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Hey, Chinese speakers . . . got a question for you

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.
posted by jason's_planet on Jul 1, 2014 - 2 answers

State of Being Other

How to reconcile the differences between your origin and daily society? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jun 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Heritage Speaker Guilt

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]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Chinese podcasts to listen to on the way to school

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]
posted by lalunamel on Feb 24, 2014 - 1 answer

Language school in Beijing needs social media advice.

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.
posted by tjabeijing on Nov 4, 2013 - 1 answer

How to find a job using Chinese language skills?

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]
posted by catrae on Apr 25, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I cause the creation of a Chinese mnemonic guide?

Hello, I'd like some info on how to create a Chinese menmonic guide to make it easier to learn vocab. [more inside]
posted by Musashi Daryl on Feb 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Decode these Chinese characters, please!

Can you decode these hastily-written Chinese characters? Here's a picture. [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Sep 27, 2012 - 3 answers

I think I'm learning Cantonese, I really think so.

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]
posted by mdonley on Jul 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Please make me happy by transcribing this piece of spoken Chinese!

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.
posted by nfg on Jan 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Where can I find an evening Chinese class or teacher/mentor in Los Angeles?

Where can I find an evening Chinese class or teacher/mentor in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by xtine on Jan 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Best way to learn conversation Mandarin?

Good, fast, and cheap way to learn basic conversational Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by kmz on Sep 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Best Mandarin in SF?

Good evening Chinese classes in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by alaijmw on Aug 22, 2011 - 0 answers

Chinese in primary school

How important/useful are formal language lessons in the primary school years? [more inside]
posted by coriolisdave on Jul 21, 2011 - 5 answers

Resources for studying Chinese characters

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]
posted by vogon_poet on Jul 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Can a gringo or a laowai make it as a translator?

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]
posted by skewed on Jun 24, 2011 - 11 answers

What are these Chinese letters?

Help me identify the following Chinese letters/symbols [more inside]
posted by naskar on Jun 2, 2011 - 9 answers

What are some good chinese movies to watch to help me learn Mandarin?

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).
posted by joshwa on May 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Lu Shan: anything other than a mountain range?

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?)
posted by kalapierson on Mar 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Mandarin Chinese for business people?

Looking to pick up Mandarin for business people, aka with a heavy dose of how to do corporate speak. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Mar 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Are there more people who speak or understand English or Chinese?

How many people on the planet speak or understand English? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Jan 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Mystery of the Chinese Medallion: What does it say?

What is this Chinese medallion? What does it say? [more inside]
posted by Jasper Fnorde on Dec 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Mandarin Chinese class in New York City?

Suggestions for learning Mandarin Chinese in New York City? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Nov 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Is there any value in trying to learn a language with my child?

Parent/child language lessons - anyone ever try this? [more inside]
posted by scblackman on Oct 6, 2010 - 9 answers

I'd ask George, but he doesn't speak English

Can you translate the Chinese(?) characters on this picture for me? [more inside]
posted by dyobmit on Sep 8, 2010 - 7 answers

How do you say "culture shock" in Chinese (Mandarin)?

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!
posted by hnk on Jun 10, 2010 - 6 answers

chinese language educational software for native chinese speaking kids

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.
posted by alcahofa on Nov 21, 2009 - 20 answers

What is the best Chinese translation of "ahead of her time"?

Chinese Translation Filter: What is the best translation of, "a woman ahead of her time." [more inside]
posted by hybridvigor on Sep 16, 2009 - 3 answers

I'd like to enroll in the Chinese Graphic Designer 101 program, please.

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]
posted by miss lynnster on Apr 12, 2009 - 12 answers

How can I read Windows in English on a Chinese computer?

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]
posted by catburger on Jun 12, 2008 - 1 answer

Microsoft Vista Business in Japanese/Chinese

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]
posted by schnee on May 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Is it worth it to attempt to learn Chinese?

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]
posted by hazyspring on Apr 25, 2008 - 19 answers

What's my best language strategy for a quarter in Shanghai?

Which Chinese dialect should I learn to best survive in Shanghai, and how? Difficulty: I have 6 weeks. [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF on Mar 23, 2008 - 10 answers

Mandarin Programs in China

Can anyone recommend some good Mandarin programs in China? [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza on Feb 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Translate a political flier to Chinese?

Could you help me reach out to the predominantly Chinese elderly voters in my neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Jan 9, 2008 - 3 answers

Kanji for David and Goliath concept?

I'm looking for a cool Kanji/Hanji nickname that I will use to identify my Kendo/Kumdo equipment bags. [more inside]
posted by forforf on Jan 3, 2008 - 8 answers

Best medium-difficulty Chinese novel?

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]
posted by jasminerain on Dec 20, 2007 - 11 answers

Spanish-language audio materials for Chinese speakers?

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]
posted by Holly on Nov 15, 2007 - 1 answer

Chinese language programs in China

Help me find college-level Chinese language programs in China. [more inside]
posted by mjklin on May 22, 2007 - 9 answers

What language should I study?

What language should I study? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on May 7, 2007 - 25 answers

Can you think of "invalid" words?

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]
posted by Clementines4ever on Dec 7, 2006 - 37 answers

How do I pick a good Mandarin course in China?

How do I pick a good university and course to learn Mandarin in China? [more inside]
posted by spiff101 on Nov 9, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I install support for East Asian languages without Windows installation disk?

How do I install support for East Asian languages in Windows XP without the Windows installation disk?
posted by monsterhero on Nov 3, 2006 - 2 answers

aiyah! need help prounouncing Chinese!

Need help pronouncing some Cantonese (preferably audio) [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Sep 5, 2006 - 10 answers

Spanish or Mandarin Chinese? What is the better choice for the IT field?

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]
posted by zymurgy on May 18, 2006 - 18 answers

Chinese Instruction

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?
posted by josher71 on Apr 10, 2006 - 6 answers

Does an English/Chinese dictionary with pinyin exist for Symbian 60 OS?

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.
posted by riverjack on Mar 19, 2006 - 0 answers

Chinese character for "good luck"?

Can anyone steer me to an image of a Chinese character suitable for expressing "Good Luck!" (as in, good luck on your exams)?
posted by Wolfdog on Nov 30, 2005 - 10 answers

Help me uncover the Seven Mysteries

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]
posted by Alt F4 on Nov 17, 2005 - 4 answers

Mandarin classes chicago

Any suggestions for a good Mandarin Chinese class in Chicago for someone with some Mandarin experience (not an absolute beginner)?
posted by rabbitsnake on Oct 4, 2005 - 3 answers

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