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Compliments Beginner Vocabulary Video
Do you know someone smart? Handsome? Beautiful? Here are some compliments you can give other people in Chinese:
Picky eaters Beginner Story
Where do you want to eat? An easy question to ask, but a hard one to answer if you don’t like different cuisines and are on a strict budget:
Celebrity quotes Intermediate Expressions Video
Chinese celebrities have contributed some interesting phrases and expressions to the language. Here are a number of them that you can learn to recognize, or perhaps even use parts of, in your conversations:
Journaling your progress All Learning
Do you keep a journal of what you are learning in Chinese? If so, then the techniques described here for using your journal to improve your learning even further might be useful:
Talk like a communist Intermediate Vocabulary Video
Regardless of what you think of the Chinese Communist Party, there’s no doubting their influence in China and the Chinese-speaking world. Take advantage of the “Chinese Communist Party Founding Day” celebrations to learn some relevant vocabulary:
Chinese puns Intermediate Culture
Do you like to make puns, and other jokes based on wordplay? (My family and students know all too well, that I do.) Chinese is full of possibilities for such humor, because of the language’s flexibility and many similar-sounding words:
Apps to know Beginner Vocabulary
Does your phone have apps on it? If so, then can you describe those apps in Chinese? Here is your chance, with the following vocabulary:
How well do you know Chinese? All Learning
No matter what your Chinese level, you’ll be told by natives that your Chinese is “excellent.” But sometimes,
It wasn’t on purpose! Beginner Vocabulary Video
How can you apologize in Chinese? That’s a subject for another time. But how can you emphasize that you did something wrong unintentionally?
Improving your listening All Listening
It’s hard to learn to understand spoken Chinese, because of many different reasons. Here, we learn what all of those reasons are, as well as some ways to improve our listening comprehension:
Hot pot, or not? All Vocabulary Food
Do you eat 火锅 (huǒ guō) when in China? If so, then it cannot be spicy, since there’s now a separate term, 麻辣烫 (má là tàng), to describe it. A linguistic and culinary dispute has ensued:
Chinese soccer, a history Intermediate Culture
How long have people been playing soccer (“football” to those outside of the US)? Depending on how you count, it could be 2500 years, as described here:
Learning better with tasks All Learning
How can you learn Chinese best? Task-based learning has a great deal to offer:
Childhood songs Intermediate Listening Culture
Want to better understand Chinese culture, as well as the language? One good way is to listen to Chinese songs. Here are some useful ones fo ryou to hear and learn:
A thrilling novel Advanced Reviews
Read a good (Chinese) book lately? This review of a new detective novel, 《死亡通知单：暗黑者》, should interest those looking for good fiction and to practice their Chinese:
Review: Chinese Zero to Hero Beginner Reviews
How well does the “Chinese Zero to Hero” course stack up? Pretty well, especially given the price:
Asking “when” questions Beginner Video Grammar
How do you ask when something happened? Use 什么时候 (shén me shí hou):
All about Chinese characters Advanced Characters
Chinese characters have been around for a long time, and have distinct characteristics. Here are some facts you might not know about them:
Lending money Intermediate Story
When a mother is sick with heart disease, and an expensive operation is necessary, how will a family pay for it?
Surname pronunciation Intermediate Pronunciation Characters
Some characters have more than one pronunciation. Is this also true for those characters that represent surnames?
Different types of opening Intermediate Grammar
What is the difference between two words that mean “open,” 开放 (kāi fàng) and 开门 (kāi mén)?
Not bad, or pretty good? Beginner Expressions
Does 不错 (bù cuò) mean “not bad,” “very good,” or somewhere in between?
Everywhere Intermediate Expressions
How can you express the idea of “everywhere,” or “all over”?