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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

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.…

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

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

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

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