Mandarin Weekly #153
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Connective phrases Intermediate Grammar
Connecting ideas together can be done in a number of ways in Chinese; here are some phrases to do this more easily:
"Conversation Connectors" are very useful in Chinese (or any language you're learning) when you are looking for…www.mandarinblueprint.com
How to form questions Beginner Grammar Video
How do you form questions in Chinese? You can use question words, but that’s not always enough:
Mandarin MOOCs Beginner Learning
Want to learn Chinese, but save some money? A MOOC (massive open, online course) might be just the ticket:
There's nothing like getting a sweet bargain. Don't you just want to brag to all your friends when you find that…www.fluentu.com
Remembering tones Beginner Pronunciation
Tones are one of the hardest things for many people to grasp in Chinese, but getting them right will make you far more understandable. Here are some suggestions for remembering them:
Conversation is a lost art. If you don't understand the importance of tones when speaking Mandarin Chinese, odds are…www.fluentu.com
Tips for listening practice All Learning
How can you improve your listening comprehension when learning a new language? By investing the time actually listening, as described here:
Chinese holiday terms Intermediate Culture Video
Here’s a roundup of Chinese festivals, the traditional activities done on each one, and the foods eaten on each one:
Christmas in China All Culture Video
How do people celebrate Christmas in China? Like in the West, but with some additional twists:
Swearing in Chinese All Culture
People who start to learn a language often want to learn the swear (i.e., curse or rude) worse first. Regardless of where you are in learning Chinese, here are some terms to avoid saying in polite company:
Here at LTL we strongly believe in the power of full immersion in China and, of course, when you're learning a language…www.livethelanguage.cn
Podcast review Intermediate Reviews
Podcasts are a great way to learn any subject, and Chinese is no exception. Here’s a review of a relatively new podcast aimed at upper-intermediate level Chinese learners:
Since my new method of studying is doing transcriptions and using them to improve my listening I figured I might as…mandarinwithmanu.wordpress.com
Overcoming the learning plateau Intermediate Learning
Have you reached a plateau in your Chinese learning, such that you aren’t advancing quickly? Here’s what one person did to ensure that he kept improving:
For those who've been learning a foreign language past the beginner stage, you might have heard of plateauing. It's…mandarinwithmanu.wordpress.com
Christmas songs Intermediate Culture
Want to sing Christmas songs in Chinese?
Christmas (圣诞节 - shèng dàn jié) is right around the corner, and even in China you'll hear carols throughout the month…blogs.transparent.com
Winter solstice Beginner Culture Video
Winter solstice is a traditional festival in China, and there are special ways to celebrate it:
Winter solstics foods Beginner Culture
If it’s the winter solstice (or thereabouts), then people in China are celebrating with special foods:
2017年12月22日，这一天白天最短（duǎn - short），黑夜最长（cháng- long）。这一天也是中国一个非常（fēi cháng - very）重要的传统节气（jié qì - solar term），冬至（dōng…speakmandarin1.wordpress.com
About the winter solstice Beginner Culture
It’s cold outside, and also dark — here’s a description of this period of the year according to traditional Chinese custom:
Il solstizio d'inverno, è un importante termine solare nel calendario lunare cinese ed è un festival tradizionale, noto…teresarainsegna.blogspot.com
Christmas vocabulary, part 1 Beginner Culture Video
How do you say “Christmas,” and the words associated with it? Here are the basics:
Christmas vocabulary, part 2 Beginner Culture Video
Here are some more Christmas words in Chinese:
New thinking Intermediate Story
Get rid of the old, in order to make room for the new:
Little figurines Advanced Story
Learn about Anna and her figurines:
Directional complements Intermediate Grammar
You can add a directional complement to many verbs in Chinese, allowing you to indicate more than just the action:
In Chinese, to express movement there are essentially two ways of doing so: 1. Introducing the place with a preposition…www.saporedicina.com
Learning from one another All Reviews
Want to improve your Chinese? Consider HelloTalk, which lets people help to improve one another’s vocabulary:
Intro Everyone in the world is a speaker of their own language. Because of this, everyone can teach someone else how to…www.digmandarin.com
在 (zài) or 者 (zhe)? Advanced Grammar
What’s the difference between these verb forms? They seem very similar, but play different roles:
The functions of 在 and 着 are only superficially similar, and only when we translate into English. They can both be…chinese.stackexchange.com
Lots of things Intermediate Grammar
How do you say “more than 500” of something?
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