2013年5月27日 星期一

How would foreigners learn Chinese?


Recently, many foreigners start to learn Chinese, which is said to be the hardest language.
There are two interviewees, Su Yeon Park and Song Ha Lee, both from Korea, have learned Chinese for four months.
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The first obstacle they had encountered is four tones. However, Korean characters are similar with Chinese characters, so they pronounce better than other European students in class. An efficient way Song Ha Lee found is to look for resemblances. Like “impulse”, this word has the analogous syllable between Korean and Chinese. They also mentioned about that unlike English or Korean, when seeing one word, though don't know what it means, people can still pronounce it well.

The next is about same words but have different meanings. Many words have these rules in Chinese. For example, “”, in Chinese has two meaning. In verb, it means spend, but in noun, it means flower.

Amie Parry
Unlike the new learner, another interviewee, Amie Parry, the professor at Department of English in NCU, has learned Chinese for sixteen years since college in America.

In her experience, 多少(duo shao) and 大小(da xiao) is one of the part confused her. For native Chinese speakers, we may still not be familiar with the Chinese dictionary because it has the rules that seldom be used in real life. Therefore, it is harder for learners to look up the words they don’t recognize, that is one reason makes Chinese so hard to learn.

Pleco(Origin:http://www.pleco.com/)


 Pleco, is an fast and convenient app when learning Chinese. Using this app to take a picture about unknown Chinese characters, and this app will translate these characters into English. It is better than looking up the Chinese dictionary.

Chinese is a trend over the world now. Though it is complicated, the new learners still keep trying. There would be more efficient way in learning it someday to make Chinese easier.  

2013年5月22日 星期三

Peer's comment about how would foreigners learn Chinese?


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3.      we may still not BE familiar with the Chinese dictionary
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5.      "The next obstacle is ABOUT the same words but have definitely different meaning."
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7.      Add some about Chinese dictionary information(how difficult it is for people to use…)

2013年5月21日 星期二

How do foreigners learn Chinese?


Recently, more and more foreigners start to learn Chinese, which is said to be the hardest language. There are two interviewees, Su Yeon Park and Song Ha Lee, both from Korea, have learned Chinese for four months.
The first obstacles they had encountered is the four tones. However, because Korean characters are similar with Chinese characters, they pronounce better than other European students in class. An efficient way Song Ha Lee found to learn Chinese is to find the resemblance between Korean and Chinese. Like impulse, this word has the analogous syllable between Korean and Chinese.
The next obstacle is the same words but have definitely different meaning. “”, this word in Chinese has two meaning. In verb, it means spend, but in noun, it means flower. In Chinese, there are so many words have these rules.
They also talk about that unlike English and Korean, when seeing the word, even though didn’t know what it means, people can still pronounce it well.
Unlike the new learner, another interviewee, Amie Parry, had learned Chinese for sixteen years since college. She came to Taiwan since 1996 and she is the professor at Department of English in National Central University now.

In her experience, 多少(duo shao) and 大小(da xiao) is one of the part confused her. For native Chinese speakers, we may still not familiar with the Chinese dictionary because the Chinese dictionary has it’s own rules that we seldom use in real life. Therefore, it is harder for new learner to looking up the words they don’t recognize.
There is an app that is fast and convenient in learning Chinese. This app is called Pleco.

 Using this app to take a picture of the Chinese characters the learners don’t know, and then this app will translate these characters into English. It is better than looking up the Chinese dictionary.
Chinese is a mystery and complicated language, and you can’t learn it through English, that would be a disaster. Using every tool you can find, and contact with it every day, it would be familiar with you somehow someday.

2013年5月6日 星期一

How do foreigners learn Chinese?



Two international students are from Korea.
Su Yeon Park, from Korea, had learned Chinese for two months.
When she arrived in Taiwan, she found the first thing about the difficulties in Chinese is that she doesn’t know how to order food and the shop owner can’t speak English well. Therefore, she always needs some helpers to translate the menu for her at the first time when she arrived in Taiwan. The tool she could only use is the dictionary app, although it is not convenient.
Song Ha Lee, form Korea, had learned Chinese for two months. One of the difficulties she had encountered is the four tones. However, because Korean character is similar with Chinese character, they are pronouncing better than other European students in class. An efficient way she found to learn Chinese is to find the resemblance between Korean and Chinese. Like impulse, this word has the analogous syllable between Korean and Chinese.
  “”, this word in Chinese has two meaning. In verb, it means spend, but in noun, it means flower. In Chinese, there are so many words have these rules (characters). The interviewees said that these words also confused them, but the grammar and pronunciation are the hardest part. When talking about the book they learned, they thought that it is useful; they could use it in the real life. Su said that she could order pearl milk tea by own herself, and she could also ask for ice and sugar. They also talk about that unlike English and Korean, when seeing the word, even though didn’t know what it means, people can still pronounce it well.
Amie Parry

 America, had learned Chinese for sixteen years, since 1987. Amie had learned Chinese in college, and came to Taiwan since 1996 and she is the professor at Department of English in National Central University. She said that pronunciation is one of the difficult parts. Like 多少(duo shao) and 大小(da xiao), she had confused these two words. For the native Chinese speakers, we are still even not familiar with the Chinese dictionary because the Chinese dictionary has it’s own rules that we seldom use in real life. Therefore, Professor Amie said that she once found out she is better than her friend who is a native speaker of Chinese and also major in Chinese in looking up the Chinese dictionary. Because she had lived with the Chinese dictionary since she learned, but her friend didn’t.
Pleco

There is an app that she has used which she thought that it is a fast and convenient tool for learning Chinese than looking up the Chinese dictionary. This app is called Pleco. Using this app to take a picture of the Chinese characters the learners don’t know, and then this app will translate these characters into English. 

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