Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #124, 2017-May-29

 

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Punctuation Intermediate Grammar Characters

What do you call punctuation marks in Chinese, and how do you enter them on a keyboard? This article will describe it all:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/how-to-use-chinese-punctuation-and-keyboard-input/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Pinyin videos Beginner Pronunciation Video

Pinyin is, for many of us, the key to learning and pronouncing Chinese correctly. And yet, many of us aren’t always sure how to pronounce things correctly, or how to map pinyin to Western sounds. Here is a video series that goes over pronounciation and pinyin in great detail:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLioS_-8erSI1B8dEErLr28sdgsHMui1d-

Twitter: @YoYoChinese

Particles in Chinese Beginner Grammar

Chinese is full of “particles,” characters that change the meaning of a sentence. Knowing these particles and how to use them can make your Chinese sound much more fluent. Here’s a guide to some of the more common particles:

http://www.saporedicina.com/english/grammatical-particle-chinese/

Decimals and fractions Intermediate Grammar

How can you talk about decimals, fractions, and percents in Chinese? This video should give you some good ideas:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw6tdzTbTcQ

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Now hear this! Beginner Vocabulary

Trying to say something important to people in China? Here’s how you can get their attention:

https://mandarinhq.com/2017/05/get-people-take-seriously-mandarin-chinese/

Twitter: @MandarinHQ

Good jokes Intermediate Story

Heard a good joke lately? Here are some jokes in Chinese for you to use to improve your comprehension:

http://learnmandarinonline.net/best-jokes-2017-learn-mandarin-chinese/

Unspoken “if” Intermediate Grammar

We know that you can say 如果 (rú guǒ) to mean “if.” But this “if” is often left out, making the meaning of some sentences ambiguous:

http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2017/05/24/the-challenge-of-implied-grammar-structures

Cartoons for children Beginner Learning Story

Are your children learning Chinese? If so, then they might enjoy watching some of these animated adventures in simple Chinese:

https://www.misspandachinese.com/chinese-cartoons-for-kids/

Twitter: @MissPandaChines

Summer vacation spots All Travel

Where should you go for a summer vacation in China? Here are some suggestions, including not only city names, but things to do in each one:

https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/5-Amazing-Places-China-visit-Summer-Vacation

Twitter: @YoYoChinese

Getting a taxi All Travel

Trying to get a taxi in Shanghai (even without an app)? Here are some tips for how to succeed:

http://www.digmandarin.com/how-to-hail-a-shanghai-cab.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Warriors Beginner Travel

Near the city of 西安 (Xī’ān), you can see 兵马俑 (bīng mǎ yǒng), an amazing collection of sculptures. Here is a full description of what is there, as well as some vocabulary to tell others what you’ve seen:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/terracotta-warriors/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Basic pronunciation Beginner Pronunciation

Pronouncing Chinese accurately is key to using the language. Here is an introduction to pronunciation issues you might encounter, and how to practice/improve them:

http://www.fluentu.com/chinese/blog/2017/05/24/chinese-pronunciation-guide/

Twitter: @FluentU

Idioms for writing Intermediate Expressions

Here are some lovely idioms about spring that can help to make your language more colorful and expressive:

https://teachmechinese.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/using-chinese-idioms-in-writing/

Seven years of Hacking Chinese All Learning

Hacking Chinese is one of the best known resources for Chinese learners. Olle, the author, gives some retrospective and consideration:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/whats-name-hacking-chinese/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Starbucks and Chinese holidays Intermediate Holidays

It’s traditional to eat 粽子 (zòng zi) on Dragon Boat. Starbucks is trying something new; here is their promotional material, which is interesting both culturally and for those of us improving our reading:

http://blog.hellochinese.cc/2017/05/27/starbucks-bring-traditional-chinese-holidays/

Twitter: @HelloChineseApp

Relationship trouble Beginner Story

A short story about a couple having issues, and whether their differences are the end of the relationship:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2851-2017-05-29-03-28-04

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Learning characters Intermediate Story

Learning characters is hard; here is a story about someone trying to improve their knowledge:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/13-2009-12-02-23-35-40/2845-2017-05-22-02-32-04

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Don’t be rude! Beginner Culture

If you have ever traveled to China, you know that some things which are accepted in the West are considered rude in China — and vice versa. Here is some information about such differences, as well as an important word, 倒胃口 (dǎo wèi kǒu), to describe such behavior:

http://www.echineselearning.com/blog/see-misbehavior-describe-it-with-daoweikou

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Expressing love Beginner Vocabulary

When you say “I really like you” in Chinese, does that mean you love them? What’s the difference between liking and loving?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23888/%e6%88%91%e5%be%88%e5%96%9c%e6%ad%a1%e4%bd%a0%e5%91%80-in-a-specific-context

He should be here by now Intermediate Grammar

If you want to say “they should have been here by now,” do you need 了? How does this sentence work?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23852/why-is-%e4%ba%86-used-in-this-context

When does evening start? Beginner Vocabulary

You can indicate evening in Chinese with 晚上 (wǎn shàng). When does this start, though, and how is it distinguished from afternoon and night?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23869/when-does-evening-%e6%99%9a%e4%b8%8a-begin-in-china

Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #123, 2017-May-22

 

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Hi, there! This is Mandarin Weekly #123, a free newsletter read by more than 18,000 students of Chinese around the world.

This week, we have a new feature: Topic tags!  Not only is each link ranked by level (beginner/intermediate/advanced), but also with several tags that should make it easier to identify things that are of interest to you.  Do you have other suggestions for how Mandarin Weekly can be more effective?  Just

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Look better, feel better Intermediate Culture

Getting a massage? Or perhaps cosmetic surgery? Or maybe just a new hairstyle? People in China are doing all sorts of things to improve the way they look. Here are some words to help you look your best, or just describe those who have done so:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/beauty-in-the-east-salons-spas-and-cosmetic-surgery-in-china/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Chinese TV Intermediate Reviews Learning

How can you use Chinese-language TV to improve your comprehension? Here are some possible shows, as well as suggestions for using TV to improve your learning:

https://chinahopelive.net/2017/05/16/watching-chinese-tv-for-language-learning

Twitter: @ChinaHopeLive

Angry words Intermediate Vocabulary Video

Angry with other drivers? Or perhaps with other people in general? Here are some useful words and phrases for expressing anger:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLZFKCbEilU

Twitter: @ChinesePod

I love you, in numbers Beginner Culture

Why would the number 520 represent love? Because of word games that Chinese love to play. Which means that May 20th is another day on which to express your feelings:

http://blog.hellochinese.cc/2017/05/19/520-chinese-number-expresses-love/

Twitter: @HelloChineseApp

Multi-sound characters Intermediate Characters

Some characters have more than one sound. How can you figure out which is the right one? This guide will give you some ideas:

https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/Using-Context-Clues-Read-Chinese-Characters-Multiple-Pronunciations

Twitter: @YoYoChinese

Asking someone’s age Beginner Story

How do you ask someone how old they are in Chinese? It depends on how old they are, ironically. Here’s a story about someone learning this the hard way:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2843-2017-05-20-07-59-24

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Food treasures to try Beginner Food

In the West, “Chinese food” is seen as one type of cuisine. But there are so many styles and tastes, it can be overwhelming. Here are five things to try when you’re in China:

http://blog.hellochinese.cc/2017/05/18/eating-ones-way-china-favorite-five/

Twitter: @HelloChineseApp

25 famous landmarks Beginner Travel

China is full of famous, interesting, and beautiful locations. Here are 25 of them, along with their Chinese names and some useful sentences when discussing your travel plans:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/25-famous-chinese-landmarks/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

What’s for dinner? Beginner Food

What are you having for dinner tonight? In China, people eat differently than in the West. Here are some example dishes that people are probably eating tonight, all over the country:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-dinner-%e4%b8%ad%e5%bc%8f%e6%99%9a%e9%a4%90/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Scapegoat Intermediate Vocabulary

In English, someone who is unfairly blamed is known as a “scapegoat.” In Chinese, we can say 背黑锅 (bēi hēi guō), as described here:

http://www.echineselearning.com/blog/learn-bei-heiguo-and-its-fascinating-origin-story

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Listen better Intermediate Listening

Want to practice your listening? Here are a bunch of stories and quizzes that will help you to fine-tune your ability to listen to (and understand) Chinese:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZeLL3_Doz0

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Chinese names All Culture

When you learn Chinese, you get (and use) a Chinese name. What techniques are used to learn new names? And what about people who don’t have Chinese names — how are they referred to within China?

http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2017/05/fantastic-chinese-names-and-how-to-pick-them/

Twitter: @WorldOfChinese

Body parts Beginner Vocabulary Video

This video introduces several body parts, and is followed by a quiz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BTvn8DyjK0

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Cool slang Beginner Vocabulary

It’s always fun to learn some new Chinese slang; here are 10 of the latest words and phrases that you can use to blend in with the natives (or so we’d like to think):

https://medium.com/@TutorMing/10-chinese-slang-words-to-make-you-sound-like-a-native-cff249737e52

If Beginner Grammar

If these examples don’t show you how to use “if” effectively, then I’ll be surprised:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/05/20/listen-124/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Big dreams Advanced Story

Castles in the air? Other unrealistic plans? Here’s a story for you about this idea in Chinese:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/15-2009-12-02-23-37-29/2841-2017-05-18-12-40-57

Twitter: @imandarinpod

People don’t change Intermediate Expressions

People don’t change, and the world doesn’t change, as this expression reveals:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/05/18/listen-123/

Twitter: @eputonghua

I’ll drink to that Beginner Vocabulary

Here are some alcoholic drinks you might want to mention (or enjoy) when you’re in China:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/05/16/listen-120/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Don’t worry Intermediate Grammar

How do you say “not to worry” in Chinese?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23796/do-you-say-%e5%88%ab%e6%8b%85%e5%bf%83-or-%e4%b8%8d%e6%8b%85%e5%bf%83-for-dont-worry

Locked door Intermediate Grammar

How can you speak of a door as being locked?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23820/how-to-describe-the-state-of-a-locked-door

Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #122, 2017-May-15

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This is Mandarin Weekly #122, a free newsletter read by more than 17,000 students of Chinese around the world.  (Sorry for the delay in publishing this issue, but I arrived in Beijing just a few hours ago…)

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Completed actions Intermediate

How can you indicate that an action is complete in Chinese? There are, of course, several ways to do so, as described here:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/how-to-express-a-finished-action-in-chinese/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Mother’s Day song Intermediate

This Sunday was Mother’s Day in many countries. Here is a Chinese song (and video) in honor of this day, with some useful vocabulary for talking about mothers:

http://www.echineselearning.com/blog/learn-the-perfect-chinese-song-for-mother-day

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Mother’s Day wishes Beginner

What can (should) you wish your mother on Mother’s Day? Here are some suggestions… in Chinese, of course:

http://blog.hellochinese.cc/2017/05/12/5-heartfelt-simple-mothers-day-wishes/

Twitter: @HelloChineseApp

The structure of characters All

When you first start to learn Chinese, all characters look the same. Then you start to distinguish among them. Then you notice the components, and separate them out. But have you ever thought about the placement of those components? In this blog post, we see how the characters are built from smaller pieces:

www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2017/05/10/learn-the-structural-patterns-of-chinese-characters

Sooner or later Intermediate

How can you say “sooner or later” in Chinese? This is a very practical word, with some great explanations:

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/05/08/sooner-or-later-you-will-need-this-word/

After your flight Intermediate

So, you’ve arrived in a Chinese-speaking country. What now? This article will tell you how to find transportation, or deal with unpleasant things such as lost luggage:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-lesson-after-the-flight/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Time Beginner

How can you express time in Chinese — this morning, next week, and the like? Here is a guide to the most common time-related expressions:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/05/13/listen-117/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Mistakes to make in China All

New language? New country? You’re bound to make mistakes. Here are some that this author describes, along with the Chinese words you might need to avoid making the same mistakes. (Note: I use ExpressVPN quite a bit, and rarely have issues.)

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/05/12/5-mistakes-you-will-make-in-china/

Learning languages All

Not specifically about Chinese, but about how to approach learning a language. Useful advice to keep in mind as we move toward fluency:

https://medium.com/@alex_rawlings/10-things-about-learning-languages-i-wish-id-known-10-years-ago-3c1728a28130

Review of Du Chinese All

Du Chinese is an app that you can use to improve your reading and listening fluency. Here is a review of this app, which has also advertised in Mandarin Weekly — and which offers a discount to our readers:

http://www.digmandarin.com/duchinese-review.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Different types of books Beginner

A short list of books, and types of books, you’re likely to encounter in Chinese:

http://allaboutchinese.tumblr.com/post/160507433901/allaboutchinese-%E4%B9%A6-books

Vegetarian in China Beginner

Are you a vegetarian? Don’t worry, there is still plenty for you to eat in China, as this guide shows:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/being-a-vegetarian-in-china/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

All the best Beginner

How can you wish someone well in Chinese? The answer depends on the person with whom you’re speaking, and what you’re wishing them:

https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/How-Wish-Someone-Well-Chinese

Twitter: @YoYoChinese

Dragon Boat Beginner

Duān Wǔ Jié (端午節), aka “Dragon Boat Festival,” is coming on May 30th. Here are some traditional activities and words associated with this holiday:

https://www.misspandachinese.com/learning-about-dragon-boat-festival-duan-wu-jie-%e7%ab%af%e5%8d%88%e7%af%80/

Twitter: @MissPandaChines

What to do in Shanghai All

Going to Shanghai? The good news is that it’s a huge city, with lots to do. So, what should you do there? Here are some suggestions:

http://www.saporedicina.com/english/travel-to-shanghai/

Spicy hotpot Intermediate

Here’s a short conversation with someone selling spicy hotpot in China. Watch the video to improve your listening — and to understand why many in China eat such spicy food:

https://mandarinhq.com/2017/05/spicy-sichuan-hotpot/

Twitter: @MandarinHQ

Measure words 套 (tào) and 副 (fù) Intermediate

Both of these measure words refer to sets of things. But they are used differently. Here is a video lesson, followed by exercises to improve your understanding:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkZHvDQNWS0

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Learning via language exchange All

How can you use language exchange to improve your Chinese? Here are some hints for getting the most out of it:

http://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-language-exchange.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

A game to improve Chinese Intermediate

Want to improve your vocabulary and fluency? Here is a new text game that aims to do just that:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/haze-new-text-adventure-game-chinese-learners/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Tigers are fierce, but they must sleep Intermediate

A short story about tigers, and their day-to-day habits:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2837-2017-03-30-12-18-30

Twitter: @imandarinpod

The Comac C919 Beginner

The Chinese company Comac has unveiled their C919 jet. Here is a short story about it:

http://chinese-at-ease.com/china-comac-c919-completes-maiden-flight-chinese-news/

Twitter: @ChineseAtEase

Silver linings Advanced

When a US president is robbed, he sees the positive side of things:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/05/07/listen-112/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Expressing fractions Beginner

How can you say 1/3 in Chinese? Is there a short way, just as we have “one half”?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23736/is-there-a-word-for-1-3

Crazy like a fox Intermediate

“Crazy” in English can mean “strange,” not just mentally ill. Is the same true in Chinese?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23692/%E7%96%AF%E7%8B%82%E7%9A%84-crazy-meaning-unconventional

Talking about clothing Advanced

There are multiple words for “clothing” in Chinese. When can (should) we use 衣衫 (yī shān), vs. 衣服 (yī fu)?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23752/how-does-%e8%a1%a3%e8%a1%ab-compare-to-%e8%a1%a3%e6%9c%8d-in-terms-of-meaning-and-flavour

Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #121, 2017-May-8

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What to eat and drink Intermediate

Traditional Chinese medicine strongly influences the food and drink that people in China have. Here are some basic ideas to consider and keep in mind:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/the-mysterious-impact-food-can-have-on-the-body-according-to-tcm/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

More or less Intermediate

How long will it take? How hot will it be today? How quickly do you type? These and other questions are often answered not with a specific number, but with an approximate one. How can you indicate that the value is approximate in Chinese?

http://www.digmandarin.com/expressing-approximate-number-mandarin.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Starting a conversation Beginner

Maybe you can have a conversation in Chinse, but how do you start the conversation? Here are some tips and ways to do so:

https://mandarinhq.com/2017/05/start-a-conversation-in-chinese/

Twitter: @MandarinHQ

Body parts Beginner

How do you say different body parts in Chinese? This video provides numerous examples of the most common body parts, as well as some expressions you can use with them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f98EJHin0to

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Restaurant phrases Intermediate

Planning to eat in a restaurant soon, and want to practice your Chinese? Here are 60 words and phrases you can use, along with an explanation of when they would be appropriate:

http://www.fluentu.com/chinese/blog/2017/05/03/chinese-restaurant-phrases/

Twitter: @FluentU

About Einstein Advanced

Albert Einstein was one of the most prominent scientists of the 20th century. This story, in Chinese, describes his life and accomplishments:

http://www.alllanguageresources.com/albert-einstein-advanced-reading-practice-audio/

A mouse? Or a monster? Intermediate

A short story (well, the first part of one) describing an emperor who couldn’t’ tell the difference between a mouse and a monster:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/15-2009-12-02-23-37-29/2833-2017-05-06-07-00-31

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Reading narrowly All

How can you improve your Chinese reading? “Narrow reading” is one technique, which helps you to improve your fluency by focusing on a single subject or author. Here’s how to use it:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/narrow-listening-reading-can-help-learn-chinese/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Custom fonts All

Here is a collection of book covers in that use custom Chinese characters, adding to the design:

http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2017/05/03/cool-custom-fonts-for-chinese-book-covers

Popular foods Beginner

What are some of the most famous foods in China? This video introduces them, so that you can know what to order when you next go out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R8MOddWr4E

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Ancient Chinese money Advanced

What was Chinese money like in ancient times? Here is a story that describes it:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/13-2009-12-02-23-35-40/2830-2017-05-04-08-29-32

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Wedding words Intermediate

How do you talk about engagement, marriage, and everything else having to do with getting married? Here are some useful words, and an explanation of how the words are related:

http://blog.hellochinese.cc/2017/05/05/woman-will-get-married-character-%e5%a9%9a-will-tell/

Twitter: @HelloChineseApp

Watch more TV! (In Chinese) Advanced

Watching TV in Chinese might be challenging, but it’ll improve your comprehension and expose you to current cultural and linguistic thinking. Here are some Chinese shows to watch out for:

https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/5-Popular-Chinese-TV-Shows-Immerse-You-Chinese-Culture

Twitter: @YoYoChinese

Chinese calligraphy All

Chinese calligraphy is a famous form of art that you’re likely to see on any trip to China. Here is some background on calligraphy, along with vocabulary to describe it:

http://www.saporedicina.com/english/art-calligraphy-china/

Checking a report Beginner

A student asks his mother to check his report for school, in this short dialogue:

http://mychinesereading.com/can-check-paper/

Only Beginner

How do you say “only” in Chinese? You can use the character 只 (zhǐ),but how do you include it in your sentences, and is it always appropriate?

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/05/06/its-only/

I’ll take care of it Beginner

A short story exhibiting the use of a common idiom:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2831-2017-05-05-06-23-36

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Counting days Beginner

Why do we use 天 (tiān) for counting days in Chinese, rather than 日 (rì)?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23627/why-%E5%A4%A9-is-chosen-for-counting-days-instead-of-%E6%97%A5-in-mandarin

Look out! Advanced

What does the expression 好自为之 (hǎo zì wéi zhī) mean? And is it to be take positively or negatively?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23686/translating-the-two-meanings-of-%e5%a5%bd%e8%87%aa%e4%b8%ba%e4%b9%8b

Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #120, 2017-May-1

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Hi, there! This is Mandarin Weekly #120, a free newsletter read by more than 17,000 students of Chinese around the world.

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So sorry! Beginner

How do you say “I’m sorry” in Chinese, to apologize for a mistake you’ve made, or for bothering someone? This short video demonstrates it nicely:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yRiNu7b4T0

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

Labor Day Beginner

Today (May 1st) is Labor Day, in China and in many other countries around the world. This video introduces the Chinese terms associated with Labor Day:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqd9-4Hpkus

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Coming soon Intermediate

You’re going to do something soon, or something is happening soon. How can you express that in Chinese? An in-depth look at a common need (and common patterns):

http://www.digmandarin.com/say-something-will-happen-soon-mandarin-chinese.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Mispronounced writing Intermediate

When native Chinese write, they sometimes get the characters wrong. But they can also modify the characters used in a word for comic effect. Some examples are here:

http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2017/04/25/the-cute-mispronounced-chinese-words-confounding-your-reading

What do you think? Beginner

How do you ask someone for their opinion? And how do you express your opinion in an answer? This short video introduces and demonstrates this grammar pattern with numerous examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4rAx5dsxho

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Flag origins All

The Chinese flag, with its red background and yellow stars, is easy to recognize. What do the different parts mean, and what alternatives were considered?

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/the-chinese-flag/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

If only I knew… Intermediate

If only! Here are some phrases (some of them very loving and romantic!) that are all about “if only” something being true:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/04/25/listen-99/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Nose and eyes Intermediate

How realistic is a picture? In Chinese, you can talk about their noses and eyes, as described in this short story:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2825-2017-04-28-03-18-39

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Useful sites All

What Web sites will provide you with the most and best Chinese practice? Here’s a roundup of some of the most useful ones:

http://www.fluentu.com/chinese/blog/2017/04/26/best-website-to-learn-chinese/

Twitter: @FluentU

Old friends Beginner

In China, people often refer to their home town. If you meet someone from there, or have a friend from there, they are your 老乡 (lǎo xiāng):

http://www.echineselearning.com/blog/share-the-same-hometown

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Getting paid Intermediate

A short dialogue about getting paid, and working in a high-tech company:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/04/30/listen-104/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Ordering food Beginner

How do you order food in Chinese? And how can you ask the waiter for a recommendation? This short video answers these and other simple questions:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OJPR06wjHw

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

Searching for Pinyin All

The search engine “Duck Duck Go” has always offered a number of special searches with its “bang syntax,” meaning an exclamation point (!) before a special word. They now include translation via Arch Chinese, as explained here:

http://duckgobang.com/english-chinese-dictionary-bang/

The Ordinary Road Advanced

A beautiful song, 平凡之路 (píng fán zhī lù), with characters, pinyin, and translation:

http://mychinesereading.com/the-ordinary-road/

Shopping bags Advanced

Do you bring your own bags to the supermarket? Do you have to pay for plastic bags in your country? You do if you’re in China, as this story explains:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/16-2009-12-02-23-37-52/2823-2017-04-26-14-02-38

Twitter: @imandarinpod

All nighters Intermediate

Have you ever pulled an all-nighter for school or work? Here’s how you can talk about it in Chinese:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/04/26/listen-100/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Pandas in Holland Intermediate

A short story about pandas arriving in Holland:

http://chinese-at-ease.com/panda-xingya-wuwen-arrived-in-the-netherlands-news-in-chinese/

Twitter: @ChineseAtEase

Lecturing Intermediate

How can you say “give a lecture” in Chinese?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23605/what-is-the-difference-between-%e8%ae%b2%e8%af%be-and-%e6%bc%94%e8%ae%b2

Weekdays Beginner

How do you describe weekdays (as opposed to “working days”)?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23585/is-there-a-generic-way-to-say-weekday-without-the-concept-of-work-business-sc

Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #119, with 20 resources to improve your Chinese

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Traditional characters

All There is a long-standing debate over simplified vs. traditional Chinese characters, one which has political as well as linguistic dimensions. This post assumes that you’re learning simplified characters (as are used in mainland China), and wonder why anyone would learn traditional ones. There are numerous reasons, it turns out:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/4-reasons-why-shouldnt-ignore-traditional-chinese-characters/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Two ways to learn

All What sort of listening should you do, in order to improve your fluency? There are two different approaches, “comprehension-based listening” and “deep-end immersion.” Which is right for you, and how should you go about using them?

http://www.hackingchinese.com/comprehension-based-listening-vs-deep-end-immersion/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Don’t play garlic

Intermediate Are you playing dumb, pretending not to understand? In Chinese, that would be 装蒜 (zhuāng suàn), as described here with examples and (of course) an origin story:

http://www.echineselearning.com/blog/pretending-garlic-useful-chinese-saying

Twitter: @ECLSchool

It’s off to work we go

Intermediate Do you work hard? Do you value hard work? If so (and even if not), then here are 12 traditional Chinese sayings about hard work:

http://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-proverbs-about-work.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Improving your tones

Beginner Tones are one of those aspects of Chinese that everyone knows they need to get right, but which are tricky for many non-native speakers. Here are some tone basics, as well as suggestions for how to learn and remember them:

https://chinesepod.com/blog/learn-chinese-tones-properly/

Twitter: @ChinesePod

Two words for “thing”

Beginner Why does Chinese have two words for “thing”? You can say 东西 (dōng xi) to mean “a tangible thing,” or 事 (shì) to mean “an intangible thing.” Here’s an introduction to the two, and the issues it can cause:

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/04/17/why-does-mandarin-have-two-words-for-thing/

Online translation bakeoff

All Which online translation service can handle some Internet slang the best? An amusing look at the difficulties online translations can give:

http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2017/04/who-translates-it-best/

Twitter: @WorldOfChinese

Chinese immersion, from anywhere

All One of the best ways (if not the best) to get better at a language is to immerse yourself in it. How can you do that with Chinese? What resources are available to see, read, and hear Chinese all around you, even if you’re not in China?

http://www.fluentu.com/chinese/blog/2017/04/19/learn-chinese-immersion/

Twitter: @FluentU

Steve Jobs, the Chinese biography

Advances The story of Steve Jobs, in Chinese:

http://www.alllanguageresources.com/steve-jobs-advanced-simplified-summary/

On the airplane

Beginner So, you’re flying to (or from) China! How can you communicate with the crew, as well as understand their announcements? Here’s a short guide to some common expressions:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-lesson-on-the-plane/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

At the airport

Beginner You’ve arrived at the airport in China. You can expect to be asked many questions — and you might have questions of your own, too! Here are some useful phrases to know, both to hear and speak, before you head off:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-lesson-at-the-airport/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Learning Chinese

Beginner A short, graphical guide to learning Chinese in China — what to expect, how much you’ll pay, and what cities (and countries) you can/should visit:

http://www.chinahush.com/2017/04/20/frequently-asked-questions-about-studying-mandarin-chinese-in-china/

Getting a Chinese cellphone

Beginner If you are planning to spend a long time in China, you’ll want a local cellphone plan. Here are some tips and vocabulary for doing so:

http://www.echineselearning.com/blog/buying-a-sim-card-in-china-the-chinese-you-need

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Should you take the HSK?

All The HSK (levels 1-6) is the standard test of Chinese given by the Chinese government. Many people work to pass the HSK, but is it worthwhile? Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t worry about it too much:

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/04/19/why-you-shouldnt-study-for-the-hsk/

Nonstop chatter

Intermediate How can you say that someone is talking nonstop? How about 喋喋不休 (dié dié bù xiū):

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/04/22/listen-96/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Dinner party

Beginner A short story about a dinner party and making conversation:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/15-2009-12-02-23-37-29/2821-2017-04-22-05-49-03

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Classic literature

Advanced A short conversation about some of China’s most famous literary works:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/13-2009-12-02-23-35-40/2817-2017-04-19-02-30-00

Twitter: @imandarinpod

What could have been

Intermediate How can you construct a sentence in Chinese that talks about what could have been, or would have been?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23455/how-do-you-translate-could-have-been-sentences

Anyone? Someone?

Intermediate How can you ask questions in Chinese using the equivalents of “somebody” and “anybody”?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23491/how-to-ask-anybody-anyone-somebody-someone-questions-in-chinese

Refrigerator vs. freezer

Intermediate If both “refrigerator” and “freezer” are translated into Chinese as 冰箱 (bīng xiāng), then how can you distinguish between them?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23462/fridge-and-freezer-beyond-%e5%86%b0%e7%ae%b1

Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #118, with 21 new resources to improve your Chinese

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Better learning via scaffolding

All “Scaffolding” is a common idea in education, helping learners by gradually reducing the support they receive (and need) in order to learn things more easily. This post provides a number of suggestions for scaffolding and supports when learning Chinese:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/8-great-ways-scaffold-chinese-learning/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Save the planet (in Chinese)

Intermediate What can you do to save the Earth? In honor of Earth Day, we have this video from ChineseClass101.com, with useful phrases:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwtk6nPs-50

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Choosing a translation app

Beginner Having a translation app on your phone is important for learners of all levels. What are some of the options, and how can you choose from among them?

http://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-translator-app-review.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Improving from Chinese movies

Intermediate A review of a new resource for improving your Chinese, Learn-Chinese-From-Movies.com, which aims to help us improve our fluency by exposing us to as many Chinese movies as possible:

http://www.alllanguageresources.com/357-2/

Twitter: @LCFMofficial

Yo ho ho, and a bottle of liquor component

Intermediate The component 酉 (yǒu) refers to a bottle of liquor and is used in a large number of characters that have to do with fermentation or seasoning:

http://www.decodemandarinchinese.com/compmonent-%e9%85%89-a-jar-for-storing-liquors/

Twitter: @DecodeChinese

Airport vocabulary

Beginner Traveling to or from China by air? Knowing these airport-related terms will smooth your journey:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-air-travel-vocabulary/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Buying airplane tickets

Beginner Unless you live in China, you will likely need to buy airline tickets to and from there. Here are some words and phrases you’ll need to buy your tickets:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/how-to-buy-a-plane-ticket-in-chinese/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

All about pandas

Advanced Almost every loves pandas; here is a short essay about them:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/13-2009-12-02-23-35-40/2810-2017-04-13-11-38-47

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Smuggled goods

Intermediate There are lots of counterfeit goods, 行货 (hánghuò), in China. Don’t mix up that term with 水货 (shuǐhuò), which is how you refer to smuggled goods:

http://www.echineselearning.com/blog/which-will-you-choose-shuihuo-vs-hanghuo

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Is beer alcohol?

Beginner A funny dialogue between a driver and a policeman, pointing to the many inconsistencies in Chinese terms:

http://chinese-at-ease.com/is-beer-alcohol-chinese-story-for-beginners/

Twitter: @ChineseAtEase

Withdrawing money

Beginner Where is the nearest ATM? A short story that is all-too-familiar to those of us who travel often:

http://mychinesereading.com/where-is-the-nearest-atm/

Let down your hair!

Intermediate The story of Rapunzel, told in Chinese (audio, characters, and pinyin):

http://www.alllanguageresources.com/rapunzel-intermediate-reader-audio/

Weather terms

Beginner What is the weather like outside? Here’s how to say it in Chinese:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/04/16/listen-89/

Twitter: @eputonghua

We’re early; we’re late

Beginner Did you get somewhere early? Or (like me) late? Here’s how to express that in Chinese:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/04/09/listen-92/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Chinese art forms

Beginner China has many types of traditional art forms. Here is a list of five of them, along with the words and phrases you’ll need to describe them:

https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/Learn-Chinese-Traditional-Art-Music-Peking-Opera-Calligraphy

Twitter: @YoYoChinese

Invest time, learn more efficiently

All Which is the best way for you to improve your Chinese? Take some time to figure that out, since doing so will save you time, and improve your learning in the long run:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/analysis-paralysis-choosing-method-becomes-problem/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

148 expressions

Intermediate Common sayings, known as 成语 (chéng yǔ), are a part of colloquial Chinese speech and writing. Here are 148 (!) common ones that you can either learn to understand from others, or incorporate into your own speech:

http://www.saporedicina.com/english/list-chengyu/

Cross that river

Beginner How do you cross a river? By using the rocks you see. This is true metaphorically, and not just literally, as this short story explains:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2811-2017-04-14-03-11-05

Twitter: @imandarinpod

All of it

Intermediate Chinese has several ways to say “all,” such as 所有 (suǒ yǒu) and 全部 (quán bù). When is each appropriate?

Describing shapes

Intermediate How can you say that something is heart-shaped, star-shaped, or anything-else-shaped?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23349/what-is-the-correct-way-to-say-shaped

Difference between 吃 and 食

Intermediate The characters 吃 (chī) and 食 (shí) both have to do with eating and food. When is each used?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23346/%E5%90%83-and-%E9%A3%9F-difference

Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #117, 2017-April-10

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I’m doing it now

Intermediate How can you express that you are currently performing an action? Use one or more of the words 在 (zài), 正 (zhènɡ), and 正在 (zhènɡ zài):

http://www.digmandarin.com/ongoing-state-continuity-action-chinese.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Basic sentence patterns

Beginner A few sentence patterns are all you need to start saying a remarkably large number of things in Chinese. Here is a list of such basic sentence patterns, along with many examples:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/10-essential-chinese-sentence-patterns-every-beginner-should-know/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Teach children Chinese

Beginner Do you want your children to learn Chinese, but aren’t sure what resources would be appropriate for them? Here is a list of what you can use to help your little ones learn this fascinating language:

http://www.misspandachinese.com/teach-your-kids-chinese/

Twitter: @MissPandaChines

Grammar books

Intermediate If you’re like me, then understanding grammar is a great way to improve your Chinese. But where can you turn, other than textbooks, for summaries of Chinese grammar? Here is a summary and review of several well-known books that you might want to check out:

http://www.alllanguageresources.com/best-chinese-grammar-book-beginner-intermediate-students/

Tomb Sweeping Day

Beginner Last week was 清明节 (qīng míng jié), Tomb Sweeeping Day, a holiday on which many Chinese go to remember their ancestors. Here is some information about this holiday, its practices, and origins:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/history-and-customs-of-tomb-sweeping-day/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Learning Chinese fast

Beginner Everyone wants to learn Chinese quickly, but some people really need to get as fluent as possible, as soon as possible. Here are some strategies you can use to maximize your learning in a short period of time:

http://www.fluentu.com/chinese/blog/2017/04/05/learn-chinese-in-three-months/

Twitter: @FluentU

Characters with 月 (yuè) in them

Beginner Many characters contain the 月 component. Here is a list of such characters, along with their pronunciations and meanings:

http://allaboutchinese.tumblr.com/post/159182027497/allaboutchinese-all-about-chineses-%E6%9C%88-%E8%AE%B0%E5%BF%86%E5%9B%BE

C is for cookie

Beginner Want a cookie? Then which word should you use? This question is surprisingly difficult to answer, as this post describes:

http://blog.hellochinese.cc/2017/04/08/try-find-cookies-chinese-word-use/

Twitter: @HelloChineseApp

Spring has sprung

Beginner Spring has arrived, and two friends discuss the weather and make plans, in this short story:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2803-2017-04-07-08-08-12

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Going to the gym

Beginner If you’re living in China and plan to join a gym to keep fit, this posting has a great deal of useful information, as well as some phrases and words, to help you out:

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/04/09/is-it-easy-to-join-a-gym-in-china/

Nothing to be done

Beginner If you are a bit frustrated and/or exasperated by a situation, you can always say 没办法 (méi bàn fǎ):

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/04/04/this-phrase-will-make-your-chinese-sound-naturally-hopeless/

Little Red Riding Hood

Intermediate You might know the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but have you ever read it in Chinese?

http://www.alllanguageresources.com/little-red-riding-hood-intermediate-reader/

Travel words and phrases

Beginner Planning to travel in China? This video from ChineseClass101.com includes all sorts of travel-related words, from cities to transportation to passport control:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2LctdJD1zo

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Pulling the carrot

Beginner Many countries and cultures have a story about a huge carrot that requires everyone’s help to be pulled from the ground. Here is a Chinese song and video with 拔萝卜 (bá luó bo), the Chinese version:

http://nihaohello.blogspot.co.il/2017/04/pull-carrot-song-lyrics.html

Making mistakes

Intermediate Why do so many Chinese speakers make mistakes when writing, using the wrong characters? An interesting discussion for us non-natives who often make such mistakes:

http://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23273/why-chinese-use-too-many-%E9%94%99%E5%88%AB%E5%AD%97

Non-Internet networks

Advanced We often think of 网 (wǎng) as a computer network, but how would you describe a non-computer network, such as a mathematical network diagram or just networking with colleagues? The answer is both simpler and more complex than you might think:

http://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23324/how-to-say-network-but-not-internet

Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #116, 2017-April-3

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Blackbeard the Pirate

Intermediate All about Blackbeard, the famous pirate — in Chinese:

http://www.alllanguageresources.com/blackbeard-pirate-intermediate-reader/

Robin Hood

Advanced Have you ever heard of Robin Hood? Of course you have. But have you ever read about him in Chinese? Here’s your chance to be introduced to the legendary figure:

http://www.alllanguageresources.com/advanced-chinese-reading-practice-robin-hood/

Chinese weapons

Beginner China has a long history of warfare. Here is an introduction to many of the weapons that were invented over the years, along with their Chinese names:

http://viewofchina.com/ancient-chinese-military-weapons/

LINE-based scam

Advanced If you use LINE (a smartphone app), then you might be targeted in a scam that’s making the rounds in Taiwan. That’s useful to know, but a linguistic analysis of what the scammers are writing is great for students of Chinese:

http://chinesehacks.com/usage/a-common-line-scam-in-taiwan/

Visiting 天津 (tiān jīn)

Beginner The city of 天津 has a great deal of history of sights to see. Here is a short introduction to the city and what it has to offer:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/better-know-a-municipality-tianjin/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Left box radical words

Intermediate The radical 匚 (fāng), known as 左方框 (zuǒ fāng kuāng), is used in many different characters. Here is a list:

http://www.decodemandarinchinese.com/component-%E5%8C%9A-left-box/

Twitter: @DecodeChinese

Friendship

Intermediate Do you have friends? I sure hope so! Here are some traditional Chinese expressions having to do with friends:

http://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-proverbs-about-friendship.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Animated Chinese movies

Intermediate Cartoons are fun to watch — and when you can improve your Chinese when watching, all the better! Here are some recommended animated movies from China:

http://www.fluentu.com/chinese/blog/2017/03/29/chinese-animated-movies/

Twitter: @FluentU

Reading challenge

Hacking Chinese has another challenge, and this time it’s all about reading. Read as much Chinese as you can this month, regardless of your level, and watch your fluency improv:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-reading-challenge-april-1st-30th/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Apps for kids

Beginner Many children are learning Chinese, so it’s no surprise that there are many apps to help them to learn. Here are some of the most useful apps for children to improve their Chinese reading, writing, and listening:

https://www.asianlanguageschool.com/chinese-learning-apps-for-kids/

Twitter: @AlsSydney

Fish and seafood

Beginner Chinese cuisine is full of fish and seafood. Here’s a list of the common dishes you’re likely to encounter when visiting China:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-vocabulary-for-seafood/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

The White House

Intermediate The White House is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Here is an introduction to it in Chinese:

http://mychinesereading.com/the-white-house/

Baby swallows

Beginner Here’s a short story about helping some baby swallows:

http://mychinesereading.com/the-baby-swallows/

Telling jokes in Chinese

Intermediate I love to tell jokes and funny stories (and my family sometimes even thinks they’re funny). How can you tell jokes in Chinese, or describe the sorts of humor that I enjoy?

https://www.writtenchinese.com/are-you-being-funny-how-tell-jokes-in-chinese/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Workplace conversation

Beginner Two people at work discuss how they spend their time, with one of them getting a bit aggressive, in this video from ChinesePod.com:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90T63VzD4zI

Twitter: @ChinesePod

Food and restaurants

Beginner Here is a collection of videos from ChineseClass101.com, describing a variety of words having to do with food and restaurants in Chinese:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAssVOc11Tg

Twitter: @chineseclass101

April fools!

Beginner The world just celebrated April Fool’s Day, or 愚人节 (yú rén jié) in Chinese. Here is some vocabulary that might come in handy if your Chinese-speaking friends tried to prank you:

http://blog.hellochinese.cc/2017/04/01/april-fools-day-say-prank/

Twitter: @HelloChineseApp

Intro Chinese for travelers

Beginner If you’re totally new to Chinese, and want to learn a bit of the language before traveling, here is a quick introduction that you can use to get up to speed with the basics:

https://medium.com/a-better-guide-to-beijing/elementary-mandarin-for-travellers-to-china-6524f838a6a

No fooling!

Beginner A short story about going to see a movie on April Fool’s Day:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2798-2017-04-01-14-07-36

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Separating 朋友 (péng yǒu)

Beginner The word 朋友 is very common, but can we use the characters ouside of that word?

http://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23261/do-%E6%9C%8B-and-%E5%8F%8B-differ-in-meaning

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“Yes” and “no”

Beginner People learning Chinese are often surprised to find out that there are no exact equivalents to “yes” and “no.” How do people express these ideas in Chinese? With a variety of different answers:

https://www.yoyochinese.com/blog/Learn-Mandarin-Chinese-Different-Ways-Chinese-People-Say-Yes-or-No

Twitter: @YoYoChinese

Chinese TV

Advanced If you’re looking to improve your Chinese listening ability, as well as gain insights into Chinese culture while enjoying a guilty pleasure, consider watching Chinese TV shows. Here is a list of shows you can watch, along with some information about each one:

http://www.digmandarin.com/learn-chinese-tv-series.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Types of eggs

Beginner Eggs are a common food all over the world, and China is no exception. Here is a list of the different ways that you can cook eggs, including some uniquely Chinese ways, along with the words and phrases you’ll need to identify and order them:

http://blog.hellochinese.cc/2017/03/24/ordering-food-say-fried-eggs/

Twitter: @HelloChineseApp

Life as a translator

What is it like to learn Chinese, and then work in China as a translator? This post from Hacking Chinese is an interview with Carl Gene Fordham:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/become-chinese-english-translator-like-one/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Peking opera

You might have heard of “Peking opera,” a form of classic Chinese entertainment that comes from Beijing — but what is it? Here is an introduction to Peking Opera, including a number of relevant words and phrases:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/peking-opera/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Meat meat meat

Beginner Chinese food includes a lot of meat. And many kids of meat. From many different sources. Here is a list of the various sources, configurations, and types of meat you’re likely to encounter in China:

http://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-vocabulary-for-meat/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Ordering steak

Beginner If you’re ordering steak, then you’ll need to indicate how you want it cooked, as well as what side dishes you would like to order. Here’s a complete guide to ordering meat and potatoes (and perhaps even a green salad) while in China:

http://blog.hellochinese.cc/2017/03/21/ordering-steaks-china/

Twitter: @HelloChineseApp

Dating ≠ learning

Beginner Want to improve your Chinese? Maybe you can/should date someone for whom Chinese is their native language. Or maybe not, as this post explains:

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/03/24/why-a-chinese-girlfriend-or-boyfriend-will-not-improve-your-mandarin-level/

Peacocks and princesses

Intermediate A short story about a princess:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/15-2009-12-02-23-37-29/2792-2017-03-26-05-19-07

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Terracotta army

Advanced One of the most famous things to see in Xi’an in the “terracotta army,” an enormous set of soldier-shaped statues. Here is a story about them:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/13-2009-12-02-23-35-40/2788-2017-03-22-05-26-40

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Unprecedented

Intermediate You’ve never seen anything like it before? Fine; how can you express that in Chinese?

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/03/24/listen-66/

Twitter: @eputonghua

Spring equinox

Beginner Spring has arrived, and with it the equinox. Here are some Chinese words and phrases for this period, and activities we can do now:

http://teresarainsegna.blogspot.co.il/2017/03/equinozio-di-primavera-spring-equinox.html

Variant spellings

Advanced Some words can be written with different “spellings” — meaning, they can use different characters. How do we describe this, and what are some examples of this phenomenon?

http://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23153/how-to-express-words-variants-in-chinese

After Chinese Breeze

Intermediate Chinese Breeze is a well-known series of reaeders for people learning Chinese. What should you read when you’re done with that series, or when it no longer suits you?

https://www.reddit.com/r/ChineseLanguage/comments/60jt5d/reading_material_after_chinese_breeze/

Measure words

Advanced Which mirror word (classifier) should be used with small things?

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/%E9%87%8F%E8%AF%8D%EF%BC%9A%E9%A2%97-%E7%B2%92.1633789/

The trailing 吃的

Advanced A question about a trailing 的 leads to a discussion about adjectives, nouns, and when you can leave out words:

http://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23193/meaning-of-%E7%9A%84-in-%E6%88%91%E4%B9%B0%E4%BA%86%E4%B8%80%E4%BA%9B%E5%90%83%E7%9A%84

了 (le) and future actions

Advanced Can we use 了 to indicate a change of status for future actions? Sometimes; this discussion makes the point clearer:

http://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23175/why-cant-%E4%BA%86-be-used-to-indicate-a-completed-action-that-has-yet-to-come

Different types of registering

Intermediate The word “register” in English has several translations into Chinese, depending on the context:

http://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23138/what-are-the-differences-between-%E6%8A%A5%E5%90%8D-%E7%99%BB%E8%AE%B0-%E6%8C%82%E5%8F%B7