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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//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || ).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-7183217535430251", enable_page_level_ads: true }); 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)...

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?...

Chinese travel vocabulary – Ordering food

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  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...

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

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‘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 The difference between '吗'(ma) and '呢'(ne) as a PDF and read it later.     「吗」 ‘吗’(ma) is used...

Chinese Travel vocabulary – Buying tickets

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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...

What do you know about Mandarin TONEs

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For beginners, the most difficult part about learning Mandarin is definitely the tones. 4 basic tone marks The Chinese language possesses four major tones and a neutral tone. Looking at the following tone marks: «  ˉ  » is for the first tone, «  ˊ  » is for the second tone,...

Chinese alphabet with English corresponding sounds

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Single finals: a      like the vowel in 'star' without the 'r' sound o      like the vowel in 'wood' e       like the vowel in 'stir' i        like the vowel in 'bit' u       like the vowel in 'food' ü...