Mandarin Weekly #155

 

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Topic-comment structure Intermediate Grammar

Normally, Chinese is SVO (subject-verb-object). But in the “topic-comment” structure, you mention a subject, and then discuss it:

https://www.saporedicina.com/english/topic-comment-structure-chinese/

The story of Nian Beginner Culture Video

Chinese New Year is coming up. Here is a video version of the legend behind this holiday, along with some introductory greetings you can use:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPYE4zRRJzE

Again! Intermediate Grammar Video

How can you say that you want to do something again? This video explains the use of 在 (zài) in this way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x75u5BKnw4

Twitter: @ECLSchool

There are, aren’t there? Beginner Grammar Video

In Chinese, we can use the verb 有 (yǒu) to indicate that a place has a certain quality, or contains a certain item:

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

Twitter: @ECLSchool

That pesky 3rd tone Beginner Pronunciation

Tones are tough for many to understand when learning Chinese. The 3rd tone can be particularly tricky. Here are some tips for pronouncing it correctly:

https://www.mandarinblueprint.com/blog/sandhi-third-tone-rule

Twitter: @MandarinBP

Happy New Year! Beginner Vocabulary Video

How can we discuss the new (Gregorian) year, 2018? Here are some useful words you can use:

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

Twitter: @ChinesePod

Happy 2018! Beginner Vocabulary Video

How do people in China celebrate the New Year’s holiday? And how do they discuss it? Here are some details, as well as useful words to talk about it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nj3Xnch_wk

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Visiting Guangdong All Travel

Guangdong province is large and varied, and contains lots of interesting cuisine, culture, and history, as shown here:

https://www.livethelanguage.cn/learn-china-guangdong/

Moving translations All Culture

How are your favorite movies’ names translated into Chinese? Here are some examples of some famous films from 2017, along with how people in China refer to them:

http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2018/01/chinese-movie-translations-spring-2018/

Twitter: @WorldOfChinese

Common characters in Chinatown Intermediate Characters

If you go to Chinatown — a Chinese neighborhood in your city — then you’ll likely see a few particular characters. Here is your guide to identifying and understanding them:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/common-chinese-symbols-and-meanings/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

New Year’s resolutions Beginner Vocabulary

Planning to make New Year’s resolutions? It’s not too late:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/chinese-new-years-resolution/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Thanks so much! Beginner Vocabulary

How can you thank someone in Chinese? As usual, there are multiple words and phrases you can sprinkle into your conversations:

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2018/01/03/thank-you-in-chinese/

Twitter: @FluentU

Day trips from Kunming All Travel

Kunming itself is a lovely city — but if you go out of town, you can see some spectacular sights, as described here:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/5-awesome-kunming-day-trips/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Ice cream All Vocabulary

Do you enjoy eating ice cream? Of course you do! Here is how you can discuss ice cream in Chinese:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsxcY4RiiE8

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Little pony Intermediate Story

A pony needs to cross the river. Will he make it? The story might not be so exciting, but it’s good practice:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/15-2009-12-02-23-37-29/3036-2018-01-02-04-07-30

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Patience Intermediate Story

A short story introducing the idea of being patient, of not trying to do everything at once:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/3040-2018-01-05-02-21-46

Twitter: @imandarinpod

When do they grow up? Beginner Grammar

When do we stop using the term 孩子 (hái zi) to talk about people in China. In other words, how big are “children”?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/28314/at-what-age-one-stops-calling-a-person-%e5%ad%a9%e5%ad%90

Making comparisons Intermediate Grammar

How do we use 比一比 (bǐ yi bǐ) in a comparison?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/28312/what-is-the-meaning-of-%e6%af%94%e4%b8%80%e6%af%94-in-this-sentence

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Chinese films of the year Advanced Culture

What Chinese films were most worth watching last year? Here is a rundown of the best of 2017:

http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2017/12/twocs-films-of-the-year/

Twitter: @WorldOfChinese

Internet slang of 2017 Intermediate Culture Vocabulary

What Internet slang words were hottest in 2017? Look at this list, and see if you’re up to date with the latest phrases:

http://www.theworldofchinese.com/2017/12/chinese-pandians-top-keywords-of-2017/

Twitter: @WorldOfChinese

What are you doing? Beginner Grammar

What are you doing? That’s a pretty simple question, but the answers can be complex, as shown here:

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/what-are-you-doing-in-chinese/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Using question words Beginner Grammar Video

How do you use question words in Chinese? This video should help to set you straight:

http://www.fluentinmandarin.com/content/question-words-mandarin-chinese/

Twitter: @Fluent_Mandarin

How to type in Chinese All Characters

Typing in Chinese is crticial if you use a computer or a phone — which, given that you’re reading this newsletter, seems like a reasonable bet. How can you write Chinese? Here are some tips:

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2017/12/27/how-to-type-in-chinese/

Twitter: @FluentU

Writing Chinese characters Beginner Characters

Of course, characters are traditionally written in ink, not on a computer. How can you get started with writing characters, and also practicing them?

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2017/12/26/chinese-writing-practice/

Twitter: @FluentU

Internet slang of 2017 Intermediate Culture Vocabulary

It’s the end of the year, and thus lists of “the ___ of 2017” are appearing all over. Here’s another list of hot Internet slang:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/chinese-slang-2017/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Colorful language Intermediate Expressions

Every language has expressions that include colors , and Chinese is no exception. Here are some colorful expressions you can use in your own speech:

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

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Sleep more, learn more All Learning

Does getting more sleep help you to learn Chinese better?

https://www.mandarinblueprint.com/blog/2017/6/15/how-does-getting-enough-sleep-help-learning-chinese

Twitter: @MandarinBP

Sharing bicycles All Travel

Chinese cities have tons of for-rent bicycles. How can you rent and use them, and what are some tips for doing so?

https://www.saporedicina.com/english/bike-sharing-china/

Yes, but… Intermediate Grammar

What are some conjunctions (and, or, but, etc.) you can use in your Chinese? Here’s a complete list and guide:

https://www.saporedicina.com/english/conjunctions-chinese/

Happy New Year! Beginner Expressions

How can you wish someone a Happy New Year in Chinese? Here are a bunch of ways to do so:

https://www.livethelanguage.cn/happynewyearinchinese/

Beginner vs. Advanced methods All Learning

How should you study Chinese? And do these techniques change over time? This article discusses how beginning and advanced Chinese students should adjust their learning techniques over time:

https://www.digmandarin.com/learning-methods-beginner-advanced-chinese-learner.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Visiting Zhāngjiākǒu Advanced Story Travel

Want to visit Zhāngjiākǒu? What, you haven’t heard of it? Here’s a short story telling you about this city:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/16-2009-12-02-23-37-52/3032-2017-12-28-05-37-36

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Quitting time Beginner Story

Thinking of quitting from your job? Here’s a story on the subject:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/3030-2017-12-26-05-25-12

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Happy New Year! Beginner Story

2018 has started, and here’s a story about celebrating the new year:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/3033-2017-12-30-06-33-02

Twitter: @imandarinpod

The “most” words Intermediate Grammar

How can you say “the most,” given that there are several Chinese words that express this idea?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/28237/%e8%87%b3%e5%a4%9a-%e6%9c%80%e5%a4%9a-%e9%a1%b6%e5%a4%9a-whats-the-difference

In the future Advanced Grammar

How can you express the “future perfect” tense in Chinese?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/28201/future-perfect-tense-sentences-in-chinese-eg-next-month-i-will-have-been-marr