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Chinese Sentences and audio, spoon fed

129.79MB. 8106 audio & 0 images. Updated 2017-03-17.

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I created this deck as a lazy way for me to study Chinese. I hunted far and wide for sentences with audio, collecting about 10,000. Then I created an algorithm to sort the sentences, taking the average weight of the contained words based on word frequency lists and the HSK lists. The idea is that new sentences should only introduce 1 (or no!) new words, when possible. Study new cards "in order", and the deck will take you from "ni hao" to some pretty crazy stuff. If you are a beginner - before you study this, you should know how to read pinyin, the tones and the sounds. If you are not a beginner - based on your level, you may want to delete a chunk of cards from the beginning.

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Cards are customizable! When this deck is imported into the desktop program, cards will appear as the deck author has made them. If you'd like to customize what appears on the front and back of a card, you can do so by clicking the Edit button, and then clicking the Cards button.
English His attire is very casual.
Pinyin Tā de chuānzhuó hěn suíbiàn.
Hanzi 他的穿着很随便。
English Gunshots are common in Iraq.
Pinyin Yīlākè jīngcháng chūxiàn qiāngjī shìjiàn.
Hanzi 伊拉克经常出现枪击事件。
English I pass by this shop every day.
Pinyin Wǒ měitiān jīngguò zhè jiā diàn.
Hanzi 我每天经过这家店。

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Hi, I am the original uploader. This is the original version I put together and shared when starting to learn Chinese. Yes, the sentence ordering isn't great and it has plenty of errors. I did a new version with the help of my Chinese wife, which I regularly maintain and has much better sentence ordering, grammar notes, the original less-compressed audio, decks for simplified/traditional hanzi, and fixes many errors.

Available for $3 (or send more to say "thanks"): https://gumroad.com/products/IEmpwF

Thanks for the feedback,
- I monitor the comments here, and the bugs mentioned have been fixed in the new version. Please send questions/feedback to: promagma (AT) gmail.com
- About the silence before audio, that was for testing my Hanzi recognition, but it may be changed according to your preference. In "Tools" menu, "Manage Note Types", click "SpoonFedNote" and click "Cards". In Card 1, front template, you may remove the [sound:_silence.mp3] line to remove the pause. Or, you may duplicate the line 2 or more times, for a longer pause.
- The deck is not appropriate for learning English. The English is often patterned after the Chinese, to give a hint about the way it's said in Chinese (among all the possible ways to say it in Chinese). Native English speakers will understand the English, but it's not the normal way of speaking.
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This deck is a wonderful tool for learning Mandarin. The gradual progression of characters makes it easy to follow, and the included audio is excellent. I highly recommend customizing it so there are cards that require you to input the Chinese text (see below). I do this on my phone, and use a stylus and the Google Pinyin Input app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.inputmethod.pinyin&hl=en_US) on the handwriting mode to write out the answers; this allows me to learn writing and stroke order as well as the vocabulary and grammar

Front template:
<font style="font-family:SimSun;">{{type:Hanzi}}</font>

Back template:
<font style="font-family:SimSun;" size=6>{{Hanzi}}</font><br>
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Really good, he said he created it when he is lazy, I think he is in fact, not, a lazy person!
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I downloaded the free version and was enjoying it, went and purchased the updated version to support the creator, but the updated deck seems to be fed to me out of order based on the complexity of the sentences... not sure why or how to fix it.
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Thank you!
It helps me much to learn Chinese from start.
My brain is working really hard on this when practicing!
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This is really helpful but one of the audio files is missing - any idea what's gone wrong?

Also, I'd like to add an answer field to the card, is there a way to bulk do this?

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Hi! Is there any way I can contact you? I need some help.
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Liking it so far, but just ran across a card with a mistaken prompt, and don't see any other avenue for feedback. Card that starts with "A你的工作是什麼?" shows a pinyin of "Nǐ xǐhuān nǐ de gōngzuò ma?" and translation of "Do you like your work?". The audio has two parts and the prompt and answers each cover a different half. Not sure which one is intended.
on 1591506533
Great deck.

Feedback: Please consider removing the following culturally insensitive and offensive sentences.
1) Taiwan belongs to China.
2) Korean culture is not interesting.
on 1591482279
This seems helpful, I'm wondering if this deck is mainly using Chinese phrases or if it could be applicable in Taiwan as well. I took a look at the vocab usage on Anki and it appears to be mostly neutral, applicable to both regions but this is not something I am certain of. I know that there is a traditional version of the deck, but I want to ensure I am not learning phrases that won't be applicable in TW.
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Im a noob and this works.
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I've been using the paid version of the deck, and it's amazing! Cards are introduced in a logical order that makes learning Chinese so easy, and it's the best Chinese resource I've found. Occasionally, I notice pinyin mistakes, and I've been using the Traditional Chinese version of the deck, which has a few characters that weren't converted from Simplified Chinese correctly. However, it doesn't seem like these mistakes are common, and overall, using this deck is definitely still worth it.
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a lot of good content
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It's too early for me to review your hard work. I just downloaded your "updated" version with PayPal, and have a question. Since before I new of the newer version, I downloaded the original version from Anki. Do I need to delete the original first. As you can no doubt surmise, I'm a little shaky when it comes to computer know-how.

Any help/guidance you can offer would be appreciated.
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It is realllly useful to learn Chinese
on 1588649066
This is the best way to learn any language -- this technique is called sentence mining.
on 1588416149
Absolutely incredible deck. The way it gradually builds up the sentences with new words, and building on recently learned words, is incredible. I can actually feel my mind whizzing with these sentences when I'm doing other things, sleeping, waking up, etc. Big part of this is the audio with different voices, and the ways they say things are quite often nice and expressive, aiding that sing-song memory needed for tones and rhythm. If the cards had images as well it would be suuuuper amazing but this is good enough. Timo's deck for reading and writing uses these sentences and has images too. Combine with Chinese grammar wiki and there you have it. Mandarin mastery! Who made this!???? I so wish other languages had a 'spoonfed'. The graduation of sentences and the sheer size of it all is just so good. I so wish there was one for Japanese. Thanks!
on 1586030718
For anyone wondering - there are a total of 2820 unique characters in this deck, of which 2404 are HSK characters. So if you get through this deck you'll have seen about 90% of HSK characters. Not bad! Thanks for this remarkable tool.
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Phrases available in this deck is practical and the sound is clear with variations of speaker. 5 stars.
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It's an extensive deck (I'm using the paid version), but beware! It won't work in the intended way if you don't have "Order" set to "show new cards in order added". When you import the deck, make sure of this setting by clicking the gear icon next to the deck.
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best Chinese deck there is
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very good
on 1584199233
Amazing job. Is easy cake to learn mandaring with this deck.
on 1581594611
Good and large compilation of sentences to rehearse.

I use this with MorphMan plug-in (https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/900801631)
to sort the sentences to always have +1 unknown words. MorphMan combined with good frequency word list makes learning Chinese really fun. (for example https://www.ugent.be/pp/experimentele-psychologie/en/research/documents/subtlexch/overview.htm).

I'm now around 1/3 (2500 sentences) of the deck and I'm getting a lot of HSK5 words. I guess the full deck can help you get to HSK6 level. But it is not based on HSK, if your target is to pass some HSK level then you will need other sources.

I use this deck as Reading and Listening (2 cards), and I also do a lot of immersion (movies, radio and reading). When, during immersion, I find an interesting sentence I make a new Note in this deck. I've already added several hundred sentences.
I also find some sentences in this deck annoying (sexists, nationalist, etc...) or simply ugly, what I do is delete them right away. There are many other opportunities to learn the same content.

Long story short, this deck is awesome but you have to be modifying it continuously to make it yours and have more fun.

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One question: Is the vocabulary of this deck based on the official HSK word list? Or to put it another way: What HSK level does this deck represent approximately?
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Considering this deck wasn't really made by the one who posted it, you can't blame the Taiwan sentence on him.

Besides, it's something Chinese people are saying, and making a fuss about, ALL the time, so whether one agrees with it or not, you're better off recognizing the phrase early on. xD

It's an amazing deck overall though. Even more since sentences nicely build upon each other, and at a good rate.
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Generally really like this deck, it’s been doing wonders to help me learn Mandarin. However I thought it was pretty fucked up to include the sentence 台湾属于中国 - that’s IMO an unnecessarily inflammatory thing to include and makes me nervous to find more stuff like that later on in the deck.
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Here is this entire deck as a collection of mp3

on 1572199132
Review for the paid version from the original author. Fantastic. There are small bugs in the paid version too but very minor and overall has been the single best tool in learning Chinese
on 1570758234
To the uploader, is it possible to pay you via Alipay rather than paypal? If so what would be the best way of going about that?

Thanks in advance
on 1565161731
Using this deck since a long while and also bought the extended version. But this free version is also extremely useful. Thanks a lot!
on 1562900455
About 70 percent through the deck with 47 percent mature. I went to a HSK Chinese demo lesson and the teacher suggested that I should take her HSK 5 class. She told me there are some gaps in my knowledge, but I’ll just fill them from learning from other resources. I just wanted to give you a testimony of how far this deck can get you as of up to where I am in it now ;). Also, thanks for providing your email so I can personally let you know about any errors. I may email you a lot so I hope you won’t mind! :$
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The best deck ever.
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Thank you so much.
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I already knew quite a few words, "could pass hsk 3 in theory", but I always lacked fluency when speaking. This really helps me get a better grasp on the language, I finally notice big improvements in my understanding and ability to speak
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Awesome deck but... I am surprised to learn that the person who posted this deck here didn't bother to inform us that the content wasn't originally his/hers, and keeps denying it (see comment on 30/12/2018)...
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Screw the naysayers. I don't care how you got or who created. YOU put it here. Thank YOU!
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Hi, I recently heard of this seemingly popular Chinese deck from a friend, and when I checked it, I was a bit unsettled by the way your present it.

This deck is amazing, that's for sure, and I learned from it myself... a long time ago, long before you published it. But the contents of this deck, for a huge part, are from the original smart.fm/iknow.jp commercial website, which was already around 8 years ago when I started learning Japanese and Chinese. You didn't create these bilingual sentences yourself, and you didn't produce the (obviously professional quality) audio either; you merely used a basic macro to sort it optimally (macros which were already shared in the community a long time ago). This deck has been around for ages, and a highly optimized version of it (that I made) has been sitting on my computer for years.

So while I'm very happy that many people have a free access to this great resource, I think it is very unfair and dishonest that you write "I created this deck", or "I hunted far and wide for sentences with audio, collecting about 10,000". Please be fair and transparent, and give credit where it's due. It takes thousands of hours of work, and thousands of dollars/euros to pay for at least one bilingual person to create the sentences, for the narrators to speak each and every sentence, for someone to edit the data and put it all together. I won't even go into the copyright matter here, but as a creator of such language decks myself, and someone who benefited hugely from the original iknow! Core Chinese deck, I don't like seeing it stolen like this.

Another related thread:
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Awesome deck. Definitely worth $2 IMO, considering I learned more using it from scratch practicing an hour a day in a couple weeks than I ever thought would be possible otherwise hahah. If you also start watching/listening to some Chinese language media it seems like you will have a path to a great level of fluency.
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I bought the improved version. So thumbs up for that!
on 1541154332
This is GRAND, just what I needed to start speaking! Many thanks!!!
on 1540274459
Great deck, with audio for each file. Good to learn basic vocabulary and grammar day by day
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This deck is really great. I bought the updated version for $2 USD. Definitely worth it.
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Full sentences are so much more useful than individual words alone.
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Very good, i've been using this deck for a year, it's not perfect but it's very good. Thanks
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Really cool approach, I like it.
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I don't konw why this error come but other can work well.
Only Deck have problem.

An error occurred in an add-on.
Please post on the add-on forum:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "aqt\webview.py", line 157, in _loadFinished
File "aqt\reviewer.py", line 182, in <lambda>
File "aqt\reviewer.py", line 221, in _showQuestion
File "anki\hooks.py", line 26, in runHook
File "C:\Users\HM\AppData\Roaming\Anki2\addons\awesometts\__init__.py", line 614, in <lambda>
lambda: reviewer.card_handler('question', aqt.mw.reviewer.card),
File "C:\Users\HM\AppData\Roaming\Anki2\addons\awesometts\gui\reviewer.py", line 117, in card_handler
self._play_html('front', card.q(),
File "anki\cards.py", line 120, in q
File "anki\cards.py", line 130, in _getQA
File "anki\cards.py", line 151, in template
IndexError: list index out of range
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This is a wonderful deck! I really appreciate the hard work that went into this. Learning Mandarin can be fun!
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very helpful
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Thank you for the fine deck.
I have bought the paid-for version as a small "Thank you".
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English sentences have some grammar errors ("She will TO go to Beijin"). I don't know if also chinese part....
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Easy to just set and forget a daily new sentence load of 20-30. After a while learning will just be second nature! Some series of cards are a bit repetitive without too many new sentences but being ~57% done with the deck I have deleted only around 800 cards. One of the best things ever for my Chinese progression.
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Thank you. I am finding this to be very helpful for improving my listening skills (listening to Mandarin).
on 1527552000
comprehensive and easy to use. love it!
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Just starting to use Anki ...this information is making my life easier at the start of my journey ..
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Awesome dude
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OK, let me just say that Spoonfed Chinese is a masterpiece - the creator should be made wealthy and given some kind of academic award from China and from pedagogical institutes.
A question for the creator of this incredible work - if I choose to study 100 new words/sentences per day, will I see all of the words/sentences in the deck after 3 months of study?
I taught myself spoken Chinese by listenng to audio and reading pinyin, but this has been the only way that i have been able to learn how to read hanzi.
I am going to buy the deck you mention at the above website, and I encourage everyone else who enjoys this incredible learning tool to do the same. Thank you, sir!
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As a Chinese, I am using this deck to learn English. But I am not sure if this deck was made by a native because some English grammar errors exist, such as “I am first place”. “Xiaohua left me a good impression.” The correct versions should be “ I am in first place” “Xiaohua left me with a good impression”

And it seems there are many usage which are not common online (I googled them and looked it up in dictionary but did get the same usage, such as “They appointed to climb the mountain”).
“His thoughts are very considerate” —> “He is considerate/ thoughtful”.
“伊人在花丛中笑She is smiling in the flowers.”。I never say 伊人. It’s a word only used in ancient articles. “她在花丛中笑” will definitely be more natural.

I’ll appreciate if someone can feed me back.
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I love the fact that it introduces new words slowly! This is great, thanks!
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Excellent. Good progression. Thank you for sharing.
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Large variety of phrases. Great resource. 感谢
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Some mistakes here and there but overall an amazing deck for learning Chinese!
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"Great resource but cards aren't ordered right

I tried out this deck, I think it's great to have so many audio examples available. The description says that the cards are ordered by difficulty which I thought would make it a truly wonderful resource. However, the difficulty is very mixed: for example "hello", "I like swimming" and "these are melons" come after "The problem of our aging society is getting increasingly serious."

Actually, there is an option in Anki to order these cards as if they were added, and it seems that's working.
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Good collection of HSK sentences
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The greatest deck ever made.
on 1514764800
Great deck for brushing up, thanks for the work--purchased the updated one as well. I also made a couple change so I could practice all three modalities: listening, reading, and speaking. I took out the audio on the first card for reading practice, and added a third card with just the audio to practice listening. The English card works well for speaking/translating.
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Great help!
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Good stuff to learn chinese
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Using deck is the best method for learning Chinese I have found.
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Massive effort, thank you.
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Thank for your help
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I will buy your special new edited edition be it only to thank you for this freely available one!
May I ask you since when this resource is online? :)
Not speaking of the update, but of the first time you posted this deck :)
Best regards,
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Best deck out there
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Greatest deck ever made to learn chinese.
on 1502755200
Awesome Deck

I love this deck!
Thanks for all your work!
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Great resource but cards aren't ordered right

I tried out this deck, I think it's great to have so many audio examples available. The description says that the cards are ordered by difficulty which I thought would make it a truly wonderful resource. However, the difficulty is very mixed: for example "hello", "I like swimming" and "these are melons" come after "The problem of our aging society is getting increasingly serious."
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Silence thing destroys it

Why in every card i hear "silence"? Why is this necessary and how can I turn it of?
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The best way to learn to speak Chinese

I've tried classes, apps, books, and cds for the last 5+ years and this is by far the best way to learn to speak Chinese. I can actually talk to my Chinese neighbors in my community garden now. Granted, the conversation is short, but I can put together phrases! Thank you!!
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Best deck for learning Chinese

After playing around with a heap of different tools this is the method I've come up with:

- Review this deck every day.
- Look up new words in Pleco or Wiktionary.
- Occasionally check out relevant grammar in AllSet Learning Chinese Grammar Wiki.
- Practice talking with Chinese-speaking friends every now and then.

I'm learning pretty fast, I recommend this method to anyone who wants to pick up Chinese without too much effort.
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holy crap awesome

This is the most fantastic thing i have come across since i started looking for ways to practice my mandarin. thank you so much.
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One of the best, actually the best deck I've come across!

Other decks, including my own, are sometimes too random and might have sentences loaded with too many new words to remember on a single card. The extreme ease of just one new word(or less) makes remembering all too easy. Thanks!