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    Language-Student got a reaction from linguaholic in Most frequent Chinese Characters   
    All the formal classes and text books teach you words and expressions, etc grouped into themes. The themes run according to their level. The idea is to master everything to do with one theme: characters, words, sentences and expressions, grammar, culture, history, etc and then do exercises, tests and role plays to cover both the written and spoken aspects, before moving on to the next. This way, you are more prepared for situations in real life. Otherwise, what have you really learnt by writing the "top 500 characters"? At least this way, if you have to leave classes at some stage, you still have something useful
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    Language-Student reacted to linguaholic in Article about Chinese New Year   
    I wrote a small article about Chinese New Year in German. Feel free to have a look at it, in case you speak/understand German :=)
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    Language-Student reacted to Teira Eri in Japanese Masculine versus Feminine Language   
    Being in Japan, it's find of funny to see where the textbook lines blur.  I've heard and am friends with very feminine women who have the most masculine speech.  
    We read that Order Form (命令形・めいれいけい)is widely used by men in textbooks and the like.  For example, 触るな!(さわるな) Don't touch me!  
    Women use 'na' too.  邪魔するな、外人ちゃん is my favorite from the old women at the supermarket.  

    There's also the girls that use 僕(ぼく)、俺(おれ)、and 君(きみ) to sound tough.  The other day, I watched a petite woman grab her boyfriend by the wrist and grumble, 「何も見たくねぇ。行くぜ!」(There's nothing I want to see.  Let's go) and I was a little shocked at how he obediently said, "Hai!" It was like a scene out of J-Drama or something.
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    Language-Student reacted to linguaholic in The Chinese Family Tree   
    If you are already studying Chinese, then you surely know how important the 'Family' is in China/Chinese Culture. This is also reflected in the Chinese language. Words/names for family members are very numerous and the system is rather complex. Have a look for yourself!

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    Language-Student reacted to linguaholic in 一见钟情 (yījiànzhōngqíng)   
    very nice indeed. Why not 一见心中, that would also kinda make sense :=)
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    Language-Student reacted to BWL in 一见钟情 (yījiànzhōngqíng)   
    A friend recently asked me how to say 'love at first sight' in Chinese. Well it's:
    一见钟情 (yījiànzhōngqíng)
    The literally meaning is: one glance (一见), fall deeply in love (钟情).
    Pretty much self-explanatory
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    Language-Student reacted to innovativecat in Studying Chinese Characters // Study Approach // Methods // Techniques   
    I sometimes get bored writing them down. To test my mastery, I'm taking a chinese article from the internet and encircle all familiar characters that I recognized. Is it really important to write characters, step by step? My chinese tutor told me to write it in a more convenient way as following the radicals could be confusing and more difficult. Is there a hidden reason for following the radicals? 
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    Language-Student got a reaction from innovativecat in Studying Chinese Characters // Study Approach // Methods // Techniques   
    I have to suggest another completely different method now. This method is really quite ingenious and can get you learning more Chinese characters and words and even expressions faster than anything. It's also very devious and you need to prepare yourself for some of the possible side-effects. 
    The method itself is quite simple to implement. It involves changing the language settings on your computer over to Mandarin and let the fun begin! This can also be a good time to learn how to swear properly in Chinese. Yet another level of complexity is added when someone else does this for you in such a way that you cannot figure out how to switch it back!
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