Mandarin Weekly #125
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了 (le) for changing state Intermediate Grammar Video
The 了 particle gives many people trouble. In this video, we learn how to use 了 to indicate a change of state — meaning, that something has changed:
le (le) for emphasis Intermediate Grammar Video
Another use of the 了 particle is to indicate emphasis, as described in this video tutorial:
Just a bit Intermediate Grammar
How do you indicate a small amount of something, or a little bit? This post explains the difference between 有点儿 (yǒu yī diǎn r) and 一点儿 (yī diǎn r):
Remembering characters All Characters Learning
How can you learn characters more easily? After all, there are so many of them. Here are some strategies for improving your recognition and memory for characters, based on creating stories from each character’s components:
Really? Beginner Expressions Video
Your friend just told you something amazing. Or unbelievable. Or amazing. Here’s how you can say “Really?”
Writing challenge All Learning Characters
Hacking Chinese has a new challenge: Write as much Chinese as you can this month:
Ensuring you’ll speak Chinese All Learning
If everyone in China wants to speak English with you, then when and how can you practice your Chinese?
Fisherman and goldfish Intermediate Story Video
In this video, you can hear (and read) the story of a fisherman and a goldfish:
Don’t forget Beginner Expressions Video
Don’t forget to eat. Don’t forget your passport. Don’t forget to subscribe to Mandarin Weekly. How can you tell people not to forget things?
Dragon Boat vocabulary Beginner Holidays Video
Last week was Dragon Boat Festival in China. Here are some words to describe what took place:
Talking about sports Beginner Vocabulary
How can you discuss sports in Chinese? Here are some useful words and phrases, as well as some short stories about sports and China to practice your reading:
Good advice Intermediate Story
A young lawyer teachers his neighbor a lesson, in this short and humorous story:
Awesome! Intermediate Vocabulary
Are you awesome? (Of course you are, dear reader!) Then learn about 厉害 (lì hai), which lets you say that things are awesomely good — or, sometimes, awesomely bad:
Street talk Beginner Vocabulary
Every language has slang, and here are some words you might well hear on the streets of a Chinese-speaking country:
Children Beginner Story
Children, and raising them, isn’t easy, as we learn from this short story:
People on the move Advanced Story
In China, people don’t always live where they’re officially supposed to. This story describes the situation:
I’m back! Beginner Vocabulary
How do you talk about coming back? What’s the difference between 回来了 (huí le) and 回了 (huí le)?
Are they really similar? Intermediate Characters
Are 田 (tián), 由 (yóu), 甲 (jiǎ), and 申 (shēn) related? (Answer: No.)
Overtime Beginner Vocabulary
How do you talk about overtime?
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