I found how to type Chinese characters with ü (u with 2 dots above it). It’s “v”. For example, this character: 女 （nǚ） is “nv”. I didn’t know that. 😀
I re-read lesson 10 about the hidden “ü” sound for ju, qu, xu, and also yu.
I was a little annoyed at Pinyin when I found out that he hid things from me. I forgive him, though.
When I started learning Korean, I liked using an online picture dictionary to memorize basic Korean words (http://www.indiana.edu/~koreanrs/kordic.html) so I searched for a Chinese online picture dictionary and found it here: http://www.opdome.com/chinese/.
I found a Chinese textbook series for beginners: 301 Conversational Chinese from Beijing Language and Culture University. The series has been translated into many languages, including English, Japanese, and Korean. In Korea, the publisher, Darakwon, even add a complete video course in Korean to use with the books (but I don’t know whether I can watch it from Indonesia).
Here is a sample video on YouTube (about tone changes of 你好):
Maybe I’ll get the first book in Korean and the CD (Korean title: 301구로 끝내는 중국어회화 上) when I finish the NHK Japan book series I’m using now. So I’ll think about it again… in 6 months from now.
I ordered a Chinese textbook to prepare for HSK Level 1 in Korean: 어린이 중국어 하오빵 HSK 1급 which is a full-color textbook with illustrations for children 310,000 rupiah (US$ 24). It should arrive in 2-3 weeks.
I was learning the Chinese word for toilet: 厕所 cèsuǒ. The first Chinese character in the word doesn’t exist in Japanese as far as I know, so it’s a new one for me. I googled it and got this dictionary for Chinese characters: http://www.zdic.net/z/16/js/5395.htm
ZDict is in Chinese and I don’t understand most part of it but it looks useful.
I tried some add-ons for Chinese pop-up dictionary for Firefox but I decided I didn’t need them and uninstalled them right away. I will only learn basic words anyway. I decide I won’t read Chinese articles beyond my level like I did when I started learning Korean. I will take it easy and go slowly this time.
Oh, I have 624 cards (312 words) on Anki in 16 decks. I should try and memorize… something. 😓
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