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Old 15th January 2010, 01:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Learn Mandarin

I'm 18 and Yellow Skinned, my written Chinese vocabulary is limited to 2 words, and my speaking capabilities is not even worth mentioning.

How can I pick up Mandarin again?
Should I take some courses, if so, where?
Or would it be much more cost effective to just pick up some books and put in effort?

Not sure as to how can I obtain enlightenment, so I would like you guys to help me steer me in the correct path, thank you my fellow friends.

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Old 15th January 2010, 08:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Learn Mandarin

you can learn at

NUS extension: http://www.nus.edu.sg/nex/PE/Languages/index.htm
NTU confucius institute: http://ci-ntu.com/english/programmes/index.1.html

alternatively, there's a good online resource here: http://chinesepod.com/

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Watch chinese dramas so that you can get exposure to Mandarin. If you need an online chinese-english dictionary, I recommend http://www.nciku.com/, as it allows you to handwrite the characters by using the mouse.


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Old 17th January 2010, 11:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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But .. dramas are horrible ...... guess I'll have to make do.

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Re: Learn Mandarin

Study like me. I'm a white dude, of Canadian descent but have managed to learn about 300 words that I can speak, read, and write.

It just takes practice mate.

The most challenging aspect I find is continually practicing. Unlike English, I find that Mandarin is a completely memory based language. For me, every word requires memorising three things: the pinyin so I can pronounce the word, the character itself, and finally the meaning. I suppose I'm motivated by the fact that so many Mandarin speakers are brilliant at English. Therefore, it surely must be possible to go the other way!!

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Study like me. I'm a white dude, of Canadian descent but have managed to learn about 300 words that I can speak, read, and write.

It just takes practice mate.

The most challenging aspect I find is continually practicing. Unlike English, I find that Mandarin is a completely memory based language. For me, every word requires memorising three things: the pinyin so I can pronounce the word, the character itself, and finally the meaning. I suppose I'm motivated by the fact that so many Mandarin speakers are brilliant at English. Therefore, it surely must be possible to go the other way!!
Omg Canadian!

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Omg Canadian!
Don't omg him, support him mate!

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chinese is hard because the writing is completely memory based, i sometimes forget how to write words but i know the meaning and the pronunciation of it.

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Don't omg him, support him mate!

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Greetings mister ExpatPilot, you are my pillar of encouragement, and, your message of support is indeed a very important part of my life.

Thank you.
Cheers mate! My goal is 1000 characters! We'll see where I'm at in another couple months! I got a bit distracted in the latter stages of last year with the CFA #1 exam, but I'm back on the Mandarin studying now.

Keep at it, you'll be fine. And don't be ashamed or embarrassed to try speaking around your Mandarin speaking mates. That's what I do. I make loads of mistakes, but that's the best way to learn. And hey, we have a good laugh over it as well.

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Omg Canadian!
Damn right Canadian!!! Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Check that place out on a map. It's a dump. I haven't been back in over 10 years!! There is a statistic out there that say Winnipeg is the coldest city in the world with a population over 500k. Nice eh? I remember as a kid getting like -40degC. No jokes mate.

Terrible place... the armpit of Canada.


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Re: Learn Mandarin

Originally Posted by Yoricko View Post
I'm 18 and Yellow Skinned, my written Chinese vocabulary is limited to 2 words, and my speaking capabilities is not even worth mentioning.

How can I pick up Mandarin again?
Should I take some courses, if so, where?
Or would it be much more cost effective to just pick up some books and put in effort?

Not sure as to how can I obtain enlightenment, so I would like you guys to help me steer me in the correct path, thank you my fellow friends.
Besides Confucius Institute, you can also try the Mandarin language courses at Singapore Chinese Chamber Institute of Business (SCCIOB).

For info about Chinese language course at SCCIOB, see http://www.scciob.edu.sg/index.cfm?GPID=97

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you could post queries here too! we'll be glad to help (:

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chinese is hard because the writing is completely memory based, i sometimes forget how to write words but i know the meaning and the pronunciation of it.
It might require some memory work, but I would advise that when learning a Chinese character, learn about the radicals 部首 that made up a Chinese character. Then, practise writing the character many times (at least 10 times). In this way, you will learn how to write and remember better.

For instance, the character 晕 yun1 (dizzy) is made up by two radicals 日 (sun) and 军 (soldier). Thus, I always remember it as 晕 = 日+军

The radicals are something like the 'alphabets' of Chinese characters.

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Beginner's Conversational Mandarin course
Commencement date: 3rd Feb 2010
Location of classes: blk 2 Chai Chee Road # 02-284 S(461002).
(10mins walk/feeder bus 222 from Bedok MRT)
Day/Time: Wednesdays 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Number of Sessions: 10
Fees: $30 material fee (course fee will be charged as this is the 1st run)
No pre-requisite knowledge of Mandarin is required at all.

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i think for all language, if you wanna improve on it, you have to basically practice speaking, writing and reading.

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watch chinese news ! best is those with the words shown on screen as the news anchor reads

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Beginner's Conversational Mandarin course
Commencement date: 3rd Feb 2010
Location of classes: blk 2 Chai Chee Road # 02-284 S(461002).
(10mins walk/feeder bus 222 from Bedok MRT)
Day/Time: Wednesdays 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Number of Sessions: 10
Fees: $30 material fee (course fee will be charged as this is the 1st run)
No pre-requisite knowledge of Mandarin is required at all.

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hello there.
Just wondering, are you the one who is conducting the class?if so,what is your qualification?

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For Mandarin Courses, please call me @ 64558470.

I was a translator for law firms locally and in the US dealing with Chinese counterparts. Im teaching in a relaxed manner to recognise and remember usage.

Small class size and starting mid June. Registration is open now.

$200 a month for 12 hours.


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