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About Mandarin Weekly All Learning
Ever wonder about Reuven, the publisher of Mandarin Weekly? Here’s an interview that can help to shed some light on the person typing what you’re reading right now:
Special constructs Intermediate Grammar
Like all languages, Chinese has some special constructs that you can and should use. Here are a few of them:
All about Spring Festival All Culture
Spring Festival (aka Chinese New Year) is approaching! With it, there are lots of greetings, foods, and (if you’re in China) travel to enjoy. (Or not, in the case of travel.) Here are some primers on Chinese New Year:
How’s the weather? Beginner Vocabulary
What is the weather like today? (And how about tomorrow?) Here are some phrases and words you can use to discuss the weather:
A moment Intermediate Grammar
Are you going to look at something quickly? Wait for someone for just a bit? Then you probably want to use the 一下 (yí xià) grammar pattern:
Untranslateable words Intermediate Vocabulary Video
Some words are hard or impossible to translate directly from Chinese into English. Here are some examples, and how you can use them in your Chinese:
Making dumplings All Food
Dumplings are always a popular Chinese staple, but they’re particularly popular around Chinese New Year. Here are some things to know about dumplings, as well as a recipe to make them on your own:
Saying “or,” with some help from Hamlet Beginner Grammar Video
How do you say “To be or not to be” in Chinese? More specifically, how can you say “or” in a question context?
Taking the metro Beginner Travel
The Beijing subway (metro) is a popular, quick, and relatively cheap way to get around town. Here are some useful tips and vocabulary words for using it:
Get it over with! Intermediate Story
Sometimes, it’s worth getting through a short pain now, than to prolong it. Here’s a story that teaches this lesson (and a Chinese idiom):
Not feeling well? Intermediate Vocabulary
If you’re not feeling well in China, you’ll need to describe body parts, as as well as your feelings. Here is a (listening) lesson that can tell you what to say:
Duolingo review All Reviews
Duolingo is a famous app for learning languages on your phone or tablet. How does its Chinese-learning app stack up? It’s not too bad, according to this review:
Learning resources All Learning Reviews
What apps and sites can you use to learn Chinese better? There are a lot of them out there; here are some mentions and reviews of the most popular and effective:
Buying online Beginner Story
Want to buy online? Of course! Everyone’s doing it, especially in China. Here’s a short story about e-commerce:
Singalong children’s song Beginner Video
Learn some new vocabulary in this cute children’s song that has become a hit among Chinese children. (And don’t be embarrassed if you’re an adult; we won’t tell):
Making plans Intermediate Vocabulary
Making plans? Then you can talk about it formally (as you’ve probably learned in class), or casually with slang, as we learn here:
Character changes Advanced Characters Story
Chinese characters have evolved over time, as this story describes:
A bit too late… Intermediate Expressions Story
You’re too late — you’ve closing the barn door after the horses have left the stable! Here’s a story demonstrating this in Chinese:
See you! Beginner Grammar Video
How do you say “goodbye” in Chinese? Here are a few options:
When *that* happened Beginner Grammar Video
How do you say, “when” something happened, or at a particular time? Here’s a full explanation of the phrase 的时候 (de shí hòu):
The “metal” radical Intermediate Characters
One of the most important parts of learning to read Chinese characters is the identification of “radicals,” the small part on the side of a character that helps with its classification. Here’s an introduction to the “metal” radical, used in such things as gold and silver, but also in money:
Fork in the road Advanced Vocabulary
What Chinese character should be used to describe a “fork” in the road, 叉 (chā) or 岔 (chà)?
Give it a try Advanced Grammar
There are a number of ways to say that you want to “try” to do something, but what are the differences between them: