Chinese is quite different from Western languages in that it has a fixed amount of possible syllables. All in all there are no more than around 400 but then each of these syllables then have up to 5 possible tones. Interestingly, there are only a few sounds that end with a consonant. These are n, . . . → Read More: Chinese Mandarin: Pinyin combinations and sound recordings
Attached here is a list of Chinese Idioms (or 成语) that will be available in the iHanzi flashcard app for iPhone.
Have I missed any more common and important? Perhaps made a character, pinyin or definition mistake?
I’d appreciate your input.
Simplified Traditional pinyin English Definition 爱不释手 愛不釋手 ài bú shì shǒu to fondle . . . → Read More: Chinese Idioms
In Taiwan they have the TOFCL test or as it is officially named: Test Of Chinese as a Foreign Language. (http://www.tw.org/tocfl/) which is Taiwan’s national standardized test for Chinese language proficiency.
I have based my list on the list published on the website for Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency – Huayu: http://www.sc-top.org.tw/english/download.php. Then I put all words . . . → Read More: TOFCL: The complete list with English definitions
I’m populating the HSK Levels with definitions from Popup Chinese, Lingomi and CC-DICT. In the attached Excel file the levels 1-3 are now complete. This is ‘only’ 600 of the 5000 words that I need to do but it is at least a start.
I want to choose English definitions represents the meaning of the character or . . . → Read More: HSK: The Complete Hanban lists with English definitions
Are you studying for the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi or Chinese proficiency test?
Here is a complete listing of all vocabulary of the New Hanban 6 levels.
The original vocabulary lists show hanzi and pinyin (accented without word space) only. The English definitions are left out.
Lingomi and Popup Chinese have published lists with English definitions . . . → Read More: HSK: The Complete Hanban lists
Here are my favorite Chinese Mandarin learning apps.
This $4 app is easily the best Flashcard function out there. The Leitner Study Method algorithm works beautifully to introduce, rehearse and re-enforce vocabulary. The HSK levels are complete and well edited. Very nice and the best way to build your Chinese Mandarin vocabulary. Comes with both Traditional . . . → Read More: My Favorite Chinese Mandarin Learning Apps
What’s up with Simplified Chinese character of 爱 (ài- love) missing the 心 (xīn – heart) radical?
I’d much rather see a heart in love (心) as in the Traditional character for love (愛).
The history of character simplification is quite interesting. It started with the New Culture Movement (xīnwénhuàyùndòng – 新文化运动) in the beginning of the 20th . . . → Read More: Love Simplified: 愛 vs. 爱
Ever since I studied Mandarin in Taipei in the early 90s, I haven’t been able to solve the mystery of why Sweden is called 瑞典 [Ruìdiǎn] and Switzerland is called 瑞士 [Ruìshì]. There seemed to be no connection to the Chinese name and the foreign name.
Most countries would either be a phonetic translation such . . . → Read More: The mystery of Sweden and Switzerland