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by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 11:05 am
Forum: Chinese language
Topic: Chinese characters WILL last
Replies: 5
Views: 33033

I agree with you Alex. Chinese characters will last. Granted, a Chinese character typically requires more storage space on disk than the equivalent alphabet-based language, but storage space of text is hardly ever an issue, considering that image and multimedia file require MUCH larger space. Also a...
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:55 am
Forum: Language courses
Topic: anybody knows good place to take placement test?
Replies: 1
Views: 10829

Well, anyone should at least check out the official HSK website and at least look at their download here:

http://www.hsk.org.cn/download.aspx
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:54 am
Forum: Chinese language
Topic: learning methods
Replies: 2
Views: 18123

Furthermore it's probably a good idea when you not only write the single characters but also some 词 (two characters that mean one word). That's a very valuable piece of advice. Chinese characters and words are of two different levels coz the different combinations of same characters can result in d...
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:45 am
Forum: Chinese language
Topic: words of vehicles/traffic (车辆/交通类英语词汇)
Replies: 4
Views: 227385

Rolls-Royce 罗尔斯罗伊斯
Rolls-Royce is usually translated as 劳斯莱斯, which is the version the most Chinese people are acquainted with.
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:42 am
Forum: Chinese language
Topic: Self-study resource
Replies: 3
Views: 19589

by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:41 am
Forum: Chinese language
Topic: problem with preposition phrase 于!plese help me!
Replies: 6
Views: 25539

ripper159 wrote:wow, your explanation is interesting. so, according to you, the phrase "寄希望于" is considered as one "word"?
I think so too. In this case, 寄希望于 is almost like a "fixed pair".
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 10:38 am
Forum: Chinese language
Topic: Chinese is not learnt(1)!
Replies: 2
Views: 14458

Of course Chinese is learned/learnt! How else? I think you were just talking about the proper environment that is most conducive to learning Chinese in order to COMMUNICATE. And even communication can be realized in different levels: just to get by in Chinese vs. engaging in a scholarly discussion a...
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:50 am
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: Good Self-study resource
Replies: 1
Views: 14596

Thanks for the recommendations!

Don't forget the other popular Chinese learning sites such as:
http://www.ChinesePod.com
http://www.LearnRealChinese.com
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:49 am
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: Found interesting website Babbley.com, tons of Chinese
Replies: 1
Views: 11415

Another language exchange community! How many such exchange sites are there? Seems there are a LOT!
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: Language courses
Topic: Test your Chinese language level
Replies: 1
Views: 10286

Interesting site... but I don't see the free test though.
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:44 am
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: Could someone help me?
Replies: 2
Views: 15110

Why don't you start by providing some "basic sentences" in English and I'll help you translate them :)
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:42 am
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: Learn Chinese by Listening to Our Broadcast
Replies: 2
Views: 15776

Interesting. The demo video is kinda funny though :)
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:38 am
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: When Did Mandarin Become The Official Language?
Replies: 2
Views: 16719

Just to add... Mandarin is based on one of the 7 major dialects of China -- The "northern dialect" and is very different from the other 6.

But if you have a good grasp of Mandarin, you should have no problem understand most of the northern dialects.
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:36 am
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: Pimsleur Mandarin
Replies: 5
Views: 21179

I've tried Pimsleur too.

If I'm not wrong, the demonstration in Pimsleur is the "standard". The "problem" is that most Chinese in China do not speak the "standard" Mandarin. Instead, their own version (which is heavily influenced by their dialects") can cause some confusion to a foreigner.
by Tom Higgins
Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:33 am
Forum: Mandarin language forum
Topic: 3500 Most Frequently Used Chinese Characters
Replies: 3
Views: 19458

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