ni wang

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.

Chinese Tones: Tips on How to Learn the Tricky Change

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 tones differ by dialect, Standard Mandarin will be a great place to start! The Basic Four Tones In Mandarin Chinese, there are four basic tones. Each of them has a distinctive pitch contour. Pitch may vary from speaker to speaker, but you can get the general picture from the tone diagram below. Here is a …

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Chinese Question Particles 吗, 呢, and 吧

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 the end of a sentence. All three can be used to form a question. Here are some examples: 你是学生吗? Nǐ shì xuéshēng ma? Are you a student? 我去电影院,你呢? Wǒ qù diànyǐngyuàn, nǐ ne? I am going to the movies, how about you? 这是你的吧? Zhè shì nǐ de ba? It is yours, isn’t it?   Differences …

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Chinese Sentence Structure [Complete Guide 2021]

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 (subject-verb-object) language, so its basic sentence patterns won’t be too difficult to master. Within the SVO framework, the simplest sentence patterns are as follows: Subject + Verb  我同意。 wǒ tóngyì I agree. Subject + Verb + Object 我想你。 wǒ xiǎng nǐ I miss you. Subject + Noun 明天雷阵雨。 míngtiān léizhènyǔ A thunderstorm tomorrow. Subject + …

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How to use “再” and “又” in Chinese

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 hasn’t happened yet. Subj. + 再 + Verb 你可以再去一次中国。 nǐ kěyǐ zài qù yīcì zhōngguó You can go to China again. 我再说一遍这个答案。 wǒ zàishuō yībiàn zhège dá’àn I will repeat this answer. 我想再试一次。 wǒ xiǎng zài shì yīcì I want to try again. 2. In some cases, “再” means “then” and introduces a second action …

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

“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 那个 苹果。 wǒ chī le nàgè píngguǒ I ate that apple. 我  吃 过 那种 苹果。 wǒ chī guò nàzhǒng píngguǒ I have eaten that type of apple. 2. Both can indicate a completed action.  In some situations, “了” and “过” are interchangeable. To emphasize a specific action. 妈妈  吃了  饭  才  开始  工作。 māmā …

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