Ling

Hi, I’m Ling, a Chinese tutor and a language learning amateur. I create this blog with a goal to help Mandarin learners and Chinese culture lovers to study and know about this language by self-learning. Welcome to visit me from time to time and give me your precious advice! Thank you!

8 cases you should NOT omit ‘的’ (de)

  I. ‘的’ – possessive particle ‘的’(de) is the character that we will learn at the very beginning of learning Chinese Mandarin. The most common usage of ‘的’(de) is used as a possessive particle, like apostrophe ’s’ in English, it is always placed after the ‘owner’ noun or a pronoun. For Examples: 爸爸的车 Bàba de …

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Chinese Travel Vocabulary – Asking for directions

Asking where is sth is easy, but the problem is: do you understand the answer??? This article summarises different locative words/expressions in Chinese to help you solve this problem! 2 most common questions: 请问,怎么去…?Qǐngwèn, zěnme qù [Place]? May I ask, how to go… 不好意思,……在哪里? Bùhǎoyìsi, [Place] zài nǎlǐ? Excuse-me, where is … Locative Vocabulary 右边/~面 …

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3 things you need to know before taking online CHINESE classes

——for intermediate and higher levels This article is not going to repeat the advantages of taking online classes, but to share with you some tips that I think are necessary to know before you purchase your first online CHINESE class. 1/There are no good teachers, only appropriate Most people tend to find a teacher with …

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How to use ‘在'(zài), ‘有'(yǒu) and ‘是'(shì) to express the position of an object

There are three common ways to express the position of an object in a sentence by using the verbs ‘在‘(zài), ‘有’(yǒu) and ‘是'(shì).   1/在 indicates the location or position of sth. or s.o. Noun/Noun phrase (s.o/sth.) + 在(zài) + location word Examples: 刘老师在家里。Liú lǎoshī zài jiālǐ.    Teacher Lui is at home. 你的车在外面吗?Nǐ de …

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3 things make you clear about Chinese radicals

Definition: Radicals are some components that are often appeared in Chinese Characters, such as ‘亻’ , ’女’ , ‘口’, etc.   Piānpáng or Bùshǒu!?偏旁 or 部首?! You may have already heard these two names. In fact, Chinese radicals can be called either ‘Piānpáng’ (偏旁) or ’Bùshǒu’ (部首). But what’s the difference? Very easy, ‘Piānpáng’ (偏旁) literarily means …

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Chinese travel vocabulary – Ordering food

  在这吃?还是带走?Zài zhè chī? Hái shì dài zǒu? Eat here or take away? 在这吃 Zài zhè chī. Eat here 带走 Dài zǒu. Take away 你好,几个人?Nǐ hǎo, jǐ gè rén? Hello, how many people do you have?  (formal&polite) 您好,(请问)几位?Nín hǎo, (qǐng wèn) jǐ wèi? 有预约吗?Yǒu yù yuē ma? Do you have an appointment? 有 Yǒu.Yes 没有 Méi …

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