Studying very hard
Ni hao !
Wo jiao Bjorn :)
Wo zai xué Zhongwen. Zhè shi hen nan!
I have a question : I have now just started learning Chinese and i'm still a newbie. I have 2-3 free months vacation to learn Chinese. Do you guys think that if I study every day, I can be in elementary of intermediate after those 3 months?
cinnamonfernJune 16, 2011, 11:08 PM
I think you could definitely be Elementary. You have to do more than just the Newbie lesson that comes out each week though. I'd recommend at least 3 or 4 a week (probably more). And make sure to review the dialogue a lot. Review is key. Listen to it over and over. It took me forever to get out of Newbie, but I realize now I wasn't studying nearly as hard as I could have. You can do it!
greatu200June 17, 2011, 01:01 AM
Please reply back with my email (email@example.com)
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My name is Miss Sarah Williams I was impressed to
invite you for a private discussion after
my random and intensiv
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i will also
like to seek your advice too.
I think we can help each other. I do not care where my kind of friend comes from provided he/she is a decent person.Please I'm waiting eagerly to see your mail soon.i will send you my details with my pictures after you have replied
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If you'd left it at "Kay" I would have just taken that as a pun on the shortened form of "ok" and the name "Kay" and thought it was obscure though, but the kay sarah sarah [pun on sera sera...I just love this pun you've made...for many reasons but also because people do sometimes deliberately pronounce their names differently..sometimes to be posh I guess] made it perfectly clear.
Well wasn't it Doris Day sang that song? And they used to rub vaseline on the movie camera lens when filming..that's what gave it that slightly out of focus look.
' wasn't it Doris Day sang that song? '
Oh I am showing my ignorance .. I just think of Normie Rowe and the Playboys. Here's what I discovered: Doris Day's version was #1 for 8 weeks in Australia when I was 4 years old. (I think I was playing in the back yard with my toys then.) Then Normie Rowe's version was #1 also for 8 weeks when I was 14 - by which time I had a Panasonic transistor glued to my ear. So the Normie Rowe version made an impression. This all takes me back to hot summer days, the beach and a hit parade that went from 1 to 8.
I'm guessing that your post was directed to me? (You need to press 'Reply' below the post in question.)
I'm sorry that my message was not as clear as it should have been. This user has been sending individual messages (IM) to users, using the IM facility on this site (you will find 'Send Message' below your avatar if you go to the user's page.) In my case the messages were just like the public post, so any thought of my being 'special' sort of went out the window.
Some people do come to this site to find foreigners to do a kind of language exchange via email or chat. It may not be obvious to this particular user whether you are a native English speaker - nor does that necessarily matter.
For most users who are trying to learn Chinese this is a bit of a distraction, but often these messages come from students who are encouraged to make these kind of approaches by their teachers.
My comment about 'other desires' was based on some of the wording in her post - eg. 'I will send you my details with my pictures' and 'invite you for a private discussion'. Neither of these proposals are necessary for language learning, but of course there could be a break-down in communication because she is not using her native language. Incidentally, I don't know what her native language is, but it is unlikely to be Chinese.
bibiibjornJune 17, 2011, 08:32 AM
Oh another question for you guys: When you were a newbie, did you also study all the characters and did you learn to write them? Or did you just listen and tried to speak?
I was encouraged to read and write them right from the very start. I think that this is the conventional approach if you take classes. Of course if you are native Chinese learning the language naturally you have two or three years of listening and speaking before you try writing (reading comes earlier.) You use the right side of your brain when reading and writing characters .. maybe this helps, to get as much of your brain as possible on the job of learning.