As Chinese learners, we are always looking for tools and hacks to increase our Chinese learning efficiency. That’s only normal. We want to learn as fast and as efficiently as possible. Today we’re putting two techniques to the test: Chinese character components vs. radicals. How do they stack up? Which should you choose to learn? While Chinese radicals have interesting use, Chinese components bring a lot more benefits to your learning. Let’s explore so we can prove that to you!read more
The Chinese food and kitchen are very varied: there are in fact so many uncountable dishes that it would take a lifetime for you to try them all out! Learn the many ways of cooking and spicing up your Chinese meal you need to know about in this Chinese food course on Ninchanese.read more
Numbers are everywhere and when learning Chinese you will very soon get to know the basic numbers and count using Chinese. Right after that, there’s the big numbers, you will count even higher: at first up to 100 （一百）, then 1000 （一千） and finally 10000 （一万）. These are the basics to know, but what if you want to use the really big numbers and the amount of zeros is getting out of control? Find it out how by continuing reading.read more
Introducing a whole new world on Ninchanese: The Rad Way to Learn Chinese Characters! It’s chock-full of rad Chinese components to discover. What’s so rad about those? Easy: they’re your key to understanding Chinese characters a LOT better. Let’s dive in.read more
I think at one point everyone who starts learning Chinese asks themselves the same questions about writing Chinese:
- Do I need to learn to write Chinese characters?
- When is the best time to begin with them?
- Where do you start?
- How do you write Chinese characters? Are there any rules?
With this article, I want to share a bit of my experience in writing characters and maybe a helpful additional way of learning Chinese. To be clear, I’m not talking about the art of Chinese Calligraphy but just casual hand-writing. Handwritten Chinese with a pen a piece of paper.read more
When you want to learn Chinese, you need to really go for it and work on it every day. Everyone will tell you that. It’s true for every language you are learning. I personally think it’s a long process anyway, and that’s not sustainable to maintain so much implication for a few months. Actually, it’s even more complicated when you’re a beginner to intermediate learners since you can’t enjoy Chinese content from TV (for example) passively. So, it will happen that you skip one or two days. That’s alright! What happens when you skip learning for weeks? Or even a month? Is there any way to start learning Chinese again? The short answer is YES.read more
Recently, a Chinese learner phrased something in a particular way. He reached us out to us and said: “I have a memory problem. How can I do more reviews?”read more
An easy way to memorize and pronounce tones! The first time you hear a Chinese speaking a sentence, were you like “wow, I understand nothing and why do they sound like they’re going on a rollercoaster”? No wonder, you’re hearing tones for the first time! They may seem daunting, but I have a secret to tell you. There’s a super easy trick to tones: you’re actually already using tones in English, so all you need to do is apply that knowledge to your Chinese!read more
The more you listen to Chinese speakers, the more you start noticing the little sounds that pepper their discourse. It’s what we call Chinese exclamative particles or interjections 语气词 yǔ-qì-cí.read more
In case you’ve just started learning Chinese or not, what are the differences in the 2 different ways of writing Chinese characters? The written Chinese language uses Simplified Chinese characters and Traditional Chinese characters. Let’s see the difference between the two ways of writing Chinese characters. And let’s find out which Chinese character set is for you!read more