Mandarin Weekly #143

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Expression for bad times Intermediate Story

When things aren’t so good, here’s a story with a useful expression to describe the times:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Funny phrases Intermediate Expressions

Ha, ha! Here are some humorous phrases you can use in Chinese:

Twitter: @FluentU

Daily activities Beginner Vocabulary

Perhaps our daily activities — sleeping, eating, going to work or school, and speaking on the phone — are mundane, but they also come up in daily conversation:

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Apps for speaking Beginner Pronunciation Reviews

There are lots of apps for learning Chinese. But how many of them will help you to speak more accurately? Here is a review of several such apps, which you can install and use on your phone:

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

How’s the weather? Beginner Grammar Video

How is the weather? This video explores this question and its possible answers:

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Happy birthday! Beginner Grammar Video

Happy birthday to you, or to someone you know! This video tells you how you can wish others a happy birthday, and tells you about Chinese birthday culture:

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Song compilation Beginner Video

Over the last few months, Chinese Buddy has produced a number of music videos to teach simple Chinese words and phrases. Here is a compilation of their composer’s most favorite songs:

Twitter: @ChineseBuddy

Conversation starters Beginner Learning

So you’ve been learning Chinese, end up in a Chinese-speaking environment, and … what do you talk about? Here are some subjects you can try to use to open up a conversation:

Twitter: @DigMandarin

NBA teams All Vocabulary

Do you follow NBA basketball? Here are all of the team names, as they’re known in Chinese:

Twitter: @ChineseLanguage

Getting fluent All Learning

How can you get fluent with Chinese? Here are some tips, whether you’re living in China or not:

Moonlight verse Advanced Story

Mid-Autumn Festival is over, but stories about the moon and its light continue to appear:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Watching Chinese TV Intermediate Learning

A great way to improve your Chinese is by watching TV. Here are some shows you should check out:

Twitter: @hutongschool

Chinese funerals, in movies and real life All Culture

Funerals and death rituals aren’t a fun topic, but it is an important part of understanding Chinese culture. Here is a description of these rituals, along with reviews of several films that depict them:

Twitter: @MyTutorMandarin

Agree or disagree Intermediate Expressions

Agree or disagree with someone, you should express your feelings on a subject. Here are some ways to say “I agree” and “I disagree” in Chinese with a bit of flair:

Twitter: @chineseclass101

Review: Chinese for Us Beginner Learning Reviews

A review of “Chinese For Us,” an online to help you learn Chinese:

Ask a doctor Beginner Story

If you get hit by a car, maybe you should ask a doctor before proclaiming yourself well, as this story points out:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Classic poems Intermediate Culture

Chinese poetry has been around for many years, and can be challenging for beginners to learn — but also gives you insights and understanding into Chinese history, literature, and language. Here’s an introduction to some classic poetry:

Twitter: @Fluent_Mandarin

ChinesePod questions All Video

The hosts of ChinesePod’s videos get personal with two videos about their own lives and life in Taiwan; there might not be a lot of language learning here, but it’s great fun for all ChinesePod fans:

Twitter: @ChinesePod

ChinesePod questions All Video

The hosts of ChinesePod’s videos get personal with two videos about their own lives and life in Taiwan; there might not be a lot of language learning here, but it’s great fun for all ChinesePod fans:

Twitter: @ChinesePod

So many ifs! Intermediate Grammar

There are many ways to say “if” in Chinese; what is the difference between them?

Source of politeness Intermediate Vocabulary

The word 客气 (kè qì) means “polite.” How did the words for “guest” and “air” end up with this meaning?

高兴 (gāo xìng) vs. 开心 (kāi xīn) Intermediate Vocabulary

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between these two words? Now you can know:

Different types of black Intermediate Grammar

You can say “black” in two ways in Chinese; what is the difference between these words?


Originally published at Mandarin Weekly (每周中文).

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