Helping the victims of learning Chinese
Hey everybody! I know Chinese can be a difficult language to learn, so I'm here to help (along with other Chinese Soompiers!). Whether you're just learning or need some help here and there, I will try my best to answer your questions. However, please... if you are not fluent in the language, please do not answer full-fledged translation questions, pronunciation questions, etc. Just offer some advice. We don't want to confuse Chinese learners. Also, if you don't live in a Chinese-speaking country, don't offer cultural advice or cultural vocabulary.
*Learn Chinese (Basics)
*Writing Chinese Font on XP
*Adding BoPoMoFo on Word (Windows&Mac)
^^ (it's about furigana, japanese, but it automatically becomes BoPoMoFo ㄅㄆㄇㄈ, so following the same instructions)
*Chinese Font on Mac
*Useful Chinese Tools
*Learn Chinese Characters
*Words, phrases, etc.
*Some interesting services
*Setting Up Chinese on XP; changing input to HanYuPinYin (romanizations)
^^ PLEASE DON'T
ASK ABOUT THESE TOPICS ON THE FORUM unless the links are down. Don't create pages and pages of the same questions.
Check those out and ask away!
Please specify which dialect you need help in (if conversational); traditional or simplified Chinese; the tone (conversational, formal, etc.) you want translated; the location the word is from (vocabulary varies between places in China); romanized or not (Jyutping, Pingying, Yale); etc. We may or not be able to help (but with the myriad of Soompiers, it shouldn't be a problem)..
Also, keep conversations to a minimal. We don't want to be wasting Soompi's bandwidth now do we.. so please keep conversations on PMs instead of on this post. Thanks a lot guys and I hope this post will be of use!
歡迎大家! 如果你有問題, 請問吧!
欢迎大家! 如果你有问题, 请问吧!
huan1 ying2 da4 jia1! ru2 guo3 ni3 you3 wen4 ti2, qing3 wen4 ba5!
fun1 jing4 daai6 ga1! jyu4 gwo2 nei5 jau6 man6 tai4, cing2 man6 ba6!
fun1 ying4 daai6 ga1! yu4 gwo2 nei5 yau5 man6 tai4, cheng2 man6 ba1!edit
: side note - As far as demographics go, Mandarin is not a people group; it is a dialect. Cantonese is a people group and a dialect.. people from Guangdong/Canton or the dialect from Guangdong/Canton. PLEASE - to be accurate, never mix that up. Don't ask "Are you Mandarin or Cantonese?" Just ask.. "Do you speak Mandarin or Cantonese?" Most people in China, regardless of the province they live in, can speak Chinese.