Chat with Friends on QQ
QQ is the Chinese version of Skype
One of the main problems you have when learning a new language is finding someone to practise it with.
I joined QQ (the Chinese Skype) and soon people were contacting me and wanting to Chat
Many did not know any English, so I was forced to use my Chinese.
It is a great way to learn.
You can also help them with English and become freinds.
and don't worry, it is all in English
QQ is the equivalent of Skype in China
If I am unsure of a word or a phrase in QQ I can easily copy and past it into the dictionary.
Sometimes if I am tired or unsure I type the sentence in English and translate it into Chinese.
REMEMBER - the translations are 很差 hěnchà, so always check out the Chinese set out below the translation and adjust if you have to.
I type my sentences into QQ in Chinese, and have QQ set to Chinese.
If I am unsure or just want to check, I copy and past the sentence (written in Chinese) from QQ into the MDBG phrase/sentence dictionary.
With all the above set up I do not have to be constantly changing from Chinese to English in my computer language setup.
I find this means I can keep the conversation going ... I often chat to people in China who cannot write 英文 Yīngwén . It is a great way to learn.
This is a list of common Chinese words that I find useful when chatting on QQ
I call them the 'joining words'
After a while you will just know them
But in the early days it is useful to have the list on your wall
着zhe- particle attached after verb to indicate action in progress, like -ing ending
者 zhě - after a verb or adjective) one who (is) ... / (after a noun) person involved in ... / -er / -ist / (used after a number or 後｜后 or 前 to refer to sth mentioned previously) / (used after a term, to mark a pause before defining the term) / (old) (used at the end of a command) / (old) this
被 bèi- by / (indicates passive-voice clauses) (English = en)
家 jiā - home / family / classifier for families or businesses / refers to the philosophical schools of pre-Han China / noun suffix for specialists in some activity such as musician or revolutionary, corresponds to English -ist, -er, -ary or -ian
过 guò - (experienced action marker) / to cross / to go over / to pass (time) / to celebrate (a holiday) / to live / to get along / excessively / too ...
或 huò - maybe / perhaps / might / possibly / or
或者 huòzhě - or / possibly / maybe / perhaps
如果rúguǒ - if / in case / in the event that
如rú - if, supposing; as if; like, as
的话 dehuà- if (coming after a conditional clause)
中 zhōng- within / among / in / middle / center / while (doing sth) / during
外 wài- outside / in addition / foreign / external
五方 wǔfāng - the five directions: east 東 东, south 南, west 西, north 北 and middle 中
为wèi, wéi – For -- do, handle, govern, act; be
为wèi – For -- as (in the capacity of) / to take sth as / to act as / to serve as / to behave as / to become / to be / to do / by (in the passive voice)
并bìng - and / furthermore / also / together with / (not) at all / simultaneously / to combine / to join / to merge
并且 bìngqiě - and / besides / moreover / furthermore / in addition
和hé - and / together with / with / sum / union
与yǔ, yù, yú - and; with; to; for
于 yú - in / at / to / from / by / than / out of/ on 比赛将于下个月一号举行
跟 gēn - to follow closely / to go with / with / towards / as (compared to) / from (different from) / and (in addition to)
更gèng - more / even more / further / still / still more
但是dànshì - but / however
例如 lìrú - for example / for instance / such as
要不 yàobù - otherwise / or / or else / how about...? (one choice or the other) / either this, or else...
还 hái- still / still in progress / still more / yet / even more / in addition / fairly / passably (good) / as early as / even / also / else
还有 háiyǒu- furthermore / in addition / still / also
除了 chúle- besides / apart from (... also...) / in addition to / except (for)
为此 wèicǐ - for this reason / with regards to this / in this respect / in order to do this / to this end
因为 yīnwèi- because / owing to / on account of
因 yīn- cause / reason / because
原因 yuányīn- cause / origin / root cause / reason / CL: 個｜个
之所以 zhīsuǒyǐ - the reason why