Chinese Exclamative Particles: 啊 a, 啦 la, 吧 ba
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Chinese Exclamative Particles: 啊 a, 啦 la, 吧 ba

A modal or exclamative particle is an important grammatical concept in Chinese. Adding different exclamative particles at the end of your sentences can help you make your speech more vivid – and consequently, make conversations more effective. Using appropriate Chinese exclamative particles, combined with correct intonation, is an essential way to share your feelings with other people. In...

December 4, 2018December 6, 2018by
3 Ways to Use Chinese ‘Hao’ in Speech
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3 Ways to Use Chinese ‘Hao’ in Speech

Even if you started to learn Chinese yesterday, you must have already picked up the famous Chinese greeting which means “hello”: 你好 nǐ hǎo. Well, if we take a look at these two characters separately, it turns out that 你 nǐ means “you”, and 好 hǎo means “good”. As the literal meaning of 你好 nǐ hǎo is “you good”, it can...

November 15, 2018November 16, 2018by
How to Prepare for HSK Level 6 Within Limited Time
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How to Prepare for HSK Level 6 Within Limited Time

If you’re learning Chinese, it’s very likely that at some point, you are going to take an HSK test (汉语水平考试 Hànyǔ shuǐpíng kǎoshì). And you’ll need to prepare for it well. In this post, I share my experience passing HSK Level 6, and give you some tips, applicable to all levels✌   Time Frame First, let’s take a look...

Studying Chinese at Chinese Summer Camp
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Studying Chinese at Chinese Summer Camp

Studying Chinese isn’t just about learning the language itself, it’s also about acquiring knowledge of the Chinese culture as language and culture are inseparable from each other. Therefore, if you want to master Chinese, it’s very important for you to have an insight into the Chinese culture, and know more about Chinese people’s daily life...

March 20, 2018October 11, 2018by
Essential Chinese Slangs
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Essential Chinese Slangs

1. Loser 屌丝 Diǎo sī Loser Let’s break it down: 屌 (diǎo): male genital organ 丝 (sī): silk (in this case it means “fur”) 屌丝 (diǎo sī) is the opposite of the famous phrase “高富帅(gāo fù shuài)”, which means “tall, rich, handsome”. It’s commonly used to describe a man as “short, poor, ugly”. In general,...

July 21, 2017March 6, 2018by
3 Ways to Learn Chinese Quickly
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3 Ways to Learn Chinese Quickly

If you know Chinese 3,000 characters, you are classified as having enough vocabulary to read a newspaper. Or to understand conversations in the workplace. The problem most people have is that  3,000 is a lot. But Chinese characters are composed of smaller elements that make them easier to individually recognize, therefore you can learn Chinese quickly. As...

3 Chinese Poems Children Know
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3 Chinese Poems Children Know

In the United Kingdom, everyone knows the words to a few songs that are taught to children at an early age. Such as “Mary Had A Little Lamb”, as well as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and the unforgettable “London Bridge is falling down”. Similarly to us, there is a lot of Chinese poems children know...

January 23, 2017May 17, 2017by
Is The HSK Exam Right For You?
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Is The HSK Exam Right For You?

What is HSK and why is it important? The HSK or 汉语水平考试 (hànyǔ shuǐpíng kǎoshì) is an official examination designed to assess the Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers from beginners’ to advanced levels. It is an internationally-recognised standard in assessing your Chinese language level and the result can be used to apply for the...

January 10, 2017May 17, 2017by
Chinese Lyrics and Translations: You Exist In My Song
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Chinese Lyrics and Translations: You Exist In My Song

我的歌声里 – Wǒ de gēshēng lǐ ‘You Exist in My Song’ – by Qu Wanting If you’ve liked us on Facebook you are no doubt aware of our recent Chinese song lyric translation videos. Especially the ‘You Exist in My Song’ video. Over the last month or so we’ve been taking some well known hits....

December 30, 2016May 17, 2017by
Where In Asia Do People Speak Chinese?
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Where In Asia Do People Speak Chinese?

Do you speak Chinese? If you do, you’re part of the statistics that makes it the number one most spoken language in the world. You probably already knew China has a population of over a billion people. Add the number of Chinese descendants in the world to that and it’s no wonder Mandarin makes it...

October 18, 2016July 25, 2018by