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Lesson 5 How you'll achieve basic Chinese literacy with Yoyo Chinese

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This lesson will help you understand the following:
• What requirements you need to meet before you begin the character course
• What you can expect to learn
• How the Yoyo Chinese character course will help you achieve basic Chinese literacy.

This lesson will help you understand the following:
• What requirements you need to meet before you begin the character course
• What you can expect to learn
• How the Yoyo Chinese character course will help you achieve basic Chinese literacy.

Comments (34)

Spartaaaaans!!!!! What is your profession!???? XD
Kevin Estrada 10 months 2 weeks ago
I am slowly making my way through the beginner conversation course (I'm up to month 3). When you say we should finish the conversational course before we begin the character course, do you mean the beginner conversational or both the beginner AND intermediate? I am anxious to learn some basic characters so I can try understanding some of the signs in stores and along the streets when I visit Beijing again. Thanks.
GJ 1 year 2 months ago
Only the Beginner. Almost there! :)
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 1 year 2 months ago
Hi Yangyang, In this video you strongly discourage us from learning writing and reading at the same time as speaking and listening. I am surprised by this. Don't you think some learners are better off with a visual support to their learning and don't need this to be only pinyin. or do you say this because you think the task is too heavy and could be discouraging. And even calligraphy in different styles gives a hint to the etymology and rhythm of caracters in my humble opinion :-)
Nerroth29 1 year 5 months ago
This might seem like a silly question, but since there aren't spaces between words when writing in Chinese like there are in English, how do you tell where the words are? For example, how can you tell when you're supposed to read two or three characters together for one meaning rather than thinking about the definition of each character individually?
cayleighj 1 year 9 months ago
Hi cayleighj, I'm another student here. There are spaces, but they are printed in invisible ink so you need special glasses to see them. Just kidding! Actually, you have to learn how to parse the sentences into words, and it isn't always easy. Sometimes there's even some ambiguity, and I think this may be one source of word-play jokes in Chinese too. Characters often group into words, and those words into common phrases, etc. so you will start recognizing these over time.
Corey 1 year 9 months ago
You are very funny, Corey. Thank you for your reply. You are absolutely right. It does take times to recognize how to group characters into words, phrases, etc., and it will become easier over time. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 9 months ago
Dear yang yang , while volunteering at Gangu Xue Xiao in Yunnan I enjoyed hearing the song Zhu guang Li de ma ma sung over the load speakers every afternoon . I since have listened to this song to study the hanzi . Although I learn the characters individually and understand generally the translation I think there is deeper meaning that I miss , more meaning than individual character translations , I would appreciate a translation in English that interprets the truest meaning . Thanks in advance.
KevinMacpherson 1 year 10 months ago
Hi Kevin, you may find the English version of the lyric from this link: http://zhidao.baidu.com/link?url=nFy7u0-jbrmUhCMc6Ws_pTBWh9l1CRVvGveXt1A.... Enjoy. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
谢谢你们。我很喜欢这个音乐。烛光里的妈妈。现在我知道英文意思。你的学生凯文
KevinMacpherson 1 year 10 months ago
Yangyang (your Hanzi name is really hard to find in the frequency ordered list!), 请问你喊:"This is CHINAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!",可以吗?迫不及待!:D
chambm 1 year 10 months ago
You are right, Yangyang's name 秧秧 is not usually in the frequency ordered list unless you've previous type it a couple times. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
I don't know if if this is the right place to ask but would it be possible to get Anki flash cards for the chinese character course lessons? The Anki flashcards that you've provided already for the beginner conversational course were a great help so I would be very grateful if you could provide them also for the character course. It would be still better if all character courses are contained in one deck, in order to be able to import all character courses at once and not deck for deck. Thanks!!
Mike01 1 year 10 months ago
Thank you for the suggestion, Mike. Yes, there will be anki flashcards for the character course. We are still working on it. Stay tuned. :)
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
That's good news, thank you! When will it be ready? Will you announce it in your newsletter so that we don't have to check the website daily?
Mike01 1 year 10 months ago
It's not ready yet, so we couldn't determined a date when to release it. Thank you for the suggestion, Mike. You don't have to check it daily. When it's released, it will be announced in the "What's New" section of the homepage.
Yoyo Chinese 1 year 10 months ago
I would like to take up your offer for assistance in setting up my keyboard on a Windows computer to type Chinese characters. How do I get the required info. thanks a lot
Olivar 2 years 3 months ago
You may download the pinyin setup instruction file from lesson 4. Feel free to let us know if there's any question.
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
I'm so excited to start learning chinese characters. :D Can't wait.
sirengoddess38 2 years 3 months ago
I guess I need assistance. I do apologize. I am not that computer savvy. Just bought this new computer with windows 8.1 and I am lost. I tried to follow instructions "Pinyin Input Setup" and oh my goodness. I did something, but what I can't tell you. I am a 60+grandmother. Do I need to say more :)
China Doll 2 years 3 months ago
Hi China Doll. We are very impressed with your passion in learning Chinese at your age. Sorry to hear that you are having a difficult time setting up the keyboard. We are more than happy to assist you with this. The set up for Window 8 starts at page 12. Can you please provide us a bit more detail on where you get stuck?
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
I think Yoyo Chinese is very brave for tackling this setup issue! I've been in the computer biz for decades, and the thought of describing how to set it up across Windows and Mac (maybe later iOS and Android), given all the different versions, is a grimacing thought. On the other hand, done well it would be a great resource for people who are struggling with it.
Corey 2 years 3 months ago
写写样样!
craig Cantrell 2 years 3 months ago
Did you mean 谢谢秧秧 xiè xie yāng yang?:)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
The introduction to the character course broken down into five parts could not be better exposed. Just brilliant! I want to see right away what is coming.
Jacko 2 years 3 months ago
I am ready to start learning the YOYO 300. Don't want to overwhelm myself. So, I will start tomorrow. I want to set up my computer to type Chinese characters first.
China Doll 2 years 3 months ago
Feel free to let us know if you need assistance on setting up the keyboard for typing Chinese. :)
Yoyo Chinese 2 years 3 months ago
Hi Yoyo, So how do we set up our laptop and Cell phone to type in Chinese? Thanks Ben
btariri 5 months 1 day ago
Hi Ben! You'll have to set up your devices with the correct input! You can check out our guide in the intro. lesson 4 lecture notes! If it's not updated enough to include your device or you need more help, feel free to shoot us an email (info@yoyochinese.com)!
Jenny at Yoyo Chinese 4 months 4 weeks ago
I am very happy with the Yoyo Chinese character course. Thanks a lot to the Yoyochinese team. Yangyang, I love you. You are my favorite chinese teacher.
Fermin M 2 years 3 months ago
Wow Yangyang, your English pronounciation has really improved over the first Beginners Chinese Videos. Sounds almost native now. Good job!
wyson9 2 years 3 months ago
Please try to make your Chinese pronunciation perfect, then give your speech in Chinese in front of Yangyang and her team. You will see how they grade your pronunciation and your accent! Please try to learn more foreign languages and ask the locals how they grade your pronunciation and your accent in their languages!
Brian Mcguigan 4 months 2 weeks ago
Huh?! :)Do you mean her *American* accent has improved? No need to ever sound "more American", if that's what you mean. I'm Australian, and I think she speaks great. Will our Chinese ever be as lovely as hers, I wonder? (wink)
Julz 2 years 3 months ago
hahahaha!, i didn´t notice any difference, she speaks just english, and for sure, very well, i know some "not native language speakers" and .....pls....Great teacher...
samuelin 1 year 10 months ago
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