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Some useful resources for Chinese

Wow…. me… actually writing a “useful” post…. so rare…

Hello everyone!

 大家好~!

Today I want to talk about Chinese, which I’ve never talked about before…Not that I have too much to say, I decided to do HSK 1or 2 and I am super anxious about it >w< Chinese is a wonderful language and I enjoy studying it a lot but an exam (even at a low level) needs dedication and time, which I don’t have. In the very first two HSK the biggest effort is memorizing the given vocabulary and knowing very basic grammar. I’ve memorized almost all the first 150 vocabs for the first exam and I know basic grammar, the exam is in June so I could also learn the level 2 one too, maybe…

Anyway if you are studying Chinese I have a list of sites that could help you with your learnig~~!! I hope you’ll like it!

 

Chinese Keyboard Traditional/Simplified Imput Here it is, my best friend! I don’t know you guys, but my PC is pretty old and doesn’t support all the east asian languages so for Chinese I have to use an online keyboard. You can find various good ones online, but I like this one for having both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. Personally I use Simplified Chinese more, but since I have friends from Taiwan and friends who learn Traditional Chinese it’s a very useful tool for me. 

Yes Chinese Pretty simple website for beginners! I mostly use it for vocabulary, I like it because it teaches you words not only with the translation but with sample sentence, putting the words in a context ^^

As for grammar I am using all Italian resources (If you are interested though click here, I am using this book right now and I think it’s pretty cool!) but  I have a grammar in English ⇒ Basic Chinese I haven’t read it all yet but for what I could see it is pretty far from basic^^ I suggest it, and also there are exercises if you want to practice!

Taiwanese Tv most of the times I can’t understand a single word of what they are saying but it’s a good exercise to practice listening and to enjoy foreign tv shows or dramas. Also in this site there is the Japanese and Korean tv

And here some of my favourite Chinese related Youtube channels:

Happy Chinese Series A funny sit-com of a foreign girl in China. It is mostly for advanced learners but thanks to the English sub you can try following the scenes. At the end of every episode there’s a short explenation of one Chinese expression, 你好 or 您好 for example!

Fiona Tian I learnt tones from her basicly ^^ I like how she explains!

learnchinesenow I love this channel. Interesting videos about china and Chinese: from basic vocabulary to poems and idioms *^*

Off the Great Wall Parodies about Chinese(Asian) culture, I think they are really funny. Also in their channer you can find useful information about Chinese language^^

 

I guess that’s all for today~~!! 

再见~ 

Do you have any good Chinese website or books to suggest?

 

 

 

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Dealing with “Asian Numbers”

I started school just yesterday, everything is fine and I actually haven’t started to study yet, I have to meet new teachers so I still can consider myself a free girl. Usually I wake up really really early in the morning, I am really slow and I prefer to do things without rush. Said that, I usually am ready to at 7.30, it’s a pity that school starts at 8.30 ^^` A whole hour for myself, what to do? Personally during exams time I use this time to review subjects but since I had nothing to do for today I decided to review some Korean and Japanese!

Since I started I always had problems with numbers, in every language I’ve studied. Numbers are a very simple thing, it’s beginner level but for me it has always been difficult, not memorizing them but use them in everyday life. Sometimes I would pick up my phone and say out loud the numbers in my contact list but sometimes it’s not enough, especially with Asian counting systems.

after some time you can get used to it but, in my modest opinion, Asian languages(Japanese, Korean and Chinese, I can’t speak for the others because I don’t know about them unfortunately) have a particular relationship with numbers. I am talking about counters, and dual number system things..

Both Korean and Japanese have 2 counting system, and one of them is based  on the Chinese numbers.

I actually love studying Chinese because of this too… You know, this connection between these languages, it’s what keeps me motivated, and also because it’s beautiful! 

Back to the numbers…

    Chinese                  Korean            Japanese

一 yī                          일   il                 一  ichi

二 èr                         이   i        二  ni  

三  sān                      삼  sam           三  san

四  sì                         사  sa                四  yon\shi 

五  wǔ                       오  o                  五  go

六  liù                       육  yuk               六  roku

七  qī                        칠  chil               七  nana\shichi

八  bā                       팔  pal            八  hachi

九  jiǔ                       구  gu                 九  kyuu\kuu

十  shí                      십  sip       十  juu  

Of course languages evolve but you can see an obvious connection between these three languages. I wondered about this all the morning  at school :

If they already had their own numbers why to adapt a language to another one?

And, How to use them? Are there specific rules  or motivations to use one instead of the other?

The first one can be easily answered looking through an history book, or a Wikipedia page if you prefer. I think we could say that Chinese people were to Asia what Romans were for Europe, no matter what, the influence is visible. I don’t know it this comparison can work, but Chinese left its mark around! At a certain point the populations who had commercial or political relationships with China had to adapt to deal with Chinese and its writing, that’s how it worked. I recall I watched a episode of 日本人の知らない日本語 about this matter but I really can’t remember which one…

The second one is more difficult, because after hours and hours on the Internet I couldn’t find a proper answer>< I got that usually Native numbers are mostly used with things that express a ordinal usage, but I am not that sure of it and I am almost sure there are more exceptions than actual rules….

I am really sorry for this long and boring blog post, but this is basically how I demonstrate my love for languages, I don’t just learn them but I wanna go to the roots and understand more and more! 

Now I go, tomorrow I will have my first philosophy lesson and I am pretty nervous… wish me good luck! I hope you all will have a wonderful day!!~

Hello Everyone!

Hello, I am Bennie!

This is my first time using a blog, I hope I didn’t do anything wrong, I am still learning how to use it^^

I am sharing here my languages progresses, I hope you’ll have a good time reading my posts!

So, until next time, take care~~!