A Small Guide to Know Guangzhou #02 Breakfast

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  Rice congee, soup dumplings, pan-fried dumplings… those are the breakfast I had when I was little.   Today’s words: Zǎo cān 早餐 Breakfast   I am from Yangtze River Delta (Eastern China). There, the food is sweet and light. When I was little, my mother will cook rice congee...

A Small Guide to Know Guangzhou #01#

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Today’s words: 广州 guǎngzhōu   This is Guangdong Province :   And this is where Guangzhou located :   Before going to Guangzhou, I have a worry, like many of you, I don’t speak Cantonese, so will the people living in Guangzhou can understand me? Actually, nothing need to worry...

The 把(bǎ) Sentence

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First, let me explain to you what is a Ba-sentence? As we all know, a basic sentence in Mandarin is formed like Subject + Verb + Object, same as in English. However, in a Ba-sentence, the object is placed before the verb. So, why we need to learn this structure:...

以后 vs 后来

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Are they same?    Let's first look at some examples:   1. 以后不许再提这件事。     Yǐ hòu bú xǔ zài tí zhè jiàn shì     Don’t mention that matter again   2. 1990年以后我就来上海工作了。     1990 nián yǐhòu wǒ jiù lái Shànghǎi gōngzuò le      After 1990, I...

Top 5 Happy Chinese Song You Can’t Miss!

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I understand that learning a language could be a very struggling and frustrating process for some of you. If you are tired of learning Chinese, why not just put your grammar and sentences aside and listen to some Chinese songs to relax your mind.  8-)   So, here we go!...

Chinese Negative Words 不(Bù) and 没(Méi)

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不(bù) Negates in the present and Future - Negates an action that you do not want to do or do not intend to do (in the future). It is used to express a subjective wishes or expectation. Subject + 不 + Verb + (Object) Ex: 今晚你吃晚饭吗? Jīnwǎn nǐ chī wǎnfàn...

Past tense with particle ‘了‘

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Past tense with particle ‘了‘ (1) - placed after a verb to denote the completion or realization of an action. Verb + 了 Please compare the sentences in groups A and B: A B 1. 你吃什么? Nǐ chī shénme? What are you going to eat? 2. 我吃烤鸭。 Wǒ chī kǎoyā. I am...

Traditional Activities for the Chinese New Year – Part 1

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From the 23rd of the twelfth lunar month, it has begun to enter the new year period. Until the 15 January of the lunar year, almost every day has a different New Year customs. Today let's see the 1st part!   腊月二十三——小年 Làyuè èr shí sān - xiǎo nián 'Làyuè'...

100 Most Common Chinese Characters – Part 2

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Here are another 50 words of the TOP 100 most frequently used Chinese characters - to see the first part please click here.   Feel free to use this list as you wish!  8-)   用 yòng - v., to use 道 dào - n., road; way; path; v., to talk,...

100 Most Common Chinese Characters – Part 1

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Here are the first 50 words of TOP 100 most used Chinese characters, no matter what level you have, I'm sure they will help you a lot in your future Chinese learning! Take it, no thanks!   8-) 的 de - possessive particle used after an attribute 一 yī - n., one 是...