Mandarin Weekly (每周中文) #120, 2017-May-1
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So sorry! Beginner
How do you say “I’m sorry” in Chinese, to apologize for a mistake you’ve made, or for bothering someone? This short video demonstrates it nicely:
Labor Day Beginner
Today (May 1st) is Labor Day, in China and in many other countries around the world. This video introduces the Chinese terms associated with Labor Day:
Coming soon Intermediate
You’re going to do something soon, or something is happening soon. How can you express that in Chinese? An in-depth look at a common need (and common patterns):
Mispronounced writing Intermediate
When native Chinese write, they sometimes get the characters wrong. But they can also modify the characters used in a word for comic effect. Some examples are here:
What do you think? Beginner
How do you ask someone for their opinion? And how do you express your opinion in an answer? This short video introduces and demonstrates this grammar pattern with numerous examples:
Flag origins All
The Chinese flag, with its red background and yellow stars, is easy to recognize. What do the different parts mean, and what alternatives were considered?
If only I knew… Intermediate
If only! Here are some phrases (some of them very loving and romantic!) that are all about “if only” something being true:
Nose and eyes Intermediate
How realistic is a picture? In Chinese, you can talk about their noses and eyes, as described in this short story:
Useful sites All
What Web sites will provide you with the most and best Chinese practice? Here’s a roundup of some of the most useful ones:
Old friends Beginner
In China, people often refer to their home town. If you meet someone from there, or have a friend from there, they are your 老乡 (lǎo xiāng):
Getting paid Intermediate
A short dialogue about getting paid, and working in a high-tech company:
Ordering food Beginner
How do you order food in Chinese? And how can you ask the waiter for a recommendation? This short video answers these and other simple questions:
Searching for Pinyin All
The search engine “Duck Duck Go” has always offered a number of special searches with its “bang syntax,” meaning an exclamation point (!) before a special word. They now include translation via Arch Chinese, as explained here:
The Ordinary Road Advanced
A beautiful song, 平凡之路 (píng fán zhī lù), with characters, pinyin, and translation:
Shopping bags Advanced
Do you bring your own bags to the supermarket? Do you have to pay for plastic bags in your country? You do if you’re in China, as this story explains:
All nighters Intermediate
Have you ever pulled an all-nighter for school or work? Here’s how you can talk about it in Chinese:
Pandas in Holland Intermediate
A short story about pandas arriving in Holland:
How can you say “give a lecture” in Chinese?
How do you describe weekdays (as opposed to “working days”)?
Originally published at Mandarin Weekly (每周中文).