To aid the learning process, you could always use an OCR (Optical Character Recognition), that scans Chinese characters and translates them into English. Luckily, we have just the thing, and its optimized perfectly for those pesky restaurant menus!You can use our OCR tool for free (10x a day) in the Written Chinese Dictionary app for iOS.
Chinese is now also being taught in many schools in the USA because chances are those kids will need to speak it (even just a little) in the future.
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Now there are plenty of excellent resources out there for learning Chinese.Booksare great, Kindle books are even better if youre travelling. Online courses are popular,blogsvideosand audio can educate you in new methods of learning from REAL students or teachers of Chinese.Mobile appsare probably the way forward and there are tons on the market to choose from (although I would highly recommendthis one! You really have no reason not to learn it
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Sadly, one of the things that happened to me when I arrived in China was I became more picky when it came to food. Because I had very little spoken Chinese, let alone read it unless I was with someone who could read or speak Chinese I ended up pointing at pictures, or worse, not going to restaurants I knew I couldnt order at. And dont kid yourself, whilst there are many places in China where people do speak English if you choose to experience the real China, there probably wont be. Even in a big city like Shenzhen, there are many people who cant speak English apart from Hello and Look Missy. Im not criticising anyone. I live here and its my responsibility to learn Chinese. On the other hand, anyone who can speak English will probably be beyond themselves with excitement and help you any way they can. Just dont expect it, is all Im saying, and learn the basics at least.
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Although you can use the red buttons to add tone marks, we highly recommend you use the number method (e.g. hao3) for speed and placement of the accent above the correct vowel. [Hint: Type v for ]
Chinese are travelling abroad more often, especially to Australia, USA, Japan and Thailand. If you work in tourism, its definitely worth speaking a little Chinese to accommodate the big spenders. If you work in the tourism industry and are considering learning Chinese check out ourTourism page.
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By the way, if the above describes something you may be thinking, take a look at our30 Day Chinese Learning Guide.
I honestly believe that in order to fully understand Chinese culture and history you need to learn Chinese. Im not suggesting that you need to be able to read the works of Confucius, but there are just some things when spoken in English make absolutely no sense and leave you feeling more confused and unsatisfied than before. Once you get to grips with even the basics of Written Chinese you will begin to make connections and comprehend more about Chinese society and mentality. Youll understand another cultures point of view.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
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There are more and more businesses not only having their products made in Chinese factories but also marketing towards the Chinese market. Recently a group of entrepreneurs began to make their unicycles here, and are confident that their products will sell well here. There is a mass of foreigners in Shenzhen alone looking to import and sometimes export products to and from China, and its a lucrative business, especially as were so close to Hong Kong.
Studies suggest thatlearning Chinese utilizes areas of the brainthat learning other languages does not. As there are many differences between learning Chinese compared with English such as tones and characters it is said that learning Chinese takes more brain power! Whereas English speakers only use the left temporal lobe, speakers of Mandarin use both. If you choose to learn Written Chinese, learning to write characters can help with motor skills and visual recognition will keep the mind sharp. Bilingual people, in general, are also said to bebetter at prioritizing and multitasking than monolingual people.
(Qinl zh xng, sh y z xi)
So if you want to keep your brain on the ball, be a maths genius (Chinese children have a great understanding of maths than English-speaking children) or keep yourself organised, Chinese is the language for you!
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For most people whose native language is English, learning a language is not only difficult and time-consuming, but often not worth the time and effort because everyone speaks English. Having lived in China for almost 4 years now, I can tell you confidently that everyone DOES NOT speak English, furthermore have no reason to learn it. We, on the other hand, the remaining 5.8 billion people on the planet, certainly do have several good reasons why we should learn Chinese, here are just 8 Reasons Why You Should Learn Chinese:
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Its fair to say that more and more foreigners are arriving in China looking to find work as a teacher or to start their own businesses. Whilst learning Chinese is not essential for teaching, it would probably benefit your relationships with colleagues and the parents of your students (if you keep their kid happy, the parents will love you forever, or at least until you leave for another job anyway!) If youre serious about learning Chinese andtake an HSK examthis will definitely something you canput on your resume for the future. As Chinese businesses such as electronic goods, textiles and petrochemicals expand more into the West, China aims to turn around the term Made in China into a more positive ideal and working alongside the Chinese to achieve these goals will be imperative in almost every industry.
I know literally every blog post you find about learning Chinese will have this as the first reason to learn Chinese. But rightly so; if youre going to learn another language, why not make it the one that almost ¼ of the world already speaks! Ok, so you might be thinking, Im never going to China, but you might go to Singapore or Taiwan where Chinese is also widely spoken. Not only that, but Chinese folk are living all over the world: in Canada, Australia and the USA to name a few. In many states in the USA, people learn Spanish because of the high population of Spanish speakers, wouldnt it be nice to speak to your Chinese neighbours?
Not to mention students; statistics show thatChinese students make up 19.8% of all international studentsstudying in the UK. And whilst they may be in the UK to practice their English, a or a once in a while might make them feel a little more at home
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p.s. the point is, I reallydontwant toorder dog meat in a restaurant
The more time I spend learning Chinese, the more intrigued and enthralled I become. Im making more and more connections when learning new characters; I realize that a certain character is used in many different bigrams (2 characters that make a word), or when you can guess the meaning of a character just by looking at theradicalsand when the penny drops its just utterly amazing! Im not the only one who feels this way more and more people are learning Chinese just for fun. Literally for their own enjoyment, and honestly I cant blame them. Its challenging and sometimes writing the same character 100 times makes you feel crazy, but if you keep going youll soon realise that this is an awesome language. Look at the characters who goodness sake! Some of them are pictures, but also a word. My mind is blown.
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These are just a few reasons why we should be learning Chinese. If your reasons are different, share them below in the comment section!
The truth is, Chinese IS becoming more popular, not meaning to brag but I know this from looking atWritten Chinese, and the amount of people who every single day ask Please teach me to speak/read/ write Chinese!, How can I learn Chinese? Where do I start?
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