Rosetta Stone Mandarin Chinese

#1
Anyone got it on .pdf they can let me ponce?, as I am too cheap to buy it. Much obliged
 
#8
What is your objective?

I speak/write Mandarin. I would recommend against Rosetta Stone for Putonghua as it's not very good.

The hardest part about learning Mandarin is writing the wretched characters. Learning to speak is the easiest bit! Reading is quite exponential as you learn the characters/words.
 
#10
I have a load of PDFs I can send you - they are all flashcards of traditional & simplified with the pinyin & English below. Anyway, I repeat: what is your objective?
 
#11
Ever wonder why translated chinese on ebay is so ******* shit?

The chinese characters have different meanings in different contexts, unlike english they do not tally with the spoken word directly on a one for one basis.

It's the same with Japanese and Kanji script, during the war they used to train two types of translator in Japanese, those that could translate voice traffic and those who could translate the written form, they had to do this as the two do no match up in the way that a native english speaking person would assume they would.
 
#12
The chinese characters have different meanings in different contexts, unlike english they do not tally with the spoken word directly on a one for one basis.
Their is a hearty man; he likes only knight men, four he is gay.

Etc!
 
#14
I only wanted to learn enough so that I don't come across as another ignorant tourist. Asking directions, eating out, polite conversation and all that other good stuff. I'm not about to break out the ink and brush and start daubing text all over the place
 
#15
Not desperate, just looking for something to pass my time in Afg. And always fancied Chinese, because I want to visit at some point when I retire
If you are going to Afghanistan, you will be able to pick one up with everything very cheaply (I think 15 yank money)
 
#16
I only wanted to learn enough so that I don't come across as another ignorant tourist. Asking directions, eating out, polite conversation and all that other good stuff. I'm not about to break out the ink and brush and start daubing text all over the place
In this case don't bother learning the text as it's very hard. Focus on the pheonetic pronunciation and tones. The best ay is to load up Bittorrent and download "Pimsleur Mandarin Chinese". After a few hours you should be able to say a few basic sentences.

我祝你好
 
#18
This Kindle book was a free download on Friday, but is still only a couple of quid.

Hope this helps:

The Most Basic Chinese - All You Need to Know to Get By eBook: James McGlasson: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
I'm a simple soul and that's perfect for killing the flying hours on my next Beijing trip and letting me feel just a little less ignorant, so I've just put it on my iPad and Kindle - thanks!

For wm1965 thanks also for the recommendation on Pimsleur Mandarin. I'll pick that up when I'm going to spend more than a couple of days or soin the country
 

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