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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.
Year Of The Rat
The year of the rat occurs every 12 years in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the rat are said to be intelligent and ambitious.
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.
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.
The Four Tones of Spoken Mandarin - Learning...
The four tones of spoken Mandarin are used to clarify the meanings of words, and are an essential part of proper pronunciation.
Mandarin Numbers - Learning 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 Instruments - Learn the Names of...
Learn the names of musical instruments and other musical terms in Mandarin Chinese.
Saying Hello in Mandarin Chinese - Learn To Say...
Learn how to say hello in Mandarin Chinese with this Mandarin Chinese lesson complete with audio examples for listening and pronunciation practice.
The Happy Birthday Song
Learn how to sing Happy Birthday in Mandarin Chinese.
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.
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.
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.
Family Members
Learn the Mandarin Chinese names for members of the immediate family.
Extended Family Members
Learn the Mandarin Chinese names for members of the older generation of the extended family.
Learn Mandarin Chinese with Pinyin Romanization
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.
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.
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 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.
Mandarin Telephone Lesson - Learning Telephone...
Mandarin Chinese uses many of the same conventions for telephone conversations as English. This Mandarin lesson gives telephone vocabulary and example telephone dialogues.
Kuai Le - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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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.
Year Of The Ox
The year of the ox occurs every 12 years in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the ox have strong characters and are hard workers.
Year Of The Dragon
The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23, 2012. Learn Mandarin phrases associated with the Year of the Dragon, and the personality traits of those born under this Chinese Zodiac sign.
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.
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.
Dui Bu Qi - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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The Most Common Mandarin Chinese Words - Part One
The most common Mandarin Chinese words, arranged by Pinyin spelling, part one - A B C.
Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Festival is one of the three most important holidays in Chinese culture. It celebrates the life of Qu Yuan, a poet who lived more than 2000 years ago, and was a champion of integrity.
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.
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.
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.
How to pronounce Xi Jinping, China's president
How to pronounce Xi Jinping, president of China: Some quick and dirty tips and an in-depth explanation
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 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.
Chinese Punctuation Marks
Chinese punctuation marks have a similar function to their English counterparts, but they are sometimes written differently.
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.
Mandarin Chinese Greetings
Words used for greetings are some of the most common words in Mandarin and pave the way for good social relations.
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.
Tang Yuan - Traditional Chinese Dish Served on...
Tang yuan is a dish of glutinous rice balls served in a sweet broth. In Chinese culture, tang yuan is served on Dong Zhi - the winter solstice, and by eating tang yuan you welcome in the winter and become one year older.
Pronouncing the first tone in Mandarin Chinese
Pronouncing the first tone in Mandarin Chinese: The basics plus some common mistakes
Aspiration in Mandarin Chinese
Aspiration in Mandarin Chinese: What it is and why you want to get it right
Laoshi - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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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.
Using Duo for Approximate Numbers
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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.
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.
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 Tone Quiz - Test Your Knowledge of...
Mandarin Tone Quiz Test Your Knowledge of Mandarin Tones Sorry, but this quiz requires that you have
Flowers
Learn the names of common flowers in Mandarin Chinese with this vocabulary list. Each entry has audio for listening and pronunciation practice.
Common Animals
Learn the names of common animals with this vocabulary list of Mandarin Chinese.
Mama Huhu - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Piao Liang - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Mandarin Future Using Yao and Hui
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How to pronounce Ma Ying-jeou (Ma Ying-jiu)
How to pronounce Ma Ying-jeou (Ma Ying-jiu): Some quick and dirty tips, as well as an in-depth explanation
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.
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.
How to Learn and Remember Chinese Characters
How to learn Chinese characters efficiently: Learning and remembering words
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.
The Verb-Suffix Guo
The verb-suffix guo is used to indicate an action which was performed in the past, and is not being done now. The verb-suffix guo can only be used with actions that can be repeated.
Choosing a Chinese Name
The fine art of choosing a good Chinese name includes considering the number of strokes that make up each of the three characters.
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.
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 Names - Choosing a Good Mandarin 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.
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.
Common Mandarin learner errors, part 1
Common Mandarin learner errors, part 1: Staying in the classroom
European Countries
Mandarin names of European countries.
How to speak Mandarin fluently
How to speak Mandarin fluently: Short-term and long-term strategies for increasing fluency
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.
Common Mandarin learner errors: part 2
Common Mandarin learner errors: part 2: Aiming for 100%
Learning to count in Chinese
Learning to count in Chinese: Basic information plus some tips and tricks
How to learn to understand spoken Chinese
How to learn to understand spoken Chinese: Overcoming common problems with listening ability
Hotel Vocabulary
Here is a list of Mandarin Chinese hotel vocabulary and phrases you may need when visiting a Mandarin-speaking country.
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.
Mandarin Chinese Christmas Vocabulary
Christmas is not an official holiday in either China or Taiwan, but nonetheless many people celebrating it. This list of Christmas vocabulary will help you celebrate Christmas with your Mandarin-speaking friends.
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.
Body Parts - The Head
This is a list of Mandarin Chinese names for the parts of the human head.
Saying "And" In Mandarin Chinese
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Chinese Translation - Website Chinese...
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.
Neng, Keyi, Hui
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How to pronounce Beijing, capital of China
How to pronounce Beijing, capital of China: Some quick and dirty tips and an in-depth explanation
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 Seasons and Weather
Learn common vocabulary to talk about the weather and the seasons in Mandarin Chinese.
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.
Games Of China
Learn the Mandarin Chinese names of some of the enduring games of China.
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.
Laoban - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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Learning to hear the different sounds in Mandarin
Learning to hear the different sounds in Mandarin: Distinguishing between Chinese sounds and tones
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.
Mandarin Vocabulary
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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.
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.
Yin Yang - 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.
Aunt; Auntie
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Chinese festivals
Chinese festivals: An introduction to the festivals you should know about
The Biggest and the Best - Superlatives in...
The Mandarin Chinese particle zui is used for forming superlatives. It is placed before the verb to make superlatives like best, highest, and tallest.
Common Medical Terms
This Mandarin vocabulary list covers common medical terms that might be used when seeing a doctor.
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.
Shenme Shihou - Daily Mandarin Lesson
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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.
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.
Old - Lao - Chinese Character Profile
The Chinese character for old looks like an old man with a cane and is pronounced lao. It is used in many words relating to aging and respect.
How to Think in Mandarin
Learning how to think in Mandarin is a challenging process, but one that is necessary for fluency.
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.
Restaurant Vocabulary
This list of restaurant vocabulary will help you with utensils and expressing your dietary preferences.
Essential classroom Mandarin Chinese
Essential classroom Mandarin Chinese: Learning Chinese in Chinese
How to pronounce Chongqing, one of China's...
How to pronounce Chongqing, one of China's major cities: Some quick and dirty tips, as well as an in-depth explanation
The building blocks of Mandarin Chinese, part 1
The building blocks of Mandarin Chinese, part 1: Learning strokes, components, characters, words, phrases and sentences
Write Chinese Characters Using Pinyin and...
Pinyin can be used to write Chinese characters using Microsoft's New Phonetic Input Method
The three DE particles in Mandarin
The three DE particles in Mandarin: How to tell them apart and use them correctly
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.
A Few, Some, Any
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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.
Introduction to the four tones in Mandarin...
Introduction to the tones in Mandarin Chinese: What you need to know about the four tones + the neutral tone
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.
Asian Countries
Mandarin names of Asian countries.
Jue De - 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.
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.
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.
Traditional Characters
Traditional characters have been in use for more than 2000 years. They originated during the Han Dynasty, and the traditional characters are based on even older forms of writing.
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 pronounce Tsai Ing-wen (Cai Ying-wen)
How to pronounce Tsai Ing-wen (Cai Ying-wen): Some quick and dirty tips, as well as an in-depth explanation
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.
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.
Essential Vocabulary for Travelers
Useful vocabulary for travelers heading for a Mandarin-speaking vocabulary.
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.
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.
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.
Stroke Order for Chinese Characters
Chinese characters are written with specific stroke orders to minimize hand movement and make the characters more beautiful.
Mandarin Chinese Dialog
Here is a simple dialog to introduce you to spoken Mandarin Chinese.
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.
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.
Tone changes of the character "yi"
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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.
Banking Vocabulary
This list of common banking terms will help you with your banking in Mandarin-speaking countries.
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.
Mandarin Greetings Quiz - Choose the Correct...
A short quiz to test your knowledge of Mandarin Chinese greetings.
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.
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.
Mandarin Fractions
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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.
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.
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.
Simplified Chinese Characters
Simplified Chinese characters are used in Mainland China, Singapore, and Malaysia. Simplified characters were introduced in the 1950s in an effort to reduce illiteracy.
Body Parts - The Hand
Learn the names of the human hand with this vocabulary list of Mandarin Chinese.
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 - Yong Ho's Beginner's Chinese
Yong Ho's Beginner's Chinese is an excellent choice for learning Mandarin Chinese. Although best supplemented with additional materials, Yong Ho's Beginner's Chinese provides a good foundation in the basics of Mandarin Chinese.
The Two Mandarin Twos
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