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...

Chinese Travel Vocabulary – Asking for directions

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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 ? May I ask, how to go… 不好意思,……在哪里? Bùhǎoyìsi, zài nǎlǐ? Excuse-me, where is...

Do I understand other Chinese dialects?

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When I was studying abroad, there are 3 questions that I was asked the most. 1. What percentage of people speak Mandarin in China? 2. Is it compulsory for people who live in Tibet to learn Mandarin? Can they speak fluently Mandarin? 3. Can you understand other dialects? To be...

3 things you need to know before taking online CHINESE classes

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——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...

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

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3 things make you clear about Chinese radicals

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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?...