‘才’(cái) vs ’就‘(jiù)

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    Similarities:   1. 才(cái) and 就(jiù) both can be used to reinforce the idea that the quantity is small or inferior to what is expected. It’s equal to ‘only’ in English.   Subj. + 才(cái)/就(jiù) + Quantity + Measure Word + Noun   ex: 这个班才/就八个人。 There are only...

Saying ‘YES’ in Chinese with Emotions!

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Many of my students used to ask me: do you have a general word for ‘Yes’ in Chinese? I thought for a while, then said: ‘Sorry, we don’t have.’ This is true. In Chinese, we don’t have a general word for ‘Yes’...So how do we express 'YES' if we want...

7 Chinese TV Dramas You Can’t Miss – Historical #1 (2011-2017)

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If you have been learning Chinese for many years, do you have one favourite Chinese TV show? If not, today's article will give you a list of top 7 Chinese HISTORICAL TV dramas. If you are interested in Chinese history or ancient Chinese culture, it is also worth reading it! ...

‘向’ vs ‘对’

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‘向’ and ‘对’ can both be used to indicate the object of an action.   Similarities: The verb after ‘向’ and ‘对’ can express body movements.   向/对 + 动作的对象 + 具体动词 (向/对 + The object of action + Concrete verbs)   e.g. 1. 张老师向/对小明点了点头。 Mr Zhang nodded to Xiao...

The differences between ‘会‘(huì), ‘能’(néng), ‘可以‘(kěyǐ) – All levels

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‘会’(huì),‘能’(néng), ‘可以’(kěyǐ) all mean 'can', but do you know the differences?   This grammar summary is for all levels, if you just started learning Chinese, click the 10 Common Beginner Mistakes in Chinese to get your right Chinese dessert!   能 vs 会 (néng/huì) To express the ability a. 能néng:...

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...