DarkPlague07 wrote:I've studied Chinese for about 2 years or so at school. I've been trying to figure out how to type the characters. Do you know what I can do for that?
Junesun wrote:- Assimil: focuses on teaching to understand texts. In the lessons, you'll find every sentence translated, which is supposed to teach you something about the grammar and usage of the language. You'll rarely find explicit explanations. The "phonetic" transcription of texts is non-standard and based on French, even in their English books. In order to acquire an acceptable pronunciation, you have to buy the cassettes/CDs, which are much more expensive than the books. Few exercises and none of them for learning to actively use the language. Funny cartoons to enhance learning.
Junesun wrote:- Pimsleur: focuses on listening and speaking. Does NOT teach you to read/write Chinese, not even in the standard romanised transcription (Pinyin). Teaches you to make useful conversation right from the first lesson. Constant repetition after a native speaker enables you to acquire a good pronunciation. Knowledge of grammar is kept to a minimum. The taught vocabulary and expressions don't go much beyond the needs of a tourist.
Junesun wrote:- Rosetta Stone: innovative approach of not using any word in your language, only the target language. You get pictures and words / sentences describing them, in Chinese characters, Pinyin and spoken. The rest is guesswork: how do I make this sound? How does the grammar work? What exactly does a word or phrase mean? The pictures can leave things unclear, especially when it comes to concepts that can't easily be shown in a picture (e. g. think, read, say, prepositions, ...). Matching exercises for all directions. The tool allowing you to compare your pronunciation to that of a native speaker can be very useful, especially when it comes to the tones.
There are a lot of Chinese courses online. I think the one that is most developed is at http://www.hello-han.com. The site also offers a course in business Chinese and a a-character-a-day service that could be interesting for intermediate learners.
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