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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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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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