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Posted on: Introduction to Pinyin
September 20, 2009, 06:10 AM

My experience with Pinyin..

I came to China 3 years ago (work) and I started to learn Chinese with FESCO system based on Pinyin. Well,.. at the beginning it's quite fun as easily you can come up with some every-day expressions BUT very quickly pinyin become real show-stoppers as the progress is very limited or inexistent. You loose the "childish" (but extremely useful) game "look-to-the-stores-and-tell-me-what-is-is written". I really regret that I haven't started with  汉字 directly (combined with Pinyin for the pronunciation). I'm quite sure that I would have huge improvement even though the starting should have been quite tough. Anyway, I try now :) never late ;) 

Posted on: Coming Up Next: 接下来,然后,还有,那么
September 19, 2009, 05:36 AM

Can 那么  be used also to express the result of an assumption or it's just an expression imported from western languages? 

eg. 如果 。。。。 那么。。。