My little sister Rose took a Mandarin Chinese class while she was attending Longview Community College. Here is a small comic she wrote for the class. 🙂
I love Let’s Plays, and I think they’re really handy for when you’re learning a new language. If it’s a game you’re familiar with, you can usually figure out the context in which the player is speaking, which makes it a little easier to try to pick out words and sentences.
So, what are some Mandarin language Let’s Plays?
Tuesday nights I’m taking a Mandarin Chinese class through KU’s Confucius Institute. I need to review and practice speaking more, because even though I am listening and reading between classes, I get flustered when asked to actually speak. 🙂
(Visual Novel art by Halcyon and sei.chan)
Note that tone marks aren’t being updated based on tone sandhi rules.
I’m really bad at writing stories. I wish I were better, so I could make an altgame about what it’s like being a woman in Computer Science, and common experiences people experience. ;/
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Swadesh list — a compilation of basic concepts, which can be useful to learn as a core set of vocabulary when learning a new language.
While learning Esperanto, it became more clear to me what kind of things I talk about and what words I use most often (whereas with English I just took everything for granted!), so that’s why I compile my own Word List when I’m studying a new language.
So… here is my word list! (Work in Progress!)
|To be able to||Povi||Nénggòu||能够|
|To wish to||Deziri (?)||Yào||要|
|To must do||Devi||Yīngdāng||应当|
|To not like, dislike||Malŝati||Bù Xǐhuān||不喜欢|
|To go, leave||Iri, Foriri||Qù||去|
|To come, towards speaker||Veni||Lái||来|
|To come, towards listener||Veni||Qù||去|
|To take, obtain||Preni||?||?|
|To know, learned||Scii||?||?|
|To know, met||Koni||?||?|
|To have the opinion||Opinii||?||?|
|To feel, emotionally||Senti||?||?|
|To write, work on||Verki||?||?|
|To not understand||Ne komprendi||?||?|
|To drink, non-alcoholic||Trinki||?||?|
(s)he, him, her‡
(Hey, I’m a programmer!)
|Good bye.||Ĝis la revido.||zàijiàn||再见|
|How are you?||Kiel vi fartas?||nǐ hǎo ma?||你好吗？|
|I’m doing (very) well.||Mi bonfartas.||wǒ hěn hǎo 。||我很好。|
|I’m hungry.||Mi malsatas.||wǒ è le ！||我饿了！|
|I want to sleep.||Mi volas dormi.||wǒ xiǎngshuì jiào 。||我想睡觉。|
|Do you want to go?||Ĉu vi volas iri?||nǐ yào zǒu le ma ？||你要走了吗？|
|I want some potatoes.||Mi volas iom da terpomoj||wǒ yào jǐ ge tǔdòu 。||我要几个土豆。|
|I am a programmer.||Mi estas programisto.||wǒ shì chéngxù yuán。||我是程序员。|
|She is beautiful.||Ŝi estas bela.||tā hěn piàoliang。||很漂亮|
|She is very beautiful.||Ŝi estas tre bela.||tā hǎo piàoliang。||好漂亮|
|That cat is black.||Tiu kato estas negra.||nà zhī māo shì hēi de||只猫是黑的|
I’ve spent a lot of time learning conlangs such as Esperanto, Láadan, Ido, and Toki Pona. Usually, while I’m learning a new conlang, I will make a website for it. For conlangs, there are a lot less resources out there than there are for natural languages, so while I might make a Twitter account for Spanish-only posts, I haven’t yet made a website for my target languages.
However, I think that building these webpages really help me learn, as well as organize the resources I find over time. While learning Esperanto, I was constantly referring to my own website as a sort of directory of knowledge, music, and videos I had found in the past.
So, I’ve decided to add a section to this Rejcx webpage for new languages that I’m learning. Instead of making a whole new website, it seems like a better idea to put all that stuff here. 🙂
So, I’m starting out with Mandarin, as that is what I’m currently learning. When I go back to Spanish I’ll add a Spanish page. And other languages? Who knows!
On my Mandarin page, I will post up resources I am using to learn Mandarin Chinese, including websites, apps, etc.
However, I’m also taking a class through the Confucius Institute through the University of Kansas. Starting out with Conversational Chinese 1 with my boyfriend. We’ve both done some studying beforehand (him a lot more than me), but I’m enjoying getting practice speaking with other people, and having a native speaker to correct mistakes.
My little sister also took Mandarin Chinese at Longview Community College, so I could potentially practice with her as well! Yay!