Category Archive: Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Poster

Mandarin Poster is a stupidly simple and effective system to help you learn Chinese characters. Each character is shown with pinyin pronunciation, a memorable keyword and coordinates to easily look-up extra details. They… Continue reading

Chinese Basics

Chinese or Hànyǔ (汉语) is the native language of the Han nationality of China. The Han people constitute more than 90% of the population of China, native speakers of Chinese form the largest… Continue reading

Nǐ yŏu shénme àihào?

Zhèli néng shàng wăng ma? (Can I surf the Internet here?) Wŏ yào kàn yóujiàn. (I need to check my e-mail.)   Keywords: Zhèli (here) Néng (can) Shàng wăng (surf Internet) Yóujiàn (mail/e-mail)… Continue reading

Nǐ kàn diànshì ma?

Nǐ kàn diànshì ma? (Do you watch TV?) Wŏ mĕi tiān zăoshang kàn xīngwén. (I watch TV news in the morning everyday.) Wŏ bù kàn diànshì. (I don’t watch TV.) Nǐ xǐhuan kàn… Continue reading

I Like Sports – Nǐ xǐhuan shénme yùndòng?

Nǐ xǐhuan shénme yùndòng? (What sports do you like?) Wŏ xǐhuan dă lángiú. (I like playing basketball.)   Keywords: Dă (play) Lángiú (basketball)   More sporting activities: Păobù (running) Yóuyŏng (swimming) Tī zúqiú… Continue reading

Weekdays & Arrangements

Jīntiān (shì) xīngqī jǐ? (What day is it today?) Jīntiān (shì) xīngqī yī. (Today is Monday.) Jīntiān (shì) xīngqī jǐ? (What day is it today?) Jīntiān (shì) xīngqī sān. (Today is Wednesday.)  … Continue reading

Wellness – Xiànzài nǐ zĕnmeyàng?

Nǐ zĕnme le? (What’s wrong with you?) Wŏ gănmào le. (I caught a cold.)   Keywords: Zĕnme (how) Le (particle at end of sentence to show change has completed) Gănmào (catch cold)  … Continue reading

Seasons – Nǐ xǐhuan shénme jìjié?

Nǐ xǐhuan shénme jìjié? Wŏ xǐhuan chūntiān. (I like spring.) Wŏ xǐhuan xiàtiān. (I like summer.) Wŏ xǐhuan qiutiān (I like autumn.) Wŏ xǐhuan dōngtiān. (I like winter.)   Keywords: Jìjié (season) Chūntiān (spring)… Continue reading

Months & Weather In China – … tiānqì hăo bu hăo?

The 12 months in the year in Chinese, first recall numbers 1-12: yī (1), èr (2), sān (3), sì (4), wǔ (5), liù (6), qī (7), bā (8), jiǔ (9), shí (10), shíyī… Continue reading