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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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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