TLDR: I'm in a serious relationship with a girl whose whole family is native Shanghainese speakers. They are ok Mandarin speakers. If I'm gonna be with her long-term (seems likely), I want to have a relationship with her family and feel like I need to learn either Mandarin (or Shanghainese -- open to that). So I need strategies to get as fluent as possible as efficiently as possible. I can spend whatever I need to on this. Can't go live in China for a while, though can at some point in the distant future maybe. I live in NYC. More after the jump. [more inside]
Actually, that should read "Hey, readers of Chinese script, etc". Recently, some of my neighbors took exception to the opening of a homeless shelter in my neighborhood. They held a protest. Some of the signs were in Chinese. What do these signs say in English, if you've got a moment? Many thanks in advance.
How to reconcile the differences between your origin and daily society? [more inside]
How can I deal with this nagging sense of guilt that I should know more Chinese than I presently do? Or, how can I improve my Chinese as a busy twenty-something year-old? [more inside]
I'm currently studying Chinese in Beijing and I'm looking for podcasts or audio recordings to help me learn more. Do you know of any good Chinese language podcasts that can help me study? [more inside]
Please help. I work for a language school that teaches Mandarin Chinese to foreigners inside China. We specialize in one month intensive teaching for beginners. We want to increase our social media presence and have some (even though we do say so ourselves) excellent stand alone ideas to do this. They are educational free formats that allow people to study Chinese online in creative ways. We don't know the best way to present them though. Should they be 'onsite' options through our main webpage,or would they be better served as stand alone entities with their own page and an affiliation to our main company website? Any thoughts and shared best practice would be greatly appreciated.
Hey Mefis! I am asking this question on behalf of my brother-in-law who recently got laid off. Does anyone here have advice to give to a guy with a degree in Chinese and minor in business who would like to work in manufacturing/ sourcing for a US company either in the US or China? [more inside]
Hello, I'd like some info on how to create a Chinese menmonic guide to make it easier to learn vocab. [more inside]
I'm moving to Hong Kong for at least two years, starting at the end of August. Help me pick a feasible strategy for learning some Cantonese. [more inside]
Can someone identify the words spoken at the beginning of Ground Zero's “Revolutionary Pekinese Opera” (“Opening ~ Flying Across The J.P.Yen”)? You can here the phrase spoken on youtube here. I'm reasonably sure the voice is speaking Chinese.
Where can I find an evening Chinese class or teacher/mentor in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Good, fast, and cheap way to learn basic conversational Mandarin? [more inside]
Good evening Chinese classes in San Francisco? [more inside]
How important/useful are formal language lessons in the primary school years? [more inside]
I'm looking for resources (preferably online and free) that will allow me to practice reading and writing Chinese characters at the level of a beginner. [more inside]
I'm sorta multilingual, in Spanish and Mandarin. I don't have many other skills. How good would I need to get before I can make a living from this ability? What jobs could I get if I were to improve in one or both languages? [more inside]
Help me identify the following Chinese letters/symbols [more inside]
Conventional wisdom says that watching a lot of TV/Movies in another language helps with comprehension. What are some good movies/shows to help me with Mandarin? My current level is quite basic (2 semesters of college classes).
If you're Chinese or know Chinese language/culture: when you hear the phrase "Lu Shan," do you automatically think of the Lu Shan mountain range? (Are there any other common meanings that would come to mind more strongly than the mountains would?)
Looking to pick up Mandarin for business people, aka with a heavy dose of how to do corporate speak. [more inside]
How many people on the planet speak or understand English? [more inside]
What is this Chinese medallion? What does it say? [more inside]
Suggestions for learning Mandarin Chinese in New York City? [more inside]
Parent/child language lessons - anyone ever try this? [more inside]
Can you translate the Chinese(?) characters on this picture for me? [more inside]
How do you say/express the idea of "culture shock" in Chinese (Mandarin)? I do speak Chinese, so if you type in pinyin that will be fine. Thanks!
my kids (ages 3 and 6) are beginning to learn chinese. i am looking for useful materials and strategies to get them fluent. i don't speak chinese. one thing that helped a lot in learning spanish (their second language) was spanish language education software that targets native spanish speakers ages 3 to 5. does anyone have any recommendations both for the chinese educational software of this type and how to buy it when you don't speak chinese. there is absolutely nothing more daunting than a chinese language web site.
Chinese Translation Filter: What is the best translation of, "a woman ahead of her time." [more inside]
I'd love to get tips/resources for 1) learning more about the Chinese language and culture for work travel, 2) doing graphic design for a Chinese audience and 3) learning more about working with Chinese writing (this was helpful, for example).* Thoughts? *Bonus points if anyone can tell me if there are any Chinese typefaces I could access that have a particularly whimsical, fun, or child-like feel. [more inside]
I'm on a Chinese-language computer and want to use Windows XP and Windows Vista in English. How can I do this? [more inside]
Where can I buy the Japanese version and a Chinese version of Microsoft Vista Business online for use in the United States? Media and license. [more inside]
What are your experiences in taking Chinese as a language in college? How difficult is it really and did you learn enough for it to be useful? [more inside]
Which Chinese dialect should I learn to best survive in Shanghai, and how? Difficulty: I have 6 weeks. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good Mandarin programs in China? [more inside]
Could you help me reach out to the predominantly Chinese elderly voters in my neighborhood? [more inside]
I'm looking for a cool Kanji/Hanji nickname that I will use to identify my Kendo/Kumdo equipment bags. [more inside]
I want to read a book in Chinese to keep myself from getting rusty. What is a good novel for doing so? It has to be modern Chinese (classical Chinese twists my brain into noodles), and preferably available online. [more inside]
What Spanish-language audio materials are out there on the Internet - aimed not at English-speaking, but at Chinese students of Spanish with little English? [more inside]
Help me find college-level Chinese language programs in China. [more inside]
What language should I study? [more inside]
In Chinese, the meaning of a spoken word can change depending on where stress is applied. Can you think of English words which embody this characteristic? I can only think of one at the moment: invalid. [more inside]
How do I pick a good university and course to learn Mandarin in China? [more inside]
How do I install support for East Asian languages in Windows XP without the Windows installation disk?
Need help pronouncing some Cantonese (preferably audio) [more inside]
I'd like to learn a new language to help improve my skills in the IT field. I manage multiple teams in a support environment, both desktop and server. A foreign language seems to be a good way to improve my offerings to employers and help broaden my mind. [more inside]
I'm thinking of enrolling in a program at Portland State University called Master's in International Management. The program has a year of five days a week Mandarin instruction. Is this really enough time to become proficient in the language?
I've given up. I can't seem to find this anywhere. Perhaps MeFi can do it? I'm looking for an English-Chinese dictionary for my Nokia N70 phone that has pinyin pronouncations listed for the characters. I want characters, too, but the pinyin is pretty key if I'm actually going to be able to say anything. I'm running Symbian 60 OS. You would think this shouldn't be that hard to find but everything I find either doesn't have pinyin or is for the wrong Symbian OS.
Can anyone steer me to an image of a Chinese character suitable for expressing "Good Luck!" (as in, good luck on your exams)?
Help with basic Chinese calligraphy: I'm typesetting a book for kids that includes the "Seven Mysteries" (the basic strokes of Chinese calligraphy). and I need some help finding the characters in a computer font. [more inside]
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