All Blog Posts Tagged 'beginner' (51)


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How to ask, "What are you doing tomorrow?" in Chinese (the future tense) - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #8

Last time we took a look at how to say, 
“What did you do yesterday?” in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to
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Added by sikora on January 22, 2012 at 9:00am — 3 Comments


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How to ask, "What did you do yesterday?" in Chinese (the past tense) - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #7

Last time we took a look at how to say, 
“What are you doing?” in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to
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Added by sikora on January 10, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments


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How to ask, "What are you doing?" in Chinese (the present tense) - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #6

Last time we took a look at how to say, "How many people are in your family?" in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to
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Added by sikora on January 3, 2012 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments


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How to ask, "How many people are in your family?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #5

Today we are rounding out the first five basic patterns for asking and answers questions about yourself:
 1. “What is your name?” 
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Added by sikora on December 29, 2011 at 3:30am — 5 Comments


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How to ask, "What do you like to do in your free time?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #4

Last time we took a look at how to say, “What do you do?” in Chinese.  If you missed that discussion, take some time to 
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Added by sikora on December 24, 2011 at 5:30am — 16 Comments


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How to ask "What do you do?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #3

Welcome back to "20 Questions to Basic Fluency."   If you haven't answered the first two questions in the series, take some time to go back and…

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Added by sikora on December 21, 2011 at 8:30pm — 9 Comments


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How to ask "Where are you from?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #2

Welcome to the second post in the "20 Questions to Basic Fluency" series.  If you missed the first question, take some time to…

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Added by sikora on December 19, 2011 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments


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How to ask "What is your name?" in Chinese - 20 Questions to Basic Fluency #1

In this series we will take a look at approximately 20 basic, high frequency questions and answers that will help you with your communication skills in Mandarin, Chinese.  Please feel free to answer the questions in Mandarin or pinyin in the reply to the best of your ability.

 

If you are beyond the basic level, perhaps you would like…

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Added by sikora on December 17, 2011 at 10:30am — 9 Comments


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Here are some sentences that I made up for learning some simple grammar.

Here are some sentences that I made up for learning some simple grammar.



Please let me know if I have made mistakes.



I think some might be difficult as they are out of context.



The simple directional complement



我们 进 出 了 。

wǒmen jìn chū le



她 不 进 出 了 。

tā bú jìn chū le



谁…

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Added by jono1001 on October 23, 2011 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment


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The different replies with 好 hǎo in Chinese

I decided to write this post because I was getting confused with the different ways of using 好 hǎo to reply in Chinese.  

It wasn't so much that I was slow to reply but rather I would say the most recent 好+ word that I had heard as a response and I was not really taking into account the…

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Added by Brandon on July 31, 2011 at 5:00pm — 24 Comments

Weather in Chinese - Tiānqì - 天气

Vocabulary and example sentences for talking about the weather in Mandarin Chinese.

 

Clear  =  Qíng  -   晴

Cloudy  =  Duōyún  -  多云

Rainy  =  Yǔ  -  雨

Snow  =  Xuě  -  雪

 

* Is it hot today outside?

Jīntiān…

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Added by Artech on July 3, 2011 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments


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Learn Chinese tones game from BBC

Here's a free online game for learning Chinese tones courtesy of the BBC.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/chinese/games/tones.shtml



The site has another game for
Chinese…

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Added by Brandon on June 12, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Chinese days of the week, months and other time expressions.

Hi everyone,

I'm gonna go over some time expressions in this post.

 

Now lets look at weekdays, it's pretty straight forward.

All you have to do is place a number after 'xingqi' to make the days of the week, except for sunday in which you add 'tian' or 'ri'.



Jīntiān Xīngqī jǐ? : What day is it…

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Added by JayLatarche on June 2, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Telling Time in Chinese : Part 2!

大家好! 

Dà jiā hǎo!



This is part 2 of how to tell the time in Chinese. You can read part 1 here.    



Let's look at 'a.m.' and…

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Added by JayLatarche on June 1, 2011 at 12:00am — 7 Comments


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Learning Chinese Free Videos from CCTV

I wanted to share a good site full of free videos for beginners to learn Chinese and to get video tours of different Chinese cities. The link to the site is http://english.cntv.cn/learnchinese/

 

Here's a sample clip I could embed from…

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Added by Brandon on May 31, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments


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Creepy, cute or crazy? Strange Chinese learning videos by iamxiaoli

iamxiaoli has posted a series of videos on youtube that teach basic mandarin but are quite bizarre.  What do you think?

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Added by Brandon on May 17, 2011 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Telling time in Chinese, part 1.

To tell the time in Chinese you need to know a few key vocab words.

This is how I do it, but it may not be correct. 



diǎn 点 : Hour (practically a measure word) …

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Added by JayLatarche on May 11, 2011 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments


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How to be a happy nut - pistachio

I heard this description of a person the other day and really liked it.  Basically you can describe someone as 开心果 kāi xīn guǒ - pistachio and it means they're a very happy, high mood person who makes other people happy.

 

The reason is that in Chinese, pistachio is 开心果 kāi xīn…

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Added by Brandon on April 21, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment


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A Mnemonic for tones of buy and sell

Remembering which tone was which for the words "buy" & "sell" has always driven me nuts until I started using this mnemonic.

 

Buy -  - mǎi - third tone, which goes down then…

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Added by Brandon on March 31, 2011 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments


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Secrets, secrets and more secrets

Just a few quick words that are frequently used and related to one another, both in English and in Mandarin.

 

The first is secret秘密 mì mì.  It can be hard to see but at least on my…

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Added by Brandon on March 14, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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