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Chinese Tones: Tips on How to Learn the Tricky Change

Passionate about language learning, translating and teaching. Graduated with a master's degree in arts from PolyU in Hong Kong, majoring in TCFL. Have an experience of teaching spoken Chinese to college students at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, which inspired her to help more people from different countries understand China. Enjoy sharing with others the Chinese culture and the secrets of how to learn Chinese.
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Every language has its own sound system. Chinese is a tonal language, which means the same syllable with different tones can distinguish between words’ meaning. Learning how to pronounce different tones correctly is an essential and fun part of studying Chinese.  In this article, we will talk about Standard Mandarin Chinese tones. Even though Chinese …

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How to Say No in Chinese

Ethan has a passion for language and an avid student of the philosophy of language. He spends much of his time writing educational blogs and creating funny (but informative) language videos. He may be unconventional but also surprisingly effective. Somehow, he still manages to have time to be a digital marketing manager at a global translation company. Go figure.
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One of the first words you learn when learning a new language is often the word “no”.  However, even though the word itself is simple to both write and say, when it comes to Chinese, there is a lot of nuance in how it is used.  There are times when one word would be enough, …

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Duolingo Chinese Review: Is It Worth Trying?

Francesca Rossi is an experienced writer currently focused on researching and writing articles. She studied languages in Italy and in the USA, her works include English-Italian and Chinese-Italian translations as well as content creation and creative writing for different blogs and websites. She is currently based in Europe.
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Duolingo is one of the most popular language-learning apps that has been operating for many years now, and its main goal is to help people learn a foreign language. In this Duolingo Chinese review, we’re going to talk about how Duolingo can help you learn or improve your Chinese language skills, and, more specifically, we’ll focus on how …

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Chinese Question Particles 吗, 呢, and 吧

Passionate about language learning, translating and teaching. Graduated with a master's degree in arts from PolyU in Hong Kong, majoring in TCFL. Have an experience of teaching spoken Chinese to college students at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, which inspired her to help more people from different countries understand China. Enjoy sharing with others the Chinese culture and the secrets of how to learn Chinese.
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The three most common question particles in Chinese are 吗/ma,呢/ne and 吧/ba. How do they differ? How do you use them? Read more to find out! Similarities There are three main similarities between them. Like all the Chinese particles, 吗/ma, 呢/ne, 吧/ba are pronounced with a neutral tone. 吗/ma, 呢/ne, 吧/ba should be put at …

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How To Order Chinese Food

How to Read a Chinese Menu Reading menus in a foreign language can be an overwhelming experience even to someone who speaks some of it. This mainly happens because not many textbooks or online courses teach people some important key vocabulary that is most likely to show up in a menu.  To add oil to …

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Chinese Sentence Structure [Complete Guide 2021]

Passionate about language learning, translating and teaching. Graduated with a master's degree in arts from PolyU in Hong Kong, majoring in TCFL. Have an experience of teaching spoken Chinese to college students at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, which inspired her to help more people from different countries understand China. Enjoy sharing with others the Chinese culture and the secrets of how to learn Chinese.
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Sentence structures are important: without grasping them, you won’t have a solid foundation for your foreign language knowledge. Sentence structures vary from language to language. Fortunately, Chinese sentence structure is similar to English. This article will help you get to grips with them.   Simple Sentence Pattern Chinese, like English, is classified as an SVO …

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Top 10 Chinese Podcasts to Improve Your Listening Skill

Francesca Rossi is an experienced writer currently focused on researching and writing articles. She studied languages in Italy and in the USA, her works include English-Italian and Chinese-Italian translations as well as content creation and creative writing for different blogs and websites. She is currently based in Europe.
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Understanding people talk when you’re learning a foreign language is a crucial step to become fluent, however, this skill requires some time to improve and perfect. In order to easily understand what a person is saying in Chinese, you’re going to need to exercise your listening quite a bit and even a few minutes per …

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How to use “再” and “又” in Chinese

Passionate about language learning, translating and teaching. Graduated with a master's degree in arts from PolyU in Hong Kong, majoring in TCFL. Have an experience of teaching spoken Chinese to college students at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, which inspired her to help more people from different countries understand China. Enjoy sharing with others the Chinese culture and the secrets of how to learn Chinese.
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Both adverbs “再” and “又” translate to “again” and are used to express the repetition of an action. They, however, are not interchangeable. Are you confused about how to use them correctly? Do you know the differences between them?     Basic Uses of “再” 1.“再” can express the repetition or continuation of an action that …

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Comparing Differences Between “了(le)” and “过(guo)”

Passionate about language learning, translating and teaching. Graduated with a master's degree in arts from PolyU in Hong Kong, majoring in TCFL. Have an experience of teaching spoken Chinese to college students at Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, which inspired her to help more people from different countries understand China. Enjoy sharing with others the Chinese culture and the secrets of how to learn Chinese.
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“了” and “过” are two frequently used particles in Chinese, but most learners confuse them. So what are the similarities and differences between them? Being more familiar with these details will help you use them correctly. Similarities 1. Both can be used after a verb. Subj. + Verb + 了/过 + Obj. 我  吃 了 …

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9 Ways to Say Thank You in Chinese You Must Know

Francesca Rossi is an experienced writer currently focused on researching and writing articles. She studied languages in Italy and in the USA, her works include English-Italian and Chinese-Italian translations as well as content creation and creative writing for different blogs and websites. She is currently based in Europe.
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When you’re studying the Chinese language, or if you’re simply planning on visiting China, one of the first things you should learn is how to say ‘thank you’. For English speakers, expressing gratitude can be as simple as saying just those two words, however, the Chinese language and culture requires a bit more effort than …

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