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Do You Speak English? – Survival Chinese Bites

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 你会说英文吗? nǐ huì shuō yīngwén ma? Can you speak English? 我的中文不好 wǒde zhōngwén bù hǎo My Chinese is not good. 你的英文说得很好 nǐde  yīngwén shuō de hěn hǎo Your English is very good!

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Ways to Say Goodbye in Chinese

Key Chinese words and phrases from the video: 再 见 zài jiàn Goodbye 一会儿见 yī huì (er) jiàn 
  (or yī huǐer jiàn) See you soon 回头见 huítóu jiàn See you around / later 明天见 míngtiān jiàn See you tomorrow 阿姨 再 见 āyí zài jiàn Goodbye (to an woman of the older generation) 叔叔 再 […]

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How to Say the Basic Greetings in Chinese

Key Chinese phrases from the video: 你 好 nǐ hǎo Hello 您 好 nín hǎo Hello (polite form) 你们 好 nǐmen hǎo Hello (to more than one person) 大家 好 dàjiā hǎo Hello everybody 早上 好 zǎoshang hǎo Good morning 晚上 好 wǎnshang hǎo Good evening 阿姨 好 āyí hǎo Hello (to a woman of […]

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Learn Chinese Through Songs #16 – Wolf

Wolf (狼) by Chyi Chin (齐秦). Chyi Chin, or Qi Qin is a Taiwanese singer famous for his love songs and soft rock ballads. This song is another oldie (it’s from the 80s), but it’s also a classic! A lot of Chyi Chin’s other songs are worth learning as well, including 大约在冬季, 外面的世界 and 夜夜夜夜. […]

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Please, Thank You, Sorry and Excuse Me in Chinese

In this post I want to explain how you say please, thank you, sorry and excuse me in Chinese. These may seem like very simple words that should have simple equivalents, but there are a few things you need to know about how they are used, and different phrases to know. How to say thank […]

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Learn Chinese Through Songs #15 – Bubble

Bubble (泡沫) by G.E.M (邓紫棋). G.E.M is the stage name for the Hong Kong singer Deng Ziqi. She had previously been very popular in Hong Kong, but her appearance on the show ‘I am a Singer’ (我是歌手) really helped her to break into the mainland China market, proving her ability, showing off her powerful voice […]

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How Do You Say ‘And’ in Chinese?

One common mistake that a lot of beginner Chinese learners make is how to say ‘and’ in Chinese. It’s natural, when you’re trying to speak Chinese, to use your native language as a point of comparison and to try to ‘translate’ what you’re trying to say into Chinese. However, because there are so many differences between the two […]

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Learn Chinese Through Songs #14 – The Moon Represents My Heart

The Moon Represents My Heart (月亮代表我的心) by Teresa Teng (邓丽君). This is the second song I have featured by Teresa Teng, following Sweet Honey Honey, which is another of her classics. This song is another popular song to learn for people studying Chinese, and it’s easy to understand why: the lyrics are very simple. The song […]

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How to Address People Politely in Chinese

Addressing people in Chinese is something that isn’t really taught properly in textbooks. You are often taught that 你好 (nǐhǎo) is ‘hello’ and 您好 (nínhǎo) is a polite way of saying hello, and that’s it, whereas in fact there is a lot more subtlety to how you address different people in Chinese to show politeness […]

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Learn Chinese Through Songs #13 – Nothing To My Name

Nothing To My Name (一无所有) by Cui Jian (崔健). Cui is often referred to as the ‘father’ of Chinese rock and roll, and this is one of his most celebrated songs. It was once something of an anthem of the 1989 democracy movement on Tiananmen Square in 1989, when Cui performed this song on the square. […]

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