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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 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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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, but there are others when more context would be needed to clarify the exact response given. So when should you use each form and what other words do you need to include? Read on to find out.  Basic: Different translations for the simple “no” 1. 不 (bù) 不 is the most basic form of “no” …

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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 the app works and what its teaching methods are. Chinese Is Not as Difficult as You Think! – Difficulties and Key Points of Learning Chinese Before we begin our actual app review, let’s first see what the main differences between the English language and the Chinese language are. Pronunciation: Pinyin and Tones Needless to say, Chinese pronunciation …

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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 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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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 the flames (mmm, food metaphors…), China is famous for its varied cuisine. Cooking styles and flavors vary greatly between the north and the south, the east and the west of China. Even hot pot, the rock star of Chinese restaurants all over the world, comes in different flavors depending on the province.  So, how 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 (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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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 day of listening comprehension can really make the difference. Getting a hang of Chinese tones and pronunciation can become a bit easier if you make a habit of listening to native people talk about different topics and, needless to say, your vocabulary will improve as well, but what is one of the most fun and …

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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 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)”

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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 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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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 that. Depending on the situation, there are several different ways to say thank you in Chinese. For example, in English you’d be fine with just saying ‘thank you’ if a business partner does you a favor or gives you a nice gift, in Chinese, you’ll need to be more careful about the kind of characters …

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