I am sure I am not alone; I suspect I am just missing something. Some of the sentences in Mandarin are being translated with imprecision. Example from Rocket Chinese Less 2.4: Xiǎojiě, wǒmen yào fēi jǐge xiǎoshí? The English is given as "How many hours is the flight?" The translation isn't that: it is "Miss, we have ..." How are we supposed to learn "Women Yao" in context?
A Little RocketChinese irritated
March 1, 2011
May 14, 2011
The truth is a Chinese sentence could translate into English in a variety of ways depending on context. When I come across a form written in both Chinese You may or may not be ready for it, but the most helpful way to improve Chinese is learn characters. Learning their radicals and methods of character assembly can greatly help. Online dictionary w/words in context www.nciku.com Another great dictionary http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php Good luck