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    (Original post by Cymbidium227)
    Hi! BBC here, starting Chinese in September. I've done Chinese AS (cantonese) although I'm far from fluent. I can sometimes understand little bits of Mandarin when it sounds similar to Cantonese...can't wait to start the course.
    Hi there ! Nice to meet you! It's so inspiring to see British born Chinese learning their native language ! Hope to meet you soon 😊
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    Sorry for the late reply - it's been such a busy week!

    (Original post by Fifitheflower)
    My name is Sophia by the way. I know someone who is going to Leeds Beckett, but as for Leeds Uni it's just me myself and I haha. I tried to learn online, but find it almost impossible as it doesn't explain anything, rather it just gives you words and expects you to understand. Good tip though! On youtube there are some great videos on how to learn Pinyin, which could help with our course!

    You're family should visit sometime, it's boiling here and blue skies everyday; being honest though, I prefer the cold and can't wait to see snow for the first time.
    I'm Ahmad - great to meet you That's great that you've got a familiar face in the city too! One of my friends is also coming too, which I'm quite pleased about That's a really good idea actually! Sometimes I watch a channel called Learn Chinese now - they don't teach Pinyin but they do teach vocabulary and very basic grammar and it's quite interesting :3

    And yes - I definitely plan to. I'd love to go to a small Spanish town with the really stereotypical narrow windy streets and stuff... When did you move to Spain if I may ask?

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    Still, that's such a great opportunity! Are you in China now? Did you end up working for that company in China afterwards?

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    Thank you very much for the advice! I've hardly met any Chinese people so I'm really looking forward to go and study it... :3

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one starting from scratch then! I'm trying to get used to the tones before we start, however I have to move my head in the direction of the tone shape to make sure I'm using the right one and saying it right...i look like a nodding-dog
    Hey! I'm not technically a beginner but I can reassure you (or perhaps worry you?) that I still do this too, haha! The tones are really hard and I know I've said some very, very odd things by accident... I think it's something people only really get the hang of when you go on the year abroad because you kind of have to get it right maybe.

    Speaking of, I know this is suuuper early but has anyone thought of where they'd like to go for the year abroad? I know it's really early but reading about the course makes me so excited to start

    (Original post by Cymbidium227)
    Hi! BBC here, starting Chinese in September. I've done Chinese AS (cantonese) although I'm far from fluent. I can sometimes understand little bits of Mandarin when it sounds similar to Cantonese...can't wait to start the course.
    Hey Oh cool! What do you study in Cantonese - is it just speaking or do you have to write too (does Cantonese have its own characters)?
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    Speaking of, I know this is suuuper early but has anyone thought of where they'd like to go for the year abroad? I know it's really early but reading about the course makes me so excited to start

    Hey Oh cool! What do you study in Cantonese - is it just speaking or do you have to write too (does Cantonese have its own characters)?
    Hello I'm Connie by the way. It's speaking and writing. The writing is the same, although I studied traditional Chinese characters instead of simplified, which is what I think we'll be learning in September. I'm also very excited (and a bit nervous) for the year abroad! I'm thinking of going Beijing... where do you want to go?
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    Sorry for the late reply - it's been such a busy week!



    I'm Ahmad - great to meet you That's great that you've got a familiar face in the city too! One of my friends is also coming too, which I'm quite pleased about That's a really good idea actually! Sometimes I watch a channel called Learn Chinese now - they don't teach Pinyin but they do teach vocabulary and very basic grammar and it's quite interesting :3

    And yes - I definitely plan to. I'd love to go to a small Spanish town with the really stereotypical narrow windy streets and stuff... When did you move to Spain if I may ask?


    Still, that's such a great opportunity! Are you in China now? Did you end up working for that company in China afterwards?


    Thank you very much for the advice! I've hardly met any Chinese people so I'm really looking forward to go and study it... :3


    Hey! I'm not technically a beginner but I can reassure you (or perhaps worry you?) that I still do this too, haha! The tones are really hard and I know I've said some very, very odd things by accident... I think it's something people only really get the hang of when you go on the year abroad because you kind of have to get it right maybe.

    Speaking of, I know this is suuuper early but has anyone thought of where they'd like to go for the year abroad? I know it's really early but reading about the course makes me so excited to start



    Hey Oh cool! What do you study in Cantonese - is it just speaking or do you have to write too (does Cantonese have its own characters)?
    I was actually born in Spain so I've lived here my hole life It's nice to hear that someone would actually like to visit Spain to see the architecture rather than the party scene like so many others!
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    (Original post by Cymbidium227)
    Hello I'm Connie by the way. It's speaking and writing. The writing is the same, although I studied traditional Chinese characters instead of simplified, which is what I think we'll be learning in September. I'm also very excited (and a bit nervous) for the year abroad! I'm thinking of going Beijing... where do you want to go?
    Nice to meet you Connie, I also want to do my year abroad in Beijing !
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    (Original post by Blues Clues)
    Hey! I'm not technically a beginner but I can reassure you (or perhaps worry you?) that I still do this too, haha! The tones are really hard and I know I've said some very, very odd things by accident... I think it's something people only really get the hang of when you go on the year abroad because you kind of have to get it right maybe.

    Speaking of, I know this is suuuper early but has anyone thought of where they'd like to go for the year abroad? I know it's really early but reading about the course makes me so excited to start
    I'm glad I'm not the only one doing it haha! That's the one thing I'm terrified of: saying the wrong thing (but technically the right thing) and ending up insulting or offending someone

    (Original post by Fifitheflower)
    Nice to meet you Connie, I also want to do my year abroad in Beijing !
    I'm torn between Beijing and Shanghai; Beijing is great location wise but Shanghai is great university wise

    I'm Angharad by the way!
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    (Original post by Fifitheflower)
    Nice to meet you Connie, I also want to do my year abroad in Beijing !
    Nice! Have you been to Beijing before?
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    (Original post by BeePanda)
    I'm glad I'm not the only one doing it haha! That's the one thing I'm terrified of: saying the wrong thing (but technically the right thing) and ending up insulting or offending someone


    I'm torn between Beijing and Shanghai; Beijing is great location wise but Shanghai is great university wise

    I'm Angharad by the way!
    Nice to meet you Angharad It will be interesting to hear everyone's mandarin accents if we all go to different places for our year abroad.
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    (Original post by Cymbidium227)
    Hello I'm Connie by the way. It's speaking and writing. The writing is the same, although I studied traditional Chinese characters instead of simplified, which is what I think we'll be learning in September. I'm also very excited (and a bit nervous) for the year abroad! I'm thinking of going Beijing... where do you want to go?
    I'm Ahmad, nice to meet you Ah, cool - yeah, that'd make sense. Though it should help reading some classical stuff I'm thinking of going to Beijing as well! It's where all the history is

    (Original post by Fifitheflower)
    I was actually born in Spain so I've lived here my hole life It's nice to hear that someone would actually like to visit Spain to see the architecture rather than the party scene like so many others!
    Oh cool! And yeah, you can party anywhere I suppose if you wanted to, but Spain seems so interesting.


    (Original post by BeePanda)
    I'm torn between Beijing and Shanghai; Beijing is great location wise but Shanghai is great university wise

    I'm Angharad by the way!
    Yeah, that's the thing - and I guess Shanghai is great for travelling to other parts of China in the South which is apparently more beautiful...
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    Hi all!

    Provided that my visa comes through in time X_X, I'll be coming to Leeds to study this September as well.

    I'm not studying Chinese, but I can speak and write English and Chinese (simplified:P not traditional). I'll be happy to help if you need anything.

    All the best!

    Kevin
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    Hey guys,
    I was just looking on the leeds 'go' website (http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/go/studying/T100/) and one of the documents says we need to learn around 1000 characters using a certain CD before we start. Did anyone else notice this/learn the characters? It doesn't make sense to me as this is the first time I've heard of needing a CD and pretty much learning the language before we even start (I only got my confirmation email a week ago which told me about the 'go' site)!
    Am I the only one who didn't know about this or is there anyone else? I hope to god I've misunderstood it. I only know like...10 characters...
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    (Original post by hipsterrapunzel)
    Hi all!

    Provided that my visa comes through in time X_X, I'll be coming to Leeds to study this September as well.

    I'm not studying Chinese, but I can speak and write English and Chinese (simplified:P not traditional). I'll be happy to help if you need anything.

    All the best!

    Kevin
    (I'm from Singapore)
    Hi Kevin! I'm Angharad!

    I hope everything with your visa goes okay, and I hope you have a great time here in Leeds! I moved here yesterday and it seems like a great place already! What course are you going to be studying here?
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    (Original post by BeePanda)
    Hey guys,
    I was just looking on the leeds 'go' website (http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/go/studying/T100/) and one of the documents says we need to learn around 1000 characters using a certain CD before we start. Did anyone else notice this/learn the characters? It doesn't make sense to me as this is the first time I've heard of needing a CD and pretty much learning the language before we even start (I only got my confirmation email a week ago which told me about the 'go' site)!
    Am I the only one who didn't know about this or is there anyone else? I hope to god I've misunderstood it. I only know like...10 characters...
    I had no idea about this !! They never mentioned this at the open day tester lecture ? Mat be we should learn them
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    (Original post by BeePanda)
    Hi Kevin! I'm Angharad!

    I hope everything with your visa goes okay, and I hope you have a great time here in Leeds! I moved here yesterday and it seems like a great place already! What course are you going to be studying here?
    Hi Angharad!

    Thank you(: I visited Leeds for my interview and found it very cosy. (I mean... it's half the temperature of Singapore:P - but still cosy though). I'll be studying Medicine!

    Sorry I can't help with the CD thing, is it not in your welcome packs? You can always drop by the department building/email and ask.
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    (Original post by Fifitheflower)
    I had no idea about this !! They never mentioned this at the open day tester lecture ? Mat be we should learn them
    They never mentioned it at all (there was an open day tester lecture!? I didn't know..) It's got to be a mistake or something. It doesn't tell you what CD or anything hope I'm worrying over nothing
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    (Original post by hipsterrapunzel)
    Hi Angharad!

    Thank you(: I visited Leeds for my interview and found it very cosy. (I mean... it's half the temperature of Singapore:P - but still cosy though). I'll be studying Medicine!

    Sorry I can't help with the CD thing, is it not in your welcome packs? You can always drop by the department building/email and ask.
    I'm glad you like it here my friend moved from France to a city a couple of miles away and even she said there was a huge temperature change! It's typical cold British weather I'm afraid

    And wow, medicine? That's great!

    We didn't get anything, I'm hoping it's just a misunderstanding. I may go to the office today if it's open and ask about it though
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    (Original post by BeePanda)
    They never mentioned it at all (there was an open day tester lecture!? I didn't know..) It's got to be a mistake or something. It doesn't tell you what CD or anything hope I'm worrying over nothing
    Yes, but we didn't do much, just a general introduction to the course. If you go to the office today let me know how it goes for you !
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    (Original post by Fifitheflower)
    Yes, but we didn't do much, just a general introduction to the course. If you go to the office today let me know how it goes for you !

    They said it's nothing to worry about, it was something they did in previous years but don't do any more! Whew!
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    Hello! I'm not taking Chinese however I hope to be doing the Asia Pacific Studies at Leeds as well alongside Japanese. I haven't come across many people who are taking Asia Pacific so it'll be lovely to hear about your experiences in the course when you go! (I'll be taking a gap year then applying for it☺️)
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    (Original post by BeePanda)
    I'm glad you like it here my friend moved from France to a city a couple of miles away and even she said there was a huge temperature change! It's typical cold British weather I'm afraid

    And wow, medicine? That's great!

    We didn't get anything, I'm hoping it's just a misunderstanding. I may go to the office today if it's open and ask about it though
    Hope I'll get used to it quickly, don't want to be a walking Popsicle for too long X.X still excited though! Glad your issue is resolved.
 
 
 
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