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Foreign friends, how many Chinese words do you konw? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2006-6-15 07:10:35 |Display all floors
Definitely you know some. Let me remind you:

Food: tofu...

Fruits:Lichee/litchi...

Crops: Kaoliang...

Drinks: tea...

Clothes: cheong-sam,silk...

Accomodation/transportation: Kang, sampan,

Nature: Typhone..

Others:  Long time no see...

Historical expressions with Chinese charactor or only applied in China:

Legged Essay, Great Leap Forward, Maoist, Little Red Book, work unit, iron rice bowl, reform and opening, township enterprises...

This gonna be endless...

Ok, it's your turn, dear friends.

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Post time 2006-6-15 07:23:17 |Display all floors

And for those who knows Chinese...

...click here to join another thread in CD:

>>来点有意思的--请列出自认绝妙的音译

Have fun.

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Post time 2006-6-15 12:38:06 |Display all floors

360 characters, more words in my head & pinyin

Look, you can take a test to see how many characters you know:

http://www.clavisinica.com/chartest.html


Wait, I will take it.... Oh, my problem will be that you have to choose simplified or traditional, and I know a combination. Simplified is everywhere, but my class was traditional. I will try simplified and hope for the best...

Ok, it was difficult because for some I knew the meaning but not the pinyin. So that means I'm wrong. You have to know hanzi, pinyin, and meaning. It says I know approximately 360 characters.

There are four levels:
- beginner
- low intermediate
- high intermediate
- advanced
I took Low Intermediate. It gve me 36 beginner hanzi, of which I knew 28, and 36 Low intermediate, of which I knew 9. Then it extrapolates or something fancy that means "multiplies".

It suggests taking it a few times and averaging. I'm going to take it again, at beginner level. Maybe I'll feel better about myself.

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Post time 2006-6-15 13:02:00 |Display all floors
This time, 52 out of 72, or 218 hanzi, on beginner level. I guess the test can vary! Or maybe I know some harder ones but not some basic ones.

PS - you need a HIGH SPEED CONNECTION!!! Even so, there will be times when you wait a bit. Don't hit 'continue' again, or it will skip your next question as if you passed it not knowing it. Be patient, it's not too bad.

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Post time 2006-6-15 13:12:01 |Display all floors
Two words:
Babel Fish
((EyeOfStorm))
~All that which glitters is not gold~

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Post time 2006-6-15 13:24:22 |Display all floors
Originally posted by eyeofstorm at 2006-6-15 13:12
Two words:
Babel Fish


Well aren't you a sorry, sad lump. EOS, I know your nationality(ies), I think, but do you speak Chinese at all?
Just curious.

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Post time 2006-6-15 13:30:45 |Display all floors
I can speak it pretty well due to family influence and environment but I have trouble reading and writing it. It's better than my Chinese-American or ABC buddies who completely dislodged themselves from their Chinese roots and culture.

Tsk tsk...I still slap them upside the head when they try speaking 'Chinese' in a 'foreign' tone haha~
((EyeOfStorm))
~All that which glitters is not gold~

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