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Chinese (vocab, phrases, etc.)

A “skewer” of songs

I came across this the other day while looking for a collection of Eason Chan’s (陳奕迅 [Chén Yìxùn]) Mandarin songs: 陳奕迅Eason國語熱門串燒精選 I thought using 串燒 was such a fun way to refer to a selected compilation of his Mandarin songs. Here’s how it… Continue Reading →

On Tone Colors

While looking for discussions on tone colors, I came across this blog post the other day, “Color temperature of Mandarin tones“. I am by no means a designer, but I found it to be a really interesting analysis of a… Continue Reading →

ClozeCards: New Stories, Flashcards and Motivation

I just heard from David, the creator of ClozeCards.com (which you may remember from a previous post). He recently shared the information below with me, and I thought it would be really great to let everyone else know about these… Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Do I learn Mandarin Chinese or is it best I try Cantonese?

Below is a guest post from Learn Mandarin Now, which tackles the question: should one learn Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese? This is especially interesting for me as I’ve been taking some steps into Cantonese recently myself. Have a read and… Continue Reading →

A little mouse in an email address

In my previous post on punctuation, I left out perhaps one of the most interesting, creative, and perhaps most relevant to the internet, symbols: the @ symbol! When you ask people for their email address, they’ll often answer you with:… Continue Reading →

The Art of Punctuation in Chinese

There is a certain art to Chinese punctuation, and as a graduate student, writing papers with proper pronunciation is exceedingly important. 「知漢字者智。知標點者明。」-Me, breaking traditional poetic structure. A Little History of Chinese Punctuation Chinese traditionally had no paragraphs, no spaces and,… Continue Reading →

“You sold me out!”

A staple of any good mafia movie is when one of the guys rats out someone for fun and/or profit. And guess what? Chinese has an awesome phrase for a situation like that, too! 你出賣我!(nǐ chūmài wǒ) 出賣 is actually… Continue Reading →

Have a Nice Trip!

Spotted at the airport: In Chinese: 祝大家旅途愉快 祝 zhù wish 大家 dàjiā everyone 旅途 lǚtú journey/trip 愉快 yúkuài happy/cheerful Or, in English, 🙂 Have a nice journey (or trip)! It’s also easily adapted wishing, say, you friend or family to… Continue Reading →

A Crash Course in Chinese Numbers

This is a pretty simple post, but hopefully it’ll give you a quick and easy introduction to Chinese numbers–which can be rather intimidating at first the larger they get! But as you’ll see, it’s pretty easy to figure out once… Continue Reading →

Addressing an Envelope in Taiwan – Horizontal

Now that we’ve looked at how to address envelopes in the more traditional vertical style, let’s take a look how to address horizontal envelopes! Horizontal As for the horizontal envelopes, the post office yet again gives us some great instructions:… Continue Reading →

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