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Mind your tones! Beginner Pronunciation
We all know that tones are important in Chinese. Here are some great examples of how things can get difficult or embarrassing if you get them wrong, and why you should be careful:
Year of the Dog Beginner Story
It’s the Year of the Dog — so here is an appropriate story to start off the year:
Using 而 Intermediate Grammar Video
You can make your Chinese sound far more sophisticated and expressive if you use 而。 Here’s how to do so:
Lantern festival All Culture
The Chinese New Year has come and gone, but the Lantern Festival is coming soon. What is it, and how can you celebrate? Here’s some useful information:
You say it’s your brithday Intermediate Story
Birthdays are happy occasions (for most), but ancient Chinese birthdays weren’t celebrated in the same way at all, as this story relates:
Mastering a language All Learning
Want to learn a language (e.g., Chinese)? Here are some hints for how to do so effectively. It doesn’t mean you’ll have instant success, but it’ll be easier and more satisfying:
Audiobook resources Advanced Reviews
Listening comprehension is important (and hard) when learning Chinese. Here are some resources you can use to improve your understanding of the spoken language:
No tenses? Intermediate Grammar
If Chinese doesn’t have tenses, then how can you express things that happen in the past, present, and future? An explanation of how Chinese express time without tenses:
Chinese picture books Beginner Reviews
Are you helping your children to learn Chinese? Then you might want to look at these picture books:
Big language learning mistakes All Learning
This article describes the author’s “biggest” mistake he made during 2017, regarding language learning. Learn and avoid it, too:
Guess the Chinese word Beginner Vocabulary
Many words in Chinese are (more or less) descriptions of what they’re describing. Here are a number of such words; see if you can understand the meaning without looking it up:
Food and drink Beginner Vocabulary Video
Food and drink are central to Chinese culture — but also to everyday life! Here are some useful words to know about eating and drinking:
Taxi ride Beginner Story
A simple story about riding in a taxi, and marveling at Beijing’s changes:
Spring festival Beginner Culture Video
Spring Festival (aka Chinese New Year) has come and gone, but if you’re still interested in learning its vocabulary, there’s still time:
Helper verbs Intermediate Grammar
You can express sophisticated verbs and ideas with auxiliary verbs, as described here:
只 (zhǐ) vs. 仅 (jǐn) Advanced Grammar
Both mean “only,” but that doesn’t mean you can use them interchangeably: