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Resources for Mandarin learner?

I'm taking on the pain in the ass that is trying to get conversationally fluent in mandarin. I have a girlfriend (and her family) I can practice with, so obviously that's immensely useful. That said, I'm curious if there are any good resources people can recommend. [more inside]
posted by wooh on Nov 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Good Mandarin tutors in NYC?

This is a followup to this question. I work in Manhattan, live in Forest Hills Queens. I'd prefer a tutor because they move faster, and for something like this I want the ability to really control my learning. Ideally it'd be someone who knows how to teach a very difficult language to native english speakers, and knows how to tech pronunciation. Goal wise, I want to focus much more on conversation than reading or writing (per the previous question). Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by wooh on Sep 23, 2014 - 4 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

Mandarin Radio streams wanted

Hi I would like to train my ears to listen to Mandarin but cannot find live streams on the Internet as I do not understand Mandarin. Can someone please help me with a few links? I can watch CCTV but cannot find the radio. VLC or iTunes compatible streams please. Thank You! BB
posted by bright77blue on Apr 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommended resources for intermediate Mandarin Chinese study?

I am looking for books and other resources to help improve my intermediate Mandarin Chinese skills! I'm at a point where a lot of the adult books that I try to read are stuffed with chengyu and obscure vocabulary, but I want something a little more advanced and a little more engaged with contemporary Chinese culture than translations of American children's novels. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Feb 27, 2014 - 6 answers

What are the rewards of studying Chinese language?

Hello, According to Heisig, there is a high dropout rate for Chinese courses. According to another author, there will be high demand in future for people who have knowledge of Chinese language and business studies. I was wondering if anyone had any more information I could use to boost my motivation when studying Chinese, e.g. the low cost of living in China? Thanks.
posted by Musashi Daryl on Aug 30, 2013 - 20 answers

Quick Mandarin Translation Help.

I have a 10" video with sub-titles that I would love a Mandarin speaker to tell me if they're correct or not. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE on Jul 24, 2013 - 2 answers

A Cilantro-Hater in Thailand, China, and Japan

Asking for a friend who does not share my intense love for cilantro: "Can someone please translate some simple cilantro-avoidance phrases into Thai, Mandarin, and Japanese for me?" [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Jun 25, 2013 - 12 answers

Learning Mandarin in Japan and Korea

Would you happen to know about how Mandarin is learned in Japan and Korea? [more inside]
posted by slowlikemolasses on Jun 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Automate the dub

China is on a major push to dub TV series into English, and I'm primarily a subtitle translator who's been dropped into the middle of this exploding industry. While I've found industry standards fairly easy to research, what I've found less than easy to locate are recommendations for specialized software used in the translation process. What I'd like to know, if anyone here can recommend anything, what are the software packages you use that help to automate or smooth the process, specifically tracking whether timing and lip sync are right, specifically free software, as it's going to be hell to convince my bosses to buy something they can't sample, and I've been assigned a squadron of three untrained non-native translators to do most of the heavy lifting for me.
posted by saysthis on Apr 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Where can I find Potter fanfiction in Mandarin?

I'm looking for (well written, preferably) heterosexual (ie non-slash) HP fanfiction written in Mandarin/simplified Chinese, involving either any of the male Malfoy family members, Severus Snape, Hermione Granger, Deatheaters, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me get my priorities straight re: learning Chinese

Which do I learn first--spoken Mandarin, spoken Cantonese, or written, or even all together? [more inside]
posted by glache on Mar 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Can a 65-year-old guy with a tin ear learn Mandarin?

Still working for a living, and enjoying it, but beginning to think about doing some extended traveling, perhaps in China. But to travel lengthily and effectively, it behooves me to learn the language, a task that, whatever the language, has challenged me all of my life. Do I have a shot at all of success, at my advanced age, and, if so, what does the community recommend for method, school, etc.?
posted by mudge1705 on Jan 14, 2013 - 17 answers

How can I read subtitles on my smart phone while in a Chinese movie theater in China?

How can I read subtitles on my smart phone while in a Chinese movie theater in China? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Nov 11, 2012 - 9 answers

is there an aliexpress for online lessons?

What do you know about learning Mandarin via Skype? [more inside]
posted by compound eye on Aug 24, 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

"Footnote dots?" "Points of distraction?" "Embedded text?"

Let's say you're on Youtube, and you're watching a video, and on the progress bar there are little dots where, if you click on them, you get extra text or links or pictures pertinent to the video, ads, etc. What are those things called? [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Jun 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Can you translate this Chinese character?

Can someone please translate this character (or characters?) for me? It was written by a Chinese man; unfortunately that is all I know. Thank you!
posted by AONeal79 on Jan 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Best Mandarin in SF?

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

Asian clothing in Seattle

Where are good places to go in Seattle for mandarin suits? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jul 28, 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

Xiān Gennaro

How would you write either "Little Italy" (as in the NYC neighborhood) or "Welcome to Little Italy," or "I ♥ Little Italy" with Chinese characters? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Jun 6, 2011 - 4 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

mandarin-english dictionary with unicode

Looking for chinese english dictionary with unicode code points [more inside]
posted by lahersedor on Apr 25, 2011 - 4 answers

Pokemon or Yu-gi-Oh

Should i learn Mandarin or Japanese? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Mar 9, 2011 - 29 answers

How many Chinese characters are shared between Mandarin and Japanese?

How many Chinese characters are shared 1:1 between Mandarin and Japanese? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Feb 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Learn Mandarin, Cantonese and Chinese characters via online chat?

Can anyone recommend a tried and true site offering live chat lessons teaching Mandarin or Cantonese and Chinese writing? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 on Jan 26, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I get a letter from a cardiologist translated into Mandarin?

How do I get a letter from a cardiologist translated into Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Jan 18, 2011 - 4 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

help me not sound completely stupid.

Rosetta-style programs for brushing-up on Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Jul 28, 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

Write a history thesis or learn Chinese?

Should I major in history or learn Chinese? [more inside]
posted by flawsekno on May 5, 2010 - 37 answers

What are my options for Mandarin and Cantonese speech recognition software?

What are my options for Mandarin and Cantonese speech recognition software? [more inside]
posted by querty on Nov 10, 2009 - 1 answer

Jazz standards in Chinese?

Where can I find American jazz standards sung in Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine on Nov 8, 2009 - 4 answers

Un Chi Chien Andalou

Does anyone have any details about this East Asian song? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Oct 5, 2009 - 10 answers

How do I convert strings to characters?

How can I break down a long list of strings into individual characters on a Windows box? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Sep 25, 2009 - 2 answers

Chinese translation help

硬背. Please translate this into English for me. [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Sep 22, 2009 - 4 answers

Finding Duplicates in Excel

I need an Excel conditional formatting formula for locating dups within a two-column row. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave on Jun 12, 2009 - 3 answers

Mandarin videos for kids

Any recommendations for popular children's movies or television series in Mandarin? I have a 5 and 3 year old learning Mandarin and was looking for something other than dubbed American stuff. [more inside]
posted by stchang on Apr 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Help me find a Grass-Mud Horse t-shirt on the Web!

Apropos of the recent MeFi front-page post concerning Grass-Mud Horses: could the Mandarin-speakers in the audience help me locate a place on the Web to buy a t-shirt featuring said animal? [more inside]
posted by killdevil on Mar 14, 2009 - 2 answers

Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts?

Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts? [more inside]
posted by Bio11 on Feb 22, 2009 - 13 answers

Best way to study Mandarin at home?

Best way to study Mandarin at home, when I can spare 4 hours a day for 2 ½ months? [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy on Feb 18, 2009 - 15 answers

Tips for learning non Indo-European languages

How do you get a foothold when trying to learn a non indo-european language? [more inside]
posted by empath on Jan 8, 2009 - 14 answers

Mandarin courses in Seattle

Have you personal recommendations for Mandarin language classes in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 on Aug 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Where to Learn Mandarin in Los Angeles?

I'm looking for a reputable and effective Chinese Mandarin school / teacher / tutor in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw on Aug 4, 2008 - 1 answer

Where Can I Get Disney Movies in Chinese?

Where can I get Disney movies dubbed in Mandarin? [more inside]
posted by rubberkey on Jun 6, 2008 - 6 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

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