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Short Guide #3: Cleaning in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Zhèli gānjìng mā? 这里干净吗? Is it clean here? Wǒ xūyào xǐ yíxià wǒde shǒu. 我需要洗⼀下我的手。 I need to wash my hands. Qǐng gěi wǒ yìxiē féizào. 请给我⼀些肥皂。 I need some soap please. Wǒ xiǎng qù xǐshǒujiān. 我想去洗手间。 I want to go to the toilet. Xǐshǒujiān zài guòdào shàng. 洗手间在过道上。 The Read More…

Short Guide #2: Talking About Locations in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Wǒ bú zhù zài Lúndūn, wǒ zhù zài Lúndūn wàibiān. 我不住在伦敦,我住在伦敦外边。 I don’t live in London. I live outside London Wǒ zhù zài zhè tiáo lù jìntóu de qīhào jiē. 我住在这条路尽头的7号街。 I live in street 7 at the end of the road Wǒmen zhù zài yìtiáo fánmáng de lùshang, fēicháng Read More…

Short Guide #1 — Introducing Yourself in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here Wǒ hěn hǎo, xièxie, nǐ nē? 我很好,谢谢,你呢? I am very well thanks, and you? Wǒ 25 suì. 我25岁。 I am 25 years old Wǒ bù gōngzuò, wǒ zài dúshū. 我不工作,我在读书。 I don’t have to work I am studying Wǒ cóng Nánfēi lái. 我从南非来。 I am from South Africa, Wǒ hé wǒde Read More…

Quick Reference: Greetings

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  Nǐhǎo, Jon, nǐ hǎo mā? Hello Jon How are you?   Nǐ jǐ suì? How old are you?   Nǐ gōngzuò mā? Do you work?   Nǐ cóng nǎli lái? Where do you come from?   Nǐ zhù zài Zhōngguó mā? Are you living in China?

Some Chinese Four-Character Idioms

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Everybody loves a good story whether it is a book, movie, TV show or just something a friend shared with you.  At times we like them without even knowing it.  China has such a rich history and with that history comes a plethora of literature and historical events to draw from and some of these Read More…

Ordering Food in Chinese

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              The local restaurant’s sign had some characters on it, but I could only make out one character, “肉(rou4)”, which means meat.  I was in the beginner class at the University and had not even learned how to order food.  Pointing at other people’s food I would say “我要这个 (Wo3 yao4 zhe4ge)” or “我要那个 (wo3 Read More…

Pronouncing “Chi” and “Qi”

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A student has asked me: Is there a difference in the way that Chi (eat) and Qi (7) are pronounced? Also am I right in pronouncing Zhong as joo-ng or is it more like joe-ng? Finally, I do business with a company in Huzhou  City.  I have been saying HOO-ZOE but should it be HOO Read More…

How to Pronounce the “W” in WanShang and Wan Le

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A student of mine asked me the following question: In Lesson 11, conversation 2, you make the comment that Wan = finish is the same Wan as in WanShang evening/night. But I notice finish Wan is shown as rising tone 2 and evening Wan is shown as dipping tone 3 and the Chinese characters in Read More…

How to get started with Chinese writing

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Posted by Nancy I’ll start with the bad news: unfortunately, there is no quick and easy way to learn how to write Chinese. Of course in this day and age with modern technology, you can definitely get away with having a basic knowledge of Chinese to write on the computer. But to truly be able Read More…

Overcome your Fear of the Chinese language.

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It’s foreign. Each sound can be pronounced four ways to mean different things. There is no alphabet, only a combination of lines and squiggles. These are things I often hear from my fellow classmates learning Chinese or from friends who want to learn Chinese but are overwhelmed by it. I admit that there are difficult Read More…

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