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If you have some questions or want to share some feedback about your course, there’s a good chance a fellow learner has had the same idea! You can take a look at some of the latest posts to see if your question has already been answered, or share your thoughts with the Rocket Chinese teachers and learners by posting a new conversation.

Lesson 2.1 "Planning a Trip" Feedback - Extra Vocabulary

I would like to see the extra vocabulary contain more of the expressions that are directly from the lesson. A good example of what I would like to see is from Rocket Review. Currently, the extra vocabulary has (and for expediency I am just giving the Pi...

3 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 22, 2014

Flash comments and instructions to remove permission headache

Because the speaking lessons need access to your microphone, the browser will ask you if the flash application (RocketChinese speaking lesson) can have your permission to control your microphone. I checked into this and it is a very simple change outlin...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 22, 2014

Extra Vocabulary

I think there should be a tab for the new vocabulary words, or maybe you should just put the new words (with pinyin, definition and character) into the Extra Vocabulary tab. I constantly have to paste the character into a Chinese dictionary, type in the d...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 22, 2014

Recordings in Writing Lesson 4.10 "Food Characters" are wrong

I just listened to the recordings of each word in this lesson (Writing 4.10) and they are all wrong. Please check it out, Rocket Chinese.

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 22, 2014

"Transport" Survival Kit recording glitch

Two items are not recorded which make taking the Write It section difficult: 1. Nǐ zěnme shàngbān? 2. Huǒchē jǐdiǎn chūfā? The first time through I had to type in something random and they got graded "Not at all"

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 22, 2014

Lesson 4.1 Booking a table - translation feedback

I suggest that Rocket Chinese provides English translations that match the Chinese meaning as closely as possible. Here are some example where I think it can be improved. When answering the question "How many people?", the answer is Liǎng wèi. 两位。 Two....

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 21, 2014

Lesson 3.6 Booking into a Hotel - general feedback

In the "Culture" section of this lesson, two words are introduced. However 宾馆 (bīnguǎn) and 旅店 (lǚdiàn) do not have a buttons to allow us to play and record it like other words in the lesson. There are no lessons where 旅店 (lǚdiàn) appears outside of thi...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 21, 2014

Lesson 3.6 question - zǒngjī

I encountered this sentence in lesson 3.6 - Booking into a Hotel. Zhège bīnguǎn de zǒngjī hàomǎ shì duōshǎo? 这个宾馆的总机号码是多少? What is the telephone number for the hotel? However, I notice the word 总机 (zǒngjī) translates to switchboard. So, a more precise ...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 21, 2014

Lesson 3.2 Booking into a hotel

Here is a minor point in the translation of one of the sentences. Zhè shì wǒmende hùzhào hé yīqiān liùbǎi yuán。 这是我们的护照和一千六百元。 Here is 1,600 yuan and the passports. The translation should read: Here are our passports and 1,600 yuan. Also, consider thi...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 20, 2014

Writing in Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese

I am a Malaysian Chinese. During my time, I learnt the traditional Chinese writing system in elementary and secondary schools but when I entered high school, I started learning simplified Chinese. However my root is still based on traditional Chinese. Now...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 12, 2014

Lesson Vocabulary - suggestion

A number of us have observed that the same words appear over and over in the "Extra Vocabulary" section of the lessons. I had suggested in the past the new vocabulary be included in the Extra Vocabulary section to help us learn the longer and more compl...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - August 9, 2014

How exact should character writing be?

I was reviewing the second lesson in character writing, and I noticed nǚ (woman) was written three different ways in the modern form. In the video, the example had the third line crossing over both of the other lines, but the person writing the character ...

9 replies - Last post by Jeanne--18 - August 9, 2014

Which activities constitute "advanced learning techniques" in Rocket Chinese?

I was looking at the way we can earn points and one is by rating "advanced learning techniques." I've earned a few points that way, but I don't know how I did, since I don't know what they are. Can anyone tell me, please? Xièxie。

2 replies - Last post by Jeanne--18 - August 1, 2014

Chinese Dictionary

I think it would be useful if there was a link to a Chinese-English-Chinese dictionary. - thanks

3 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - July 28, 2014

Don't understand example in Chinese 1.7 Neutral Tones

I don't understand from the following explanation how the characters help one tell the tone for a word. Can someone help me understand this? Here is the quote from lesson 1.7: "More specifically, many characters tell you both 1) how they sound and 2) wha...

2 replies - Last post by Jeanne--18 - July 8, 2014

Writing Lesson 2.10 - Stroke Order Differences btwn Chart & Video

Hi - I believe there are discrepancies on the stroke order between the charts and the videos for 2 words in lesson 2.10, Countdown: For qī , the chart indicates that the horizontal stroke is the second, while the video shows that as the first stroke (as ...

2 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - June 24, 2014

Chinese handwriting & number writing sites?

My kids are enjoying the Rocket Chinese. Does anyone use handwriting websites to learn to write Chinese? Looking for someting like: http://donnayoung.org/penmanship/cursive-animations.htm Thanks.

2 replies - Last post by ReyesKidzUSA - June 8, 2014

Chinese handwriting & number writing sites?

My kids are enjoying the Rocket Chinese. Does anyone use handwriting websites to learn to write Chinese? Looking for someting like: http://donnayoung.org/penmanship/cursive-animations.htm Thanks.

3 replies - Last post by ReyesKidzUSA - June 8, 2014

Placement

Hi, I'm new in the community, so excuse me for any trouble I may cause. Although I've studying chinese by myself for a while I'm not sure about my level, Is there a section where I can take a placement test? Thank you in advance, Aniel

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - June 6, 2014

Survival Kit "Colors" display problems

This seems to be a recurring problem whereby the display text for various words has spaces instead of the diacritic marks. For example, "Fěnsè" is displayed as "Fe nsè" and "Kāfēisè" is displayed as "Ka fe isè". If you highlight the word to add it to vo...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - May 30, 2014

"Body Parts" Survival Guide errors

The phrase 头痛 is shown in Pinyin to be Tóu téng. I found out doing the W2 test that the proper Pinyin for 痛 is Tòng. If I try to enter téng, it will not display 痛 as an option but show 疼 (téng) as one of the options. It also gives yǎnméi (眉毛) as the Pi...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - May 29, 2014

Survival Kit "Clothes" Hanzi issue

Many, many phrases such as "Yìtiáo kùzi" show "条裤子" as the Hanzi translation. Missing is the "一". This continues for the rest of the lesson. This will be very distracting when doing the WRITING tests. It is consistent though. Unless it is in a com...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - May 29, 2014

downloading the script

where do i download the script????

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - May 26, 2014

Lesson 1.9 "Out for Dinner and Drinks" Feedback

I like this section a lot as it explains and expands on topics introduced in the Lesson 1.4 dialog. I have one suggestion, though, to make. In the "Culture" section, it would help if you can "play/record" buttons for some of the vocabulary introduced in...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - May 22, 2014

Lesson 2.2 "Buying Plane Tickets" Feedback - Extra Vocabulary

The extra vocabulary for this lesson includes the following: huanying, di'er, danyuan, ke, er, Xiaci jian. Rocket Review includes the following: mai, feiji, piao, dancheng, huilai, shenme shihou, yue zao yue hao, hangban, mingtian, shangwu, shangwucang, ...

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - May 21, 2014

Lesson 1.4 "Ordering Drinks" Feedback - Extra Vocabulary

The extra vocabulary section includes these words: huanying, di'yi, danyuan, di'si, ke, Xiaci jian Rocket Review quizzes us on the following: qingwen, keyi, dian, yinliao, you, Yingguo, Zhongguo, cha, yao, bei, yi bei, duo shao qian, yuan, shi, er shi, w...

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - May 21, 2014

Suggestion - Testing Tab for Writing lessons

For a while, I noticed that the vocabulary that was introduced in the Writing lessons was included in the corresponding Language & Culture testing section. Now they are no longer included. Please consider adding a testing tab and do all of the appro...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - May 21, 2014

Another My Vocab question

I'll put this one under the "Chinese" category, since it has to do with entering Chinese characters and pinyin. When I add Chinese words to My Vocab, if I add the characters I'll put the corresponding pinyin in the notes, or if I add them as pinyin, I ad...

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - May 8, 2014

Writing Lesson 3.12 "Sun, Moon and Stars" issues

The display text for 明 (míng) in the lesson is "ming". When I highlight it and add to vocabulary, it still shows "ming". This is probably an error since it is definitely toned. Later, the display text for 静 (jìng) is jing, and 情 (qíng) is displayed as ...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - May 2, 2014

Lesson 3.3 "Making Plans" Feedback

I just listened to the interactive audio lesson again and noticed how carefully the instructors break each sentence down into pieces. Rocket Review also quizzes us on these smaller components. The one thing (and I have suggested numerous times) that I wo...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - May 2, 2014

Chinese W1/W2, W2 is gone with "Play It" introduction?

Hi, I just noticed this morning, "Play It" was introduced. But now I see that W2 (introduced end of January 2014) is gone; I cannot seem to get to W2 from the testing page anymore. W1 is still there, now renamed "W". Earlier this AM it worked, but now...

3 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - March 27, 2014

Some of my survival kit lessons have disappeared??Why is this?

Some of my survival kit lessons have been removed why is this??

1 reply - Last post by Lin-Ping - March 6, 2014

Optimal Learning Plan and Schedule

Hello. I would like to know what the recommended studying and learning plan is. I've only been spending an hour to an hour and a half everyday just listening to the interactive audio lessons and bonus vocabulary items. I'm very serious in learning Chines...

6 replies - Last post by Leigh-M - February 18, 2014

W1 - Writing in pinyin questions

i am just getting started. Perhaps someone can help me with the W1 (pinyin) test. I am writing using a keyboard in the following fashion: Wo3 hen3 hao3. Xie4xie5. I seems that Rocket Chinese frequently ignores the pinyin tone marks. At least they don't ...

5 replies - Last post by o.h. - February 17, 2014

MyVocab feature is broken

If I highlight words, it does not give me the ABC icon to add it to MyVocab. Also, it is no longer highlighting words that I have already entered. I first started seeing this happen just now.

5 replies - Last post by o.h. - February 14, 2014

watching movies?

thanks Robert, I appreciate your input to my question.I have the luxury to study almost everyday and watch some you tube tv or movies to break it up alittle.i agree the sentences are not translated in the same order as I read it in English.I just try to ...

0 replies - Last post by John-T112 - February 7, 2014

chinese movies with english subtitles

I just want to thank Robert for his feedback to my question.I also thank Lin Ping for her suggestions as well.I will also watch some Chinese drama shows with American subtitles to see if that will also help me grasp what I am learning.Is that okay to try?

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - February 7, 2014

Strange Translation in 2.7

Hi - I apologize if this has already been mentioned and I missed it. I was glancing ahead at some lessons, and noticed what seems to be an odd translation. Tā yào qǐng wǒ hē yībēi kāfēi。is being translated as "He is going to shout me a cup of coffee." ...

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - January 27, 2014

Survival Kit "Tones" problems

There are still a lot of cases where the pinyin is messed up. For instance, the display text reads "ga o" but this is supposed to be "gāo". Similarly, the display text reads "da n" but this is supposed to be "dān". What is even more interesting is th...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - January 22, 2014

my dashboard just shows go back to top of page

I want to see the lesson s I have done on my dashboard but it now just says go back to top of page how do I change it back so I can see the lesson s and where I am at, thanks will

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - January 21, 2014

Lesson 2.4 Feedback

The sentences in this section have lots of new vocabulary and some of them can be quite involved. That makes the testing section much harder. I do notice that the Rocket Review quizzes us on many of the individual words. However, most of those words an...

4 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - January 20, 2014

Why do my notes just disappear when I save them?

Why can't I save my notes online??

4 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - January 19, 2014

Survival Kit "House" display problems

There display text glitches in this section. For instance, "dānyuánfáng" is displayed as "da nyuánfáng". Also, "gōngyù" is displayed as "go ngyù" and "fángjiān" is displayed as "fángjia n". Further down "mǎtǒng" is displayed as "ma to ng" ...

4 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - January 15, 2014

Lesson 3.1 “Catching A Ride” Feedback

First, the “Extra Vocabulary” section has the same usual group of words that we have seen before plus a couple newer words. I would like to see more words and phrases from this lesson included as well. Here are some examples from this lesson where the E...

3 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - January 7, 2014

Lesson 3.4 "Phone Call" Feedback

I am currently doing the "Write It" test where we are supposed to write the Chinese after hearing it. It recites numbers and when I write the Chinese if marks it wrong expecting the digits instead. This is a little bit annoying. In the lesson itself, t...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - January 2, 2014

Mnemonics and Tones

Guys - just wanted some feedback on learning tones. Some websites and books suggest that you make up stories to try and remember Chinese vocab and their respective tones, but I'm not sure if that is likely to be a hindrance later on? In other words, when ...

6 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 13, 2013

Great improvements over the last year

I started Rocket Chinese and did a break for about 9 months. With the New Year's pledge of studying chinese more i started again and I am very surprised how many improvements you implemented over this short timeframe. I like the tablet version, the new "...

5 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 9, 2013

Testing and Vocabulary

1. Whenever I tried to test, most things do not seem to work. I can't get the system to evaluate my pronounciation, my mic works and it also shows, but nothing happens, I cannot get the program to rate my progress. just the Quiz works but that's all and s...

5 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - November 25, 2013

Chinese dictionary

I would like to suggest a website that is of tremendous assistance to students of Chinese. It has a basic English/Chinese dictionary in characters or Pinyin and will even provide audio pronunciation albeit rather limited in use. There are also many more f...

7 replies - Last post by 524822 - November 18, 2013

Repeating of Words

Ok, so this I was wondering if it would be possible to somehow remove certain words or phrases from the reviewing. I think they are really skewing my actual skill level for a given lesson. Words such as: Huanying Danyuan Di'er Di'liu Ke These have been c...

5 replies - Last post by 524822 - November 16, 2013

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