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Chinese number slang Intermediate Culture

Chinese has many homophones and almost-homophones, which has led to many word games and puns. “Number slang” is a version of this, in which each number can represent one or more characters with similar sounds:

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/chinese/2017/10/16/chinese-number-slang/

Twitter: @FluentU

Measure words Intermediate Grammar

Mirror words are an essential part of Chinese grammar. Here are two lists of mirror words that you can incorporate into your speaking and writing:

https://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-measure-words-events-buildings-structures.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Measure words Intermediate Grammar

Mirror words are an essential part of Chinese grammar. Here are two lists of mirror words that you can incorporate into your speaking and writing:

https://www.digmandarin.com/chinese-measure-words-foods-household-items-clothing.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

WeChat tutorial All Culture

微信 aka WeChat, is enormously popular in China. After installing it, how can you use it? Here’s a full guide. Feel free to add me (“ReuvenLerner” is my username) as a friend!

http://www.saporedicina.com/english/how-to-use-wechat-or-weixin/

Understanding tones Beginner Pronunciation

People unfamiliar with Chinese are sure that tones are difficult to learn. And for sure, when you’re starting, tones can be hard. But here’s an introduction that describes why you shouldn’t fear them too much:

https://chinachannel.org/2017/10/17/what-about-tones/

Twitter: @larbchina

Apps for reading All Reviews

There are numerous apps to help you read Chinese better. Here are some of them, along with a review of their strengths and weaknesses:

https://www.tutormandarin.net/en/6-best-learn-read-chinese-apps/

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

Science Fiction — in Chinese Advanced Learning

If you are learning Chinese and enjoy science fiction, then why not read science fiction in Chinese? Here are some recommended books and authors for you to try:

https://chinesepod.com/blog/2017/10/20/read-chinese-science-fiction/

Twitter: @ChinesePod

Online class review Beginner Learning Reviews

A roundup and review of many online (recorded) classes for learning Chinese:

https://www.alllanguageresources.com/online-chinese-courses/

Final A, initial B Beginner Pronunciation Video

Pronunciation is important in Chinese; in this video lesson, we learn about “initials” and “finals,” and how to pronounce some basic sounds:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kRJ8cKrYVk

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Sichuan cuisine — more than just spicy All Food

Sichuanese food is a famous cuisine of China. What can you expect when you eat it, and where can you expect to find or get it?

https://blogs.transparent.com/chinese/an-intro-to-sichuan-cuisine/

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Beijing Opera All Culture

Beijing Opera is a famous form of music and culture. But what is it, when is it from, and what is it like?

https://www.writtenchinese.com/mei-lan-fang-king-peking-opera/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

How are you? Beginner Vocabulary Video

If someone asks you how you are doing, how can you answer in Chinese? Here are a few phrases you can learn and then use in your responses:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwbB1Bc0drQ

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Factory tour Beginner Story

This short story talks about visiting a company and getting a factory tour:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2971-2017-10-20-03-16-26

Twitter: @imandarinpod

The story of Guan Yu Intermediate Story

关羽 (guān yǔ) is a famous figure in Chinese history; learn about him and his times in this story:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/15-2009-12-02-23-37-29/2967-2017-10-15-07-01-30

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Using 之 (zhī) Advanced Grammar

What does the character 之 mean, and how is it used?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/27101/what-does-%e4%b9%8b-mean-in-this-sentence

Roads and paths Intermediate Grammar

If a road is 路 (lù), then why is the Chinese national highway 国道 (guó dào)?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/27044/why-is-china-national-highway-called-%E5%9B%BD%E9%81%93-instead-of-%E5%9B%BD%E8%B7%AF

Alcohol to the max Advanced Grammar

What does the term 十分酒 (shí fēn jiǔ) mean, and how does it relate to Chinese poetry?

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/%E5%8D%81%E5%88%86%E9%85%92.3381177/

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