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Improve your Chinese with Decipher Chinese and The Chairman’s Bao
In this posting on About Mandarin, Olle Linge describes two resources for improving your Chinese — The Chairman’s Bao and Decipher Chinese:
Another review of The Chairman’s Bao
It would seem to be review season in the Chinese world, with Chinese Musings also chiming in with a (very positive) review of The Chairman’s Bao:
Winter activities in China
In the winter, where can you go and what can you do? This article from ChinesePod describes (with charactres and pinyin) some of the uniquely winter activities you can enjoy:
Winter activities vocabulary list
Once you have read the above liste of activities you can do in winter, read through this fuller list (with fewer explanations) of other winter activities and clothing:
Topic-first sentences are a standard structure in Chinese, and one that’s worth getting used to, as described by Julie on the Yoyo Chinese blog:
Four useful measure words
You can just use 个 (ge) for everything, but try to make your measure words more accurate, for a variety of reasons. This article introduces four that are especially useful:
Do you really need measure words?
This article asks if (and why) we even need measure words, and introduces some slangy combinations for two and three:
Identifying radicals for easier reading
If there’s one topic in reading Chinese that we discuss non-stop, it’s the importance of identifying radicals. In this post from DigMandarin, we see a few characters with and without the speech 讠(yán) radical, which means a character has to do with speaking:
The 25 most important nouns
What nouns should you learn first? This list, from ChineseClass101.com, is a good starting point:
Star Wars quotes (in Chinese)
Lots of Chinese-related sites have been running Star Wars vocabulary over the last week. In this post, Learn Every Day Chinese provides us with translations of some of the most famous quotes from Star Wars:
Using 就 (jiù)
Chris from Fluent in Mandarin provides another “character bite” — this time with 就, a character with many meanings and uses:
Hacking Chinese: The book and course
Olle Linge, famous to many Chinese learners for his “Hacking Chinese” blog (among others), has released a book and video course aimed at people who want to improve their Chinese, but even more so want to get better tools for improving their Chinese:
Oh, my goodness!
How can you express that in Chinese? How about “Oh, my mother!” An introduction to this phrase, with many examples:
Moving between simplified and traditional characters
It’s often said that you can always move from one character set to another, but how true is that, and what limitations might there be?
Buying a computer
Get some listening practice from ChineseClass101.com, with a short story and question about buying a computer:
Christmas vocabulary in Chinese
China doesn’t really celebrate Christmas, but you can see decorations and hear the songs all over. (I know this, as I’m writing from Beijing right now…) What are some vocabulary and other Christmas-related items in Chinese? FluentU provides a healthy sample:
Creating a Chinese font
You think that reading and writing Chinese is hard? How about creating a font that can support all of the characters? This isn’t directly related to learning Chinese, but will probably give you some perspective on how tools to support the language are created:
Superhero names in Chinese
If Star Wars translations aren’t enough, how about this list of superhero names in Chinese, brought to you by Master of Mandarin:
Enough to drink?
How can you say (or ask) whether one bottle of wine is enough? A short discussion and clarification of this topic:
Can we use 随便 (suí biàn) to mean “casual,” in the sense of dress for a party?
Struggling with tones?
You’re not alone, if you’re having problems hearing and/or remembering and/or saying tones. Some advice and suggestions from other Chinese learners: