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Listening and speaking
Do you find that understanding spoken Chinese at native speed can be difficult? Here are some tips for improving your listening comprehension — and along the way, your other abilities in Chinese:
The different “can”s
There are three different ways to say “can” (or “may”) in Chinese; this video from BedroomChinese.com introduces them:
Pinyin vs. characters
How many characters do you need to learn? And why is Pinyin not sufficient? In this video, ChineseFor.us addresses this common question, and introduces the basic patterns behind characters:
How can you ask questions in Chinese? This video introduces some of the basic question words, and how to use them:
Here are two collections of four-character phrases that can help to make your Chinese more natural:
More Chengyu (phrases)
Here are some more chengyu, in this video from ChinesePod:
Feeling the elephant
Have you ever heard the story of the blind men and the elephant? It’s well known in English, but is also the basis for a chengyu (four-character phrase) in Chinese, as demonstrated here by LearnChineseNow:
A fun Chinese song, with characters, Pinyin, and translation, to which you can can dance and learn new words at the same time:
Flattery will get you everywhere
A short introduction to flattering other people in Chinese
Is someone bothering you? Here are some words and phrases you can use to be left alone:
Very simple story
Just beginning to learn Chinese, and you want a very simple story? Here’s one to practice with:
While not related to learning Chinese per se, this very interesting article talks about Chinese vs. English on computers, typewriters, and other communication equipment:
厉害 and 利害
Both of these words are pronunced the same (lì hài), and have similar meanings — so which should you use, and when?
A short story about trees and beautiful hair:
Lots of conjunctions
There are so many ways to connect nouns and phrases in Chinese; what’s the difference between them?
Difference between 还 and 又
What is the difference between 还 (hái) and 又 (yòu)? They both mean a form of “also,” but not the same kind:
How can you express a percentage in Chinese?
Chinese and Cyrillic?
Is there any connection between the Cyrillic character Ш (sha) and the Chinese character 山 (shān)?
Sorry to trouble you, but…
The word 麻烦 (má fan) can be used to indicate trouble or a problem. But how can you use it in a sentence?
There are several ways to express being unable to sleep. What is the difference between them?
What are some useful four-character phrases (chengyu) to learn and incorporate into your speech?