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Chinese Learning Tips

Chinese Learning Tips

  • Answers common questions asked by English-speaking Chinese learners 
  • Corrects commonly misused Chinese words
Lesson 01-10
Lesson 11-20
Lesson 21-30
Lesson 31-40
Lesson 41-51
  • Learn to say “have fun” in Chinese
  • Understand the difference between a Northern Chinese and a Southern Chinese accent
  • Learn the difference between saying “Have to” and “Don’t have to” in Chinese
  • Make the sentences “You have to rest” and I don’t have to go to work tomorrow”
  • Learn about the Chinese concept of “chi”
  • Make the sentences “Don’t be angry” and “Don’t piss me off”
  • Learn how to treat Chinese adjectives as verbs
  • Make the sentences “I am good/I am busy/She’s pretty/I’m tired”
  • Learn different meanings for the Chinese word ràng (让) “to allow, to let and to make”
  • Say “He does not allow me to go”, “Let me think” and “You make me very sad”
  • Learn one of the most common mistakes make by English speakers
  • Make the sentences “I want you to study Chinese” and “He does not want you to”
  • Learn why it is incorrect to use “wen (问) to ask somebody to do something
  • Say “She asked me to cook” and “He doesn’t allow me to drink alcohol”
  • Learn to ask questions and make statements using “or”
  • Say “Do you want coffee or tea?” and “I am free today or tomorrow”
  • Learn two different Chinese words to express the concept “look”
  • Make the sentences “You look pretty” and “You look a bit tired”
  • Learn the difference between saying tīng (听) and tīngqilai (听起来)
  • Make the sentence “It sounds beautiful”
  • Learn to correctly ay the word “hate” in Chinese
  • Make sentences like “I hate this” and “I hate that”
  • Learn the correct way to make the sentence “Call me when you get home”
  • Learn how to avoid many common pitfalls when making this sentence
  • Learn why you can’t literally translate the phrases “My girls” and “My boys”
  • Learn the correct way to refer to your sons and daughters
  • Review time-related words
  • Learn the correct way to say “last night, this morning and tonight”
  • Learn to make fraction words such as 2/3, 4/5 etc.
  • Learn to make percentages such as 30% and 50%
  • Learn two different ways to translate the English word “want”
  • Make sentences like “I want to go to China” and “I will go to China”
  • Learn how to express “I thought wrongly about something”
  • Make sentences like “I thought you would come, but you didn’t”
  • Learn how to say “a lot” in Chinese
  • Make sentences like “I like it a lot, Thanks a lot, and I ate a lot”
  • Learn several ways to say hotel based on how fancy/expensive the hotel is
  • Learn the difference between saying “guest house, hotel, motel etc”
  • Review how to make a past tense sentence using "le (了)"
  • Make sentences like “I’ve been learning Chinese for two years”’
  • Differentiate between “I haven’t slept for two days” and “I have slept for two days”
  • Make sentences like “I haven’t spoken Chinese for two years”
  • Learn the difference between these two words that mean “why/how come”
  • Make the sentences “How come you are so happy?” and “Why are you so happy”
  • Learn the difference between gāng cái (刚才) & gāng (刚)
  • Make sentences like “Where did you go just now?”
  • Learn several different ways to express the word “visit” in Chinese
  • Make sentences like “I visited the White House yesterday”
  • Learn the two different ways to say “again” in Chinese
  • Make sentences like “I like this movie and I want to watch it again”
  • Learn to use duō (多) to express the meaning “a lot”
  • Say “I am a lot taller than you” and “Today is much hotter than yesterday”
  • Learn different Chinese words to express the meaning “if”
  • Say “I don’t know if he will come” and “I want to know if you love me”
  • Make sentences like “He’s a horrible person” and “He’s a nice person”
  • Make the sentence “Godfather is an interesting movie”
  • Learn how to correctly use the word “bìng (病) - sick"
  • Learn to correctly make the sentence “She is very sick”
  • Learn the different ways of asking someone where they are from
  • Make sentences like “Where are you from?” and “What country are you from”
  • Learn the difference between 都不 (dōu bù) & bù dōu(不都)
  • Make sentences like “Nobody knows” and “Not all of us know”
  • Learn a different function and meaning for the word shì (是)
  • Make sentences like “He is busy” and “He is indeed busy”
  • Compare the differences between "le (了)" v.s. "de (的)" for past tense
  • Say “She went home yesterday” two different ways
  • Learn to emphasize time and actions
  • Learn the difference between these two ways to say “we”
  • Say “We are going to China tomorrow” and “Lily and I are going to China tomorrow”
  • Learn the difference between three question words
  • Learn 3 different ways to say “Can you speak Chinese?” 
  • Learn the difference between asking if someone “has” or “owns” your book
  • Make sentences like “Do you have my book” and “Do you own my book?”
  • Learn about the correct way to translate the English word “all”
  • Make sentences like “We are all Americans” and “All cats are cute”
  • Learn to describe a woman as “gentle, soft and sweet” in just one Chinese word
  • Make the sentence “Do you like feminine women?”
  • Learn about the most common mistake English speakers make when using le (了)
  • Learn which scenarios do not need le (了) to express past tense
  • Gain a better understanding of le (了) when used in a change of situation
  • Say “I am not going back to China”
  • Say “I was going to go back to China, but I will not go anymore”
  • Learn the two different ways to say help depending on the scenario
  • Make sentences like “Please help me” and “He gave me lots of help”
  • Learn an important word that means “strong, powerful and impressive”
  • Make sentences like “Bob is very good with computers” and “You kick ass”
  • Learn how to express the word “it” in Chinese
  • Make sentences like “I bought it”, “It’s mine” and “I like it here”
  • Learn why “I can say it in Chinese” cannot be literally translated into Chinese
  • Say “Chinese people eat with chopsticks” and “Can I pay in US dollars?”
  • Learn different ways of expressing the English word “tell” depending on the meaning
  • Make sentences like “She told me to call her” and “To tell a story”
  • Learn the different ways to say “change” in Chinese
  • Make sentences like “He’s changed a lot” and “I don’t want to change you”
  • Continue learning about how to say “change” in Chinese
  • Learn phrases like “change jobs, change cars, change girlfriends and change clothes”
  • Learn how Chinese words for family members are different than in English
  • Learn to say your cousin: mother’s side older male, father’s side younger female etc.
  • Compare two different meanings of the word zài (再)
  • Make sentences like “We’ll go again tomorrow” and “Let’s talk about it in the future”
  • Make sentences like “I borrowed a book from my teacher” and “My teacher’s place”
  • Make sentences like “My place is messy” and “Let’s go to your place”
  • Learn how to answer yes and no questions in Chinese (different from English!)
  • Make sentences like “Aren’t you going?” and “No, I’m not going”