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Components and radicals
We often talk about “components” and “radicals” in Chinese characters. What’s the difference, and how are they used?
Chinese history is always described in terms of dynasties. Which dynasty ruled when, and what did each contribute (positive and negative) to China’s history? (And of course, how would you express these ideas in Chinese?)
How do you…
The Chinese phrase for “how do you” do something (怎么) is generic and quite useful:
Want fries with that?
When you’re ordering food (or drinks) at a restaurant using Chinese, you’ll often want to add (or remove) something from your order. Here are some useful phrases for doing so:
What should you have after a Chinese meal? A Chinese dessert, of course! This posting lists some of the best-known Chinese desserts:
Are you tired? LearnChineseNow gives us an introduction to two ways to say this in Chinese:
Technology and learning Chinese
Last week, we saw how technology can help you to learn Chinese. But it can also hinder your learning, as described here:
Facebook in Chinese
Facebook might not be available in China, but you can still use it to improve your Chinese reading and comprehension:
In the West, it’s customary to say “thank you” when you receive a compliment. In China, there are some other ways to respond:
When you’re in China, and want a cup of coffee, you might want to go beyond the simple 咖啡. Here is an introduction to ordering coffee, including a large number of ways to prepare it:
Here’s a quick video guide to colors in Chinese, from ChineseWithEmma:
There are two different meanings for “finally” in Chinese. How are they different?
Using 有 in adjectives
Many adjectives in Chinese use the two-character form of 有-something. When is this appropriate, and what such words exist?
How can we talk about simple mathematical calculations in Chinese?
Who is a master?
The term 师傅 (shī fu) can be used when addressing many types of people. But which types?
Two words (决定 and 决策, jué dìng and jué cè), have to do with decision making. But are they the same?
Stores and such
The characters 店 (diàn) and 馆 (guǎn) are used in similar ways:
Chinese book club
Want to read Chinese books, and discuss them with others learning the language? Here is a new group that should help you with this:
Similar or not?
Are there any similarities between 就 (jiù) and 而 (ér), in how they are used? It would seem not, and understanding the differences can be important:
How do you say “broccoli” in Chinese?