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.
How do the Chinese read aloud unknown characters? That’s something we’ve all wondered once. What if we told you there was a trick that could help you guess the pronunciation of any character you run into? Read on to unlock the secret to pronouncing 80% of all Chinese characters: phonetic components and you’ll be able to pronounce any Chinese character you meet, whether it’s on a street sign or on a restaurant menu!
Are you looking for good modern Chinese dictionaries to complete your Chinese learning? Then, you’ve come to the right place! From online dictionaries to dictionary applications, we’ve reviewed 8 Chinese dictionaries to help you choose the one that will suit you the best. So, without further ado, here’s our selection of the best free online Chinese dictionaries available!
How many Chinese characters do I need to learn? You may have wondered that when starting Mandarin, as many many learners do when embarking on the wonderful journey that is learning Chinese. Read on to know the answers to these essential questions and all about Chinese characters. Besides learning how many characters there are in Chinese, you’ll see how many the average Chinese knows and how much you need to learn to reach conversational fluency in Chinese!
Do you like your coffee better with milk or sugar? That’s definitely something you want the waiter to be aware of when having a drink in a Chinese coffeeshop! Let’s learn about the best Chinese expressions to say “I’ll have a… with that”.
Saying thank you in Chinese is as essential as saying hello in everyday life and is a must-know in your Survival Chinese toolkit. Whether you’re traveling to China or living in China, thank you in Chinese is a basic word you’ll find yourself using all the time.
As you know, being polite and thankful towards people will always bring you good things, especially if you make the effort to say them in their native language. Try these expressions to see!
OK is the most used word all over the world. In addition to the ubiquitous OK, each country has their own specific ways of showing agreement. China is no different. It has in fact many ways to show agreement and consent. As a beginner learning Chinese, not only should you know how to say “yes” but you also need to know various ways of saying “OK, I agree…” to show your enthusiasm when you understand or accept something, don’t you think? So, let’s learn how to say OK in Mandarin so you can impress the Chinese with your speaking skills!
First time going to China? Lucky you! You’re going to have such an amazing time there! What? You’re excited but a little worried because you don’t know many useful Chinese phrases? You know how to say 你好nǐhǎohello, 谢谢xièxiethank you, 不客气búkèqiyou're welcome, and 请qǐngplease in Mandarin Chinese, but these don’t seem enough? If you have some time before you go, we suggest you learn Chinese a little more (we know a great place). No time, you’re leaving next week? Worry not; we’ve got your back. We’ve prepared 20 survival sentences that you’ll find yourself using all the time in China! This Mandarin survival kit has everything you need to face anything. Learn these 20 phrases and know that, whatever happens, you’ll be ready to deal with it! Ready?
Turning information into lasting knowledge is a science. Really remembering something is a science. And like any science, it requires great tools. One of the most effective memorization methods and tools? Spaced repetition. So much in fact that spaced repetition will absolutely be part of the Ninchanese learning experience. Here’s why we love it.
“People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.”
Samuel Johnson, an 18th century English essayist, pinpointed this important fact early on: a key to long term memory retention is being reminded.