Chinese Character Bites – #3 – 是

Our character for today is 是 In simplified Chinese characters: 是 In traditional Chinese characters: 是 (It’s the same in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters) Pronunciation: This character is pronounced shì in the 4th tone. What it means: 是 means is, are, am, so it's a little bit similar to the verb 'to be' in English, although it's not used in all the places where you would see these words in English. Let’s break it down: The top part of the character is 日, Continue Reading

Chinese Character Bites – #2 (一)

Our character for today is 一 In simplified Chinese characters: 一 In traditional Chinese characters: 一 (It’s the same in both traditional and simplified Chinese characters) Pronunciation: This character is pronounced yī in the 1st tone. However, when it comes before a 4th tone, it is often pronounced in the 2nd tone, (except when you’re counting 1, 2, 3, 4), for example in 一个苹果 (yī gè píngguǒ - an apple) the yī would be pronounced as yí. When this character comes before a 1st Continue Reading

Chinese Character Bites – #1 – 的

Hi everybody and welcome to Chinese Character Bites, the only video blog that really helps you to understand and master Chinese characters, one small bite at a time. With Chinese characters that are really three things you need to know, and we will be covering all of them in these videos. 1) You need to be able to recognise the character and know what it means. 2) You need to know how it's pronounced and what tone it's pronounced in. 3) (optional) How to write the character by Continue Reading