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Mandarin Tone Change Rules Explained

Someone from a Chinese learning forum asked me a question about tone changes in Pinyin the other day. Honestly, I was really shocked when I saw the question. I searched very hard from my limited memory of the Chinese lessons in primary school, and failed to get even a clue of tone changing. As a native speaker, I have no knowledge on this part.…

Added by Suray Su on July 27, 2012 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

List of all the Olympic Sports in Chinese

We put together a quick list of the Olympic Sports that may be useful for learners on StudyMoreChinese

Hope is handy for the sports fans ;-)

  • Aquatics - 水上运动 (shuǐ shàng yùndòng)
  • Swimming – 游泳 (yóuyǒng)
  • Synchronized Swimming - 花样游泳 (huāyàng yóuyǒng)
  • Diving – 跳水 (tiàoshuǐ)
  • Water Polo - 水球 (shuǐqiú)
  • Archery…

Added by rosscranwell on July 27, 2012 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Learn the Chinese Hand Gestures for Numbers - Image

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…


Added by Suray Su on July 20, 2012 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Learning Word Order in Chinese


On my way home yesterday, I heard a girl was humming a Chinese song called “辣妹子 (là mèi zi)” which means “Spicy Girls” in English. This is a famous Chinese song by the…


Added by Suray Su on July 16, 2012 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Chinese meme - Spend years mastering Chinese...

I know this is going to happen to me...Funny if it wasn't true : (

Why I am Learning Chinese



Added by jono1001 on July 14, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Chinese Superman, HorseDraonFish, Chinese Memes...

Chinese Superman, HorseDraonFish, Chinese Memes...

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

Free E-book- Talk to your Ayi.

Free E-book talk to your ayi

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…


Added by Kevin Lewis on July 12, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Daily Expressions Mothers Use for Their Children (II)

Did you wash your hands before eating? No, do it now, what have I told you so many times.

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…


Added by Suray Su on July 10, 2012 at 5:00pm — 8 Comments

Daily Expressions Chinese Mothers Use for Their Children

Questio n: What kind of expression would a Chinese mother use for the little child during the day, for example, wake up, you are late, eat your breakfast ,etc..


Answer: That depends on the mother’s mood.




Added by Suray Su on July 10, 2012 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

How to Use the “verb + 上 shàng” Pattern in Chinese?

Learn Chinese online - How to Use the “verb + 上 (shàng)” Pattern?

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 +…


Added by Suray Su on July 10, 2012 at 9:30am — 12 Comments

Resources or Techniques for both Learning (and Remembering) Chinese words

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…


Added by Carey Giudici on July 10, 2012 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

Why do people learn a new language and why I am learning Chinese

Why do people learn a new language?

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…


Added by Plum 翠喜 on July 3, 2012 at 8:30pm — 7 Comments

Common mistakes and tips in speaking Chinese #1 - How to say “Or”

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…


Added by Seraph Ching on July 2, 2012 at 11:30am — 16 Comments

Seeking an Online Chinese language school



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…


Added by jono1001 on July 2, 2012 at 8:30am — 16 Comments

Chinese culture "Lao wai" explained — 老外

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…


Added by anna.lee on June 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

A Daily Dose of Measure Words in Chinese

I often hear people ask which measure words are the most important to learn. It's a pretty tough question that usually answered with, it depends. 


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

10 China Blogs That I Read

Following are 10 of the Chinese or China blogs which I have subscribed to over the years. (They are not in order of importance.)

1. Chengdu Living

This is a blog written about Chengdu a city in Sichuan. 

2. …


Added by Josh Ke 柯恩华 on June 28, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

My Hobby - Books about China 本书光与中国的。。。。


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…


Added by Josh Ke 柯恩华 on June 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — 14 Comments

The Ten most beautiful things on Earth - Translated into Chinese & Pinyin

Decided I've visited long enough, thought I'd do my first blog post!  世界上最美的十件事 - Ten most beautiful things on Earth. 

This list is taken from @ichinesetweets (quite a good person to follow on Twitter for Chinese sentences. Some of them are a…


Added by 保罗 on June 21, 2012 at 2:30am — 5 Comments

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