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Mandarin Language: Most Popular Articles

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How to speak Mandarin fluently
How to speak Mandarin fluently: Short-term and long-term strategies for increasing fluency
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.
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.
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.
Saying Hello
Learn how to say hello in Mandarin Chinese with this Mandarin Chinese lesson complete with audio examples for listening and pronunciation practice.
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.
Musical Instuments
Learn the names of musical instruments and other musical terms in Mandarin Chinese.
How to Learn and Remember Chinese Characters
How to learn Chinese characters efficiently: Learning and remembering words
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.
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.
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 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.
Family Members
Learn the Mandarin Chinese names for members of the immediate family.
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.
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.
Mandarin Chinese Greetings
Words used for greetings are some of the most common words in Mandarin and pave the way for good social relations.
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.
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.
The Happy Birthday Song
Learn how to sing Happy Birthday in 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
How to learn to understand spoken Chinese
How to learn to understand spoken Chinese: Overcoming common problems with listening ability
Pronouncing The Mandarin NG
There are two finals that use the Mandarin NG sound - ang and eng. The NG sound is similar to the English NG sound in singer, except that the tongue is placed near the back of the mouth, blocking air flow.
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.
Dui Bu Qi - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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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.
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.
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 Most Common Mandarin Chinese Words - Part One
The most common Mandarin Chinese words, arranged by Pinyin spelling, part one - A B C.
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 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.
Laoshi - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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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.
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.
Extended Family Members
Learn the Mandarin Chinese names for members of the older generation of the extended family.
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.
The Two Mandarin Twos
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Mandarin Tone Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of...
Mandarin Tone Quiz Test Your Knowledge of Mandarin Tones Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have
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.
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.
Learning Mandarin Chinese through immersion
Learning Mandarin Chinese through immersion: Changing your environment to improve your learning
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Essential classroom Mandarin Chinese
Essential classroom Mandarin Chinese: Learning Chinese in Chinese
Piao Liang - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Mandarin Chinese Dialog
Here is a simple dialog to introduce you to spoken Mandarin Chinese.
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.
Mama Huhu - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Restaurant Vocabulary
This list of restaurant vocabulary will help you with utensils and expressing your dietary preferences.
Hotel Vocabulary
Here is a list of Mandarin Chinese hotel vocabulary and phrases you may need when visiting a Mandarin-speaking country.
Learn how to say "Welcome" in Mandarin Chinese
In order to learn about Chinese hospitality customs and how to play host, you must first learn to say welcome in Chinese!
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.
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.
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.
Pronunciation Challenges
Many of the sounds of Mandarin pronunciation have counterparts in the English language, but there is some Mandarin language pronunciation which can be quite difficult for English-speakers to master.
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.
Chinese Punctuation Marks
Chinese punctuation marks have a similar function to their English counterparts, but they are sometimes written differently.
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.
Mandarin Seasons and Weather
Learn common vocabulary to talk about the weather and the seasons in Mandarin Chinese.
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.
Flowers
Learn the names of common flowers in Mandarin Chinese with this vocabulary list. Each entry has audio for listening and pronunciation practice.
Write Chinese Characters Using Pinyin and...
Pinyin can be used to write Chinese characters using Microsoft's New Phonetic Input Method
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 Character Profile
The Mandarin Chinese character meaning I or me is made up of the radical for sword, and depicts a hand holding a sword.
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.
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.
Common Animals
Learn the names of common animals with this vocabulary list of Mandarin Chinese.
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.
Pinyin - Aid or Crutch?
Pinyin is a good aid to learning Mandarin but don't let yourself become dependent on it. Taking the time to learn Chinese characters will deepen your understanding of Chinese culture and the Mandarin language.
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.
Mandarin Future Using Yao and Hui
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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.
Ordinal Numbers
Ordinal numbers are used to describe the order of objects or people. Mandarin Chinese ordinal numbers are very easy to construct, and have just one form.
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.
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.
Learning to Read Chinese Characters
Using a mixture of Pinyin and Chinese characters, Mandarin students can gradually become accustomed to reading Chinese number characters.
Banking Vocabulary
This list of common banking terms will help you with your banking in Mandarin-speaking countries.
Body Parts - The Head
This is a list of Mandarin Chinese names for the parts of the human head.
Stroke Order for Chinese Characters
Chinese characters are written with specific stroke orders to minimize hand movement and make the characters more beautiful.
Mandarin Vocabulary
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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.
Create Your Own Chinese Calligraphy
Create your own Chinese calligraphy: A short guide to online tools
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.
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.
Common Medical Terms
This Mandarin vocabulary list covers common medical terms that might be used when seeing a doctor.
Common Mandarin learning errors, part 3
Common Mandarin learning errors, part 3: Learning on your own
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.
Asking Mandarin Questions
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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 Aspect
Mandarin Chinese does not have tenses like the English tenses for past, present, and future. Time frames can be determined in a number of ways, including aspect and time markers.
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.
Essential Vocabulary for Travelers
Useful vocabulary for travelers heading for a Mandarin-speaking vocabulary.
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.
A Look at the Chinese Character for Fish (Yu)
The Chinese character for fish is a pictograph pronounced yú. The earliest form of the character clearly showed a fish, but modern forms are more stylized.
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.
Moon Festival
Moon Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It is one of the most important festivals in Chinese culture, a time for family reunions and feasts.
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.
Kuai Le - 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.
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.
Saying "And" In Mandarin Chinese
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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.
Li Hai - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Aunt; Auntie
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Household Items
Learn the names of common household items such as furniture and fixtures with this vocabulary list of Mandarin Chinese.
Two Tigers
Two Tigers is a children's song sung to the tune of Frere Jacques. Two Tigers tells of two tigers running through the forest - one without ears and the other without a tail.
Chinese Character Profile - Ri - Sun
The Chinese character for sun is a pictograph showing a square sun with a stroke through it. This character is also a radical and is used in many complex characters related to the sun, days and brightness.
One Day To Live
This Mandarin Chinese joke can be understood by students anywhere in the world.
Mandarin Fractions
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Jue De - Daily Mandarin Lesson
class="no-js" itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Article" > itemprop="description" >Meaning to think;
Justice - Yi - Chinese Character Profile
The Chinese character for justice is pronounced yi. It is composed of two elements - the character for sheep and the character for the personal pronoun I or me.
Laoban - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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European Countries
Mandarin names of European countries.
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.
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?
Shenme Shihou - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Lantern Festival
Lantern Festival falls on the first full moon of the lunar new year. It marks the end of the New Year festivities and celebrates the return of the sun after the long winter. These Mandarin words and phrases will help you understand more about this important Chinese festival.
Little Star
Little Star is a Mandarin Chinese song about the bright twinkling stars in the night sky.
Airport Vocabulary List
Mandarin Chinese vocabulary related to the airport. Learn this vocabulary to help you around an airport when you visit a Mandarin-speaking country. Each entry has an animated graphic showing how the Chinese characters are written, as well as an audio pronunciation guide.
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.
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.
Stative Verbs
Stative verbs are a class of Mandarin Chinese verbs that describe a relatively stable state. They are usually translated as adjectives, even though they function grammatically as verbs.
Body Parts - The Hand
Learn the names of the human hand with this vocabulary list of Mandarin Chinese.
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.
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.
Mang - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Discounts
Mandarin Chinese discounts are expressed as a percentage of the original price. So when you see a sign offering 9 zhe, the discount price is 10% off the original.
Review - Learning Chinese The Easy Way
Learning Chinese The Easy Way consists of two stories in Chinese characters and explanations about the origins and development of the Chinese writing system. This book teaches a very limited set of characters, and is best suited to those with no previous experience in reading and writing Chinese characters.
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.
Learning to hear the different sounds in Mandarin
Learning to hear the different sounds in Mandarin: Distinguishing between Chinese sounds and tones
Xu Yao - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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What's the meaning behind the Chinese Proverb:...
This Chinese proverb is one of the many famous horse proverbs. The proverb tells the story of the changing winds of luck and good fortune.
Setting Up Windows XP for Mandarin Input
Before you can write Chinese characters on your computer you must set it up. These instructions will allow you to use Chinese as an input language on Microsoft's Windows XP operating system.
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.
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.
Using the Zai Particle
The zai particle has several functions in Mandarin Chinese. It is most commonly used as a location word, but it can also be used as a preposition and to show continuing action.
Chinese Character Radicals
Chinese character radicals are a system of classification for organizing Chinese dictionaries. Radicals are used to locate Chinese characters within a dictionary.
Common Chinese Family Names
There are thousands of Chinese family names, but only about 100 are used by most of the population of China, Taiwan, and overseas Chinese. This list of 20 of the most popular names will get you acquainted with the sounds of Chinese surnames and the customs surrounding names and introductions.

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