount of dialect variations and English speakers, the place where people speak the closest to what is taught in textbooks?

I am saving money to learn mandarin in China. Someone mentioned Kunming- however, I don’t have any idea of whether that place is suitable for a foreigner studying Mandarin. I look Chinese by the way but I grew up int he Philippines. I need a place which is economical and will fit my low budget. I need a place which will enable me to maximize Chinese language education. Hope you can help me!

Writing letters to people in Mandarin?

I have studied Chinese for several years, but I have never learned the proper way to write letters in Mandarin, especially when it comes to salutations. Are there idioms like "Sincerely," "Best," or "Yours truly," that are used in China to close a letter? I am writing to a much older woman, and if it matters, I do not know her particularly well.
Forgot to mention–the tone is most like a thank-you letter, I suppose.

can anyone help me learn mandarin?

i work with a whole bunch of asain and they help me with vocabulary everyday- but how can i learn faster?

i just want to learn bc i love learning new languages and- china is blooming 🙂
oh, well i already know spanish and french

What Mandarin accent(s) are these?

Earlier today I was on YouTube searching for videos where they speak Mandarin slowly and clearly (without any English translation because I wanted to focus just on how things are being pronounced) and I came across what look like Christian-related videos in Mandarin Chinese.

Now, I don’t need any translation. You don’t even have to listen to the whole thing, as long as you can tell me where the accents come from. I understand that within Mandarin there are different accents: Beijing, Tianjin, Harbin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Guangzhou/Hong Kong, Taipei, Hainan, etc.

Please tell me which region(s) of China these accents come from.
Thank you!

1) Male Narrator (8 min. 35 sec.)

2) Female Narrator (9 min. 11 sec.)

I can and did read the titles myself, thank you very much. But I wanted answers from native speakers.

I was talking to a woman from china about purchasing some products from her company. To I asked for some proof of her companies honesty and she sent me some photo’s of certificates.
Please have a look at them and tell me exactly what they mean!

https://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn195/thesnakedocter/8.jpg

https://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn195/thesnakedocter/11.jpg

https://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn195/thesnakedocter/7.jpg

Thanks sooooo much,Jake

Obviously short of actually going to China and learning it there, what are the best options? Learning in a class or through a CD like Rosetta Stone or TeLL Me More? And Which program would be best?

What do i need to learn besides chinese?

I’m thinking of learning mandarin in university, but what else would i need to learn to be able to get a job in china? I’m assuming you need some other form of skill seeing as everyone else there can speak chinese too. What would be the best thing to do that would help get a job?

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