Mandarin Weekly #140
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Step by Step, by MayDay Intermediate Culture Video
May Day is a popular Taiwanese band. Follow and learn one of their most popular songs, to get a better sense of Chinese culture — and of course, to learn some new words and phrases. And if nothing else, the video has some amazing pictures of an elephant:
MayDay "五月天" (Wǔyuètiān) is a famous Taiwanese band consists of five members, Ashin, Monster, Stone, Masa, and Guan You…www.tutormandarin.net
Sad words Beginner Vocabulary Video
Feeling down? Express it in Chinese with the words introduced in this video:
App roundup All Reviews
Which apps should you use to learn Chinese? Here is a list of the best and best-known ones:
Learning Chinese has never been more convenient now that everyone carries a smartphone in their pocket. There are a…www.chinasmack.com
Improve your speech All Reviews
Chinese is hard to pronounce for many foreigners — and yet, pronunciation is key if you’re going to gain fluency. Here is a review of Speechling, which tries to help you improve your pronounciation:
Use the coupon code "ALR123" to save 10% on an unlimited subscription to Speechling. Speechling has quickly become one…www.alllanguageresources.com
Invented in China All Culture
Lots of everyday objects were invented in China. What things? Here’s a list that is almost guaranteed to surprise you:
It will only take 10 minutes to read this post! If you don't have time to read this now, don't worry! You can just…www.writtenchinese.com
Vocabulary lists All Learning
Many blogs offer long lists of related vocabulary for you to study. Is that a good way to go? Here are some thoughts:
Many students rely heavily on lists to learn new characters and words in Chinese. This can be good, but there are also…www.hackingchinese.com
So sorry! Intermediate Vocabulary Video
Are you sorry about something? You can express your remorse in a few ways, as described in this video:
Chinese covers Intermediate Culture Video
Have you ever dreamed of listening to Western hits, translated into Chinese, sung by Chinese artists? Of course you have! Here are five Chinese versions of hits you might know, but sounding oh-so-slightly different:
"I'll hear the same song three times during a 30-minute drive!" my friends complain. This is the reason they say they…www.fluentu.com
The “Gao Kao” entrance exam All Culture
Chinese students who want to attend a university take the 高考 (gāo kǎo) exam, which can have a huge affect on their future. Here is a summary of what’s on the exam, how students take it, and how they prepare:
In June, like every other year, throughout all of China the famous Gao Kao (高考) was held. As you may already know, it…www.saporedicina.com
Early success Intermediate Vocabulary Learning
How can you learn Chinese successfully? One way is to wake up early. But 早 (zǎo) has multiple meanings, as we see here:
Word of the Week: zǎo When I was a student at Zhejiang Univesity I used to get up really early. I figured I could get…themandarincornerblog.com
Buying tickets Beginner Story
Planning to travel? This short story about airline tickets will get you in the mood:
Different kinds of “late” Intermediate Grammar
Both 迟 (chí) and. 晚 (wǎn) can mean “late,” but in different ways:
In Cantonese, you can use 遲 to indicate someone is late (e.g., not punctual) or the time is late (e.g., past midnight…chinese.stackexchange.com
Recognizing vs. knowing Intermediate Grammar
The word 认识 (rèn shì) means to recognize, and 知道 (zhī dào) means to know. But are there times when it’s not obvious which to use, or when they have subtly different (but overlapping) meanings?
As a beginner, I know to use 知道 for "to know (understand) an idea", and 认识 for "to know (recognize) a person". If I…forum.wordreference.com
Talking vs. reporting Intermediate Grammar
Using 报告 (bào gào) or 演讲 (yǎn jiǎng) to describe a speech:
I'm trying to say "I went to Indonesia to give a talk at a conference." My best attempt thus far is: 我去了Indonesia参加会议做…chinese.stackexchange.com
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