All Blog Posts Tagged 'intermediate' (21)

English & Chinese translation - Chinese smartphone price war imminent in H2: analyst 英翻中----中国智能手机价格战逼近

Chinese smartphone price war imminent in H2: analyst

中国智能手机价格战逼近【Jim Wu:H2是什么意思?】


The domestic smartphone industry in China will witness a more competitive market as more upgrade their devices and rivals anticipate ruthless, Darwinian competition. 伴随着更多的设备升级和对手加入,中国国内手机市场行业将见证一个可预见的残酷的更具竞争性的市场 ,达尔文式的竞争。

"The overall growth rate of the market will slow down in the second half of this year," said Antonio Wang, an analyst from market intelligence…


Added by Jim Wu on May 8, 2015 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

HSK 1 Vocabulary List of 150 new words - 新汉语水平考试HSK(一级)词汇 / 共150 个

Hi Everyone - Here is a list of useful words for the HSK 1. If you would like help preparing for the exam, I offer classes on italki and you can book a class with me…


Added by Grace on October 30, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Living abroad in China and studying Chinese. What is it like? 在中国留学生的生活 part 2

Living abroad in China 要是你能看得懂我现在写下来的东西,你肯定进步了。你可以放一天假,给你好久没说一句话的朋友打个电话,出门儿呼吸点新鲜空气。你看,刚刚下雨了,你甚至都没发现,因为你一天到晚忙着学汉语!


Last time I wrote few words about what…


Added by Arkadiusz Kobylański on October 2, 2012 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Chinese Measure Words Phrase Patterns

Chinese measure words To most Chinese language learners, measure wordsare sure to be a challenge as there is no such thing in English. But in mandarin Chinese, to define the quantity, one must use both the numbers and the measure words.


Say, 一外国人(yī gè wài guó rén) – a foreigner, 一书(yī běn shū) – a book, 一烟(yī bāo yān) – a packet of cigarettes,…


Added by Suray Su on September 6, 2012 at 4:30pm — 7 Comments

Read! Read! Read! - The only way to help you fly off the ground on your Chinese learning

When it comes to language learning, most people would work on three language skills altogether: reading, speaking and listening. Since they are three essential ways to communicate with others in any languages, no doubts about it.
However, when it comes to Chinese, people start to…

Added by Grace on August 15, 2012 at 4:00am — 20 Comments

High frequency Chinese - How to be 'okay with anything' 'casual' or 'thoughtless' in Mandarin - 随便 suí biàn explained

This post is about a Chinese phrase which is frequently used in daily life, especially in such context as someone does not or cannot make a choice. For example, when deciding what to eat for lunch, I always feel hard to make a choice. The dishes seem always the same every day. It makes no difference of eating which one. So the answer we made most of the time is …


Added by Suray Su on August 1, 2012 at 2:00pm — 17 Comments

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. But…

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

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

Story Behind the Comic: Our "F-My Life" Joke

A while back we did this comic that I found on the site called "F my life" which I don't think I need to translate for any of the native English speakers out there.

But I thought it captured a certain aspect of Chinese culture and also it was a very funny…

Added by MandMx on December 11, 2011 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

OMG Meiyu videos teach "American Slang" in Chinese (OMG! 美语)

I came across this video series based on a Washington Post article entitled, "‘OMG Meiyu,’ a breakout hit Web show, schools Chinese in American slang".…


Added by Brandon on November 6, 2011 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

How say except and besides in Chinese - grammar how to use 除了 chú le

To say 'except' & 'besides' in Mandarin you can use a sentence pattern that includes 除了 chú le, which we touched on in a previous daily…


Added by Brandon on November 5, 2011 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Yi Bu Yi Bu Lai (Tone Change Rules for 一 不) & phrase 一步一步来吧

Here is an explanation for the tone changes for 一 yī and 不 bù, which both follow a similar pattern.

一 yī is first tone whenever it is used as a number but changes based on the tone immediately following it, in the following pattern.…


Added by Brandon on September 4, 2011 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

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Several new groups of people in China with interesting names

In China there are several new words to call some new groups of people. 啃老族,闪婚族,月光族,丁克族,毕婚族!Now I'm gonna explain them one by one!




Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on July 17, 2011 at 8:30pm — 11 Comments

3 ways to say 'but' in Chinese - difference between 不过 bù guò - 可是 kě shì - 但是 dàn shì

I have heard several different ways to say 'but' in Chinese and asked my teacher to explain the different ways that they are used.  

The easiest way to represent the difference is like this: (or…


Added by Brandon on July 16, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Chinese vocabulary for traveling to Thailand

The way to travel


Here is a short story of travel to Thailand in Chinese with some vocabulary, English translation and photos below.  Let me know if you have any questions.…


Added by Chinese-Q on June 29, 2011 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

Chinese synonyms - Fall: 摔 shuāi & 掉 diào

I tried to figure out the difference between these two words, and here are some notes on what I found out. Please share if there is anything else I'm not catching here :)

 [shuāi] is used for two kinds of falling:

A person falling over by accident:


lǎo rén shuāi dǎo le.



Added by Inga Z on April 27, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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English Slang Translated to Chinese

   I've been watching a special column named "希望英语--Outlook" on CCTV-10. This column teaches English learners about the fashionable English of life and authentic expression of western culture.  In my opinion, this column is good for both English learners and Chinese learners, because it uses a bilingual method of teaching.…


Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

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How to say old in Chinese & several ways to use the word 老 lǎo

“你怎么老喝饮料?” Nǐ zěn me lǎo hē yǐn liào?

This sentence reminds me that some of the Chinese learners here may be interested in the usage of " 老 lǎo".



Added by Zhang Wenzhuo on April 10, 2011 at 10:30pm — 3 Comments

The difference between 就 jiù and 才 cái.

The adverb 就 jiù is used before a verb to suggest the earliness, briefness , quickness or sooner than expected of the action. The Adverb 才 cái is the opposite. It suggests the tardiness or lateness of an action as perceived by the speaker.

For example:

1, 八 点  上  课,他七 点 就 来了。

   bā diǎn shàngkè,  tā qī diǎn…


Added by The Mandarin Review on April 9, 2011 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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