April 2012 Blog Posts (21)


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How to ask, "How are you doing?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #16

Last time we took a look at how to say, 
"What is this?" in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to 
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Added by sikora on April 26, 2012 at 7:30pm — 8 Comments


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Understand what age group Chinese are referring to - Chinese version of "7 ages of a man"

In Shakespeare's "As You Like It", there's one famous play called "Seven ages of a man". In that play, the seven stages in a man's life was vividly summarized and expressed.

Do you know in Chinese culture, there's one unique name for each age group that you can use to refer to the age without…

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Added by Grace on April 22, 2012 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Top 10 Chinese Sites for 2012...do you agree?

  1. Chinese Horizon
  2. Hello Mandarin
  3. New Concept Mandarin
  4. ChinesePod
  5. LiveMocha
  6. Chinese Learn Online
  7. Verbalplanet
  8. Chinese Course
  9. eChineseLearning
  10. Totale…

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Added by rosscranwell on April 20, 2012 at 11:30am — 16 Comments


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How to ask, "What is this?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #15

Last time we took a look at how to say, 
"When is your birthday?"  in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to 
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Added by sikora on April 20, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment


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Experience the beauty of Chinese poem -- Sentiments of Lament 李白 Li Bai

Li Bai is one of the greatest poets in Chinese literature. The following is one of his popular poems.  If you would like to listen to the recitation of the poem, read the interesting poem analysis and know what is the requirement to be a beauty in ancient China, then you are welcome to visit Sentiment of Lament

怨情

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Added by Shu on April 19, 2012 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments


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How to ask, "When is your birthday?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #14

Last time we took a look at how to say, "What time does the show start?" in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to…

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Added by sikora on April 19, 2012 at 9:30am — 9 Comments


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3 "important" Chinese idioms - learn how "重" zhòng is used

zhòng usually means "heavy, important, or powerful". In the following three Chinese idioms,  zhòng is used for different meanings. Please pay attention to what…

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Added by Grace on April 18, 2012 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Reading a Sichuan restaurant Chinese menu

I have written a new blog post about reading a Sichuan restaurant menu. 

I remember when I was first face to face with a Chinese-only menu in a restaurant, it was a difficult experience.  I knew the basics, like chicken, meat, noodles and soup, but what was everything else?  I think I just pointed to a chicken item and hoped for the best.  Because of the different…

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Added by Jason Ge on April 17, 2012 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments


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How to ask, "What time does the show start?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #13

Last time we took a look at how to say,
 "How much?" in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to
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Added by sikora on April 17, 2012 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Mandarin Learning Resources

I have just finished going through all the resources I have discovered and have been using to help me learn Mandarin so far and organized them on my website.

Mandarin Learning Resources

Please let me know if there is something that should be on this list. Thanks!

Added by Corbin Tarrant on April 15, 2012 at 9:08am — No Comments


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How to ask, "How much in Chinese?" - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #12

How much in Chinese?

Last time we took a look at how to say,
 "Do you have a fork?" in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion,…

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Added by sikora on April 12, 2012 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

Zhuyin Memrise Course

Memrise Zhuyin Course

 

thanks to a friend I found on http://www.italki.com/ I now have audio for all the zhuyin characters.

I put them onto cards and made a zhuyin memrise course! Check…

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Added by Corbin Tarrant on April 11, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments


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How to use "le 了" in Chinese

Hi there!

I noticed quite a lot of confusions and misunderstandings when it comes to usage of the particle Le 了, and most Chinese learners end up adding the word in almost every of their sentences.



Let's take a look at the variation of forms of…

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Added by Gen on April 10, 2012 at 12:00pm — 20 Comments


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One of my favorite songs - 传奇 (chuánqí) Legend - lyrics & translation

传奇 (chuánqí) is one of my favorite songs. It is about a type of beautiful and vague love, a love happens in one person's mind when s/he just see another one in…

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Added by Iris on April 9, 2012 at 4:30am — 2 Comments


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Chinese idiom - Putting the Finishing Touch to the Picture of a Dragon -- 画龙点睛 huà lóng diǎn jīng

In the Southern and Northern Dynasties Period (420-589), there was a painter named Zhāng Sēngyáo (张僧繇).

Once he visited a temple and…

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Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 6, 2012 at 8:00pm — 14 Comments


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Why "Chinese Richest People List" was nicknamed as "Pig's Blacklist" - 杀猪榜 shā zhū bàng

Have you ever heard about Hurun's List (Chinese Richest People List)? It's the most famous rich people list in China. Then do you know why it is nicknamed as Pig's Blacklist (“杀猪榜 (shā zhū bàng)” ) by Chinese? 

It all comes from a famous Chinese expression 人怕出名猪怕壮 (rén pà chū míng zhū pà zhuàng). 出名 (chū míng) means getting famous. Literally it means “People dread fame as much as pigs dread being strong.” It can also be translated as “Great honors are…

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Added by Grace on April 6, 2012 at 12:52pm — 2 Comments

Mandarin Journal Project

This journal is a tool to help me learn Mandarin Chinese. It will be used to practice typing, handwriting, and speaking Mandarin. The journal is also making use of MandarinSpot for annotated translation and zhuyin phonetics (mouse over the typed characters).

I would greatly appreciate any comments pointing out mistakes and on how I can improve my sentence structure, handwriting, or spoken Mandarin.

Check it out: …

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Added by Corbin Tarrant on April 2, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment


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The story behind the idiom "A loss, no bad thing" in Chinese "塞翁失马,焉知非福"

In ancient times, there was an old man lived in 塞北. One day, one of his horses run over the Great Wall to their enemies Hu (胡人).

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Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 1, 2012 at 10:00pm — 13 Comments


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Shanghai video footage from the 1970s with a Shanghainese song

You can watch an interesting video below that has a lot of footage of Shanghai from the 1970s and features a song sung in Shanghainese.

 

I saw this video via member Edna's (…

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Added by Brandon on April 1, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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