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Higher Mandarin Language For Adults Vocabulary Series In this first part of our Mandarin for Adults Vocabulary Series, we are going to introduce five common polyphones and teach you how to use them properly. What needs to be mentioned is that having a good command of the most commonly used Chinese polyphones will be of great help in learning Chinese at the intermediate level. 1) 好 This character has two different pronunciations, hao3 and hao4. Each one has its own special meaning, and both forms of this character will combine with other words

Learn Mandarin Series: Eat tea or drink tea? Today, in our Learn Mandarin Series, we ask: Are we eating tea, or drinking tea? Which is the more appropriate way of saying in the Chinese language? 茶(chá ), or what we know as tea, originated from Sichuan, China. It was recorded first to be taken as a sort of Chinese medicine, because it has many nutritional benefits. Many years later, tea was appreciated more as a cooling drink to freshen you up, coupled with its nice aroma. It was only planted and drunk in Sichuan

Origins of Chinese Characters In order for us to learn the Mandarin language, we need to first learn it's written form: Chinese characters. To learn Chinese characters well, it'll be useful to learn their origins. Chinese characters are called 汉字 (hàn zì). They are logograms used in the writing of Chinese and some other Asian languages, like the Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese language. In English, they are called Han Characters. Unlike the English world of alphabet scripts, with a few dozen letters, Chinese language itself has thousands of characters that represent words. The name

Commonly Used Mandarin Phrases In The Summer Any Chinese person will readily tell you that because China occupies many degrees of latitude (well, China is large), the temperature, terrain and cultures within China are vastly different. Summer in central China (consisting of cities such as Shanghai and Wuhan) as well as Southern China have an intense heated humidity whereas Northern China is more commonly known for long dry days accompanied by soaring temperatures. To equip any traveller for a hot summer’s day in China, here are a few handy Chinese translations which will

How to Help Your Kids Learn Chinese Language Better More kids are learning Chinese and parents are facing a wrenching question in the midst of a westernized generation in Singapore. You might ask yourself: How to help my kids learn Chinese?  Many parents that come to our Mandarin School ask us that question. It's a common question, but it's not easy to answer. Why? Because we're living in a westernized society. Everything we learn, we learn from the west. Yes, although China is rising as a world power, but Singapore has yet to catch

4 Reasons Why You Should Learn Mandarin in Singapore Mandarin is the most popular language in the world with over 1.5 billion speakers worldwide. 70% of population in Singapore are Mandarin speakers too, with a reported 1 million PRC in Singapore (surprise, surprise). If you're still not convinced that you should prioritise to learn Mandarin in Singapore, or at least, know some basics of the Mandarin language, then here are 4 reasons for you: 1) Bilingual Environment In China/Taiwan, signs in the streets are all in Mandarin characters, what more, they are traditional characters. For someone

Learning Chinese Pinyin How to Type Chinese Pinyin with Tone Marks (meaning to have the tone above the pinyin) There is an easier way to present Chinese characters by typing Chinese Pinyin with tone marks is to copy the below and paste them into your word file / notes and save in your mobile phone or personal computer. ā á ǎ à ē é ě è ī í ǐ ì ō ó ǒ ò ū ú ǔ ù Learning Chinese and writing Chinese are a bit different but with the “U.S. Extended” keyboard input,

Free Trial Mandarin Class To help students to know about our Chinese Lessons, we offer free trial class to anyone who is keen to learn Mandarin Date: 29th July 2015 @ 7pm Venue: The Octagon Building level 18, 105 Cecil Street Topic: "How to introduce yourself in Mandarin" Free Mandarin course notes will be given. Hurry book your seat now, quickly send us your enquiry or click at below link to Register "Book Trial Class"

Learning Chinese Mandarin has 4-5 primary tones. Say the first tone as if you were singing a high note. The second tone is pronounced like a question in English, with your pitch rising at the end of the syllable. Third tones are low and extended, noticeably longer than the other tones because of the dip. The fourth tone is said abruptly and forcefully, like a curt command in English. The neutral tone's pitch depends on the tone that precedes it. It is described more fully below, but, in general, they are

Learn Mandarin Vocabulary By learning phrases that contain vocabulary will help to make your communication understood by context, even if your tones are a bit off at first. Chinese, like other languages, has many words that have the same/similar meaning but are used in particular contexts. Therefore, most students will find it more efficient to learn vocabulary "in context", meaning in phrases where the vocabulary is used. Unlike some other languages (such as French or Spanish), there is absolutely no connection between English and Chinese vocabulary (aside from random coincidence and a handful