爱 — ài

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Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash This means to love, to be fond of, to like, to show affection.

Free Chinese eBook Until 30 March on Amazon

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To help you keep your mind sharp during this trying period, we are making the Chinese Language eBook for FREE on Amazon.com until Monday, March 30. Learning the Chinese Language This book is normally priced at USD $9.99 and will stay free over the weekend. You can grab your copy here. Enjoy!

Learn Mandarin Newsletter

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The first LearnMandarin.com.au Newsletter of 2020 is now published. Please enjoy it here!

5 Rules for Learning Chinese Writing

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Photo by Sam Beasley on Unsplash Chinese characters originally came from simple representations of objects and through time they evolved to include more abstract meanings to more fully express language. The earliest Chinese writings are marks scratched on bones and shells that were used for divination. A great place to start learning Chinese characters is through the Hanyu Read More…

Surprising Chinese Dating Slang

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There are some slang that you don’t see in any course or textbooks but that are used widely online. Photo by Anthony Tran on Unsplash For example, one of the phrase is: 白富美 (bái fù měi) This translates literally as White, Rich, Beautiful. This has become quite a widely used internet expression. It’s often used in the context Read More…

You ask; we answer!

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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…

Millions of non-smokers rejoice!

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For a long time, China was considered a smoker’s paradise, with more than 300 million of China’s 1.35 billion being smokers, and with more than half of adult men being regular tobacco users according to WHO. You could smoke in a restaurant, in a taxi (though that became harder to do in bigger cities such Read More…

A Letter from China

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Many of our students venture to China sooner or later and we thought it would be interesting to ask them to share their experience with others. Below is a short report from our student Alastair: “I had an interesting and enjoyable trip to China. The nine months learnings that I have had with your Mandarin tuition course was Read More…

You ask; we answer!

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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

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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!

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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

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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:

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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…

Hacking the Chinese Menu (Eat and Be Merry)

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Oh, the dreaded Chinese menu. Here you are, sitting comfortably in a small restaurant in China, hungry and ready to dig into some big bowl of noodles or a pile of dumplings. The waiter comes by and hands you the menu. Oh no, no pictures! And, what’s worse, no English translations either. Sure, the translations Read More…

A word about Chinese martial arts

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Martial arts have a long history in China, with the first origins dating back to at least 2,000 years ago, to a time when China was dominated by warlords, bandits and foreign invaders. They can largely be divided into two forms: armed and unarmed arts. The former include disciplines such as spearmanship, archery and swordsmanship Read More…

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