Mandarin Weekly #6: February 23rd, 2015

Issue #6 of Mandarin Weekly is out.  You can read it here.

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This week’s topics:

  • Year of the …
  • Beginner’s guide to the Spring Festival
  • More Spring Festival vocabulary and traditions
  • Resources for improving your Mandarin pronunciation
  • All about the 目 (mù) character and radical:
  • Blessings in disguise
  • Five Chinese sentence structures
  • Animals in Chinese
  • A new song: JJ Lin’s “If only” (可惜没如果)
  • Are Chinese characters really based on pictures?
  • Difference between 别人 and 人家

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Mandarin Weekly #5: February 16th, 2015

Issue #5 of Mandarin Weekly is out.  You can read it here.  Subscribe to our e-mail list via the form on the left, and/or to our Twitter feed.

Among the topics covered this week, gathered from blogs and Q&A forums from around the Web:

  • Spring Festival phrases
  • Hacking Chinese monthly challenge: Pronunciation
  • Working Hard — listening practice
  • Six ways to say “thank you”
  • “Separable verbs” — a misleading and unnecessary concept
  • Funny words in Chinese
  • Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  • Company names in China
  • How do you ask, “What day of the week is that?”
  • How do new characters get added to the language?
  • Knowing your left from your right
  • Starbucks sizes in China
  • What does 马马虎虎 mean?


Mandarin Weekly #4

The latest issue of Mandarin Weekly (#4) is out!    You can read it here, or have it delivered via e-mail via the form on this page.

This week’s issue includes  blog posts and answers on the following topics:

  • How to learn Chinese grammar: Sentence patterns, particles and conjunctions
  • So you want to take the HSK? Here are 9 Tips!
  • Another Chinese song to learn from: 王力宏 Wang Leehom《就是現在》”Now Is the Time”
  • Differences between 干,办,做,搞,弄
  • What are some good Mandarin-language TV series for beginners?
  • How to say ‘never’ in Mandarin Chinese?
  • The Mandarin version of “that” in joining clauses or sentences

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