Mandarin Weekly #161


This is Mandarin Weekly #161, a free newsletter read by more than 21,000 students of Chinese around the world.

Please take advantage of our list of discounts for students of Chinese.

To receive Mandarin Weekly every Thursday, sign up Or follow us on Facebook, at, Medium, at, and Twitter, at @MandarinWeekly.  Please like, share, and retweet us!

Old links from previous issues of Mandarin Weekly are sent regularly to our Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow, share, and like these links that’ll boost your Chinese learning even further.

Do you sell products or services for students of Chinese? Sponsor an issue, or insert a sponsored link into an upcoming edition. More information is here, on the “advertising” page.

Sponsor: ExpressVPN

Many people think that a VPN is just for when you go to China. But I use ExpressVPN just about every day, even when I’m in other countries. Whether I’m getting around my clients’ network restrictions or just ensuring my privacy, I have found ExpressVPN to be easy to use. Most recently, I’ve been watching movies on Netflix and Amazon that would otherwise only be visible to US residents — from wherever I happen to be traveling. If you want to ensure access, privacy, and security, I definitely encourage you to try ExpressVPN. Click here to try ExpressVPN for yourself, and find out why I’m delighted to have them sponsoring Mandarin Weekly.

Try ExpressVPN

Talking about love All Vocabulary Video

Valentine’s Day was just last week, so what better time to talk about love (in Chinese)? Here’s an extended video on the subject:

Twitter: @YoYoChinese

Get 10% off for Yoyo Chinese with coupon code “mweekly”

Forming words with 可 (kě) Beginner Grammar

The character 可 is sort of like the English suffix “able,” and can be used to create many different words:

Twitter: @ChinesePod

Click here to sign up for ChinesePod

Why? Because Beginner Grammar

There are a number of ways to say “why? Because” in Chinese. Here is a nice list, summarizing them:

Twitter: @DigMandarin

New Year traditions Beginner Grammar Video

Fireworks and couplets are two traditions on Chinese New Year. Here is an explanation, and the Chinese you’ll need to know to enjoy them even more:

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Sign up for ECL, and get one free week by mentioning “Reuven Lerner”

Introducing yourself Beginner Vocabulary

If you’re interviewing for a new job, then you’ll need to introduce yourself. How can you do that in Chinese? Here are some suggestions:

Twitter: @FluentU

Listening challenge All Learning

It’s another Hacking Chinese challenge, this time for listening. It’s not too late to sign up and participate:

Twitter: @HackingChinese

10 feared questions for Chinese New Year Intermediate Culture

Chinese New Year is a chance to see friends and family — and to be asked awkward questions. Make them less awkward, perhaps, by knowing how to answer in Chinese:

Internet slang Intermediate Vocabulary

Internet slang is always a fun and interesting aspect of language. Here are some recent additions to Chinese Internet slang. (Free registration required.)

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Click here to sign up for ChineseClass101

Dog phrases Intermediate Expressions

It’s the Year of the Dog, so you can expect to hear and see lots of discussion of dogs. Here are some common dog-related expressions in Chinese:

Super-vocabulary! Beginner Vocabulary

Superheroes are bigger than ever, in movies and on TV. Here’s how to say some of your favorite heroes’ names in Chinese:

Twitter: @Ltlmandarin

Did you get that? Beginner Grammar

How often have you said something in Chinese, and the other person didn’t quite get what you meant? Or how about the other way around — they spoke, and you didn’t understand? Here are some useful phrases to indicate that you didn’t quite understand:

Twitter: @MandarinHQ

Body parts Beginner Vocabulary Video

Whether something isn’t feeling good, or you just want to know how to say some basic terms, here’s how you can describe body parts in Chinese:

Twitter: @Mandarin_Monkey

Hospital vocabulary Intermediate Vocabulary Video

Not feeling well? I can’t help you there. But if you’re not feeling well in Chinese, and need to visit the hospital or doctor, here’s how you can talk to them:

Twitter: @Mandarin_Monkey

Learn characters? All Characters Learning

Chinese characters take time to learn. Maybe you can and should skip them? I disagree — but if you need a longer answer than that, here’s a fuller argument:

Twitter: @MandarinBP

Chinese Zodiac All Culture

It’s the Year of the Dog, one of the 12 years of the Chinese Zodiac cycle. Here is an introduction to the Chinese Zodiac, and its animals:

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Greetings! Beginner Vocabulary Video

Good morning! Good evening! These (and a few other) basic greetings are useful and important in Chinese. Here’s a cute song to introduce them to you:

Twitter: @ChineseBuddy

Happy (Chinese) New Year! Beginner Story

A short story about the two New Year celebrations in China — including Chinese New Year:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Good from bad Intermediate Story Expressions

Can you get ivory from a dog? No way — and in the same way, you cannot expect to get anything good from a scoundrel, as this expression relates:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

What’s an elephant? Intermediate Story

An old fable about blind men and an elephant, told in Chinese:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Blackout! Beginner Story

We’ve lost electricity — what now?

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Chickens and dogs Intermediate Expressions

We just ended the Year of the Rooster, and are now entering the Year of the Dog. So here are some expressions that mention both animals:

Twitter: @WorldOfChinese

Difference between 正在 (zhèng zài) and 在 (zài) Intermediate Grammar

Both of these terms mean that you’re currently doing something. So which is preferred?

Leave a Reply

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