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...

What is Pinyin?

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Pinyin is also known to ‘Hànyǔ Pinyin’ or ‘Mandarin Chinese Pinyin’, it is a way to use Roman letters to represent the pronunciation of the Chinese characters, like English Phonetic Alphabet. Pinyin was adopted in 1955, while Chinese characters have over 5000 years of history.     Why did Chinese...

6 things you should know before start learning a new language

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Learning a new language is like commencing an exciting adventure. At the beginning, you want to know everything about it, learn quickly and actively, then you meet some troubles since the journey starts going into a difficult part, you feel a little tired, begin to slow down your steps, but...