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!

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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The differences between question particles ‘吗'(ma) and ‘呢'(ne)

‘吗’(ma) and ‘呢’(ne) are both located at the end of a sentence to form a question in Chinese.   If you don’t have time to read this article now, you can just get as a PDF and read it later.     「吗」 ‘吗’(ma) is used to ask a general question (yes-no question). If you remove ‘吗’, the …

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Chinese Travel vocabulary – Buying tickets

Useful travel phrases and vocabulary in Chinese let you get ready to travel to China! Want to save this document as a PDF and read it later? Click here. 汽车 qì chē  car 公交车 gōngjiāo chē  bus 大巴 dàbā  coach 出租车 chūzūchē taxi 地铁 dìtiě subway 轻轨qīngguǐ  light rail  动车 dòngchē CRH (China Railway Highspeed) …

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What is Pinyin?

Pinyin is also known to ‘Hànyǔ Pinyin’ or ‘Mandarin Chinese Pinyin’, it is a way to use Roman letters to represent the pronunciation of the Chinese characters, like English Phonetic Alphabet. Pinyin was adopted in 1955, while Chinese characters have over 5000 years of history.     Why did Chinese people adopt the Pinyin system? …

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