Mandarin Weekly #138

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Read faster All Characters

How can you become a faster, more fluent reader of Chinese? Lots of practice, of course — but here are some more concrete tips regarding how to structure your reading for optimal improvement:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-reading-speed-revisited/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Intro to Chinese Beginner Learning

Are you completely new to learning Chinese? Then this article, which introduces the language and what you’ll have to learn in a very structured way, should be very useful to you:

http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/learn-chinese/

Learning progression Intermediate Learning

Learning Chinese takes time, effort, and some help. But given limited time (which is always an issue), what are some of the best ways that you can improve your Chinese? This “minimum effort” guide describes some of the things you can do for Chinese fluency to come more easily:

https://www.tutormandarin.net/en/learn-chinese-minimum-effort/

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

Time for school Beginner Vocabulary

School is back in season in China, and in many other countries, as well. Here is a list of supplies you (and/or your children) will need, in Chinese:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-school-vocabulary/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

School subjects Beginner Vocabulary

And if you’re in school, then what are you studying? Here is a list of the different subjects you (or your children) might want to take — or might have to take, even if you don’t want to:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/school-subjects-in-chinese/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Writing a resume (CV) All Culture

Creating a resume (CV) to apply for jobs in China? Here’s a guide to how to write one like a native, including lots of great job-search-related vocabulary:

https://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-resume-cv-sample-template-download.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Truth in advertising Beginner Story

It’s not quite a new episode of Mad Men, but this story does talk about advertising:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2940-2017-09-09-08-54-48

Twitter: @imandarinpod

二 (èr) or 两 (liǎng)? Beginner Grammar Video

There are two ways to say “two” in Chinese, 二 and 两. Why are there two, and when do you use each one?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU5BOCdXbyk

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Missing America Intermediate Vocabulary Video

What do you miss about America when in China? In this video, we’ll learn some useful vocabulary for describing American products:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp1VFu27l8o

Twitter: @ChineseWithEmma

Let’s do it! Beginner Grammar Video

How do you say to your friends, “Let’s do it!” The 吧 (ba) particle is what you need:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2BySQPZPaQ

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Fluenz review Beginner Reviews

Fluenz offers you the chance to learn Chinese. How does it stack up against other Chinese-learning options?

https://www.alllanguageresources.com/fluenz-review/

Have you eaten? Beginner Grammar Video

A common Chinese greeting is “Have you eaten?” How do you respond?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG4Z4BKTvV0

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Traditional music All Culture

Chinese music has a long history, with songs and instruments that are quite foreign to Western eyes and ears. This article introduces many aspects of Chinese music:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/what-need-know-zhong-guo-feng-music/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Hey, everybody! Intermediate Grammar

What is the difference between 各位 (gè wèi) and 大家 (dà jiā)?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/26411/what-distinguishes-%e5%90%84%e4%bd%8d-g%c3%a8w%c3%a8i-from-%e5%a4%a7%e5%ae%b6-d%c3%a0ji%c4%81

Your majesty! Intermediate Vocabulary

There is no longer an emperor, but knowing how to address one (as well as what he is called) can still come in handy:

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/26368/the-difference-between-%e7%9a%87%e5%b8%9d-and-%e7%9a%87%e4%b8%8a

Mandarin Weekly #137

 

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Hi! This is Mandarin Weekly #137, a free newsletter read by more than 20,000 students of Chinese around the world.

Sorry about the delay in getting this out, but I just returned from a (great, relaxing, fun-with-family) vacation.  We should be back on a normal schedule starting next week (i.e., September 11th).

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Word order Beginner Grammar Video

How different is word order in Chinese from English? This video provides a useful perspective, with simple but effective examples:

http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2017/08/30/chinese-word-order-and-english-word-order-how-similar

Types of characters All Characters

There are many different Chinese characters, but there are only a few types of characters, distinct patterns into which the characters can be organized. Here is an introduction to these patterns, and how to use them to read more easily:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/lowdown-6-types-of-chinese-characters/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Emotions Beginner Grammar Video

Want to express emotions and feelings in Chinese? These cute videos demonstrate a variety of them, with some catchy music, to boot:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glbjvNh0Iv8

Twitter: @ChineseBuddy

Question words Beginner Grammar

How do you ask questions in Chinese? You use a question word, of coursze, just like in English and many other languages. Here is an introduction to the various question words in Chinese:

http://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2017/09/04/chinese-question-words/

Twitter: @FluentU

Flirt in Chinese Intermediate Vocabulary Expressions

Love is in the air! Lots of Chinese-learning blogs have recently posted about how to flirt in Chinese. In case you missed the other posts, or just want to try a few new and different ways to say you find someone attractive, here’s the latest way to flirt in Chinese:

http://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2017/08/28/flirt-in-chinese/

Twitter: @FluentU

Let’s get dressed! Beginner Vocabulary

Want to get dressed in Chinese? Here are some essential vocabulary words you’ll need to do so:

http://allaboutchinese.tumblr.com/post/164718394088/allaboutchinese-%E6%89%93%E6%89%AE-dress-up

Verbling review All Reviews

Want to improve your Chinese speaking (and listening) ability? Verbling is another company offering paid, online instructors with whom you can practice in real time:

https://www.alllanguageresources.com/verbling-review-an-alternative-to-italki/

Basic travel expressions Beginner Travel

Planning to travel in China? Knowing some Chinese, even if you’re totally new to the language, will help a great deal. Here are some basic phrases that you should learn before your first trip:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/4-must-know-expressions-for-chinese-beginners-traveling-in-china/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Organic in China Intermediate Food

Want to buy organic produce in China, or eat at restaurants that only use organic products? You’ll find yourself challenged to do so, but after reading this article, at least you’ll know how to ask the right questions (and even understand the answers):

https://chinesepod.com/blog/2017/08/30/going-organic/

Twitter: @ChinesePod

Ghost month! All Culture

This is “ghost month” in China, during which certain traditions (or even “superstitions”) come out of the wordwork. Here are some things to know about ghost month:

https://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-ghost-month.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Animal expressions Intermediate Expressions

Chinese is full of sayings and expressions. These often mention animals, as we can see here:

https://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-idioms-chengyu-animals.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Listen better Intermediate Listening

Learning to hear the sounds of Chinese is important not just for comprehension, but also for speaking correctly. Here are some suggestions for improving your listening, and a new course that can help you to do so:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/training-and-testing-your-ability-to-hear-mandarin-sounds/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Mandarin vs. Cantonese All Culture

Mandarin Weekly is about, well, Mandarin Chinese. But there are other forms, or “dialects,” of Chinese. One of the most common is Cantonese. How are Mandarin and Cantonese similar, and how are they different?

https://www.tutormandarin.net/en/similarities-differences-cantonese-vs-mandarin/

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

Numbers in Chinese Beginner Grammar

Counting is very easy in Chinese, once you get the hang of the number system:

http://www.saporedicina.com/english/chinese-numeric-system/

Different ways to travel Intermediate Vocabulary

There are different words for “travel” in Chinese, but is there any difference between them? For example, we can say either 旅游 (lǚ yóu) or 旅行 (lǚ xíng), as described here:

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/08/25/whats-the-difference-between-lu-you-%e6%97%85%e6%b8%b8-and-lu-xing%e6%97%85%e8%a1%8c/

Eclipse fever All Vocabulary

Much of the United States was gripped by eclipse excitement in August, with a total solar eclipse. How can you describe it in Chinese? Here’s a nice article on the subject:

https://teachmechinese.wordpress.com/2017/08/29/learn-the-chinese-word-for-a-total-solar-eclipse/

Measuring meals Advanced Grammar

顿 (dùn) and 道 (dào) can both be used as measure word for meals and eating. How are they different?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/26331/whats-the-difference-between-%e9%a1%bf-and-%e9%81%93-as-a-measure-word-for-meals