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]
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!
How to reconcile the differences between your origin and daily society? [more inside]
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
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]
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.
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]
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]
Would you happen to know about how Mandarin is learned in Japan and Korea? [more inside]
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.
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]
Which do I learn first--spoken Mandarin, spoken Cantonese, or written, or even all together? [more inside]
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.?
How can I read subtitles on my smart phone while in a Chinese movie theater in China? [more inside]
What do you know about learning Mandarin via Skype? [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]
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]
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!
Good evening Chinese classes in San Francisco? [more inside]
Where are good places to go in Seattle for mandarin suits? [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]
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]
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).
Looking for chinese english dictionary with unicode code points [more inside]
Should i learn Mandarin or Japanese? [more inside]
How many Chinese characters are shared 1:1 between Mandarin and Japanese? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a tried and true site offering live chat lessons teaching Mandarin or Cantonese and Chinese writing? [more inside]
How do I get a letter from a cardiologist translated into Mandarin? [more inside]
Suggestions for learning Mandarin Chinese in New York City? [more inside]
Rosetta-style programs for brushing-up on Mandarin? [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!
Should I major in history or learn Chinese? [more inside]
What are my options for Mandarin and Cantonese speech recognition software? [more inside]
Where can I find American jazz standards sung in Mandarin? [more inside]
How can I break down a long list of strings into individual characters on a Windows box? [more inside]
硬背. Please translate this into English for me. [more inside]
I need an Excel conditional formatting formula for locating dups within a two-column row. [more inside]
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]
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]
Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts? [more inside]
Best way to study Mandarin at home, when I can spare 4 hours a day for 2 ½ months? [more inside]
How do you get a foothold when trying to learn a non indo-european language? [more inside]
Have you personal recommendations for Mandarin language classes in Seattle? [more inside]
I'm looking for a reputable and effective Chinese Mandarin school / teacher / tutor in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
Where can I get Disney movies dubbed in Mandarin? [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]
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