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Yes/No Questions in Chinese Posted by on Aug 24, 2016

There are no words in Chinese that directly translate as “yes” or “no.” So, how does one go about asking a yes/no question without either of those words? There are two different ways to ask these kinds of questions in Chinese. Learn them with a few examples as well as how to answer them in…

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How to Make a Phone Call in Chinese Posted by on Aug 18, 2016

What Are You Doing? in Chinese

A great way to practice your Chinese skills is to make phone calls. This utilizes both your listening and speaking skills, and it’s good for improving your fluency. After all, if you can smoothly make a phone call – even one that’s just a minute long – you’ve come a long way in your quest…

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Chinese Conjunctions Part Two Posted by on Jul 28, 2016

Have you studied the basic Chinese conjunctions in the first post? If not, go back and brush up on those before moving on. This post introduces some compound conjunctions, which use a few of the words we learned in the first lesson in a more advanced way. Apart from/Except; In addition (除了… 以外 – chú le……

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Chinese Conjunctions Part One Posted by on Jul 27, 2016

Once you start to reach a more intermediate level of Chinese, you’ll want to connect your ideas and begin using more complex sentences. To do this, you’ll need to learn some conjunctions. In Chinese, conjunctions do just what they do in English – just think back to “Schoolhouse Rock.” That’s right, “hooking up words, and…

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Location Words in Chinese (Part Two) Posted by on Jun 29, 2016

In case you missed the first post about location words in Chinese, go back and read that before continuing. Hopefully, those of you who did read it also tried the practice. Here are the answers for those before we get started: 1. Where’s my book? On the sofa. 我的书在哪里? 在沙发上 wǒ de shū zài nǎ…

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Location Words in Chinese (Part One) Posted by on Jun 27, 2016

Grammar may not be fun, but it sure is important. While I much prefer introducing our readers to beautiful places and giving cultural insights, I’m also here to help you in your quest to learn Chinese. Thankfully, Chinese grammar is quite simple – at least compared to many other languages, especially English! Today, we’re going…

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Asking Questions in Chinese Posted by on May 9, 2016

Learn how to ask questions in Chinese – using who, what, where, when, why, and how – in this short video. Study the examples for each question word and practice at home! 他是谁?tā shì shuí Who is he? 谁想去? shuí xiǎng qù Who wants to go? 你的老师是谁? nǐ de lǎo shī shì shuí Who is your teacher?…

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