Mandarin Weekly #138


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Read faster All Characters

How can you become a faster, more fluent reader of Chinese? Lots of practice, of course — but here are some more concrete tips regarding how to structure your reading for optimal improvement:

Twitter: @HackingChinese

Intro to Chinese Beginner Learning

Are you completely new to learning Chinese? Then this article, which introduces the language and what you’ll have to learn in a very structured way, should be very useful to you:

Learning progression Intermediate Learning

Learning Chinese takes time, effort, and some help. But given limited time (which is always an issue), what are some of the best ways that you can improve your Chinese? This “minimum effort” guide describes some of the things you can do for Chinese fluency to come more easily:

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

Time for school Beginner Vocabulary

School is back in season in China, and in many other countries, as well. Here is a list of supplies you (and/or your children) will need, in Chinese:

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

School subjects Beginner Vocabulary

And if you’re in school, then what are you studying? Here is a list of the different subjects you (or your children) might want to take — or might have to take, even if you don’t want to:

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Writing a resume (CV) All Culture

Creating a resume (CV) to apply for jobs in China? Here’s a guide to how to write one like a native, including lots of great job-search-related vocabulary:

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Truth in advertising Beginner Story

It’s not quite a new episode of Mad Men, but this story does talk about advertising:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

二 (èr) or 两 (liǎng)? Beginner Grammar Video

There are two ways to say “two” in Chinese, 二 and 两. Why are there two, and when do you use each one?

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Missing America Intermediate Vocabulary Video

What do you miss about America when in China? In this video, we’ll learn some useful vocabulary for describing American products:

Twitter: @ChineseWithEmma

Let’s do it! Beginner Grammar Video

How do you say to your friends, “Let’s do it!” The 吧 (ba) particle is what you need:

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Fluenz review Beginner Reviews

Fluenz offers you the chance to learn Chinese. How does it stack up against other Chinese-learning options?

Have you eaten? Beginner Grammar Video

A common Chinese greeting is “Have you eaten?” How do you respond?

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Traditional music All Culture

Chinese music has a long history, with songs and instruments that are quite foreign to Western eyes and ears. This article introduces many aspects of Chinese music:

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Hey, everybody! Intermediate Grammar

What is the difference between 各位 (gè wèi) and 大家 (dà jiā)?

Your majesty! Intermediate Vocabulary

There is no longer an emperor, but knowing how to address one (as well as what he is called) can still come in handy:

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