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Chinese Grammar | May 17, 2011 AM

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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Oral Chinese | Jan 17, 2011 PM

Expressing Time in Chinese

现在几点了?xiàn zài jǐ diǎn le ?What time is it now?你每天几点起床?nǐ měi tiān jǐ diǎn qǐ chuáng ?What time do you get up every morning?你什么时候回家?nǐ shén me shí hòu huí jiā ?When...

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Vocabulary | Jan 17, 2011 PM

Learning the Chinese Word for Nature

In Chinese, both ancient and modern, several words exist that mean "nature." Learn about the Chinese word for nature, such as 自然 【zìrán= nature】and 大自然 【dàzìrán=nature】, and see examples of ...

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Chinese pronouns

Vocabulary | Jan 17, 2011 PM

Mandarin Chinese Pronouns vocabulary

Originally, Chinese had no distinction for gender in the second- and third-person pronouns, and no distinction for animacy in the third-person either. In fact, in the spoken language, they remain und...

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Chinese Grammar | Jan 17, 2011 AM

Viewpoint:Mandarin Chinese Pronouns Are So Easy

In this article I want to demonstrate how simple Mandarin Chinese is when learning the pronouns and related vocabulary. In English we have the following basic pronouns:I,We,You,He/She/It,TheyWe don't...

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Chinese Grammar | Jan 17, 2011 AM

Pronouns in Mandarin Chinese

Pronouns in modern Mandarin Chinese are known as “代词dàicí”. There are fewer pronouns in Chinese compared to English. Chinese pronouns are grouped in three basic sets - “I and Me”; “You”;and "...

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Chinese Grammar | Jan 17, 2011 AM

Plural in Mandarin Chinese

Chinese Plurals are grammatical numbers, typically referring to more than one of the referent in the real world. In the English language, singular and plural are the only grammatical numbers.Except f...

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Chinese Grammar | Jan 17, 2011 AM

Articles in Mandarin Chinese

In English articles are words that combine with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Generally articles specify the grammatical definiteness of the noun. Examples are "the...

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Chinese Grammar | Jan 17, 2011 AM

Basic Sentences: Word Order in Mandarin Chinese

As you begin learning Chinese, you will notice a few similarities between the structure of Chinese language and English. Yes, the basic sentence pattern Subject+verb+Object (S-V-O) is same with Engli...

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Chinese Grammar | Jan 17, 2011 AM

Referring to things in Mandarin Chinese

Expressing "this" and "that" can be done as in the following example, but note that there appears an extra word that one might not have expected, this is a so-called Measure Word and is a very import...

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Chinese Grammar | Jan 17, 2011 AM

Expressing Personal Possession in Mandarin Chinese

Using the Chinese personal pronouns possessively is also very easy compared to most other languages, just append the determiner particle 的 (de) to the pronoun, as the following example will illustra...

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Chinese Grammar | Jan 17, 2011 AM

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... * First person singular: 我 (wǒ) - I, me * Second per...

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Miscellaneous | Jan 12, 2011 AM

Chinese language facts

* All Chinese dialects share one writing system of about 40.000 symbols which are 'universally' comprehensible. Spoken Chinese varieties often are mutually incomprehensible. * Mandarin is the ...

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Character | Nov 25, 2010 PM

1000 Secondarily Frequently Used Chinese Characters

《现代汉语常用字表》(Table of Frequently Used Contemporary Chinese Characters)次常用字 (1000字) (1,000 Secondarily Frequently Used Characters)笔画顺序表 (In the Order of Number of Strokes) 二画 (two ...

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Character | Nov 25, 2010 PM

2500 Most Frequently Used Chinese Characters

《现代汉语常用字表》(Table of Frequently Used Contemporary Chinese Characters)常用字 (2500字) (2,500 Most Frequently Used Characters)笔画顺序表 (In the Order of Number of Strokes)一画 (one stroke)一...

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Miscellaneous | Oct 24, 2010 PM

Starting to Learn the Chinese Language

At first sight the Chinese Language seems one of hardest languages to learn. To english speakers who often have very limited exposure to foreign languages at school, the level of difficulty looks com...

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Miscellaneous | Oct 2, 2010 AM

Transcriptions: how to write down pronunciation

Transcriptions: how to write down pronunciationThe old Chinese became aware of the sound system of their own language when they had to translate foreign words with a meaning that could not be express...

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Miscellaneous | Oct 1, 2010 PM

Loanwords, New Words and Foreign Names

Like all people, the Chinese had an intensive contact with neighboring people. They adopted many words from the northern steppe people that used things the Chinese did not know. When the Chinese lear...

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Chinese tones

Pinyin | Oct 1, 2010 PM

The Development of Chinese Language

Chinese is a tonale language. In modern Chinese, every syllable has four different tone pitches (sisheng 四聲): * high pitch (yinsheng 陰聲), * rising pitch (yangsheng 陽聲), * lower rising ...

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Chinese alphabet

Pinyin | Oct 1, 2010 PM

Chinese Alphabet

Yes, There IS a Chinese Alphabet That'd make it a lot easier eh. There are thousands of Chinese characters, and although most of the complex/compound characters will hint at pronunciation, it was not...

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