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The Basics of Chinese Character Writing – In Under 12 Minutes

In this video, I outline the basics of writing Chinese characters.

In fact, there are only a handful of strokes that are used to write all the characters in Chinese.

Check out the video above to find out what these basic strokes are and practise writing a few characters yourself.

And if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below 🙂

Why I decided to learn Chinese

People ask me all the time why I wanted to learn Chinese. Living in China, I also get this question a lot when I first start talking to people, and I often just give answers like: “Because I’m interested in the culture.” “Because I’m interested in foreign languages.” “Because I wanted to get the chance […]

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How do you say ‘think’ in Chinese

How do you say 'think' in Chinese

There are a few words in Chinese that can be translated as ‘think’. I’ll explain them in this post. Some of the time, 想 (xiǎng),觉得 (juéde) and 认为 (rènwéi) can be used interchangeably, but they do have slightly different meanings 想 means ‘think’ – referring to a thought/idea (想 also means ‘to want to’ do […]

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How do you say ‘see’ in Chinese?

How do you say 'see' in Chinese?

看 (kàn) can mean ‘look at’ 让我看看 Ràng wǒ kànkan Let me have a look 人老了,眼睛看不清楚了 Rén lǎo le, yǎnjīng kàn bu qīngchu le When people get old, they can longer see clearly 看 (kàn) also means ‘watch’ (sports games/TV/plays) 我喜欢看足球比赛 Wǒ xǐhuan kàn zúqiú bǐsài I like watching soccer/football games. 你看过《星球大战》吗? Nǐ kànguo xīngqiú […]

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How do you say ‘can’ in Chinese?

Can in Chinese

‘Can’ or ‘be able to’ is an easy verb to translate in many languages, but in Chinese it is not so simple. There are 4 words/ways to translate the idea of ‘being or not being able to do something’ in Chinese depending on the sentence: 1. Using a verb complement 2. 会 huì 3. 可以 […]

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How do you say ‘want’ in Chinese?

How to say want in Chinese

想 (xiǎng), 要 (yào) and 想要 (xiǎng yào) in Chinese are confusing to a lot of people, because they do mean similar things. However, each one is used differently, so let’s clear up the differences Use 要 (yào) when you are saying that you ‘want’ something physical or an object 我要一瓶啤酒 Wǒ yào yī píng […]

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How do you say ‘know’ in Chinese?

How do you say 'know' in Chinese?

There are normally two words that you use for ‘know’ in Chinese, depending on the situation: 知道 zhīdào and 认识 rènshi 认识 rènshi normally means to know of a person or a place, or (be able to) recognise 你认识路吗?nǐ rènshi lù ma? Do you know the way? 你认识多少字?Nǐ rènshi duōshao zì? How many characters do […]

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How do you say ‘it’ in Chinese?

How do you say 'it' in Chinese

Even though strictly speaking there is a character for ‘it’ in Chinese (它), the word ‘it’ is very rarely translated into Chinese. A lot of speakers of European languages often make mistakes because they try to ‘translate it’ into Chinese, when it shouldn’t be translated. This is a linguistic difference that you have to get […]

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How do verb complements work in Chinese?

Many beginners in Chinese learn phrases like: 我听得懂 Wǒ tīng de dǒng I can understand (when listening) Literally: I hear/listen [and the result is] understanding 我听不懂 Wǒ tīng bu dǒng I can’t understand (when listening) Literally: I listen not understand 我看得懂 Wǒ kàn de dǒng I can understand (when reading) Literally: I look/read [and the […]

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Learning Chinese? Don’t Make This Mistake With 是

Mistake with shi

A lot of learners make mistakes with the character 是 This character often means ‘to be, am, is, are’ or ‘it is so’. BUT it doesn’t work exactly the same as the verb ‘to be’ in English or other languages. When using an adjective to describe something, or talking about a state of being, like […]

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