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How to Pronounce Mandarin Chinese
The Mandarin language has 21 consonants and 16 vowels. They can be combined together to create more than 400 mono-syllabic sounds. This basic guide will teach you how to pronounce Mandarin Chinese with the aid of sound clips.
Saying Goodbye In Mandarin Chinese
Learn how to say goodbye in Mandarin Chinese with this Mandarin Chinese lesson complete with audio files for listening and pronunciation practice.
Saying Hello
Learn how to say hello in Mandarin Chinese with this Mandarin Chinese lesson complete with audio examples for listening and pronunciation practice.
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.
Mandarin Numbers
Mandarin numbers are one of the first things a student should learn. Besides being used for counting and money they are also used for time expressions such as weekdays and months.
Musical Instuments
Learn the names of musical instruments and other musical terms in Mandarin Chinese.
How to Pronounce 'Thank You' in Chinese
How to pronounce 谢谢 (謝謝) ”xièxie” in Chinese without sounding like a tourist, i.e. with correct pronunciation.
Learning Mandarin Chinese
Begin with the basics when you are starting to learn Mandarin Chinese. Mastering the four tones of Mandarin Chinese is the key to mastering the language. Once you have learned the tones, you can start learning new vocabulary and phrases while learning Pinyin Romanization. Reading and writing Chinese characters is the last step.
Should I Learn Mandarin or Cantonese?
Is it better to learn Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese? That depends on where you intend to use the language. Mandarin Chinese is spoken by more people, but Cantonese may be more practical in Hong Kong and Guangdong Province.
Family Members
Learn the Mandarin Chinese names for members of the immediate family.
Mandarin Tone Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of...
Mandarin Tone Quiz Test Your Knowledge of Mandarin Tones Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have
Mandarin Colors
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.
How to Learn and Remember Chinese Characters
How to learn Chinese characters efficiently: Learning and remembering words
The Most Common Mandarin Chinese Words - Part One
The most common Mandarin Chinese words, arranged by Pinyin spelling, part one - A B C.
Introduction to Mandarin Chinese
Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world. It is the official language of China and Taiwan, and is one of the official languages of the United Nation and Singapore.
Mandarin Chinese Greetings
Words used for greetings are some of the most common words in Mandarin and pave the way for good social relations.
How to speak Mandarin fluently
How to speak Mandarin fluently: Short-term and long-term strategies for increasing fluency
Dui Bu Qi - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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The Happy Birthday Song
Learn how to sing Happy Birthday in Mandarin Chinese.
More Mandarin Chinese Greetings
Learn to say good morning and good evening in this Mandarin Chinese lesson. Listen to the audio clips to practice your pronunciation and listening skills.
Chinese Food Vocabulary
Chinese food is popular throughout the world. The names of some famous Chinese dishes have changed in Western countries, so this list of popular Chinese dishes will help if you visit a Mandarin-speaking country.
Chinese Language
The official Chinese language is Mandarin Chinese, but it is just one of many languages spoken in China. Each Chinese language has its own vocabulary and grammar, but because these Chinese languages share a common culture, they are often classified as dialects.
Translating From English To Chinese
It is usually quite easy to translate individual words from English to Chinese. Phrases are more difficult, and if results are critical, you may have to hire an English to Chinese translation service.
Where Is Mandarin Spoken?
Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world. It is the official language of Mainland China and Taiwan, and one of the official languages of Singapore and the United Nations.
Mandarin Days and Months
Week days and months are numbered in Mandarin Chinese, so once you've learned your basic numbers it's fairly easy to learn the Mandarin calendar. Page 2.
Mandarin Timeframes
Mandarin Chinese does not have tenses like Western languages, but that does not stop Mandarin speakers from being precise in their placement of actions.
Mandarin Chinese Audio Clips
Mandarin Chinese audio clips are great for practicing your pronunciation and listening skills. This list of Mandarin Chinese audio clips will help you find the most appropriate audio clips for your language skill level.
Extended Family Members
Learn the Mandarin Chinese names for members of the older generation of the extended family.
Mandarin Chinese Sentence Structure
Mandarin Chinese sentence structure is different from English or other European languages. To master Mandarin Chinese sentence structure you must learn to think in Mandarin.
Mandarin Time
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.
Chinese Baby Names for Girls
Many things must be considered when choosing a Chinese name for a baby girl. To ensure a prosperous life for their baby girl, Chinese parents choose her name carefully.
Phrases for Ordering Food
Here are some phrases that will come in handy when you visit a restaurant in China or another Mandarin-speaking country.
Learning to Write Chinese Characters
The serious student of Mandarin Chinese should learn how to write Chinese characters. This knowledge will give greater understanding of the Mandarin language as well as Chinese culture. Knowing how Chinese characters are written also allows the student to use a Chinese dictionary.
Common Animals
Learn the names of common animals with this vocabulary list of Mandarin Chinese.
How to pronounce Xi Jinping, president of China
How to pronounce Xi Jinping, president of China: Some quick and dirty tips and an in-depth explanation
Hao Kan - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Pinyin Romanization to Learn Mandarin
Pinyin is a system of Romanization for reading and writing Mandarin without Chinese characters. It is used as an aid to learn Mandarin speaking before beginning the difficult task of mastering Chinese characters.
How to learn to understand spoken Chinese
How to learn to understand spoken Chinese: Overcoming common problems with listening ability
Chinese Punctuation Marks
Chinese punctuation marks have a similar function to their English counterparts, but they are sometimes written differently.
Piao Liang - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Hotel Vocabulary
Here is a list of Mandarin Chinese hotel vocabulary and phrases you may need when visiting a Mandarin-speaking country.
Chinese Baby Names for Boys
There are many things to consider when choosing Chinese names for baby boys. Besides the meaning of the name, special consideration is given to the qualities of the Chinese characters which make up the baby boys Chinese name.
Fun and useful tools from Chinese Tools
Fun and useful tools from Chinese Tools: Create your own calligraphy, seals and Chinese paintings
Choosing a Chinese Name
Students of Mandarin Chinese usually take a Chinese name to help them learn about Chinese culture and to smooth the way when practicing their Mandarin with native speakers.
Using the Telephone
Mandarin Chinese uses many of the same conventions for telephone conversations as English. This Mandarin lesson gives telephone vocabulary and example telephone dialogues.
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.
Laoshi - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Chinese Translation
Several websites have tools which offer a Chinese translation of your English documents. The Chinese translation that these websites provide are computer generated, and may not be accurate.
Learn to Speak and Read Mandarin Chinese
Learning to speak and read Mandarin Chinese may seem difficult, but overall, learning Mandarin Chinese is no more challenging than learning other languages. This page of resources will guide you towards the essentials of learning to speak and read Mandarin Chinese.
Mandarin Chinese Measure Words
Mandarin Chinese uses measure words for every noun. These measure words must be used when ever the noun is used with a numeral. There are more than 100 measure words, and the only sure way to learn them is through memorization.
Ghost Month and Ghost Festival
Ghost Festival is held during ghost month - the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Ghost month is the time when ghosts and spirits roam the land of the living.
Why Learn Mandarin?
Mandarin Chinese is the most widely-spoken language in the world. This in itself is reason to learn Mandarin Chinese. Learning Mandarin Chinese will also give you access to the world of Chinese business, culture, and travel opportunities.
Mama Huhu - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Do You Speak Mandarin?
It's important to practice your Mandarin every chance you get. If you are just starting, you may need to explain your level of Mandarin and ask for new vocabulary. These audio clips will help you carry on a simple conversation with a Mandarin speaker.
Large Numbers
The numbering system for Mandarin Chinese is a bit different than in English, especially for large numbers, which have divisions of 10,000.
Flowers
Learn the names of common flowers in Mandarin Chinese with this vocabulary list. Each entry has audio for listening and pronunciation practice.
Mandarin Pronouns
There are just a few pronouns in Mandarin Chinese, and unlike many European languages there are no subject / verb agreements to worry about. Just a few simple rules tells you everything you need to know about Mandarin pronouns.
The Mandarin Meaning Of Yin Yang
Yin Yang is a philosophical concept expressing the dualism of existence. The Chinese characters of Yin Yang are related to the characters for sun and moon, which are often used to represent masculine and feminine, day and night, and other opposites.
Mandarin Future Using Yao and Hui
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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.
Directions
Some of the most important vocabulary to prepare before going to a Mandarin-speaking country is phrases and words for asking directions. This Mandarin Chinese lesson comes complete with audio files to help you with your pronunciation.
Write Chinese Characters Using Pinyin and...
Pinyin can be used to write Chinese characters using Microsoft's New Phonetic Input Method
Where Do You Live?
There are many ways to ask where a person lives, depending on how specific you wish to be, or whether the person is from another country.
Talking About the Recent Past
The particles guo and le can be used to talk about recent events in Mandarin Chinese. This combination functions as a perfective in Mandarin Chinese grammar.
Using pop-up dictionaries to learn Chinese
Using pop-up dictionaries to learn Chinese: How and why browser extensions make learning easier
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 Greetings Quiz - Choose the Correct...
A short quiz to test your knowledge of Mandarin Chinese greetings.
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.
Body Parts - The Head
This is a list of Mandarin Chinese names for the parts of the human head.
The Sounds of Mandarin
The Mandarin language has 21 consonants and 16 vowels. They can be combined together to create more than 400 mono-syllabic sounds. This basic guide will introduce you to the sounds of Mandarin and allow you to practice with sound clips.
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.
Mandarin Tones Quiz Results
Thanks for taking our quiz about Mandarin tones.
The three DE particles in Mandarin: 的,...
The three DE particles in Mandarin: 的, 地 and 得: How to tell them apart and use them correctly
Mandarin Seasons and Weather
Learn common vocabulary to talk about the weather and the seasons in Mandarin Chinese.
Chinese Chops Or Seals
Chinese chops are used to sign many types of legal documents. Chinese chops have been in use for thousands of years and are an important part of Chinese culture.
Shanghainese - The Language of Shanghai
Shanghainese is spoken in the Shanghai district. Shanghainese is distinct from Mandarin Chinese, but both languages use Chinese characters for writing.
Mandarin Chinese Character Profile
The Mandarin Chinese character hao is made up of two radicals - nu and zi. Hao means 'good' in English, and also functions as an intensifier.
Banking Vocabulary
This list of common banking terms will help you with your banking in Mandarin-speaking countries.
Common Medical Terms
This Mandarin vocabulary list covers common medical terms that might be used when seeing a doctor.
Mandarin Chinese Dialog
Here is a simple dialog to introduce you to spoken Mandarin Chinese.
The Chinese Zodiac in Mandarin
The Chinese Zodiac is based on the Chinese lunar calendar. Each of the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac lasts for one year from the first day of the lunar year.
The Mandarin DE Particle
The DE particle is most often used as a possessive modifier, but it can also be used with adjectives and for emphasis.
Restaurant Vocabulary
This list of restaurant vocabulary will help you with utensils and expressing your dietary preferences.
Chinese Character Profile - Nu - Woman
The Chinese character for woman is a pictograph which shows a woman taking a large stride. This character is also a radical which is used in many Chinese characters related to femininity.
Time Periods
Mandarin Chinese has time expressions for discussing the current time period, the previous time period, the previous two time periods, the next time period, and the next two time periods.
Huan Ying - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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The Two Mandarin Twos
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Mandarin Chinese Tones
Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language with four tones. The Mandarin Chinese tones are used to differentiate the many homonyms of Mandarin Chinese. Tones are an essential part of the language and must be mastered early in the study of Mandarin.
Body Parts - The Hand
Learn the names of the human hand with this vocabulary list of Mandarin Chinese.
Bopomofo – Zhuyin Fuhao
Bopomofo is a phonetic system used for learning Chinese characters. It is widely used in Taiwan, but Mainland China uses a Romanization system called Pinyin.
Choosing a Chinese English Dictionary
Students of Mandarin Chinese need a good Chinese English dictionary. These reviews will help you choose a Chinese English dictionary that's right for you.
Learning to hear the different sounds in Mandarin
Learning to hear the different sounds in Mandarin: Distinguishing between Chinese sounds and tones
Neng, Keyi, Hui
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Gong Zuo - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Rooms Of A House
Learn the Mandarin names for rooms of a house with this vocabulary list. Each item has an audio file for pronunciation and listening practice.
Display Chinese Characters on Windows XP
Mandarin uses Chinese characters, and if your computer cannot display Chinese characters, support for this feature must be installed.
Mandarin Vocabulary
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Bu Hao Yi Si - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Taiwan Mandarin
The Mandarin of Taiwan is a bit different from the Mandarin of Mainland China. Taiwan Mandarin is influenced by the Taiwanese language, and can have unique vocabulary and grammar usage.
Left - Zuo - Chinese Character Profile
The Chinese character for left shows a hand holding a carpenter's square.
Zai Nali - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Mandarin Chinese Fractions Quiz
A short quiz to test your understanding of Mandarin Chinese fractions, percentages, and decimals.
Dai Sui Tong
This Mandarin Chinese joke is about a student named Dai Sui Tong. His name is confused with a similar-sounding command - can you guess what it is?
Aunt; Auntie
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Daily Mandarin Vocabulary Lesson
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Common problems when using SRS to learn Chinese
Common problems when using SRS to learn Chinese: Things to avoid when using spaced repetition software
Shenme Shihou - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Sea Animals Vocabulary List
The names of common sea animals in Mandarin Chinese, complete with animated Chinese characters and audio pronunciation files.
Kuai Le - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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School Subjects
Learn the Mandarin Chinese names of common school subjects with this Mandarin vocabulary list, complete with audio clips for pronunciation and listening comprehension.
Learning New Mandarin Vocabulary
Here are a few ideas for learning new Mandarin Chinese vocabulary. Try several different methods to see what works best, but be sure to practice all your new words as often as possible.
Learning Chinese with Victor Mair at Language Log
Learning Chinese with Victor Mair at Language Log - Interesting articles about Chinese language and culture
Asian Countries
Mandarin names of Asian countries.
Learn to Read Chinese Characters
To the untrained eye, Chinese characters may seem like a random collection of lines, but characters have a logic of their own which can reveal clues to their meaning and pronunciation.
Countries of the Americas
Mandarin names for countries and nationalities are very different from their English counterparts, but nationalities all follow the same pattern.
Chinese Names
Chinese names provide an interesting glimpse into Chinese culture. The family name comes first, reflecting the importance of family relationships. The family name is followed by the given names, and the name as a whole must be chosen with care. Anyone who is studying Mandarin and plans to travel to China or Taiwan should adopt a traditional three-character Chinese name.
How to use spaced repetition software to learn...
How to use spaced repetition software to learn Chinese: Designing flashcards, learning the right words
Saying Goodbye
Standard greetings are important in any language, Mandarin being no exception. After a polite greeting, you must also know how to say goodbye.
Shenme - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Action Phrases
In this fast-paced world, action phrases in any language are essential to know. Here are some Mandarin Chinese action phrases with audio files for pronunciation and listening practice.
Lu Xing - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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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.
Foreign place names in Chinese
Place names in Chinese: Meaning or sound
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.
Essential classroom Mandarin Chinese
Essential classroom Mandarin Chinese: Learning Chinese in Chinese
Review of Rosetta Stone® Language Software...
Rosetta Stone language software is a computer package for learning languages. The Mandarin Chinese version of Rosetta Stone language is an excellent way to learn Mandarin Chinese.
Mandarin Dialects
There are many variation of the Mandarin language, but Mandarin dialects are understandable by anyone who knows standard Mandarin - the official language of China, Taiwan, and Singapore.
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.
Li Hai - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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The Types Of Chinese Characters
There are six different types of Chinese characters, ranging from simple pictographs to more complex compound characters. Understanding how the types of Chinese characters have evolved can be an important tool in studying reading and writing Chinese characters.
Learning to Read Chinese Characters
Using a mixture of Pinyin and Chinese characters, Mandarin students can gradually become accustomed to reading Chinese number characters.
Mandarin Chinese Quiz - Liang or Er - Use the...
Mandarin Chinese Quiz Test Your Knowledge of the Mandarin Number Two Sorry, but this quiz requires that
Little Star
Little Star is a Mandarin Chinese song about the bright twinkling stars in the night sky.
Mandarin Chinese Love Vocabulary
Love may be the universal language, but you still need these Mandarin Chinese words to talk to the love of your life.
Yin Wei - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Putonghua - Standard Mandarin Chinese
Putonghua is the official language of the People's Republic of China. Putonghua, also known as Mandarin Chinese, is based on the Beijing dialect, and was originally the language of the Chinese imperial court.
Household Items
Learn the names of common household items such as furniture and fixtures with this vocabulary list of Mandarin Chinese.
Essential Vocabulary for Travelers
Useful vocabulary for travelers heading for a Mandarin-speaking vocabulary.
Zhe Ge - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Mandarin Conditional Sentences
Mandarin conditional sentences are stated with the Mandarin Chinese words ruguo and yaoshi. The conditional statement is usually preceded with jiu, which is not always translated into English.
Stroke Order for Chinese Characters
Chinese characters are written with specific stroke orders to minimize hand movement and make the characters more beautiful.
Mandarin General Prepositions
Mandarin general prepositions are used to join nouns, pronouns and noun phrases within a sentence. Mandarin general prepositions are not used for time or space, but function like the English prepositions with, to and for.
Ordering Beverages
China is famous for its tea, but there are lots of other beverages to sample when you are visiting a Mandarin-speaking country.
The Basics of Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most important festival in Chinese culture. These Mandarin Chinese phrases will help you celebrate Chinese New Year.
Common Birds in Mandarin
Learn the Mandarin names of common birds with this vocabulary list of birds. Each entry has an audio file for pronunciation and listening practice.
The Importance of Strokes in Chinese Characters
Strokes are the fundamental building blocks of Chinese characters. All Chinese characters can be written with the 8 basic strokes, and many dictionaries use stroke count as a method of classifying Chinese characters.
Common Professions
Learn how to say common professions in Mandarin Chinese with this vocabulary list. Each entry has an audio file for listening and pronunciation practice.
Chinese Character Profile - Shui - Water
The Chinese character for water is a pictograph depicting a central current of flowing water with whirlpools to each side.
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