Hi! This is Mandarin Weekly #165, a newsletter read by more than 21,000 students of Chinese around the world. Mandarin Weekly is sent to paying subscribers every Monday, and to everyone else every Thursday.
Get Mandarin Weekly early, with only the links that are useful to you! Subscribe to Mandarin Weekly Plus for a one-time fee of $15. Subscriptions help to support the servers and software needed to keep Mandarin Weekly running.
Please take advantage of our list of discounts for students of Chinese.
To receive Mandarin Weekly, sign up at MandarinWeekly.com. Our issues are also posted (every Thursday) on Facebook, at http://facebook.com/MandarinWeekly, Medium, at http://medium.com/@mandarinweekly, and Twitter, at @MandarinWeekly. Please like, share, and retweet us!
Do you sell products or services for students of Chinese? Sponsor an issue, or insert a sponsored link into an upcoming edition. More information is here, on the MandarinWeekly.com “advertising” page.
Work at Concordia Language Villages All Sponsored
森林湖 (Sēn Lín Hú), Concordia Language Villages’ Mandarin language and culture immersion program, is currently accepting employment applications for Summer 2018. To apply, just follow the link:
Chinese Summer Camp Counselor
COUNSELOR: -Work under direction of dean and designated leadership staff members as part of counseling team -Assume…
I’m not sure Intermediate Expressions
How can you say that you’re not sure about something?
How to say I'm not sure in Chinese?
Chinese Slang is my favorite thing to teach because there is so much meaning contained in the phrases. This week I…
Using 并 (bìng) Intermediate Grammar Video
How do you use 并 in Chinese? This lesson explains it all:
Eat your vegetables! Beginner Vocabulary
Ask for vegetables in China, listening to this dialogue. (Free registration required)
How to Get Your Vegetables in China - ChineseClass101
In this lesson, you'll learn about a well-balanced diet in China and how to express the word "please" correctly. Visit…
Cheers! Beginner Food Culture
白酒 (bái jiǔ) is a famous (perhaps the most famous) Chinese alcoholic beverage. Learn more about it, and drinking culture in China, here:
Ready, Set, Baijiu!-WrittenChinese.Com
Whenever I'm in a new country, I always make it a point to brave the local firewater. In Chile, it was that tangy Pisco…
Which Mandarin? All Learning
While “Mandarin Chinese” sounds like a standard term, there are differences bewteen the versions spoken in mainland China and Taiwan. This article introduces some of them:
Sober, My Favorite Kind of Beer - China Channel
Mandarin malapropisms across the Taiwan Strait - Ash Henson Words mean what they mean. Or, do they? Say you're an…
Home sweet home Beginner Vocabulary
What rooms are in your home? And what things does it contain? Here is a basic set of vocabulary words about homes and rooms:
Rooms of the House and Furniture in Chinese
Home life is a big part of Chinese culture. People spend a lot of time at home, and home ownership is very important…
About Chinese culture All Culture
Some interesting trivia and facts (choose your definition) about China and Chinese culture:
[Guest Post] 18 Things You Didn't Know About Chinese Culture | TutorMandarin
China. The most populated country on the planet. With around 1.4 billion people, or 20% of the world's population, you…
Chinese medicine All Culture
Chinese medicine has long been seen as an alternative set of approaches to Western medicine. Here are some famous people and stories from the annals of Chinese medicine:
'Divine Doctors' of ancient Chinese medicine
March 17, China's National Medicine Day, was a festival that emerged in 1920s, aiming to preserve traditional Chinese…
Intro Chinese characters Beginner Characters
Just starting to read Chinese characters? Here are some of the most common, basic, and essential ones you should know:
Most Common Chinese Characters - LTL Mandarin School
There are a lot of characters to get your head around when learning Chinese and for many the mere thought of this puts…
Thanks so much! Beginner Expressions
How do you thank someone in Chinese? There are a number of ways, depending on the context:
How to Say Thank You in Chinese - Mandarin HQ
Just like in English, there's a number of ways to say thanks and express gratitude in Chinese. The most basic way is…
Have any money? Beginner Vocabulary Video
Have any money on you? Here is a song about having (and not having) money:
Ha ha! Intermediate Grammar Video
Heard a funny joke? Tell everyone that you laughed so hard, your stomach hurt:
Vocabulary challenge All Learning
Join the latest Hacking Chinese challenge, pushing yourself to learn new vocabulary:
Chinese vocabulary challenge, March 2018
It's time for a vocabulary challenge! It starts on March 15th, so enrol, set your goal and listen as much as you can…
Chinese cuisines All Food Culture
People talk about “Chinese food,” but there are many distinct Chinese cuisines, from different regions of China. Here is a description of them:
The 8 Main Chinese Cuisine Traditions
This is article was written by David East from Unfamiliar China . Though Chinese food is popular all over the world…
Mobile payments Intermediate Story Vocabulary
China is switching to mobile payments at breathtaking speed. Here’s a short story in simple Chinese describing this phenomenon:
移动支付 Mobile Payment
我们马上就要进入无现金时代了。你有没有发现从早上起床开始，一直到晚上下班回家，这期间我们可以不用带钱包，只需要带一部手机就可以完成所有的 交易 （jiāo yì …
Just a bit Intermediate Grammar Video
It’s very common to use the term 一下 (yī xià) after a verb. Why, and what does it mean?
One phrase in spoken Chinese you need to know: 一下
一下 literally means 'for a short time' For example: 稍等一下 Shāo děng yīxià Wait a moment 看一下 Kàn yīxià Take a quick look…
Getting better? Intermediate Story
If you’re sick, it’ll take time to get better. How much time? Longer than it did to get sick, that’s for sure — as described in this story, and expression:
Who is a coward? Beginner Story
Who is scared? Find out in this story:
Cash or credit? Beginner Story
How will you pay for your items, with cash or a card?
Get out of bed! Intermediate Grammar
How do you talk about getting out of bed?
Is the opposite of 上床 下床 or 起床?
I have always learnt that 'to get out of bed' is 起床, but a book of mine says that two elderly people 从来不下床. Is there a…
Ladies and gentlemen Intermediate Culture Grammar
Is it OK to say 男人 (nán rén) and 女人 (nǚ rén), or is there a more polite way?
Do 男人 and 女人 have an unfavourable connotation
Chinese Language Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for students, teachers, and linguists wanting to discuss…
Takeoff in three hours Intermediate Grammar
How can you translate the phrase, “We’re taking off in three hours”? You cannot translate Chinese to English word by word, which leads to an interesting discussion:
Originally published at Mandarin Weekly (每周中文).