Mandarin Weekly #146

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Practicing tones Beginner Pronunciation

How can you recognize and practice tones? Here are some ways to think about them and get yourself to hear and say them:

Twitter: @Lingo_Bus

More measure words Intermediate Grammar

Measure words are an essential part of Chinese grammar. Here are measure words for a variety of categories, including speech, machines, and collections:

Twitter: @DigMandarin

More measure words Intermediate Grammar

Measure words are an essential part of Chinese grammar. Here are measure words for a variety of categories, including speech, machines, and collections:

Twitter: @DigMandarin

Steamed buns All Food Culture

Do you like steamed buns, known as 包子 (bāo zi)? If so, then you’ll love this description of the many varities of 包子, from China’s regions as well as newly concocted tastes:

Twitter: @WorldOfChinese

Taoist parables Intermediate Story Culture

Taoism has many parables meant to teach us moral lessons. Here is one you can read and learn from, both to improve your Chinese and to (perhaps) have some extra-deep thoughts:

Twitter: @WrittenChinese

The character 提 (tí) Intermediate Characters

The character 提 is all about rising up, or bringing up. Here is a rundown of the character, along with some words and phrases in which it is used:

Twitter: @MandarinBP

Online resource summary All Learning

Where can you go to learn Chinese online? Here is a roundup of some well known apps, resources, and companies that can help you to improve your Chinese fluency:

Whatever! Who cares? Intermediate Grammar Video

How can you say, “Whatever! I don’t care!” It might not be polite, but it’s a useful phrase to know how to say:

Twitter: @ECLSchool

What do you think about… Beginner Grammar Video

What do you think about someone? This video introduces this phrase in Chinese, and demonstrates it in a number of situations:

Twitter: @ECLSchool

Getting angry, getting in shape Intermediate Story

The story of a man who would run every time he got angry:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Weekend activity Beginner Story

What did you do over the weekend?

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Visiting Dailian All Travel

Dailian is a city in northern China with Russian influence and a lot of sea-related food and things to do. Here’s a guide to getting there, and what you should do once you arrive:

Halloween party Beginner Story

Halloween is increasingly celebrated around the world; here is a short story about a party in China:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Fancy clothes Advanced Story

You think you have some fancy clothes? Read about some very expensive, nice ones that people in China wore long ago:

Twitter: @imandarinpod

Different types of Chinese Intermediate Grammar

How do we refer to Chinese citizens living abroad? Or foreigners living in China? Or Chinese citizens living in China?

Using 弄 (nòng) Intermediate Grammar

The word 弄 can mean “to make,” but how is that different from other verbs, such as 做 (zuò)? Here are some insights into their respective uses:


Originally published at Mandarin Weekly (每周中文).

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