Category Archives: Basic Chinese

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Q: Hi, I’m a beginner student of Chinese and have been studying Chinese on and off for the past year. I’ve found that there are many different ways of saying the days of the week like xingqiyi or libaiyi and there’s also ri. Which one should I use and what is the difference between them? Read More…

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One of our students recently asked us this question: I notice that in Chinese there are many ways of saying often. I came across the words “changchang, jingchang, tongchang, pingchang” so far. Can you tell me what is the difference between them? We will certainly try. You are correct, there are many ways of expressing Read More…

International Brand Names in Chinese

As every other language, Chinese language has undoubtedly been undergoing many changes, such as new vocabulary and even new sentence structures, particularly under the influence of English. New words have been seeping into Mandarin since Qing dynasty, but the process has been much more notable in the recent decades. This has been propelled by the Read More…

Update: LearnMandarin poster with 50 most common radicals coming out soon!

Dear students, As you already know we’ve recently announced that we are working on creating a set of physical flashcards that are going to be extremely beneficial to those in the beginning stages of their language learning journey. The entire set of 300 cards which we have named Core Vocabulary, will be available for purchase soon Read More…

Travel Time: Hangzhou part I

上有天堂,下有苏杭。 (Shàng Yǒu TiānTáng, Xià Yǒu Sū Háng) Paradise in Heaven, Suzhou and Hangzhou on earth. Hangzhou (杭州 HángZhōu) is considered to be the cradle of Chinese civilisation with its history spanning over more than 2,200 years. Besides being a major tourist attraction and being renown for its scenic beauty, Hangzhou is also the provincial Read More…

A quick update from our CEO:

Hi everyone, we have listened to your requests and decided to publish a set of physical flashcards designed to help you learn faster and more efficiently. This set of flashcards which we have named Core Vocabulary, includes 300 most frequently used words and characters and covers most of the vocabulary from our Module 1. The Read More…

Top 10! Resources for writing Mandarin Chinese

1. Lang-8 Established back in 2006, Lang-8 today boasts more than 750,000 users from 190 different countries around the world. The concept of Lang-8 is simple: new users register on the website and provide the information on which language they want to learn or are currently learning (target language) and which is their native language. Once their Read More…

Top 10! Tools for learning characters and vocabulary

Our students often ask us: what are some good, free resources for studying Chinese? We are here to answer those questions! These days, there are plenty of  resources for studying Chinese available, some better than others, some paid, some for free. To make things easier for you, we have broken them down into separate categories, and we’ve Read More…

You ask; we answer!

Dear LearnMandarin, I need help with grammar. When speaking 的, 得 and 地 all sound the same (de). They are all used for grammar purposes and seem to be used all the time. What’s the best way to learn the differences between the three and how can I use them correctly? This in an excellent question and something Read More…

Online Chinese dictionary: finding the right one

For the past couple of months Chinese learners throughout the world have been mourning the death of one of the most used and loved online Chinese dictionaries (did I mention it was free?) by the name of Nciku. Yes, for a couple of months before being shut down the site has been acting up,  yes, it Read More…

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