Galina Kuzmina

A native speaker of Russian, translator and passionate learner of English and Chinese. Always ready to extend a helping hand to those in need of language learning advice.

The Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Numbers

Math may be a human construct, but numbers are an essential part of life. From bustling open-air markets to somber business meetings, your grasp on numbers determines your chances of success. So how does one learn Chinese numbers? With the help of the following article, of course 🙂    Reading Chinese Numbers Chinese Numbers from 1 to 10 Chinese numbers are a pretty simple lot, especially in comparison to English or, Heaven forbid, French. First, we have numbers from 1 to 10: Number Hanzi Pinyin 1 一 yī 2 二 èr 3 三 sān 4 四 sì 5 五 wǔ 6 六 liù 7 七 qī 8 八 bā 9 …

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Chinese Characters: The Key to Fluency

Some people claim that you can learn Chinese without mastering its “overly complicated” writing system, while others live in fear of hanzi, preferring to give up on learning the language whatsoever. In this article, we will try to find the ins and outs of Chinese characters and to answer the age-old question of, Do I really need to know all of them to be fluent? Let’s find out! What Are Chinese Characters Chinese characters, née hànzì (汉字/漢字 in Simplified and Traditional script), are logograms developed for the writing of Chinese. Each Chinese character represents one syllable which is often considered the phonological “building blocks” of words. In English, not every syllable …

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