Mandarin Weekly #53
大家好！ (Hi, everyone!) Welcome to the latest Mandarin Weekly, with yet more links and information for those of us learning Chinese.
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Chinese sentences have a specific structure. In this posting from Hollie at Written Chinese, we learn about simple and complex sentence structure:
When we first start to learn Chinese, we assume that there are the same word categories as in other languages — nouns and verbs, for example. But it turns out that the categories aren’t identical. In this article, we learn more about nouns, and how Chinese nouns are a bit special:
The two uses of 让 (ràng)
The character 让(ràng) can be used in two different (and almost opposite) ways, which can be a bit confusing for Chinese learners. In this article from DigMandarin, Sarah explains the differences, with many examples:
Chris, from Fluent in Mandarin, returns with more short introductions to Chinese characters: 自 (zì), 着 (zhe), and 去 (qù):
Every language represents animal sounds in a different way. What do Chinese animals sound like? This article from Winnie at FluentU, will tell you:
Ever wonder how to describe simple office items in Chinese? LearnChineseNow provides a gentle introduction:
Hungry? Or full?
How can you indicate that you’re hungry in Chinese? Or, perhaps that you have had your fill? LearnChineseNow provides the vocabulary
Exceptionally hungry? Or exceptionally full?
Yeah, but what if you’re really, really hungry? ChinesePod provides us with a way to make something super-strong:
On the other hand…
How can we say “on the one hand… on the other hand…” in Chinese? It’s surprisingly straightforward, as we see in this article:
We can also complain, or refer to problems, using a different construct:
It’s all about the children (radical)
All About Chinese continues its list of characters based on certain radicals, this time showing us those based on 子:
Snowman in summer
A short story about a (naïve and/or optimistic) snowman who wants to see the summer, with audio, characters, and pinyin:
The most difficult characters
Ollie Linge describes and analyzes several of the hardest-to-learn, hardest-to-remember Chinese characters:
Turbocharge your Chinese learning
A list of eight tools, each of which can help to speed up your learning of Chinese:
The Force is still getting up
Mania over the latest Star Wars movie continues, and with it, we have the following famous lines translated into Chinese:
How would you say that you want Beijing-style food? This discussion provides some insights:
地 and 的
These two characters are pronounced the same… almost. What is the real difference between the pronunciations, and how can we remember it more easily?
Using 吧 at the end of a sentence
How do you use 吧 (ba) in Chinese? Is it considered rude or informal?
The envelope, please
Red envelopes are a traditional way to give gifts in China. How does the phrase look and work in Chinese, and what does it really mean?
Another use for 是
The verb 是 (shì), before a verb, can somewhat alter the meaning of the verb. How and why, is discussed here:
How can we say that we want to have more of something, or add to what we have? This discussion should make that clearer:
Components of 你
The 你 character is is one of the most common. This discussion quickly turned into a fascinating exposition on character components: