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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uE_eh8uph0

Twitter: @ChinesePod

le (le) for emphasis Intermediate Grammar Video

Another use of the 了 particle is to indicate emphasis, as described in this video tutorial:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWoYhO4NewM

Twitter: @ChinesePod

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):

http://www.digmandarin.com/yi-dian-er-you-dian-er-in-chinese.html

Twitter: @DigMandarin

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:

https://www.writtenchinese.com/secrets-to-remembering-exactly-how-to-write-a-chinese-characters/

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

Really? Beginner Expressions Video

Your friend just told you something amazing. Or unbelievable. Or amazing. Here’s how you can say “Really?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8r54LSI4gk

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Writing challenge All Learning Characters

Hacking Chinese has a new challenge: Write as much Chinese as you can this month:

http://www.hackingchinese.com/chinese-writing-challenge-june-2017/

Twitter: @HackingChinese

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?

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/06/01/language-battle-english-vs-mandarin/

Fisherman and goldfish Intermediate Story Video

In this video, you can hear (and read) the story of a fisherman and a goldfish:

http://nihaohello.blogspot.com/2017/05/chinese-story-fisherman-and-goldfish.html

Twitter: @NihaoHello

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?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv8oXMWZ-1Q

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Dragon Boat vocabulary Beginner Holidays Video

Last week was Dragon Boat Festival in China. Here are some words to describe what took place:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCptuRX787o

Twitter: @chineseclass101

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:

http://learnmandarinonline.net/talk-sports-mandarin-chinese/

Good advice Intermediate Story

A young lawyer teachers his neighbor a lesson, in this short and humorous story:

http://www.e-putonghua.com/zone/index.php/2017/05/31/listen-how-to-say-what-can-i-do-if-something-happens-in-chinese/

Twitter: @eputonghua

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:

https://themandarincornerblog.com/2017/05/15/is-this-the-most-awesome-word-in-mandarin/

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:

https://blog.hutong-school.com/chinese-slang/

Twitter: @hutongschool

Children Beginner Story

Children, and raising them, isn’t easy, as we learn from this short story:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/14-2009-12-02-23-37-05/2855-2017-06-02-13-55-07

Twitter: @imandarinpod

People on the move Advanced Story

In China, people don’t always live where they’re officially supposed to. This story describes the situation:

http://www.imandarinpod.com/hoola/index.php/podcasts/16-2009-12-02-23-37-52/2853-2017-06-01-05-06-21

Twitter: @imandarinpod

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)?

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23937/are-both-%e5%9b%9e%e4%ba%86-and-%e5%9b%9e%e6%9d%a5%e4%ba%86-correct-responses-to-%e4%bd%a0%e5%9b%9e%e5%a4%a9%e6%b4%a5%e4%ba%86%e5%90%97-have-you-returned-to-tianjin

Are they really similar? Intermediate Characters

Are 田 (tián), 由 (yóu), 甲 (jiǎ), and 申 (shēn) related? (Answer: No.)

https://chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/23952/is-there-any-relationship-between-%e7%94%b0-ti%c3%a1n-%e7%94%b1-y%c3%b3u-%e7%94%b2-ji%c7%8e-and-%e7%94%b3-sh%c4%93n

Overtime Beginner Vocabulary

How do you talk about overtime?

https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/did-do-will-you-have-to-work-overtime.3329764/

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