Chinese Vocab

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4 tone marks above the words in pinying

hello I am just starting to learn Chinese, can anyone help me with what difference the 4 tone marks make to the letter below them when writing pinying thanks Will

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

My Vocab

I just cannot seem to get the my Vocab icon to come when I double click the word on the text. Can some one tell me what probelm I could be facing Thanks

10 replies - Last post by Alan-R-G - January 6, 2014

How to add words in My Vocab?

How do I add words in My Vocab?

4 replies - Last post by fenix1507 - December 17, 2013

The letters in the Pinyin is confusing. How do you differentiate a B w/ P? How do you differentiate a T and D?

How do you differentiate a B w/ P? How do you differentiate a T w/ D? How do you differentiate a Q w/ J? Is there a rule for these?

3 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 17, 2013

The letters in the Pinyin is confusing. How do you differentiate a B w/ P? How do you differentiate a T and D?

How do you differentiate a B w/ P? How do you differentiate a T w/ D? How do you differentiate a Q w/ J? Is there a rule for these?

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - December 16, 2013

error 12.7

In 12.7 in the languge section "use of yao etc.. Kaoshi is given as "rest". My understanding of these characters and the meaning is to take an exam??

5 replies - Last post by Alan-R-G - December 6, 2013

Chinese-English dictionary recommendations

Can anyone recommend a good Chinese (pinyin)-English (and English-Chinese) dictionary? I would prefer a paperback version that is easy to carry around. Bonus points for a dictionary that also calls out the difference between words typically used in mainla...

9 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - November 20, 2013

Does this program teach you how to write the Chinese characters?

I am seriously considering buying this program today. I am trying to learn Chinese, and I find my mind won't let me go to a lot of new words until I can write the Chinese characters for what I am learning. Will this program teach me the traditional char...

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

Acceptable inputs for writing Chinese?

你好我的朋友! Hey there, I already know a little bit about mandarin and I was wondering if Rocket Chinese might consider accepting the actual chinese characters for the writing sections of the lessons? I just change the keyboard settings in windows and it's e...

7 replies - Last post by Timothy-M241 - November 13, 2013

Rocket Chinese Translation App for phone

Hello All, I have the Premium survival kit membership and wondered if Rocket Chinese have a translation App that I can download onto Samsun 3 phone please?

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - November 13, 2013

er Vs liang

what is the difference between, two, er and two, liang. I hear Liang Dian a lot I have been told it is correct and I've been told it is incorrect. To me Liang Dian is the same as saying " a pair O'clock" in other words they are not always interchangable !!

2 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - November 8, 2013

"What" in Chinese

If someone says something, and you did not hear him/her, what is appropriate to say? Is it okay to say 什么/shenme? Or is there a better word? Thank You

2 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - November 8, 2013

The difference between Chinese Script and Conversation transcript

Can we only speak Chinese and fluently only using the conversation transcript?

3 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - November 8, 2013

this is about music

ni hao! I know rap music is shuochang yinyue I want to say: I am trying to create an innovative form of rap music xie xie Amir

4 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - November 8, 2013

how do you say im looking for chinese business partners that are interested in investing in my record company?

ni hao! I want to say im looking for chinese business partners that are interested in investing in my record company. is this correct? wo zhao hehouren de touzi wode changpian gongsi hen ganxingqu xiexie! Amir

1 reply - Last post by Lin-Ping - November 8, 2013

Rocket Chinese Translation App for phone

Hello All, I have the Premium survival kit membership and wondered if Rocket Chinese have a translation App that I can download onto Samsun 3 phone please?

2 replies - Last post by britster-david - September 7, 2013

Rocket Chinese Translation App for phone

Hello All, I have the Premium survival kit membership and wondered if Rocket Chinese have a translation App that I can download onto Samsun 3 phone please?

0 replies - Last post by davidinhenan - August 26, 2013

British?

Ni hao! Can anyone tell me how to say 'I'm British'? Xiexie. Sally

25 replies - Last post by Alan-R-G - July 9, 2013

Frustrated?

Okay, I'm only on 2.1 and I'm already frustrated. I've studied and practiced Unit 1 by itself repeatedly, but I still feel like I haven't learned anything really. Or will it all start to come together the further into the program I am? Are there any tips ...

15 replies - Last post by Alan-R-G - July 9, 2013

Games

Alright, my first question is this: I have been trying to figure out how to do the games sections of Rocket Chinese over the last couple of weeks to no results. I really need some step by step directions as to how to play the games. Otherwise I feel like ...

2 replies - Last post by Alan-R-G - June 17, 2013

what is the difference?

what is the difference between 想 and 要?

2 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - March 28, 2013

how do you say business partners?

nihao, i know that business is shengyi, and business man is shangren so what i want to know is I am looking for chinese business partners is it...wo zhao shangren zhongwen? xie xie amir

5 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - March 28, 2013

what do these worlds mean ? "yǐjīng" "yīgeyuè"

Thanks for any help.

1 reply - Last post by Lin-Ping - February 3, 2013

what does "bang" mean from lesson 2.1

It is used as "bang" (alone) and "henbang". Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks

1 reply - Last post by Lin-Ping - February 3, 2013

Writing characters on Day 1?

For the vocabulary of the first lessons, should I learn to write these characters as well? Or will it come to me in later chapters?

9 replies - Last post by Vegard-F1 - January 20, 2013

Vocabulary Game for iOS Apps Until ...

Hey Everybody!! I found an app in the iTunes store that will help you with vocabulary. It's called "Mindsnacks ". You can learn vocabulary while playing a game. This app is available for free. You get access to 2 games and 3 vocabulary lists. If you want...

1 reply - Last post by DANNY321 - January 2, 2013

Picture Cards / Pictures

Do you have pictures to go along with the the vocabulary items particularly the ones that are being taught in the Survival Kit section? I'm having fun learning but I think my memory retention will be much better with pictures reinforcing the words.

2 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - September 23, 2012

When

How To Say When In A Sentence Like, When I Came He Started Crying? Thanks In Advance

2 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - July 13, 2012

Usage of 向

Hello everyone, I had a few questions regarding the usage of 向, which appears in lesson 3.1 Catching A Ride: http://members.rocketlanguages.com/lessons/261 According to this lesson, 向 can be translated to english as "to". In this lesson, it is used as 你...

2 replies - Last post by Jaime_Andres - June 19, 2012

Easy Pinyin w/tone marks

This method is better than sogou, google or microsoft pinyin's soft keyboard and does not require an internet connection. It can be used in all Windows programs. 1) http://pinyinput.sourceforge.net/ 2) Now, click on “Latest version (1.1.0) - Compatible ...

5 replies - Last post by barryh - December 28, 2011

shenme

In lesson 1.1 the word shénme sounds different to me when used in the lines asking for the surname and first name. Is there a reason for this?

1 reply - Last post by Oggiedoggy - December 14, 2011

Infants DVDs/ Books

Hi - Im not sure if this is the right place for this question!! I spent some time in China and whilst my friends were making some tea, I listened to their children (about 4 -5 years) watching the typical dvds that are shown to young children all over the...

1 reply - Last post by Lin-Ping - November 24, 2011

女儿 Nǚ ér

女儿 (daughter - Nǚ ér) that is 儿化 (rhotic) like: nǚr, right? Not separately pronounced characters..?

6 replies - Last post by Indiangirl-- - November 6, 2011

question about the pronunciation of girl

nihao, nuhaizi is pronounced ni- haizi or nu haizi? xie xie amir

2 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - October 18, 2011

love

God is LOVE.

1 reply - Last post by Nicole-J - October 4, 2011

using pc to write in chinese

An earlier post said to go to the pc control panel and select pinyin as an additional input language. However, pinyin was not one of the options under the list of languages. Any other ideas? (Is it listed under the east asian language listings, for which ...

5 replies - Last post by SiM - September 25, 2011

Difference between 要 and 想?

In the lesson about Ordering drinks and Plane tickets, we used: 我要一杯中国茶 = I want to have a cup of cofee 我要买。。。 = I want to buy... However, in Planing a Trip we use: 我想去。。。 = I want to go to... What is the difference between those two words? (想 and 要), ...

2 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - August 24, 2011

The sooner the better?

I am just learning that yuèzǎo yuèhǎo means "The sooner the better". I'm wondering why the word for "month" is in there. How does the literal translation of this phrase work?

5 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - August 20, 2011

Where can you download/ use Chinese characters?

nevermind, I found it.

1 reply - Last post by Lin-Ping - August 15, 2011

Pronouncing Chinese r

Hi there! I have a question on the way that one should pronounce r in chinese, like in "rén". I can definitely hear an English r in the way Dave prounounces it. As far as my ears can grasp it, Lin's r is something between l and r. Since Russian is one of ...

10 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - August 15, 2011

Australia

Hi! Can you tell me the word for Australia and Australian please?

3 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - August 15, 2011

Lets Chat using out newly learned vocab!

ni hao! Wo jiao Whitefrost. Wo shi (word for contest winner lol) Ni hao ma? Wo hen hao. Ni ne? Wo shi meguoren. Ni shi naguoren? I always had a passion for languages and Chinese was the third language I ever learned. You? :D

11 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - July 25, 2011

Guo...use of.

Lin, can you please explain the use of "Guo" eg: Wo quguole zhonguo san ci. or...Wo yudaoguole yige pengyou. One of the few I cannot find in the MDGB website. Thanks.....BH

3 replies - Last post by Wong - June 14, 2011

which chapter was this?

hello, i was trying to find the lesson that contained a list of vocab words? that had like ... stove, oven, sink. i saw it during the trial version and have been trying to find it since, but to no luck. does anyone know? thanks.

0 replies - Last post by david-- - December 27, 2010

Handwriting recognition

I know Mac computers have Chinese character drawing recognition using the trackpad on the laptops and the drawing pad (that looks like a trackpad) for desktops, but what about PC? Does windows 7 have some Chinese handwriting recognition somewhere that is ...

0 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - November 16, 2010

Danshi vs keshi

Long time ago I was learning a couple of words in Chinese, and I still remember "danshi" as for "but", but... here we learn keshi. What's the difference?

2 replies - Last post by todaysmiracle - November 3, 2010

I am Swedish but...

Dear friends, Could someone please help me to translate the following sentence into pinyin? Thank you very much! *"I was born in South Korea but was adopted to Sweden when I was a baby."* It would be so helpfull, as no Chinese or Korean unders...

4 replies - Last post by todaysmiracle - November 2, 2010

chinese language translation

when asking if you speak chinese, i have heard some speakers use zhongwen instead of hanyu for "chinese language". Which is more correct?

3 replies - Last post by barryh - October 14, 2010

So what's the real word for "Pay"?

I suppose there are many words for it, but I'm annoyed (perhaps at myself) for not already knowing what Dave said I should already know: viz, that xiān jiāo qián means pay in advance, in lesson 3.4. I've searched earlier lessons and, sorry, don't find thi...

1 reply - Last post by Lin-Ping - August 12, 2010

www.nciku.com

I've recommended it before in a couple posts, but I want to put it in a more main post. Can't give you the structure that Rocket can give you, but rediculously helpful with vocab and characters. It has a character drawing pad if you come across a charact...

0 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - July 30, 2010

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