Chinese learning tips

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Why learn Mandarin Chinese, the language of Confucius?

There are several compelling reasons to learn Mandarin Chinese that we’ll see in this article. And today, learning Chinese is accessible thanks to the Ninchanese app, where you’ll be able to learn characters and their tones in a few months and have a pretty decent Chinese level in only a year in listening, speaking, and writing. And even more, if you want to prepare for all the levels of HSK. So let’s see why learning Mandarin Chinese is advantageous.

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NinchaneseWhy learn Mandarin Chinese, the language of Confucius?
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Components vs Radicals: Which are best for your Chinese learning?

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!

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NinchaneseComponents vs Radicals: Which are best for your Chinese learning?
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Chinese food: Learn to Cook and Spice your Chinese meal with complete vocabulary lists!

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.

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NinchaneseChinese food: Learn to Cook and Spice your Chinese meal with complete vocabulary lists!
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Big Numbers in Chinese – The struggle with the zeros and other characteristics

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.

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NinchaneseBig Numbers in Chinese – The struggle with the zeros and other characteristics
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Chinese components & Chinese radicals World: Up, close and personal with Chinese characters

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.

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NinchaneseChinese components & Chinese radicals World: Up, close and personal with Chinese characters
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Writing Chinese characters: The purpose

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.

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NinchaneseWriting Chinese characters: The purpose
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How to review words on Ninchanese when the number is too high

When you want to learn Chinese, you need to go for it and work on it every day. Everyone will tell you that. It’s true for every language you are learning. Regularity is the key. As is reviewing words you’ve just learned, so they go from your short-term to your long-term memory. We know, however, that it’s not always easy to stay focused and to review daily. It’s even more complicated when you’re a beginner to intermediate learner since you can’t enjoy Chinese content from TV (for example) passively yet. So, you may skip one or two days. That’s alright! But what happens when you skip learning for weeks? Or even a month? Your words to review start to pile up. Is there any way to start learning Chinese again? To handle your word reviews? The short answer is YES.

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NinchaneseHow to review words on Ninchanese when the number is too high
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The super hidden (and insanely useful) tone trick no one tells you about

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!

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NinchaneseThe super hidden (and insanely useful) tone trick no one tells you about