10 Common Beginner Mistakes in Chinese

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1. 学 vs 学习 (xué / xuéxí) Both words mean ‘to study’ or ‘to learn’, whereas 学习 can be used both transitively and intransitively, 学 in normally reserved for transitive use. e.g. 我学(习)汉语,她学(习)法语。Wǒ xué(xí) hànyǔ, tā xué(xí)fǎyǔ. I study Chinese, she studies French. 我学习,他不学习。Wǒ xuéxí, tā bù xuéxí. I learn, he...

4 Min Understand The Difference Between ‘的’, ‘地’, ‘得‘

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  「的」   1. ‘的’ is used after an adjective, before a noun to describe it.    For example: 可爱的小猫 kě ài de xiǎo māo Lovely cat 敬爱的总理 jìng'ài de zǒnglǐ Dear Prime Minister 戴帽子的男孩 dài màozi de nánhái A boy wearing a hat 可疑的情况 kě yí de qíngkuàng Suspicious circumstances 美丽的环境 Měilì...

Singles Day…? 5 Freak Chinese Festivals You Might Not Know!

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1. Singles Day - Nov. 11 光棍节 Guānggùn jié One of the 3 Network festivals in China. Singles Day was first celebrated at various universities in Nanjing, the capital city of Jiangsu Province during the 1990s. It got the name Singles Day because the date is comprised of four ‘ones’....

Use WeChat to enlarge your Chinese learning possibilities

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Do you know WeChat? WeChat is a cross-platform communicational tool, it can support one person or multiple people participating talking at the same time. Also, it allows sending voice messages, photo, videos, and words via phones and website. Now, WeChat is China's most popular Chat App, it has over 900...

5 Tips for preparing HSK1

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  Tip 1: Be familiar with the structure and the content of HSK   This tip actually can be applied to any levels of HSK. Maybe you think it has nothing to do with improving your Chinese, but it is quite crucial if you want to get a high mark...

Best app/website for learning Chinese

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App:   HelloChinses: For beginners, if you are still in the stage of learning Pinyin, and want to improve your pronunciation, then this app is for you. They provide lessons based on topics and add some gamification elements to them. They’re fun and will help you get a basic understanding...

HSK Levels Summary I – HSK1 HSK2 – Beginner

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About HSK: The whole name of HSK is Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (汉语水平考试), known also as the Chinese Language Proficiency Test. This test is developed by the HSK Test Center at Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU) for non-Chinese speakers. It can be taken by all age groups and all levels. If...

The position of the adverbs ‘也’, ‘都’, and ‘不’

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A. ‘也‘ & ‘都’   First, I want to repeat one point: ‘很’ normally used to connect a subject and an ADJ, the function is to make the sentence sound more natural, it doesn’t have ‘very’ meaning here. ‘很+ADJ’ this part is called ‘Adjective predicate’.   The adverbs ‘也’(ye) and...

8 cases you should NOT omit ‘的’ (de)

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  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....

Shadowing – Asking for directions!

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Last time we have learnt some locative words in Chinese (want to review, click here ). In today's article, I attached a short video about asking for the location of a local supermarket from Youtube. I found it quite interesting as you are going to know how to put these...