I’m currently learning Japanese. I have a very limited vocabulary, know little kanji, and I’m just barely able to read. Though I’m struggling to learn Japanese, I also want to learn Mandarin. See, there are two REALLY great Taiwanese dramas I’ve been wanting to watch FOREVER, so since I can’t find English subs for them, I want to learn Mandarin. I had always been interested in learning Mandarin, so now’s my chance.

Is this a bad idea? I mean, I’ve been trying to learn Japanese for quite a while now and I still suck at it (the amount of kanji to learn is also quite discouraging =P). I’m not entirely sure I should learn Mandarin right now ( it looks pretty challenging Q_Q), but I really want to. =/

What are your thoughts? All advice is welcome! 🙂

How should I learn vocabulary?

I’m currently teaching myself Mandarin Chinese.
I have an electronic dictionary and it’s very useful, i’m just not sure that using the "common words" section of the dictionary is going to produce the results I need to learn this language.
So, what is the best way to learn vocabulary? Should i continue doing what i’m doing, or do you have a better suggestion?
Thanks in advance!

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)

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

Mandarin of Beijing vs. Mandarin of Taipei?

So today we’re basically comparing the Mandarin Chinese language as spoken (and written) in mainland China vs. Taiwan.

I understand mainland China uses simplified characters while Taiwan uses traditional characters.

Native Mandarin speakers, please consider the following aspects:
– grammar
– pronunciation/accent
– spelling rules (besides the simplified vs. traditional characters)
– vocabulary
– expressions (e.g. slang, etc.)
– usage

On a scale of 0 to 100 (0 being totally different languages like Swedish vs. Vietnamese, 100 being exactly identical), how close is the Mandarin language of mainland China to that of Taiwan?

Thank you.

Mandarin speakers, check my translation? (:?

I’m doing a "chinglish" (mostly Mandarin, some English) movie report on Red Cliff (赤壁) for my second year Mandarin class. This assignment was especially difficult for me because my basic vocabulary does not include military terms, which is basically all the movie was about, haha. Anyways, I tried my best, but I feel as though my verbs are wrong and the sentence order is incorrect. If you speak Mandarin, would you mind checking it over briefly? It does not need to be perfect, as this is just a rough draft, it just needs to make sense somewhat. ;D

Thank you very much.

孙尚香隐藏在 曹操的营,孙尚香报告了到诸葛亮 using 信鸽。同时曹操的军病了with 伤寒。曹操 sends船的 dead 人到赤壁 in order to make 赤壁的军也病。他们的盟友 刘备,breaks 联盟; 他 回家因为他的军太病。但是诸葛亮 住宿。曹操很 高兴因为他们的联盟 is broken。
曹操的 海军上将 张允和 蔡瑁 propose a new idea; 他们要 锁船 一起 同 木头. Once they do this 士兵 没有 晕船。孙尚香(Sun Shangxiang)tells 诸葛亮about 曹操 和他的海军上将的计划。 周瑜和诸葛亮也有计划。诸葛亮要有十万支箭头。周瑜要杀 蔡瑁和 张允。 他们有 赌注;如果他们没有 成功,他们的头 斩首 by each other。诸葛亮有 聪明的 想法, 他 有很多的船 made out of 稻草。这个天有 薄雾,曹操 认为诸葛亮 打击。可是 曹操 射箭, 箭头 sticks 在船的 稻草 。 何时诸葛亮有十万支箭头 stuck 在船, 他回他的营。

It learning Mandarin difficult?

I’m starting to learn Mandarin and I’m already finding it a bit hard…does it get any easier? Also, what are some good ways to memorise/learn characters and vocabulary?


I can communicate in Mandarin well, looking to expand my vocabulary and learn how to read and write at a higher level. I am currently taking a beginner Chinese course at my college. It’s quite frustrating since they are just learning about pronunciation and a bunch of basic stuff that I already know. I tried to take Chinese II last semester, but there was a lot of pin yin rules that I didn’t know in Chinese II.

Should I just stay in Chinese 1 and wait to improve to move on to Chinese 2? Or should I seek a Chinese class outside my university that targets native speakers who are just looking to improve? Do those classes even exist?

Mandarin Chinese speakers- pronunciation tips?

Hi everyone,

Today I began studying Mandarin, which so far has consisted solely of learning a few rudimentary vocabulary items and repeating random sentences from the first two chapters of my textbook and accompanying audio CD. Although I know it is far too early to hope for fairly accurate pronunciation, I have recorded myself saying the following short sentence very slowly, and would be very grateful for any advice on how I could improve: 今天六号。李老使来吗?

Here is the audio: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/13942413/Samplesentence.ogg

…thank you to the two who have answered so far. So, was I not producing the tones correctly? Was my speech simply distorted because I was speaking very slowly? Or was it a question of not articulating the individual phonemes correctly? By posting the audio, I was hoping for constructive feedback on what aspect(s) specifically I could improve, rather than a uniform rating from terrible —> decent.

what's the best way to learn chinese vocabulary?

I’m taking time off from formal mandarin studying, but I want to keep expanding my vocabulary. I hear just memorizing flashcards is not that useful for building a vocab base. what’s the best way to do it?

How do you say these words in Chinese Mandarin?

Some of these words I ask because I’m an actor and would like to expand my vocabulary for specific roles.

Please (As in two people respectfully getting ready to fight)
How are you?
You look beautiful today.
You won’t land one finger on me.
I’ll teach you respect.
Would you like to learn Wing Chun?
We’ll see about that.
This will only take a second.

Your help would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to expanding my languages with your help.

How to learn vocabulary?

Im studying mandarin at university and I’m good with grammar and listening and speaking I need to practice but when I do Im alright at them, but my vocabularly is terrible – especially when it comes to writing. I mean I usually get 90 – 100% on reading exams but when I have to write it down my mind just blanks and I cant remember the character at all – anyone got any tips on how to improve my writing skills? and learn new vocabulary

I want to learn Mandarin Chinese?

So i want to start learning some mandarian chinese, i’ve been trying to find goodwebsites that will really help me learn the grammer, an vocabulary an’ ect. but nothing is happening for me. So can anyone give me some Very helpful websites, that will teach me grammer and vocabulary like indepth grammer an vocab. or does anyone know any good books? i try finding some mandarin chinese self teaching guide books at the bookstores but they have nothing, only phrase books, and dictionarys.

10 points with best links or book recommendations.
thanks in advanced.
thanks for the heads up eveyrone, but i already know what mandarian is about, i jus wan to learn it. thanks for the answers though.

How long would it take to learn Cantonese and Mandarin?

I am asian and I was raised in a cantonese-speaking household, but did not live in an asian country. My cantonese was learned by listening to my parents. I can speak cantonese but my vocabulary is very limited.

I want to learn to improve my cantonese to a wider vocabulary and I want to learn mandarin as well in case I visit an asian country, or meet one of my dad’s friends I don’t want to not know what to say.

How long would it take to learn?

Mandarin measure words?

My Mandarin text book teaches vocabulary without the measure words (unfortunately),

Are any of you native speakers, or serious Mandarin students aware of a data base that gives the measure word for any given corresponing noun?

I treid Google search, but it was useless.

Thank you,


What's the best way to become fluent in mandarin?

I learnt mandarin chinese for 6 years in elementary school, so I know a few words, strokes, and basic sentence structure/grammar. My vocabulary, however is very limited. I’d like to take it up again but I actually cannot afford real classes at the moment.

I’m thinking of buying a book and learning a few words everyday – maybe 10 new words?
Are there other more efficient ways to improve?

Henceforth Bu Shi will be a constant in my vocabulary.
Memo to Bride: BS!

How helpful are Mandarin and English in Japan?

I want to know about how many Japanese can speak fluent English or Mandarin Chinese, and if you would visit the country for some time, how well could you get along using these 2 languages without knowing Japanese? This includes usual stuff like shopping and dining, but I also want to know how it would be with usual locals.
Just wondering, why are Chinese considered second grade and their language unimportant? The entire Japanese writing system is derived from Chinese along with almost half of it’s vocabulary…

Where can I learn Mandarin (Chinese) vocabulary?

The program I am using on my iPod touch has been really helpful so far, but when I bring my iPod to school and try and use it with my Chinese friends, they say that a lot of it is wrong or that you don’t need one of the words it gives. I use "My Chinese Coach." is there any way that I can check the accuracy on the words that it shows? Is there another good app on the iPod touch 4g that I can use to help with my vocabulary?

Of course, the traditional characters sometimes used for names are the same, but what I am asking about are the vocabulary–from what I heard, around 60% of the SPOKEN words in Korean are related to Chinese, even though the languages are actually from different language families. Anyone with experience in this?

for instance if i write 我们明天可以去香港 (women mingtian keyi qu xianggang) in mandarin, if a cantonese speaking person sees this sentence, will he be able to understand it perfectly just as though it was cantonese (whichever way you pronounce it in cantonese)

in other words, is the primary major difference between mandarin and cantonese is its pronounciation. Is there also major differences in grammar and vocabulary because when i see written cantonese, the structure and vocabulary seems to be pretty much the same with mandarin

I’m learning Mandarin currently, and I also want to learn to write simplified characters. My problem is, do I need to learn how to speak fluently and know the vocabulary before i can learn to write it?….thanks!!

I am beginning to learn Mandarin Chinese. I have two books for the grammar and tuttles book for vocabulary, but I want a book that has both vocabulary written in the characters and the pronunciation of these. Does anyone know of such a book?

I’m just curious, because when the Japanese borrowed that word into their vocabulary, it became "kanji." Was the "h" more gutteral maybe (so as to be confused with the "k" sound), and the "i" more like an "ee" sound, at that time? I realize this is a very specific question I’m asking, but I’d love to know.

Thanks in advance!

I’m learning Mandarin currently, and I also want to learn to write simplified characters. My problem is, do I need to learn how to speak fluently and know the vocabulary before i can learn to write it?….thanks!!