Category Archives: Chinese Grammar

You ask; we answer!

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…

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…

You ask; we answer

Recently one of our students asked us this question: I was reviewing some of the words we have learned in Module One, and I need some clarification on the different words for happy. So far I have learnt Kai1xin1, Kuai4le, and Gao1xing4. Could you please help me understand the distinction between these words? And here is our 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…

You ask; we answer!

Recently, one of our students asked us this question: “Chinese grammar is proving to be a challenge! The difference between the subject of the verb and the object is often not clear to me. For example, I have seen both the following as greetings when you first meet someone… Jian dao wo hen gaoxing. Jian Read More…

What’s your HSK test taking strategy?

For some students of Chinese, HSK tests are obligatory and are seen as an objective indicator of your level of Chinese. In my experience, this especially tends to be the case with Korean students. I remember during my days of intensive Chinese study while living in Dalian, my Korean classmates would all locked up in Read More…

Student Question About Chinese Grammar

I continue to enjoy learning Mandarin with you and thanks for the learning tips, even though I am not good at following them. My biggest problem is remembering the small additions that change tense. There seems to be several that do the same thing and knowing which to use is difficult. Is there a reference Read More…

The Use of “De” in Chinese Language (Premium Mandarin Lesson 5)

A student asks the following question about Lesson 5: I was wondering why the word “de” was used in line 17, Words and Phrases, in this lesson. I thought at first it was the genitive (possessive) particle but that seemed wrong. I looked it up on DimSum and found that it was probably the word Read More…

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