Mandarin Weekly #151

 

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Stone lions Intermediate Story

Have you ever seen stone lions in China? This story talks about their cultural significance:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/13-2009-12-02-23-35-40/3015-2017-12-09-13-41-01

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Chinese gestures All Culture

So much is different in China; among them are hand gestures, which are different from those we know in the West:

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2017/12/04/chinese-gestures/

Twitter: @FluentU

Peking opera All Culture

Peking Opera is a traditional form of entertainment that combines music, dance, costumes, story, and music. Here is some background on Peking Opera, as well as some useful vocabulary and linguistic tips:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/conventions-peking-opera/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

I’m a big fan Beginner Story

Are there some celebrities you follow and like? Here is a short story about fans of a famous singer:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/3012-2017-12-06-07-21-18

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Online music Intermediate Story

Do you like listening to online music? You’re not alone; here is a story about listening on your computer:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/16-2009-12-02-23-37-52/3010-2017-12-04-03-43-33

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Harbin’s ice festival All Travel Culture

Harbin is the coldest city in China, and celebrates that fact with an annual snow and ice festival:

https://blog.hutong-school.com/experience-the-winter-wonders-of-harbin/

Twitter: @hutongschool

Restaurant vocabulary Beginner Food Video

Ordering at a restaurant can seem a bit daunting, but here are some useful vocabulary words to use when you first give it a go:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPANzaNLcT0

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Does Chinese have a future tense? Beginner Grammar Video

If Chinese verbs don’t have tenses, then how do we express the future?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erwAjRvimj8

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Chinese music on Alexa All Culture

Do you have an Amazon Echo (“Alexa”)? If so, then you can listen to Chinese music, by following these instructions:

https://www.misspandachinese.com/amazon-echo-listen-chinese-songs-home-classroom/

Twitter: @MissPandaChines

Chinese movies on Netflix Advanced Culture

Want to improve your Chinese by watching movies? It turns out that Netflix has a very large selection. Here are some recommendations, good for improving your language and your cultural understanding:

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2017/12/06/chinese-movies-netflix-2/

Twitter: @FluentU

Chinese foods to try Intermediate Video

What foods should you try when you’re in China? This short dialog will give you language practice and introduce you to some of these unusual foods:

http://www.fluentinmandarin.com/content/chinese-conversation-clips-culture-food-try/

Twitter: @Fluent_Mandarin

Oh, it’s you! Advanced Video Grammar

Meeting someone you’ve heard about, or seeing someone you know for the first time in a while? Here are some useful phrases and grammar patterns to employ:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyqRAbLE9vA

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Big numbers! Intermediate Video Grammar

We can talk about large numbers in Chinese using 万 (wàn). Here are some ways to do it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdE7qc8t7q4

Twitter: @ECLSchool

McDonald’s in China Beginner Food

You see McDonald’s in many places around the world, and that includes China. Here is some history of the local version, as well as vocabulary you’ll want to order and eat there:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/the-history-of-mcdonalds-in-china/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Traditional Chinese string instruments All Culture

if you have ever walked through a park in China, then you’ve likely seen people playing traditional Chinese instruments. Here is some background on traditional string instruments, as well as some vocabulary you can use to describe them and the music they make:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-plucked-stringed-instruments/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

What would you like to drink? All Food

There’s lots to drink in China, from tea to juice to alcohol. Here’s a roundup of useful vocabulary for when you’re thirsty:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/drinking-in-china/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

More about 过 (guò) Intermediate Grammar

The word 过 is useful in many ways. Here are some examples of how it can describe a past event, or one that you have already experienced:

http://www.mandarinblueprint.com/blog/power-of-chinese-characters-guo-2

Twitter: @MandarinBP

Chinese drivers Beginner Grammar

Are Chinese drivers really that bad? Maybe, thanks to a loophole in Chinese law, as explained here:

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/12/05/are-chinese-people-bad-drivers/

Pluralizing people words Intermediate Grammar

Chinese words typically don’t distinguish between singular and plural. Which ones do?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/27922/the-phrase-%e6%9c%8b%e5%8f%8b-vs-%e6%9c%8b%e5%8f%8b%e4%bb%ac

Well, maybe Intermediate Grammar

How do you say “probably” vs. “possibly” in Chinese?

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD-%E6%9C%89%E5%8F%AF%E8%83%BD.3400119/

Mandarin Weekly #150

 

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Do you have any? Beginner Video Grammar

Do you have something? Here’s a cute video (from Chinese Buddy) indicating how you can indicate that you do (or don’t) have something in Chinese:

http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2017/11/28/this-song-is-not-about-mayo

Are you? Beginner Video Grammar

The verb “to be” can be a bit tricky at the start in Chinese. Here is a short song that shows you how to use it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x22JqELUvbw

Twitter: @ChineseBuddy

Oh, waiter! Beginner Food Culture

If you go to a restaurant in China, the chances are good that they won’t know English. That’s fine; it’ll give you a chance to practice your Chinese! Here are some useful vocabulary words to use when you go and eat in China for the first time:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-restaurant-cheat-sheet/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Sayings for life Intermediate Expressions

Want some inspiration for a successful life? Here are some good ones to remember — and use:

https://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-chengyu-life-success.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Eating inedibles Intermediate Vocabulary

Chinese has a number of expressions that involve “eating” something that cannot be eaten — such as vinegar and money. Here’s an introduction to these expressions:

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

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Free Chinese books Advanced Learning

You probably want to read more in Chinese, including Chinese-language books. But if you’re on a budget, maybe you’re looking for free books to read. Here is a list of where you can obtain such free books:

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2017/11/29/free-chinese-ebooks/

Twitter: @FluentU

Speaking challenge All Learning

Hacking Chinese is back with another challenge, this time for speaking. How much Chinese can you speak this month, and can you improve your ability during this time? More details, including how to sign up and join the community, are here:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-speaking-challenge-december-2017/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

All about discounts Intermediate Grammar Video

When you go to China, you might well have to (or just want to) bargain at stores. How do you bargain? What phrases will help you in your negotiations? This video will show you how to negotiate:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx61b5LQPVM

Twitter: @YoYoChinese

Bad student expressions Intermediate Grammar Video

Are you a good student? Then don’t worry about it — but if you’re not, you’re going to need to discuss your badness! Here are some good expressions to use when thinking up excuses:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjuQFIO9088

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Using 过 (guò) Beginner Grammar

The character 过 is used in a number of ways. In this post, we learn how it can be used to describe crossing the street or celebrating a birthday:

http://www.mandarinblueprint.com/blog/chinese-characters-guo-1

Twitter: @MandarinBP

Ultimate grammar guide All Grammar

If you’re learning Chinese, then you’re also learning Chinese grammar. Here is one of the longest and most complete one-page guides you’re likely to find:

http://www.saporedicina.com/english/chinese-grammar-guide/

Sex and relationships Intermediate Vocabulary

Sex and relationships are part of life in China as much as everywhere else. How can (or should) you discuss it, and what informal terms are used?

http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2017/11/lets-talk-about-sex/

Twitter: @WorldOfChinese

Power of attorney Intermediate Vocabulary

Can you trust your landlord in China? Moreover, can or should you give him power of attorney? Here’s a short story, and some useful vocabulary, on the subject:

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/11/27/should-you-trust-your-chinese-landlord/

Pickup lines Advanced Vocabulary Video

In this video, we see someone (who calls himself the “pickup king”) try his lines on strangers. Do they work? Maybe not, but at least you can learn some Chinese as you follow along. Translations and explanations follow the video, if it’s too hard/fast for you:

https://www.tutormandarin.net/en/advanced-chinese-pickup-lines-video-and-translation/

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

Folktales (part 2) All Culture

Last week, we looked at some Chinese folktales. But as you might expect or know, there are lots of additional stories to tell:

https://www.tutormandarin.net/en/chinese-folktales/

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

Improve your memory All Learning

Part of language learning involves memory. How can you improve your memory, and thus your language learning? Here are some tips:

https://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/improve-your-memory/

Giving up Intermediate Story

You can’t give up midway through something, as this story teaches:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/15-2009-12-02-23-37-29/3009-2017-12-03-06-43-24

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Every other week Advanced Grammar

How can you express the idea of “every n days” or “every x weeks”? The answers here shed a great deal of light on this subject:

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/27910/what-does-%e6%af%8f%e9%9a%94-mean

Talking about God Intermediate Vocabulary

How can we talk about “God,” or even multiple “gods,” in Chinese?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/27820/what-is-god-in-chinese