Tag Archives: spoken Chinese

Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 3: 请 qǐng, “please”

Listen and download Lesson 3 of Basic Spoken Chinese Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 3: 请 qǐng, “please” Literally: “please”. Usage: Similar to English “please”. Usually goes at the beginning of a sentence. Examples: 1) 请进,请坐,请喝茶。Qǐng jìn, qǐng zuò, qǐng hē chá. Please come in. Please take a seat. Please have some tea. 2) 请您排队好吗?Qǐng […]

Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 2: 吃 chī, “to eat”

This basic Chinese textbook will have about 20 lessons or so, and is targetted at beginning students in Mandarin. Hope you find it useful! Listen and download Lesson 2 of Basic Spoken Chinese Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 2: 吃 chī, “to eat” Literally: “to eat”. Examples: 1) 你吃了吗?——还没有。——你来我家吧,一起吃饭,好吗?——好,走吧。 Nǐ chī le ma?——Hái méi yǒu.——Nǐ […]

Basic Spoken Chinese – Lesson 1: 好 hǎo, “good”

Similar to the textbooks I wrote and published here on English – Basic Spoken English and Basic Spoken English American English Edition  – I thought I would make one for Chinese as well. This basic Chinese textbook will have about 20 lessons or so, and is targetted at beginning students in Mandarin. Hope you find […]

Top 111 Chinese Slang from 2008 to 2018

Happy New Year! To see in the New Year I thought I’d share with you a list of the Top 111 Chinese slang expressions from 2008 to 2018 I’ve compiled. Note: I refuse to include meaningless terms like “duang” and “skr”. Sorry. Look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions. I’m sure some of the […]

Another 45 Mandarin Sentences with Chinese Characteristics

(This post is a continuation from my previous article “45 Mandarin Sentences with Chinese Characteristics“.) The following is a collection of sentences in Mandarin which I believe are special in some way. What do I mean by “special”? Well, let’s just say grammatically and structurally they’re not exactly typical, and in most cases they stand-alone […]

45 Mandarin Sentences with Chinese Characteristics

The following is a collection of sentences in Mandarin which I believe are special in some way. What do I mean by “special”? Well, let’s just say grammatically and structurally they’re not exactly typical, and in most cases they stand-alone as independent expressions. Plus, many of them contain elements of Chinese culture that set them […]

Variant Pronunciations in Mandarin

I’ve been editing Mandarin entries on Wiktionary for about a year now, and one unexpected phenomenon I have come across is, for the lack of a better term, “variant pronunciations”. Mandarin as we know it has been heavily standardised over the years, and we have come to think of “readings” of Chinese characters or word […]

100 English and Chinese Conversation Topics (with Pinyin)

My role at Global Hearts has expanded lately, which is very cool. They provide unique, bilingual tours of Melbourne for international students from all over the world. Their goal is to bridge the existing communication gap between international students and locals, a very worthwhile ambition. They also run a very awesome Chinese and English language […]