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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:
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:
Mother’s Day wishes Beginner
What can (should) you wish your mother on Mother’s Day? Here are some suggestions… in Chinese, of course:
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:
Sooner or later Intermediate
How can you say “sooner or later” in Chinese? This is a very practical word, with some great explanations:
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:
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:
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.)
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:
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:
Different types of books Beginner
A short list of books, and types of books, you’re likely to encounter in Chinese:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Tigers are fierce, but they must sleep Intermediate
A short story about tigers, and their day-to-day habits:
The Comac C919 Beginner
The Chinese company Comac has unveiled their C919 jet. Here is a short story about it:
Silver linings Advanced
When a US president is robbed, he sees the positive side of things:
Expressing fractions Beginner
How can you say 1/3 in Chinese? Is there a short way, just as we have “one half”?
Crazy like a fox Intermediate
“Crazy” in English can mean “strange,” not just mentally ill. Is the same true in Chinese?
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)?
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