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You’ve heard that tones are important. But not everything you hear about tones is true:
This posting shows a living room full of objects… and they’re all labeled In Chinese, along witih sample sentences that can give you a better idea of how to use each term:
The term “pick up” means different things in English. In this article, we learn about the differnet ways to use “pick up” in Chinese:
Can’t do something? ChinesePod will tell you how to describe that in Chinese, asking for permission to do it:
The winner is…
Want to improve your Chinese? Want to watch more television? You can do both at the same time, by watching the Chinese game shows:
Even if you only spend time in Chinese cities, you’ll likely need or want to use some agricultural terms. In this article from DigMandarin, we get a list of useful farm-related vocabulary:
Speaking with grandparents
Want to improve your Chinese, and appreciation of Chinese culture? Consider speaking with, watching, or participating with Chinese grandparents, who take part in a variety of activities. This article introduces some useful vocabulary, and describes some of the activities you can expect to see:
More character bites
Chris is back with “Chinese character bites” — this time, with 之 (zhī) and 过 (guò):
LearnChineseNow teaches a classical Chinese poem, Ascending Stork Tower:
What sorts of foods do people eat in China? This blog post describes some of them, with appropriate vocabulary (and even a quiz):
Want to order food in a Chinese restaurant? Here are some sentences and vocabulary you’ll need in order to succeed, ensuring that your food will contain the appropriate level of spiciciness:
One of the first things you learn when studying Chinese is that there isn’t a single word for “yes.” Why is this the case? And when do you use each version of “yes”?
Listen to this song, presented along with the words, Pinyin, and English translation:
What are some common animals in Chinese? DigMandarin has provided us with a list:
Making a long-term plan
You can’t learn Chinese quickly; you’ll need a long-term plan. In this posting from FluentU,we learn what you can and should do to create such a plan, and what aspects are less likely to be useful:
It’s late out
What’s the difference between the characters 夜(yè) and 晚 (wǎn)? Both mean “night,” more or less, but can they be used interchangeably?
Using and pronouncing 着
What does the 着 character sound like, and what is its function?
Measure word for a pizza
Does pizza use 个 or 张? An interesting debate and discussion about measure words:
I’m so sorry
How do you indicate you’re sorry in Chinese?
How do you say the names of the continents in Chinese? And are they classified the same in Chinese and in English?
If you make a mistake in Chinese, what do you say? “Oops” is a good term in English, but does it translate?
How can you describe being online, or watching an online video?
The strangest character
What’s the strangest Chinese character? It’s not a competition, but there are a lot of options to choose from: