There are so many learning Chinese sites out there. So many. But recently I came across a relatively new website that is appropriately called LEARN CHINESE EVERDAY.COM. This is what I tell my friends who are learning Chinese and what I should try to remember myself. If you do something everyday how could you not get better at it!
The site has a daily character that is big and bold and it has an animation so that you can see how to write the character. Next to it they have an audio soundbite that helps you to hear the pronunciation of the word. Under that there is a list of the radical, traditional, strokes and the English translation in addition to other variations that this word can be used for. Under that is usually a couple sentences using the new word along with the pinyin and English.
Over the last couple months I’ve been subscribing to their RSS feed and I’ve been really enjoying them. Everyday there is a new character that comes and it’s one of those RSS feeds that you don’t HAVE to go to the site. Lots of good sample sentences and audio tracks. There is also a great way to really practice the characters. There are posts of WORKSHEETS that are PDF files that you can download, print and practice. Great for students! The other day I noticed that they had a great post introducing radicals. Great work!
MinMin is the person behind the website. She is a native Chinese speaker. This is her twitter account.
First of all I like Chinese language very much. It is my mother tongue. I learned it since primary school. And I hope to help others in learning Chinese as well.
I have a good friend who tells a joke a day in blogspot. Here is where my idea “Learn a Chinese Character a Day” comes from.
Secondly, as a web developer, I wish to own a website and see how far I can succeed in the world of internet.
3. Do you come from a family of teachers? What do your parents do?
No. My father is a mechanic and my mother is a housewife.
4. What is your opinion about more and more Western people learning Chinese?
It’s pretty clear today that China’s position in the world has been elevated. The Chinese language has naturally become a bridge to aid in communication between both China and the outside world. I hope that many Westerners will become aware that studying Chinese will not only improve one’s worth but also it will pave the way for many future opportunities. Plus, I believe that many Westerners are very open to new ideas and are able to receive and understand different cultures. Whether they are interested in studying, or they need to study or they are just curious about Chinese I think it’s great! In contrast, Asians are generally focused on their own culture. For example, Japanese will only use their own language which is how they demonstrate their patriotism.
5. Give us your thoughts: “I don’t need to study Chinese characters to learn Chinese!” Do you agree?
再说，若 学者单单只学拼音，就不能阅读与书写中文。要知道所有的文章都是以中文书写，而并非拼音。学会越多字会令学者在阅读文章时更能了解其 中的含义。
Many people think that if they can only learn pinyin only then they will grasp Chinese. Unfortunately, Chinese characters are then not important. I absolutely do not agree. Chinese and Chinese characters carry a history of over 5 thousand years. Every character, from the the appearance to the pronunciation, possess a unique origin and a distinct significance and meaning. Again, many Chinese characters have the same pronunciation or are homophones and some have several ways to pronounce them and several meanings. Thus, the scholar of Chinese cannot only rest on the inadequate pinyin to correctly identify and recognize those characters, meanings and true essence of Chinese. At the same time, the Chinese scholar who relies on pinyin won’t be able to read Chinese books or even write a letter in Chinese! If the Chinese scholar wants to read a Chinese book or articles or writings, they won’t be able to because they are not written in pinyin. The more characters you learn the more you will understand the implied meaning that is in many of our Chinese writings and articles.
6. What is your favorite Chinese writer?
In respect to modern prose, I like Zhang Manjuan and Zhang XiaoXian. In terms of novels I like Jin Yong.
7. What is your favorite Chinese quotation?
吃得苦中苦，方为人上人。 chī de kǔ zhōng kǔ, fāng wéirén shàng rén.
Here are a couple translations:
8. What is your favorite Chinese movie?
There isn’t one particular movie that I really like. But I’m a kind of person who really likes comedies.
9. Do you have a part time job? Or is this site your full time job?
This site is considered as my part time job. I have a full time job which required me to sit in the office from 9am – 6pm. I work as a web developer.
Thanks Min Min and good luck with the website! Do you agree with what Min Min said? Give us YOUR opinions via twitter or comments below!
Definitely head over to her website and LEARN CHINESE EVERYDAY!