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It’s cold outside!
Is it getting cold where you live? If so, then warm up with this list of cold-weather vocabulary in Chinese:
Table for how many?
If you go to a restaurant in China, the waiter might well ask you, “几位” (jǐ wèi). How do you respond? A short, but crucial, question to know how to answer:
The word 点 has a huge number of uses, from “dot” to lighting. In this post at DigMandarin, we can learn 10 different uses for this character:
Tone training course
Want to improve your tone listening skills? Olle from Hacking Chinese has announced a “tone training course”:
Songs to learn Mandarin
It seems that everyone is now finding songs in Chinese that’ll help students improve their reading, vocabulary, and listening. This list from the Chairman’s Bao newspaper provides a good starting point if you haven’t yet listened to Chinese music:
Another song to learn Mandarin
Chris from Fluent in Mandarin recommends this song, The Ordinary Road（平凡之路 píng fán zhī lù):
Yet another song
This song, by Jackie Cheung, is also a famous and favorite one, recommended here by Chinese at Ease:
Isaac Newton, in Chinese
Isaac Newton was a world-famous scientist, as you probably know. This simple story in Chinese, read out loud and with both Chinese characters and pinyin, will tell you more, as well as improve your listening ability and vocabulary.
Words with 心 (xīn)
The 心 character means “heart,” and is used in many words having to do with emotion or thought. In this post, Decode Mandarin Chinese lists several such words:
Chinese character bites
Chris from Fluent in Mandarin has a few more of his “character bites” segments this week, talking about 也, 道, 出, and 地:
Going to China soon? You should learn the basic vocabulary that you’ll see on a menu, so that you have a chance of understanding what you’re ordering:
Is someone interrupting your date, acting as a “third wheel”? This amusing video clip from Learn Chinese Now introduces the Chinese equivalent of a third wheel, namely a “light bulb,” or 电灯泡（diàn dēng pào):
Just a moment
How do you say “Wait a moment” in Chinese?
Traditional or simplified characters?
Learning Chinese? Then you’re likely learning one of the two character sets, simplified or traditional. What are the relative advantages of each?
Where does one word end, and another begin?
In English and many other languages, It’s obvious where one word ends, and another begins. But in Chinese, each character can stand on its own or be part of a larger word. How can you figure out where these breaks occur, using a computer program or other automated system?
Different kinds of “style”
A question about how to translate the English word “style” into Chinese turned into a description of not only different meanings for the word “style,” but also a reminder that where one language uses a single word, another language might have two or three:
What parts of Chinese grammar do you find difficult to remember?
How many Chinese characters can native Chinese children read before they start school?