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Connective phrases Intermediate Grammar
Connecting ideas together can be done in a number of ways in Chinese; here are some phrases to do this more easily:
How to form questions Beginner Grammar Video
How do you form questions in Chinese? You can use question words, but that’s not always enough:
Mandarin MOOCs Beginner Learning
Want to learn Chinese, but save some money? A MOOC (massive open, online course) might be just the ticket:
Remembering tones Beginner Pronunciation
Tones are one of the hardest things for many people to grasp in Chinese, but getting them right will make you far more understandable. Here are some suggestions for remembering them:
Tips for listening practice All Learning
How can you improve your listening comprehension when learning a new language? By investing the time actually listening, as described here:
Chinese holiday terms Intermediate Culture Video
Here’s a roundup of Chinese festivals, the traditional activities done on each one, and the foods eaten on each one:
Christmas in China All Culture Video
How do people celebrate Christmas in China? Like in the West, but with some additional twists:
Swearing in Chinese All Culture
People who start to learn a language often want to learn the swear (i.e., curse or rude) worse first. Regardless of where you are in learning Chinese, here are some terms to avoid saying in polite company:
Podcast review Intermediate Reviews
Podcasts are a great way to learn any subject, and Chinese is no exception. Here’s a review of a relatively new podcast aimed at upper-intermediate level Chinese learners:
Overcoming the learning plateau Intermediate Learning
Have you reached a plateau in your Chinese learning, such that you aren’t advancing quickly? Here’s what one person did to ensure that he kept improving:
Christmas songs Intermediate Culture
Want to sing Christmas songs in Chinese?
Winter solstice Beginner Culture Video
Winter solstice is a traditional festival in China, and there are special ways to celebrate it:
Winter solstics foods Beginner Culture
If it’s the winter solstice (or thereabouts), then people in China are celebrating with special foods:
About the winter solstice Beginner Culture
It’s cold outside, and also dark — here’s a description of this period of the year according to traditional Chinese custom:
Christmas vocabulary, part 1 Beginner Culture Video
How do you say “Christmas,” and the words associated with it? Here are the basics:
Christmas vocabulary, part 2 Beginner Culture Video
Here are some more Christmas words in Chinese:
New thinking Intermediate Story
Get rid of the old, in order to make room for the new:
Little figurines Advanced Story
Learn about Anna and her figurines:
Directional complements Intermediate Grammar
You can add a directional complement to many verbs in Chinese, allowing you to indicate more than just the action:
Learning from one another All Reviews
Want to improve your Chinese? Consider HelloTalk, which lets people help to improve one another’s vocabulary:
在 (zài) or 者 (zhe)? Advanced Grammar
What’s the difference between these verb forms? They seem very similar, but play different roles:
Lots of things Intermediate Grammar
How do you say “more than 500” of something?