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Added by Iris on July 25, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
A friend once told me a funny story about himself ordering in a Chinese restaurant. He just started Chinese learning then, and did not know how to say the numbers in Chinese. He wanted to eat fish. And the waiter asked how many fish he needed (服务员问他要几条鱼 fú wù yuán wèn tā yào jǐ tiáo yú). So he held out two fingers – the thumb (拇指 mǔ zhǐ) and the forefinger (食指 shízhǐ) of his right…Continue
I know this is going to happen to me...Funny if it wasn't true : (
Added by jono1001 on July 14, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
When I found this I thought it was great...I wish I could make such excellent explanations and present them like this. …
Added by jono1001 on July 14, 2012 at 7:21am — No Comments
Keeping my staff busy working on free services to help people learn Chinese. The next project with have is a book for teaching people how to remember Chinese characters. I think a school shouldn't be only about…Continue
吃饭前洗手了吗(chī fàn qián xǐ shǒu le ma)？没有是吧(méi yǒu shì ba)，马上去洗(mǎ shàng qù xǐ)。都跟你说过多少遍了(dōu gēn nǐ shuō guò duō shǎo biàn le)。
Did you pee before going to bed ?
睡前尿尿了没(shuì qián niào niào le méi)？
Do not talk with your mouth…Continue
Answer: That depends on the mother’s mood.
Yesterday, someone asked me which verbs can be combined with the word “上(shàng)”. To be precise, which verbs can be followed by the word “shang”. I was thus listing them, and guess maybe there are some rules here, say, "verb + 上…Continue
For two months I've been fortunate to live in Wuxi, Jiangsu. It is big enough to have a convenient and reasonably priced Mandarin school. At my age, learners face some special challenges--loss of short-term memory a major one.
Decades ago I taught myself enough spoken and written Japanese while living there to become pretty much bilingual. Happily remember…Continue
Tiān kōng shì lán sè de.
A couple of months ago, I found myself suddenly awash in a lot of extra time, i.e. unemployed. Since idle hands make the devil’s work and all, I thought it would be a great time to take a Mandarin class. It was good for me to get out of the apartment,…Continue
Today I decided to start writing a blog here on SMC. Actually I'm thinking of doing this for a long time. I've talked to a lot of foreigners before. Some of them are really good at speaking Chinese already, but still make some very common mistakes. Native Chinese speakers probably wouldn’t ask or correct you as long as they understand, but I think…Continue
I am looking for an Online Chinese Language school / college. I know I could just Google for this information...but I am overwhelmed by the quantity of online Chinese…Continue
老外 lǎo wài is a very nice way to address foreigners in China and it’s commonly used by Chinese people. We could also call you 外国人 (wàiguórén), literally means "outside country person", which is much more formal.
Chinese are fond of 老外 because we think it shows an intimate feeling and it can narrow…Continue
What measure words you use depends a lot on the things you do or say on a particular day.
Here's an example of some measure words I use on a typical morning:
I wakeup from a good…
Added by Steven Daniels on June 28, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
This is a blog written about Chengdu a city in Sichuan.
Wǒ yǒu 300+běn shūxiě de zhōngguó. Wǒ wish wǒ kěyǐ shàng yīgè túshū guǎn de zhèxiē shū. . . . Zhèxiē běn shūxiě zài yīng, fǎ, zhōngwén. . . . Zhè shì yīgè zuì hǎo àihào de wǒ!
I have been collecting books about China ever since I was 10 years old when my paternal grandma gave me a Golden Book…Continue
This list is taken from @ichinesetweets (quite a good person to follow on Twitter for Chinese sentences. Some of them are a…Continue
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