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Chinese Grammar

Grammar is an essential part of every language. So, let’s learn Chinese Grammar together. It’s not as difficult as it seems to be.

Ways to Say “Can See” in Chinese: 能看见 vs. 看得见

If you are a beginner or intermediate Chinese learner trying to learn Chinese grammar, you might get confused with words...

Difference between 最后 (zuìhòu) and 终于 (zhōngyú)

Do you know the difference between 最后 (zuìhòu) and 终于 (zhōngyú)? Both words mean “finally/in the end”, but they’re used...

“Or”: Difference Between 或者 (huòzhě) and 还是 (háishi)

Do you know the difference between “或者” (huòzhě) and “还是” (háishi)?   In Brief Read these examples first: 你想喝茶还是喝咖啡? Nǐ...

Difference between 的时候 (de shíhou) and 以后 (yǐhòu)

In the beginning, many Chinese learners struggle to see the difference between two phrases: 的时候 (de shíhou) and 以后 (yǐhòu)....

Difference between 想 and 要 | 2 Chinese Verbs “To Want”

想 (xiǎng) and 要 (yào) This post continues exploring the differences between Chinese modal verbs. Our learners have also noticed...

Difference between 会, 能 and 可以 | 3 Chinese Verbs Meaning ‘Can’

会 (huì), 能 (néng) and 可以 (kěyǐ) Some Chinese learners have noticed that modal verbs 会 (huì), 能 (néng) and...

Héshì (合适) vs. Shìhé (适合)

“hé shì(合适)”  and  “shì hé(适合)” sometimes also cause trouble to Chinese learners as both words consist of exactly the same...

To meet, jiàn (见) vs. jiàn miàn (见面)

“jiàn (见)” and “jiàn miàn (见面)” both mean “to meet, to see”. However, in order to express “A meets B”,...

Using 的 (de) with Adjectives

 In English, it’s common to see phrases like “a beautiful park”, “an interesting person”, “a big room”, etc. You don’t...

Háishì (还是) vs. Huòzhě (或者)

Some Chinese learners also mix up “hái shì(还是)” with “huò zhě(或者)” as they both mean “or”. However, there is a...

Chinese Negatives 不 (bù) and 没 (méi)

In Chinese, both “bù(不)” and “méi(没)” can be used to negate a verb. However, when it comes to the verb...

Simple Chinese sentence structure

When Chinese learners are making sentences, they sometimes have problems with the unfamiliar sentence structure. As a beginner, learning these...

How to ask basic questions in Chinese

Many Chinese learners are told that “ma(吗)” is used at the end to form a question. However, this statement is...

When to use hé (和)

The Chinese word “hé(和)” is another basic, but important word which is often misused by Chinese learners. Although its equivalent...

Chinese “to be”, 是 (shì)

One of the first verbs that beginners encounter on their Chinese-learning journey is the verb “to be”, which is pronounced...