Conversation in Chinese

Welcome ! This is a great opportunity to practice reading and writing in Chinese with your fellow Rocket Chinese learners. So browse some of the posts, take your Chinese reading skills for a spin and when you're ready, introduce yourself and get chatting! Don't be afraid to make mistakes - these are learners just like you and they're here to help.

Dave's speech is too fast

Okay I'm only getting started and I will be the first to admit that I am slow, but I find repetition to be the key for me. I am finding Daves voice to be the hardest to follow I am only on lesson 1.2 and already I feel like giving it a miss  the words ar...

2 replies - Last post by Eleanor-Rocket-Chinese-Tutor - July 10, 2019

Another conversation mismatch

On 3.1 one of the conversations audio files is incorrect.   很有名。 Hěn yǒumíng。 Very famous. The audio piece though is from an earlier piece of the conversation.  This has got to be like the 4th or 5th one of these I've found recently.  It feels li...

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - October 28, 2018

translation challenge

Here are a series of sentences to translate to Chinese.  The first two are pretty straight forward.  The last one not so. 1. The man and woman are eating sandwiches. 2. The man and woman are eating lunch outside. 3. The man and woman are eating...

4 replies - Last post by Eleanor-Rocket-Chinese-Tutor - July 2, 2018

Use of Pinyin

Do Chinese people use/accept Pinyin in their writen communication with non-natives? Is this appropriate in a business context?

12 replies - Last post by Eleanor-Rocket-Chinese-Tutor - July 2, 2018

In Chinese Level 1 4.4, Going Dancing, why they don't have names of cool dance moves to show off?

In 4.4 Going Dancin', I was expectin' names of cool dance moves in Mandarin Chinese, includin' dance moves from many genres, like hip hop. For hip hop, they should add names for dances like wall twerks (very sexy), and dabs. Also consider a smokin' dance,...

0 replies - Last post by Christopher1197 - June 25, 2018

Do the Ts in Mandarin Chinese actually sound like Ks in English?

你好! I was doing a little bit with the tones lesson, and as I was listening to Lin Pin saying 'tian', I found that it sounded like a K in English. Is that on purpose? 谢谢! Erubar

2 replies - Last post by Erubar - March 31, 2018

need help remembering

is it normal to to spend two weeks on a lesson to make sure that I understand it.

8 replies - Last post by Erubar - February 27, 2018

Refer a Friend

Konnichiwa Rocket Community  I would like to refer a friend to Rocket as I am really happy with the course to date. I am currently learning Japanese but they want to learn Mandarin Chinese. What is the best way to go about referring a friend? Arigatou g...

3 replies - Last post by marieg-rocket languages - February 27, 2018

Zhongguowen pengyou

Ni hao tamen. I joined a Chinese Learning group in QQ but unfortunately I found this program difficult to follow. I was contacted by people who weren't learning Chinese and weren't Chinese either so that was disappointing. Does anyone know of anoth...

2 replies - Last post by Erubar - February 27, 2018

how do you set up the microphone

你好!I have been trying to get this to recognize my voice, but it hasn't been working. Does anyone know how to get it to work?

0 replies - Last post by Erubar - February 23, 2018

"Play it" does not record Completion in Module 1 Lesson 1

"Play it" does not record Completion in Module 1 Lesson 1. I have complete all four levels several times and only says 25% completion.

2 replies - Last post by KatieJ6 - September 5, 2017

Name Pronounciations

I'd really like help with pronouncing my Chinese student's names. I've signed up to Rocket Chinese so I can reach out and extend a bit more of a welcome in their language.

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - September 18, 2016

Name Pronounciations

I'd really like help with pronouncing my Chinese student's names. I've signed up to Rocket Chinese so I can reach out and extend a bit more of a welcome in their language.

0 replies - Last post by osajohnson1957 - September 16, 2016

Nǐ hǎo, wǒ de míngzì shì dà wèi

你好,我的名字是大卫和我刚开始中国的历程。 我一直在研究的德语课程一个月。 我在做这个注意到谷歌的帮助下翻译。因此,让我提前为任何错误道歉。 Nǐ hǎo, wǒ de míngzì shì dà wèi hé wǒ gāng kāishǐ zhōngguó de lìchéng. Wǒ yīzhí zài yánjiū de déyǔ kèchéng yīgè yuè. Wǒ zài zuò zhège zhùyì dào gǔgē de bāngzhù xià fānyì. Yīncǐ, ràng ...

5 replies - Last post by David K - August 23, 2016

The N pronunciation

Why doesn't Dave (one of the instructors) not pronounce his n's…. the chinese lady pronounces her n's… is it another way to say it. Thanks.

15 replies - Last post by David K - August 23, 2016

Christmas season

Let us see if I say this correctly. 欢迎来到圣诞季节 Huānyíng lái dào shèngdàn jìjié Later we will say: 祝你圣诞快乐 Zhù nǐ shèngdàn kuàilè  

6 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - August 23, 2016

Chinese conversation through Skype or similar?

Looking for some rocket Chinese friends to directly converse with and study with in Skype or something similar, Could anyone oblige? I'm very serious about this but I just really need a Rocket Chinese friend in addition.

6 replies - Last post by David K - August 9, 2016

Download Language and Culture Modules with audio

Is there a way to download the audio of the Language and Culture Modules?  When I save a lesson as a complete html file, the audio windows (blue background) are replaced by just blue bars. Thanks for any suggestions.  Mike

1 reply - Last post by Margaret-RocketLanguages - August 9, 2016

slow down

Can the audio lessons be slowed down, and/or looped?.   [email protected]

1 reply - Last post by Robert-C7 - April 3, 2016

Chinese New Year

中国新年快乐 (Zhōng guó xīn nián kuài lè) 星期一二月八号 (Xīng qí yī èr yuè bā hào)

11 replies - Last post by M-L - February 15, 2016

thanksgiving

祝你感恩节快乐 。 Zhù nǐ gǎn'ēn jié kuàilè. 我们要吃火鸡,火腿,和土豆泥。 Wǒmen yào chī huǒjī, huǒtuǐ, hé tǔdòuní.  

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - November 26, 2015

Lesson 3.2 Booking in a hotel

Lin, the receptionist says: 每个人要付一千六百元的押金。 Měigerén yào fù yīqiān liùbǎi yuán de yājīn。 Both of you need to pay 1,600 yuan deposit. 另外请您出示您的护照。 Lìngwài qǐng nín chūshì nínde hùzhào。 In addition, please present your passports.   Dave...

3 replies - Last post by handyman - November 3, 2015

he takes a photo of her

How would you say "he takes a photo of her". Rosetta Stone uses this phrase which I have some doubts about: tā zài gěi tā zhàoxiàng 他在给她照相 That seems to translate to "he gives her photo". Google translate (yeh, right) gives this translation for (he ta...

6 replies - Last post by fenix1507 - May 1, 2015

please take a picture of us

Here is another sentence that I am trying to break down. please take a picture [photo] of us qǐng gěi wǒmen zhào yī zhāng xiàng 请给我们照一张相 The thing that puzzles me is the four word construction at the end of the sentence: zhào yī zhāng xiàng That seems t...

3 replies - Last post by PJN-- - April 4, 2015

enjoy your lunch

I was trying to find ways to say "enjoy your lunch" and I thought maybe something like this: zhù nǐ wǔfàn kuàilè 祝你午饭快乐 have a happy lunch Is there a better way of expressing such sentiment? Do people in China say such things? I know you can substitut...

2 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - January 25, 2015

you already saw that game

I can think of three ways to say to someone that they already saw that game (because I watched it with them and they are now watching the replay). nǐ yǐjīng kàn le nà gè bǐsài 你已经看了那个比赛 Nǐ yǐjīng kàn nà gè bǐsài le 你已经看那个比赛了 Nǐ shì yǐjīng kàn nà gè bǐs...

0 replies - Last post by Robert-C7 - January 8, 2015

How would you say "are you going anywhere for Christmas"

How would you say "are you going anywhere for Christmas?". My guess is something along the lines of: Nǐ shèngdàn jié yào qù nǎlǐ? 你圣诞节要去哪里? But that really translates to "where are you going to go on Christmas?"

3 replies - Last post by nóng fū - December 24, 2014

xiǎng yào versus yào

I don't think this has been discussed before but when requesting something, my books tell me that "xiǎng yào" is more refined and polite way of asking for something than just "yào". Wǒ yào yī hú lǜ chá. 我要一壶绿茶。 I'll have a pot of green tea. Actually, th...

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

Mastering the Chinese Phonetics (Mastering the Pronunciation of Chinese Characters)

Hi everybody, I’m just starting this course and I first thing I’d like to start is to master the Chinese phonetic (Characters alone or as group). Could you help in mastering the pronunciation of Chinese Characters? I don’t want to start any conversation ...

4 replies - Last post by コウ日本語 - July 25, 2014

Memorization tips

Hello; New to the Rocket program, but I have been been studying Mandarin off and on for over a year. I have about 250 - 300 hours in. I still am having issues with memorizing words and sentences. Also, listening to chinese TV, they are still talking a...

16 replies - Last post by Andreas--21 - July 10, 2014

defference between我们 and 咱们

what is the different between 我们 and 咱们

3 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - March 14, 2014

iri

what is irish ramirez in chinese word

1 reply - Last post by Shawn-K9 - March 7, 2014

is this correct?

nihao! just for practice~ i want to say " I can understand a lot of chinese" is the correct translation " Wo neng hanyu henduo mingbai le"

6 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - February 14, 2014

Should I change the pitch of my voice?

Hi, I naturally have a deep voice. Given the tonal nature of Chinese, am I supposed to use the upper registers of my voice as to mostly closely match the pitch and tone or can I use my normal voice and just match the tones? Thanks!

3 replies - Last post by crinosrome-- - January 20, 2014

Chinese: Survival Kit: Tones- Error?

Hi, I'm trying to pass this lesson, and about half of the writing ones under "Testing" are coming back rated as "Not at all" for some reason. I am wondering if there is a glitch in the system on this one. I believe I'm decently close to sounding right, an...

2 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - December 7, 2013

LEARNING TO READ AND WRITE?

What is your opinion on the most efficient way to learn the characters? Are there any read/write software programs available?

6 replies - Last post by 524822 - November 17, 2013

Chat partner solution: QQ

I've seen quite a few messages about people looking for partners. From my experience, I recommend that you download the chat software called "QQ". There is a version called "QQ International" that you can use if you aren't comfortable enough yet to use th...

5 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - August 27, 2013

business question

I would like to know how to say the following sentence: I am looking for a representative from a major toilet paper manufacturing company in China. I am an affiliate marketer for a brand new innovative toilet paper product called ALWAYS CLEAN. A manufac...

2 replies - Last post by John-S6 - July 21, 2013

Xīngqītiān v. Xīngqīri

My Mandarin speaking wife prefers Xīngqīri 星期日 over Xīngqītiān 星期天 to express Sunday. Which is most common in spoken Chinese. My wife is from Hunan is this the difference? Which would be spoken in Beijing? KDM

5 replies - Last post by John-S6 - July 21, 2013

3rd Tones

你好! I'm new to Rocket Chinese and have just finished up the first group of lessons. I have some questions about pronouncing multiple 3rd tones in a row. From what I understand, if there are two 3rd tones together, the first syllable changes to 2nd tone...

5 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - June 29, 2013

about conversational speed

nihao! i just simply want to say this: ¨I have not fully reached standard conversational speed but I am trying to get there.¨ im going to take a guess! wo gang da dao kuai de tanhua, keshi wo shi y xia dao nali. xie xie!

4 replies - Last post by Lin-Ping - June 29, 2013

Lets Talk in Chinese Together!

Nin Hao! Nihaoma?

31 replies - Last post by Alan-R-G - June 15, 2013

defference between我们 and 咱们

what is the different between 我们 and 咱们

4 replies - Last post by hamdan-i - February 25, 2013

regarding "nin yao xian jiao qian"

ni hao, the sentence: "nin yao xian jiao qian" I understand that nin yao means you have to and "xian jiao qian" means pay a deposit what does the whole sentence "xian jiao qian" literally mean shie shie ni amir

5 replies - Last post by Vegard-F1 - January 29, 2013

"duochang" shi jian le"

nihao lin ping, what does duochang mean? and what does shijian le mean? shie shieh ni! amir

8 replies - Last post by Vegard-F1 - November 2, 2012

Pinyin excersise.

Ni Hao, Huanying di yi ci "Pinyin" post. Meitian wo kan yi kan Forum, ruguo meiyou ren zai. Keneng wo he biede xueshang hui lianxi? Ruguo tamen nuli, keneng womende Hanyu dou zuihao.

3 replies - Last post by STEFFANNY-F - April 25, 2012

Plural in chinese

So far i've learned quite a few nouns, but I've always wondered how to distinguish singular from plural. Is there a special extra character for this?

4 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - February 16, 2012

Get Chinese Help right here!!!

NinHao! ever wondered how chinese word order suppose to be?well i am going to tell you: 1) Subject (who/What) 2) When the action takes place 3) Where the action takes place 4) How the action takes place 5) Action (verb/object)

11 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - September 8, 2011

Lesson 1.6 Quiz question

I'm having doubts regarding a question on this lesson's quiz: Which of the following is the correct translation of “my Canadian friend”? I answered with: wǒde Jiānádàrén péngyou However it says that the correct answer is: wǒde Jiānádà péngyou Why is t...

2 replies - Last post by Jaime_Andres - August 17, 2011

Saying dates...

Hello all, I'm currently studying lesson 1.3 Meeting For Coffee and I'm just very confused regarding the second line of the script: Pinyin: Jīntiān shíyuè shísìhào xīngqīèr。Zhège xīngqī nǐ mángma? Chinese: 今天是十月十四号星期二。这个星期你忙吗? If you notice, right ...

7 replies - Last post by Oggiedoggy - August 16, 2011

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