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I've been putting much effort into studying Chinese recently, and its been improving rapidly. However, while I am nowadays far more capable of reading Chinese and writing hanzi, I struggle to construct sentences "on the fly" (both in conversation, and in writing).

I feel like it's time to refocus, and practice writing my own sentences.

Question: How can I use Chinese.SE to practice constructing sentences?

This site is amazingly helpful (so a big thank you to everyone!). But I'm not sure if it's suitable for questions of the form I wrote this; is it total rubbish? Such questions may be super-duper boring, and tedious to proofread and correct. But maybe I shouldn't be too concerned, and just fire away.

One idea I'm thinking about is:

  1. Post a random picture.
  2. Succinctly describe the picture in Chinese (maybe a paragraph in length).
  3. Ask for a critique of what I write.

Maybe the community has other ideas.

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Well, you're right that asking to proofread your sentences wouldn't make for very interesting questions.

But you can:

  • go to chat and talk to someone in Chinese and practice.
  • ask questions about things in particular you find difficult, such as "I'm not sure about how to say I'd rather do X than Y, can I use the following structure? See example"

That would be a valid question. Sure there's some proofreading involved, but you're not asking to just review a text you wrote, you're asking about how to express some particular point and it could be useful for visitors.

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