Mandarin Chinese Audio Lab
Mandarin Chinese Greetings
Words used for greetings are some of the most common words in Mandarin and pave the way for good social relations.
Standard greetings are important in any language, Mandarin being no exception. After a polite greeting, you must also know how to say goodbye.
Where Do You Live?
There are many ways to ask "Where do you live" in Mandarin Chinese. There are also many different ways to answer this question. This Mandarin Chinese lesson will give you the vocabulary to handle this question.
Mandarin Numbers: Vocabulary Patterns
After learning your Mandarin numbers, practice them by using these common vocabulary patterns for talking about people's ages and the cost of things.
The Mandarin Calendar
The Mandarin calendar is relatively easy to learn, once you know your Mandarin numbers. Each day of the week and each month is given a number, so there is only a small amount of new vocabulary to learn.
The Mandarin Chinese time system is fairly straightforward, and once you have learned your Mandarin numbers you just need a few more vocabulary words to be able to tell the time in Mandarin Chinese.
Learning the names of Mandarin colors gives you more than just descriptive vocabulary. Mandarin colors also have strong cultural meanings, so you can gain some insight into Chinese culture by learning about color associations.
North American Cities
Mandarin Chinese geographical names often do not have an exact equivalent to English names because of the relatively restricted number of phonetics in Mandarin Chinese. Geographical names are usually intended to be phonetically similar, but sometimes they are descriptive.
Tone Excercise 1
Mandarin is a tonal language, so the tones must be mastered to gain fluency in Mandarin. This exercise includes audio files and combines the first tone with the second, third and fourth tones.
Mandarin Chinese Grammar
Mandarin Chinese adjectives follow the noun they describe. Learn how to use Mandarin Chinese adjectives in positive sentences, negative sentences, and questions.
Asking Yes / No Questions in Mandarin
There are two different ways to make yes / no questions in Mandarin, and a mastery of each method is essential for gaining fluency in this language.
Mandarin Tone Exercises
Mandarin tones are an essential part of the language. These tutorials and quizzes will help you master the four tones of Mandarin.
Forming Mandarin Negatives
Mandarin Chinese does not have a single word which means "no." Instead, Mandarin Chinese negatives are formed by placing the particle "bu" before the verb.
Tone Excercise 2
Mandarin is a tonal language that uses tones to determine the meanings of words. Mastery of tones is needed to gain fluency in Mandarin. This exercise combines the second tone with the first, third, and fourth tones.
Tone Excercise 3
The Mandarin uses tones to determine meanings of words, so mastery of Mandarin tones is essential for gaining fluency in Mandarin. This exercise combines the third tone with the first, second and fourth tones.
Tone Excercise 4
Mastering the four Mandarin tones will help you gain fluency in Mandarin Chinese. The tones are used to determine the meanings of words.
The "Le" Particle
Mandarin verbs do not conjugate depending on tense, but there are other ways to express time in Mandarin. The le particle is used to indicate actions which have been completed.
Mandarin Tones - Changing Tones
Mandarin is a tonal language with four distinct tones. Mandarin Chinese tones are usually constant for every syllable, but sometimes the tone will change when used in combination with other tones or syllables.
The Four Tones of Mandarin
The four tones of spoken Mandarin are used to clarify the meanings of words, and are an essential part of proper pronunciation.
The Mandarin Tone System
Mandarin is a tonal language that uses tonal inflections to determine meanings of words. There are 4 tones in the Mandarin Chinese tone system, and their mastery is essential for anyone learning Mandarin.
Mandarin Placement Terms
The Mandarin language uses two main suffixes for placement terms such as "beside." Since there are relatively few Mandarin placement terms, it is fairly easy to learn this part of Mandarin language vocabulary.
Mandarin does not have words which mean "yes" and "no." To express these ideas in Mandarin Chinese, you must answer questions using the positive or negative form of the question verb.