Chinese Language Learning Tips and Tools: For language students of all levels
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Resource #1: VocarooVocaroo is an online voice recorder. It is a quick and easy way to practice and share voice messages over the internet. Record yourself speaking in Chinese and then play it back to check your pronunciation or email to your teacher to check.
Resource #2: QuizletQuizlet has simple and free learning tools for students and teachers. You can access Chinese lessons from schools around the world. Quizlet’s flashcards, tests and study games make learning Chinese fun and engaging for all ages.
Resource #3: ChinesepodLearn Mandarin Chinese online with ChinesePod using situational dialogues. Personalize your learning with practical language. Lessons are available for beginner to advanced students. Tune in to their cultural shows to learn about every day life in China.
Resource #4: YablaYabla’s language immersion web site gives you authentic television, music videos, drama, interviews, travel, and Yabla exclusive shoots from China. Its unique player technology is designed with language learners in mind: Slow Play, Integrated Dictionaries, Listening Game, Dual Language Subtitles, and more.
Resource #5: MDBG online toolsMDBG not only provides a Chinese-English dictionary, but also provides variety of tools for learning Chinese such as word and character dictionaries, radical and stroke guides, translate, practice, and more.
Resource #6: IdiomsExplore and understand idiomatic expressions in Chinese. All languages use them! They make learning fun and gave you insight into the culture. Chinese is very rich in such expressions. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengyu Here are a few from Fluentu and more can be found on their blog:
- 理所当然 (lǐ suǒ dāng rán) – 理所当然 sounds like “to go without saying” or “as a matter of course,” but literally means that “according to reason, it should be the case.” Here’s an example: “Some things which are obvious or natural in the course of a marriage…” “。。。在婚姻中的一些～的事。。。” “。。。zài hūnyīn zhōng de yīxiē ～de shì 。。。”
- 全力以赴 (quán lì yǐ fù) – 全力以赴 basically means to give it your all (literally “exert all your strength”) for a goal. It has a positive tone, and is somewhat formal but can still be used in everyday speech. It’s important to note that 全力以赴 is typically used for actions that haven’t finished yet, rather than actions that have already been completed. Here’s an example: “无论考生的笔试成绩如何，都要全力以赴准备面试” “wúlùn kǎoshēng de bǐshì chéngjì rúhé ，dōuyào quánlìyǐfù zhǔnbèi miànshì” “No matter how the student’s written test score is, he/she needs to give 100% to prepare for the interview”