Chapter 1:Overview of pronunciation and Pinyin romanization

1. The Mandarin syllableThe syllable in Mandarin Chinese can be made up of three parts: an initial consonant, a final, and a tone. For example, the syllable má 麻 is made up of the intia...

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Expressing Time in Chinese

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Chinese pronouns

Mandarin Chinese Pronouns vocabulary

Chinese had no distinction for gender in the second- and third-person pronouns (daici). The plural pronouns are formed by simply adding 们 mén to the end of each pronoun. To indicate possession 的 (de) is appended to the pronoun. Read More

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Pronouns in Mandarin Chinese

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Plural in Mandarin Chinese

Except for people there is no plural in Chinese, the character 们 men is used for Chinese plural, but only for people. Just put 们 men behind a noun denoting people and you have the plural pronouns! Read More

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Articles in Mandarin Chinese

There are no real Chinese articles, there is 这 zhè, but that actually means this. Definite and Indefinite Articles are not used in Chinese. In Chinese each noun needs a measure word. Read More

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Referring to things in Mandarin Chinese

Classifiers or measure words are required for all Chinese nouns. There are numerous measure words in Chinese to be remembered but there is a measure word that Chinese people use when they conveniently forget the right one: 个 (gè). Read More

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Using the Chinese personal pronouns possessively is very easy compared to most other languages, just appending the determiner particle 的 (de) to the pronoun is OK. Read More

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Referring to Persons in Mandarin Chinese

The chinese personal pronouns are very straightforward and have the same form regardless of being subject, object, indirect object, etc. Read More

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Table of Frequently Used Contemporary Chinese Characters: 1,000 Secondarily Frequently Used Chinese Characters are listed. Read More

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Transcriptions: how to write down pronunciation

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Loanwords are not scarce in Chinese. Foreign names cannot be translated but must be transscribed with characters that sound like the syllables of the foreign name. Read More

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Chinese tones

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There is a Chinese Alphabet. There are two main phonic guides for Chinese characters in use today, 注音 (Zhuyin) and 拼音 (pinyin). 拼音 borrows from the English alphabet and was created to internationalize and standardize the spelling of Mandarin Chinese. Read More

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