For those who signed up free on Chinese Learn Online, have you noticed the link to the New CLO at the bottom on their pages? This is the link to the new and more friendly site. Give it a try, it’s free.
By the way, to help us in our learning, I’ve found an amazing free tool : Anki.
“Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. Because it’s a lot more efficient than traditional study methods, you can either greatly decrease your time spent studying, or greatly increase the amount you learn”.
Anki shows you friendly and intelligent flash cards. The key thing is that it applies the following principles:
– Active recall testing (being asked a question and trying to remember the answer),
– Use it or loose it (The solution is simple, however: review. By reviewing newly-learnt information, we can greatly reduce forgetting),
– Spaced repetition (In SuperMemo’s spaced repetition system, every time you answer a question, you tell the program how well you were able to remember it – whether you forgot completely, made a small mistake, remembered with trouble, remembered easily, etc. The program uses this feedback to decide the optimal time to show you the question again. Since a memory gets stronger each time you successfully recall it, the time between reviews gets bigger and bigger – so you may see a question for the first time, then 3 days later, 15 days later, 45 days later, and so on).
You can also use their free cloud service, and synchronize all your devices. And if you’re as I am, you’ll love the graphs and statistics provided to monitor your learning!
Enjoy! It’s free and efficient!
I want to share with you my experience in chinese learning.
I enrolled in a group training course last year. One session a week. Nice people, nice teacher who was writing Chinese letters on the board. But that was a total failure.
I like learning at my own speed, at the time I choose, with the methods that match my way of learning. A session once a week was not enough for me. I could hardly see any progress at all. Much too sloooow. So I left after 3 months only.
This year, I decided to find out a mandarin online course. So I started to search around the internet and I gave a try to free sites and to pay sites.
I tried LinkQ, Rocket Chinese, and finally I signed up for Chinese Learn Online.
You can signup for a free trial with these sites. Have a look. Make your own mind.
Here is why I chose Chinese Learn Online.
1. I’m a beginner. I need a progressive course. Each lesson must be built upon previously learned material
2. I need audio podcasts and I want to read transcripts directly on my MP3 player (thanks to my iPhone) while listening and repeating. I take my course in the tube, in a park, etc….
3. I need visual exercices. There are many activities on the website (character games, flashcard tests – also available as iPhone Apps -)
4. I need tone practice : here you can record and replay what you hear, either for yourself, or for a teacher that gives you his feedback (are you shy?)
5.There are Listen and Type exercices, fill the blank in sentences,…
6.There are pdf notes : lesson transcripts (in pinyin, simplified, traditional characters, English or Spanish, some are even in French or Italian)
7.There are also pre-formated pdf for writing practice!
Well, I had here everything I wanted in the same online course. I’m learning rocket fast (5 lessons a week). I encourage you to give it a free try.
Just click HERE and signup for the free trial, you’re gonna love it!
I’m waiting for your feedback.再见。
Learning Chinese language and Chinese letters is challenging for a western person. Thus, it’s crucial to develop an effective learning style of your own.
A person’s primary learning style is typically classified as visual, kinesthetic or auditory. You can find tests to discover which of these three is used most by yourself, and you can then take advantage of this self-knowledge to learn more efficiently.
1.If your primary way of processing new material is visual, imagining things in your mind is a good way to make them “stick.” Writing things down or otherwise physically using information helps those with a kinesthetic style, and listening to taped information is a good way for auditory learners to remember things.
2.Beyond these, a person’s learning style is a unique mix of the primary ways of processing information as well as the ways in which various techniques and personal idiosyncrasies are used. For example, if you remember facts better when you study in the morning, then it is best to study important things in the morning. Also, particular techniques, like the memory technique of linking a set of facts or items in a story, might work well for you, and so should be used as a recurring part of learning.
3.Learn how you most easily process information, note how other factors affect your ability to learn, and then test various techniques. In this way you can develop a unique learning style that works best for you. The following are some elements you may want to include.
4.Take a few breaks. We remember best what we studied first and last in a given session. Taking breaks creates more “sessions”, and so increases the number of firsts and lasts. Getting up and moving around during your breaks can also keep your mind fresh.
5.Study with the idea in mind that you will be teaching the same material. As you study something, imagine how you will teach it, even hearing the words you will use. This is a powerful way to get a good grasp on new information.
6.Think about how you’ll use the information. There is so much information to remember, and so little of it is the “important stuff”. When you imagine how you’ll use the new information, you tend to automatically focus on the things you really need to know.
7.Habitually compare and contrast things. Tell yourself, “That’s like…”, or “How is that different from…”. Linking things helps.
To sum up, learn how your mind processes new information. Then try various learning techniques and make the ones that work for you into habits. Oh, and take those personal idiosyncrasies into account too. This is how you develop an effective learning style of your own. Ready?
So you’re seriously considering getting a tattoo with Chinese Letters. Here are 7 things you need to take into account.
1. Do some researches before going to the tattoo shop. Choosing a Chinese tattoo model needs some careful study and attention to make sure you get it perfect. This is crucial because once inked, it will be there with you forever and hence you simply cannot afford to get something inapt.
2. Do not grab your character from a English-Chinese dictionary. The characters are in a typewriting font, and unless of course you are competent in the art of Chinese calligraphy, any attempt to make it look awesome will foul things up.
3. Refrain from picking up Kanji tattoo designs from tattoo parlors. Kanji are Japanese. Frequently the Kanji patterns available from these parlors have some or the other anomalies that are unnoticeable but make a lot of difference to its meaning. Some of the most well-known mistakes are missing strokes or mistranslated versions.
4. Select meaningful Chinese tattoos that will be with you forever. It is always important to choose something that has long lasting attraction and is not just a passing fashion. Consider Chinese tattoo designs that reveal your personality.
5. Keep in mind that Chinese calligraphy is a 5,000 year old art form, and it can take ages to master the brush strokes. Make certain that your tattoo artist can draw your character absolutely perfectly on paper before he even comes near your arm!
6. Select the best suited tattoo artist. It is very important that you go to a tattoo artist who has sufficient experience in designing Chinese tattoos. Unskilled tattoo artists often make blunders when they try to add their own touch to the design which only leads to meaningless Chinese characters. On top of that, Chinese symbols can be written in different calligraphy styles. Hence, it is very important that your artist is for sure comfortable with these styles to get it right.
7. Prefer getting a stencil outline of the proposed Chinese tattoo design. Usually every design has a matching stencil that is the exact version of that particular design. It contains black outlines of the design without any color or shadings. This will help the artist to ink the tattoo exactly the same as the proposed design. Thus, keep a print of your tattoo design as well as stencil outline when you go to your tattoo artist.
And make the right choice for you!
大家好. Here are 10 quick tips to help you to learn Chinese. There are no Chinese Letters since the Chinese writing are ideograms. Thus you have to learn them. That’s a memory game.
1. The best way to learn the Chinese language is to expose yourself to it as much as you can. Listen to audio tapes. In fact, learning Chinese becomes much simpler if you stay in a place like Beijing.
2. Do you have a plan to read a Chinese book of your interest? It’s easier if you have a clear goal.
3. For the tone teaching, I like to use body movement to enforce my tone perfection. Make it a habit to recognize each new word’s tone and character’s meaning. Exaggerate and practice the tones, but don’t just concentrate on that single aspect. The sentence fluency is equally important. The sentences need to flow with ups and downs of tonal melody.
4. Note the objects in house, write down the Chinese characters or pinyin equivalents of these objects on big sheets of paper and tape to the object.
5. Understand that unlike European languages that have some inherent connection between them (like French and English), there is no connection between English and the Chinese language. That is why it is important to build your vocabulary bit by bit.
6. The best way to turn your Chinese learning into active knowledge — writing a journal!
7. If you want to learn Chinese fast, find a native speaker to assist you. Not only will they teach you the right tones and pronunciation, they will also force you to practice your sketchy language on them.
8. Set aside a certain time of day, or a certain set of activities, for the Chinese learning. It does not matter what you do, reading books, singing songs or baking cookies, as long as you do it all in Chinese. I learn on my way to work! No more time left.
9. You dont want to pay for Chinese lessons without reviewing several companies first. The reason is that there are a plethora of online companies out there that can help you, but they all charge different prices and have different features. You want the company with the most features for the lowest price, and in order to find that, you’ll need to review and research them. Compare the features and the prices until you find the company for you. I’ll post a review soon.
10. Practice and memorize simple phrases. Trying to learn a language word by word is painstaking. When you learn phrases, language becomes easier to learn and you will also have a sense of accomplishment. Practice learning with a partner, if you can.
See you soon!
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