Mandarin Weekly #75

大家好! (Hi, everyone!) Welcome to the latest Mandarin Weekly, with yet more links and information for those of us learning Chinese.

If you find Mandarin Weekly useful, please share it with teachers and students. It’s always free, and we’ll never share your e-mail address with anyone else.

To receive Mandarin Weekly in your e-mail inbox every Monday, just use the subscription box on the left side at Or follow us on Twitter, at @MandarinWeekly, and on Facebook at Please retweet and share our weekly postings, so that everyone can benefit from them!


Our latest giveaway, for a free premium year’s subscription to The Chairman’s Bao, has ended, and the winner will soon be notified by e-mail. Thanks to all of you who entered! More giveaways will be coming in the near future. If you know of an app, Chinese school, book, or other resource that might be useful, please contact us! We’ll contact the author/publisher, and see if it’s possible to have a giveaway.

Characters that look alike

Do you sometimes find it hard to distinguish between characters? Do you fail to notice the extra dots and lines that can change the meaning of a character? This guide to frequently confused characters is for you:

Twitter: @WrittenChinese


One of my favorite parts of visiting China is having a chance to eat dumplings . A lot of dumplings. Many different styles of dumplings. Want to discuss dumpling styles, fillings, and cooking methods? This post contains everything you’ll want to know:

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Levels of emphasis

Is it good? Great? Super-amazingly terrific? In this video, shows us how to emphasize things in Chinese using different levels:

Twitter: @Chelseabubbly

Buddhism in China

Buddhism is one of China’s main religions. In this video from LearnChineseNow, you can learn some Buddism-related terms:

Twitter: @LearnChineseNow

Mirror words

Mirror words are an important part of learning Chinese, and can frustrate many non-native speakers. This video from MandarinMonkey introduces these words:

Twitter: @Mandarin_Monkey

Phrases you want to hear

Do you enjoy being praised? Of course you do! Here are 10 phrases, from ChineseClass101, that are nice to hear — or, if you’re in a good mood, nice to say to others:

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Keep up your Chinese this summer

So, it’s time for summer vacation! If you’re taking classes at a school, then you might find yourself wondering how to move ahead even without your teacher’s help. Here are some ideas for improving your Chinese even when school’s out:

Twitter: @ninchanese


Everyone loves a discount, right? But in China, discounts are described differently than in the West:

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Want fries with that?

How can you order a hamburger in China? Here is a complete guide, starting from the hamburger itself and continuing with the side dishes:

Twitter: @DuChinese

Learning via apps

Is it a good idea to learn Chinese via apps? As with everything in life, there are advantages and disadvantages. Here is a discussion of the trade-offs:

化 (huā) as a suffix

Did you know that 化is often used as a suffix, meaning something like “ize” in English? Here are some examples:

Twitter: @DecodeChinese

About 约

What does the 约 character mean? This article introduces it, including the history and current usage:

Twitter: @WorldOfChinese

Nouns with 着

The character 着 normally indicates that an action is continuing. But it can also be used in nouns, as indicated here:

Correcting John Cena’s grammar

John Cena of WWE fame gives a speech in Chinese; LearnChineseNow not only shows the speech, but points out some grammatical issues that many Westerners have:

Twitter: @LearnChineseNow

Euro 2016 countries

Are you excited about the Euro 2016 tournament? If so, then perhaps you want to describe the teams in Chinese:

Twitter: @chinese4us

Consolidating your Chinese

Part of studying Chinese is to constantly be improving — your vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, reading, and other skills. But don’t forget to work on the skills and knowledge you already have:

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Hard work

Chinese culture has long valued hard work, as evidenced in these chengyu (phrases):

Twitter: @DigMandarin


How can you say “I misspoke?” There are a few ways in Chinese, and this discussion mentions a few of them:

Pronouncing 这

How do you pronounce the 这 character? Is it always zhè, or are there other options?

Preparing for HSK6

What materials can (should) you use to take the HSK6 exam?

Distinguishing x, ch, and sh

These three sounds (x, ch, and sh) look different in Pinyin, but sound somewhat similar in Chinese. What are the differences, and how can you improve your listening and speaking skills with these sounds?

下vs. 下边

Which is the appropriate word to use when indicating “downward”?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *