Vocabulary

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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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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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The top 30 Chinese celebrities to know!

Don’t you feel that, as westerners, you don’t know many Chinese celebrities? We had a conversation with Possopo. He’s been a learner for a good time on Ninchanese now and has an intermediate Chinese level. He came across Chinese names he did not know before on Ninchanese. We started to have a conversation about this topic and so Possopo decided to explore more that cultural aspect. He made a great list of Chinese persons to know with very clever and funny explanations about them. I’ll let you read his blog article and discover his Chinese celebrities list at the end of the article.

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NinchaneseThe top 30 Chinese celebrities to know!
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A-ya! Chinese interjections to absolutely know!

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.

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NinchaneseA-ya! Chinese interjections to absolutely know!
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What to do when you can’t find the word you’re looking for with an IME?

Sometimes you think you know a Chinese word, but when you try to type it in your Chinese IME, you can’t find it. I’m sure this has happened multiple times to you. It could be for various reasons, maybe you don’t have the right pinyin. Or maybe there’s a spelling mistake in what you’re typing. How do you know?

How do you find the Chinese character you are looking for?

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NinchaneseWhat to do when you can’t find the word you’re looking for with an IME?
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New world: The Chinese Character Universe – Science-based Chinese character learning

Today, we’re incredibly excited to announce a new science-based world on Ninchanese: the Universe of Chinese Characters the most advanced way to learn Chinese Characters yet. This all-new word on Ninchanese has been designed with one goal in mind: to drive your Chinese character acquisition like no other. In a world that goes back to the Big Bang of Chinese, you’ll easily learn characters in a newly optimized way. Feeling excited? Let’s see what this new world is all about. To infinity, and beyond! 

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NinchaneseNew world: The Chinese Character Universe – Science-based Chinese character learning
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Spring in Chinese? Not just one but six terms!

Today is the first day of Spring! Finally! To celebrate today being the first day of spring, we wanted to share with you these beautiful illustration by Oamul (卤猫) depicting the different stages of spring. Did you know the Chinese divided spring into 6 terms? Read on to learn more!

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NinchaneseSpring in Chinese? Not just one but six terms!