Which is the best season to travel in China?

 Click here to download the MP3 audio 哪个季节最适合来中国旅游? Nǎge jìjié zuì shìhé lái zhōngguó lǚyóu? Which is the best season to travel in China? 大家都知道,中国的地域非常广,所以你可以在不同季节到中国的不同地区,去领略这个季节所带来的美景。 Dàjiā dōu zhīdào, zhōngguó de dìyù fēicháng guǎng, suǒyǐ nǐ kěyǐ zài bùtóng jìjié dào zhōngguó de bùtóng dìqū, qù lǐnglüè zhège jìjié suǒ dài lái de měijǐng. Everybody knows that China is very large, so you can go to different regions of China in different seasons to appreciate
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What are the benefits of learning Chinese?

Click here to download the MP3 audio 学习中文有什么好处? Xuéxí zhōngwén yǒu shénme hǎochù? What are the benefits of learning Chinese? 首先,学习中文可以帮助你更方便地来中国旅游,体验中国的美食,美景。 Shǒuxiān, xuéxí zhōngwén kěyǐ bāngzhù nǐ gèng fāngbiàn de lái zhōngguó lǚyóu, tǐyàn zhōngguó de měishí, měijǐng. First of all, studying Chinese will make it more convenient for you to travel in China, and experience China’s fine cuisine and beautiful sights. 另外,很多人对中国文化很感兴趣,学习中文可以帮助你更深入了解中国的文化。 Lìngwài, hěnduō rén duì Continue Reading

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 :-) Continue Reading

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 to travel the world and experience a different culture." But when I really think about why I wanted to learn Chinese, this answers actually only scratch the surface. I was Continue Reading

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 something or 'miss') 觉得 means ‘feel’ - referring to a feeling 认为 means ‘to believe that’ - referring to an opinion 我想你是对的 Wǒ xiǎng nǐ shì duì de I think you are Continue Reading

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 dàzhàn ma? Have you seen Star Wars? 看 (kàn) also means ‘read’ (books) 你喜欢看什么书? Nǐ xǐhuan kàn shénme shū? What books do you like to Continue Reading

How do you say ‘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 kěyǐ 4. 能 néng 1. Using a verb complement In this case, you normally have a verb + 得 (when you can do it) or 不 (when you can’t do it) + the result of the verb. I explain this in detail in another video. For Continue Reading

How do you 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 píjiǔ I want a bottle of beer. 我要那个 Wǒ yào nàge I want that one. In these situations, you can also use 想要 (xiǎng yào) 'would like', which is slightly ‘softer’ 我想要一瓶啤酒 Wǒ xiǎng yào yī Continue Reading

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 you know/recognise? 你们在哪里认识的?Nǐmen zài nǎlǐ rènshi de? How do you know each other? 知道 zhīdào normally means ‘know of’, ‘know about’ or ‘know a fact 我不认识他,但是我知道他 wǒ bù rènshi tā, dànshì Continue Reading

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 used to. For example: 你买到了吗? - Did you buy it? 买了 - Yes, I bought it. 你喜欢吗?- Do you like it? 喜欢 - Yes I like it. You do not use 它 You also don’t use 它 Continue Reading