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Mandarin Learning Tips Blog

Chinese Pronunciation Cheat Sheet For Beginners

Joe Milne | May 29, 2019

Qingdao? Chongqing? Hsinchu? Zhongxing? With English being my first language, it’s very rare for me to see the ‘q’ and the ‘i’, or the ‘h’ and the ‘s’ paired up in such an unusual way… so when I see words like this, I have no idea how to write them down in basic English, or pinyin, let alone pronounce them with in the right tones.

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10 essential verbs in Chinese you must know (2)

Pierre Cerchiaro | April 21, 2019

Welcome to our second course of the most common verbs in Chinese. If you are new here and want to have a look at the first course about essential verbs in Mandarin, click here

For our readers who have finished studying the first part, here are 10 new verbs for you with sample sentences with characters, pinyin, explanation and English translation.
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10 essential verbs in Chinese you must know (1)

Pierre Cerchiaro | April 17, 2019

 Like in any other language, certain verbs in Chinese are used all the time in daily life and can help you express basic but essential sentences to be understood by everyone in China. In this article, we will present to you the most common Chinese verbs followed by sample sentences with characters, pinyin, explanation and English translation.


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Mandarin Chinese measure words: never get them wrong again (2)

Pierre Cerchiaro | March 04, 2019

In our previous article, we talked about how to use Chinese measure words to quantify nouns. Today, we will see how to use verbal measure words to quantify actions. In this article, we will teach you how to use the 5 most common ones.  

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Mandarin Chinese measure words: never get them wrong again (1)

Pierre Cerchiaro | February 21, 2019

Unlike in English, quantifying common names or actions in Chinese is quite complex. There is no equivalent in Chinese to defined articles such as ‘the','a','an'). In order to quantify something, the Chinese language uses numbers/demonstratives followed by a measure word. There are different measure words for different categories of names/actions.  

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