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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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A student recently asked us: A question about a small word in lesson 7…..qu It appears to mean area/neighbourhood/suburb in “Wo zhu zai Sydney qu”  (apologies, I don’t know how to add the accents to define the tones). But this doesn’t seem to fit in “Ni qu guo Australia?”  Can you please supply a literal Read More…

Question about Mandarin Lesson 4

A student asks: I am going over lesson 4 and a little confused about when to use ‘le’ or “mei” for past tense. Could I say either ” Ni chi le ne?” or “Ni chi mei chi?” – both meaning “Did you eat?” I’m also not sure about the use of “you” – Ni qu Read More…

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