Mandarin Weekly #152
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Warm up with hot pot! All Food
Hot pot is a classic winter dish in China. But to say that it’s “a dish” doesn’t do it justice. Here’s an introduction to hot pot, in some of its (almost infinite) varieties:
Winter is in coming, and temperatures are falling fast. This is especially true in the northern part of China - it's…blogs.transparent.com
Pronouncing 一 Beginner Pronunciation
One of the simplest characters, 一, means “one.” But its pronunciation (i.e., its tone) changes:
We talked before here about the "Tone Sandhi", or tone change rules, for the Chinese 3rd Tone. There is another one of…www.mandarinblueprint.com
Reading strategy Intermediate Characters
How do you improve your reading fluency in Chinese? Sure, you can practice lots of characters, but perhaps there’s a specific way to think about it. Here is some advice from a non-native Chinese speaker who has improved her reading, and wants to share her techniques:
Have you ever been reading something in Chinese, gaining momentum as you go, when suddenly you come to a grinding halt…panda-toes.com
How to study All Learning Video
How should you learn Chinese, and then improve on what you’ve learned? Here is an interview with someone whose Chinese is now fluent, but who knows what he did in order to get to this level:
Body gunk Intermediate Vocabulary Video
How do you describe all of your body’s … gunk? You know, like ear wax? This video is here to prepare you for conversations with your doctor or children:
Those noisy neighbors Beginner Story
The neighbors are making quite a lot of noise! Learn why, and how to talk about it, in this story:
Chinese Christmas greetings All Culture
Most Chinese aren’t Christian, but they increasingly celebrate Christmas — or if nothing else, shop, exchange gifts, and enjoy the seasonal decorations. Here are some greetings and customs to know and use for Chinese-style Christmas:
The smell of the holidays is in the air, whether you're ready for it or not! People are decorating for Christmas…www.fluentu.com
A tale about winter Intermediate Story
What happens when you mix a farmer, a snake, and thick ice? A short story:
Where to listen All Learning
Podcasts are wonderful, and they’re especially wonderful if you’re learning Chinese: You can listen to stories, news, and all sorts of other content. But what should you listen to if you’re learning Chinese? Here are some suggestions:
Supercharged Podcasts They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to truly master something. For those of us who…blog.hutong-school.com
Learning through .. Beating? All Characters
The origins of the character 教 (jiāo) might be more violent than you expected:
How the ancients wrote (and enforced) "learning" - by Ash Henson In the late 90s, there was a band out of Beijing…chinachannel.org
How old are you? Beginner Video
How old are you? Now you can ask others that question, with this song:
Saying “yes” Intermediate Vocabulary
Chinese might not have words for “yes” and “no,” but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to say “yes” altogether. Here are some ways to agree or indicate assent:
If you don't have time to study this now, don't worry! You can get your Try These Different Ways to Say Yes in Chinese…www.writtenchinese.com
Resources to try All Learning
Learning Chinese? There’s no shortage of resources out there. Here’s one learner’s set of recommendations for what you should try first:
Transportation words Intermediate Vocabulary
Getting around in China can be easy or hard — I’ve generally found it to be fairly easy — but the language adds another dimension. Here are some transportation-related words that can help you out:
Getting around China can be tough. Chinese mega-cities and the crowds of millions that inhabit them are tricky enough…blogs.transparent.com
Bowed string instruments Intermediate Culture Vocabulary
Chinese instruments come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. In this post, we learn about bowed string instruments:
In my first post about traditional Chinese instruments, I covered some of the history and background, along with the…blogs.transparent.com
New learner roadmap Beginner Learning
Are you just at the start of your journey learning Chinese? Then you might need a plan to get you through the next few stages. Here are some suggestions to keep in mind when creating such a plan:
Are you beginning your journey through Mandarin Chinese? It feels pretty overwhelming, right? There's the whole tone…www.fluentu.com
In the future… Intermediate Vocabulary
How can we talk about the future in Chinese? There are a few terms:
A real question many Chinese learners will encounter early is how to express future events. In Chinese, we have a…www.digmandarin.com
My child, the genius Intermediate Grammar Video
If someone approaches you in China and says something about your child, how do you react? This video has advice about cultural norms and useful vocabulary/grammar:
Craft beer Advanced Vocabulary Video
Do you love beer? So do people in China! Do you love craft beer? Once again, so do people in China. But can you talk about craft beer with them? Watch this video, and then you will be able to do:
How do you pronounce 行? Intermediate Pronunciation
The character 行 can be pronounced in two completely different ways. How can you know which pronounciation (and meaning) to use?
The character "行" is pronounced "hang" in "银行" and "行业". while it is pronounced "xing" in "不行". Is there any…forum.wordreference.com
Chinese terms in same-sex relationships Intermediate Culture Vocabulary
Chinese uses very specific terms for older and brother relatives, also making it clear whether the relative is on the mother’s side or the father’s side. What happens to these terms in same-sex relationships?
Chinese Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss…chinese.stackexchange.com
Looking up characters All Learning
If you see a word you don’t know in a language that uses Latin characters, you can easily look it up in a dictionary. But how do you search for characters you don’t know?
With pictures OCR is your best bet. Here's a screenshot I took of the front page of baidu just now: Then I use Pleco's…chinese.stackexchange.com
Calling all curators Intermediate Vocabulary
How do you say “museum curator” in Chinese, and do you need to repeat the character 馆 (guǎn) in the resulting term?
You may ignore the repeated characters only if the last character of the first word can be omitted conventionally…chinese.stackexchange.com
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