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. 

http://pinyin.info/readings/texts/moser_zhongwen_traditional.html

http://www.sino-platonic.org/abstracts/spp001_chinese_dictionaries.html

19 則留言:

  1. Interesting app! However sometimes I doubt the correction of those app...

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  2. It is difficult to learn Chinese for foreigners, but it is interesting to learn different languages.

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  3. I think it is hard for everyone to learn other foreign language. I agree of what Song Ha Lee's said. The four tones of Chinese is not easy to tell for those who learned Chinese at the beginning.

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  4. Since Chinese is difficult for foreigners,they find interesting ways to learn it!

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  5. Learning foreign language is hard! Especially when the pronuciation and the grammer are completely different with our native language.
    That app is really cool!!!

    Su said that she could order pearl milk tea by "own" herself...?

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  6. I think that maybe we can change some Chinese text books for our international students. Because I do not think that Chinese is a easy-to-learn language. The app that u mention in your news, I have use one time on my England friend's smartphone, and I remenber what I look uo for--green onion=蔥. So the app is pretty useful!

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  7. Chinese is really difficult to learn for foreigners.
    But they do try hard to learn and they even use app to improve it.
    Interesting!
    we should also work hard to learn other languages!

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  8. Chinese's words are the most difficult to learn in the world. we have the complicated strokes of the words and the variety of words' shapes.
    so it seems to be really hard for the foreigners to learn!

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  9. According to my Mandarin teacher in high school: Chinese is the most complicated language in the world, much more difficult to learn than English. Thanks God I'm a Chinese.

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  10. When I taught Korean Chinese, I finally found Chinese is really hard to learn. = = this app is great for them! However, they should check the answer in different way so that they won't be misled.

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  11. I prefer to learn languages from froeigner rather than teaching them chinese haha.
    The app is fantastic.

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  12. Chinese is considered to be the most difficult language to learn, because you need to learn the vocabulary first in order to pronounce it. Therefore, it is really hard for a foreigner to master the language. I am glad I am a Chinese speaker.

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  13. Chinese has developed for thousand years. As a native speaker, I always consider Chinese class annoying; not to mention as for foreigners. Such an app is really helpful for learning Chinese.

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  14. it's amazing that we can use app to learn other languages!
    I think I can apply it into my Japanese learning:)

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  15. I once read a similar article which was written by a foreigner who wants to learn Chinese but thinks it is too hard to learn it. He says even after 10 years struggle he still cant read 紅樓夢 and it makes him really upset. XD

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  16. Many foreigners say that Chinese is hard to learn, but it also difficult to learn other languages. This app could help us to learn languages :)

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  17. I am glad that we have the app now that makes foreigners to learn Chinese a bit easier. In fact, learning as well as teaching Chinese both makes people headache.

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  18. Although this is convenient, those foreigners still need an easy way to apporch this app. Great app! I did not know it before.

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