Typing PinYin on the Mac Computer

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This is a short tutorial to teach you how to type PinYin on the Mac Computer. Firstly, we need to update your computer settings to be able to type PinYin:  

Techniques for Learning Chinese Independently

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When it comes to learning Chinese, or any kind of language, I believe in having a system, a routine, if you will. Learning a language is a long and potentially dull task that has to be cut into little pieces, and digested daily. While a routine is easily established when you are attending classes – Read More…

Chinese Tea Appreciation

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Like many people, I drink a lot of Tea. In fact, it’s consumed the most after water in the world.   Although most tea is harvested by machinery, the best teas are hand picked. Raw green tea is processed to produce 6 or more types of tea: White, Yellow, Oolong, Green, Black and Pu-Erh.   Read More…

The Difference between Ai4 and Ei4

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A student wrote me the following email: I am having trouble distinguishing between the sound of “ai” and “ei”. In your lessons, examples such as , “Ai” “Tai” “Duo Gei” and “Wei Shen Me” are all sounding to my ears very much the same as the sound I use in Australian English for “way” or Read More…

Short History of the Chinese Mandarin Language

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Aside from being hailed as the most populated country and one of the largest countries in the world, China is also very well-known as the land of many languages and dialects. As listed by Ethnologue, China has almost 300 living languages and local dialects. Originally, Chinese language is part of the Sino-Tibetan language family and Read More…

Short Guide #18: Planning for Weekend in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Nǐ zhōumò yǒu shénme ānpái? 你周末有什么安排? Do you have any plans for the weekend? Nǐ xiǎng qù sànbù mā? 你想去散步吗? Do you want to go for a walk? Nǐ xiǎng hé wǒmen yìqǐ qù mā? 你想和我们⼀起去吗? Do you want to come with us? Wǒmen zài zhènshàng guàngle liǎnggè xiǎoshí. 我们在镇上逛了两个小时。 Read More…

Short Guide #17: Talking About Family in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Nǐ hé nǐde fùmǔ zhù ma? 你和你的父母住吗? Do you live with your parents? Nǐ yǒu xiōngdì jiěmèi ma? 你有兄弟姐妹吗? Do you have brothers and sisters? Wǒ yǒu liǎnggè xiōngdì, yígè jiějie. 我有两个兄弟,⼀个姐姐。 I have two brothers, and one sister. Wǒ fùqin liùshíyī suì, wǒ mǔqin wǔshísì suì. 我父亲61岁,我母亲54岁。 My father Read More…

Short Guide #16: Celebrating a Birthday in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Jīntiān shì wǒde shēngrì, wǒ yāoqǐng le suǒyǒu rén. 今天是我的生日,我邀请了所有人。 Today is my birthday, I invited everyone. Wǒ shōudào hěnduō lǐwù, wǒde péngyǒu men hěn hǎo. 我收到很多礼物,我的朋友们很好。 I received a lot of gifts, my friends are very nice.  Wǒmen pāi le hěnduō zhàopiàn, yíqiè dōu hěn wánměi. 我们拍了很多照片,⼀切都很完美。 We took Read More…

Short Guide #15: Keeping a Secret in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Nǐ rènwéi tāmen kànjiàn wǒmen le ma? 你认为他们看见我们了吗? Do you think they saw us? Nǐ rènwéi tāmen zhìdāo ma? 你认为他们知道吗? Do you think they know? Tāmen zěnme shuō wǒmen de? 他们怎么说我们的? What did they say about me? Bié gàosù rènhé rén, nǐ bìxū bǎomì. 别告诉任何人,你必须保密。 Don’t tell anybody. You must Read More…

Short Guide #14: Asking for Help in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Zhège tài nán le, wǒ méifǎ zuò. 这个太难了,我没法做。 This is too difficult, I can’t do it.  Zhèyàng zuò jiǎndān xiē. 这样做简单些。 It’s easy do it this way.  Nǐ néng bāng wǒ mā? 你能帮我吗? Can you help me please? Děng yíxià wǒ jiù lái. 等⼀下我就来。 I’m coming wait a second.   Read More…

Short Guide #13: Sharing Opinions in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Wǒmen kāi wán huì qù le fàndiàn. 我们开完会去了饭店。 We went to the restaurant after the meeting. Nǐ juéde wǒde xiǎngfǎ zěnmeyàng? 你觉得我的想法怎么样? What do you think about my idea? Wǒ juéde hěn wánměi, wǒmen bìxū lìjí zhíxíng. 我觉得很完美,我们必须立即执行。 I thinks It’s perfect, we have to try it right now.  Wǒ Read More…

Short Guide #12: Meeting Up in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Wǒ jīntiān kǒngpà bùnéng lái, wǒ hěn máng. 我今天恐怕不能来,我很忙。 I’m afraid I can’t come today, I am very busy. Wǒmen míngtiān zǎoshàng jiàn ba. 我们明天早上见吧。 Let’s meet tomorrow morning. Wǒ huì zài liǎng xiǎoshí nèi dào, nǐ bìxū zhǔnshí. 我会在两小时内到,你必须准时。 I will see you in two hours. You must be Read More…

Short Guide #11: Asking for Phone Number in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Nǐ yǒu wǒde diànhuà hàomǎ ma? 你有我的电话号码吗? Do you have my phone number? Nǐ néng gěi wǒ nǐde diànhuà hàomǎ ma? 你能给我你的电话号码吗? Can you give me your phone number? Rúguǒ nǐ xūyào bāngmáng jiù gěi wǒ dǎ diànhuà. 如果你需要帮忙就给我打电话。 Call me if you need any help.   Do you want Read More…

Short Guide #10: Renting Apartment in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Wǒmen zài cúnqián mǎifáng. 我们在存钱买房。 We are saving to buy an apartment. Wǒmen xiǎng zū yìjiān fáng. 我们想租⼀间房。 We want to rent an apartment. Nǐmen xiǎng zhǎo shénmeyàng de fángzi? 你们想找什么样的房子? What sort of apartment you are looking for? Dà yìdiǎn de, zhōngděng de, háishì xiǎo yìdiǎn de? 大⼀点的,中等的,还是小⼀点的? Do Read More…

Short Guide #9: Talking about Traffic in Chinese

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Download the PDF Here   Bùhǎo yìsi, qǐngwèn nǐ zhīdào zěnme qu gōngjiāo chēzhàn mā? 不好意思,请问你知道怎么去公交车站吗? Excuse me, do you know how to get to the bus station? Zhèshì qù Běijīng de huǒchē mā? 这是去北京的火车吗? Is this the train for Beijing? Wǒ xūyào jiào liàng chūzūchē. 我需要叫辆出租车。 I need to take a taxi. Zhètiáo shì Read More…

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