Today’s post is great because no matter which phrase you use, you’re going to sound very polite and humble when using them.
These 6 phrases have been graded from Newbie to Superior, not necessarily based on the difficulty of saying them, but rather how you sound to a native speaker when saying these words. In my opinion, saying the “superior” one is easier than saying many of the others but this doesn’t matter. After watching this, we encourage you to avoid numbers 1 and 2 to really make you sound like a boss, but remember, all are good
No no (Thank you very much)
P.Nà’er dehuà, hái bùgòu hǎo
Ah that’s nonsense, it’s still not good enough
P.Chà dé yuǎn ne
I’m still really far off
P.Nǐ guòjiǎngle, wǒ de zhōngwén hái yǒu hěn dà de jìnbù kōngjiān
You flatter me, my mandarin still has a lot of room for improvement
In this article I’m going to show how you can read your ChinesePod lessons on your Kindle with just 2 clicks. (You don’t need to own a kindle to do this: The app is available for free on all platforms).
I’ve been a huge fan of the Kindle line of e-readers for a long time, and have owned the Kindle with keyboard for many happy years, but this Christmas I decided to treat myself to a gift, and bought the new flagship model, the Kindle Voyage.I could barley justify the price difference between that and the paperwhite, which looked to have pretty much similar specs on paper, but knowing that Kindles don’t go out of date nearly as quickly as smartphones, and it would be something I would be using on a daily basis, I decided to splash out.
Learning a language can be brutal; especially those that aren’t comprised of Latin letters, which are what native English speakers are most familiar with. Even when it comes to learning a foreign language in school, our choices are often limited to Spanish or French-two languages that essentially use the same alphabet as English.
This is a guest post from friend of the site, Furio of Saporedicina.com. I’ve been a long time fan of Furio’s and it’s a great pleasure to share some of his ideas on our new blog. To read more about Furio, check out this page.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit,”
Why is it important to turn your study of Chinese into a habit?
Learning a foreign language requires consistency and Chinese is no exception. The most important piece of advice I can give you for learning Mandarin is Continue reading →
Learning Chinese can be a struggle, especially if you’ve just started out on the path to fluency. The tones, the characters, and the difficult sounds that you might not be familiar with can be a challenge to grasp.
However, once you’ve spent some time learning the basics, next comes reading articles, writing short in-class essays, and even perhaps the ability to understand TV shows and movies.
The cosmopolitan city that never sleeps encompasses all types- young, urban professionals, struggling artists, bewildered tourists thumbing through their guidebooks and a slew of others- a wash of color and culture all blended smoothly together in one of the world’s largest melting pots.
Taiwan is known for its wide selection of food options. And “wide” doesn’t even cover it. As I outlined in a previous post, the breakfast options alone are quite extensive.
However, the one thing that I’ve heard many people say about food in Taiwan is that it’s sometimes quite greasy. But while this may be true, there are also lots of other options out there if you’d like to be a bit healthier.
This one is for all you Mac users. Ever wanted to look up a Chinese character quickly and conveniently without disrupting your reading. It’s easy to do on your mac with a 3 finger tap and it works offline, system wide!
Note: You can also get browser add ons for Chrome and Firefox such as http://www.perapera.org/ and Zhongwen (Chrome) but they only work online, in the browser.
Warning: This is quite technical, and so I’m currently in talks with an app developer to make the process of learning your ChinesePod flashcards a lot easier. I will let you know when we have something ready. I will also write a post about doing it in Pleco which is a lot easier to do.
In today’s post I interview someone that I have been a fan of for a while. I really like the way Manu uses a blog to chart his Mandarin progress and it’s something I suggest ChinesePod fans to do themselves. I also like his use of fun illustrations that pepper each post.
Hi Manu, could you give everyone a brief introduction to who you are and how you got interested in Chinese?
After watching this video you will be able to create a custom deck, add vocabulary to the custom deck, and study it on your computer or mobile device. If you have any further questions, feel free to leave a comment. Enjoy
The one thing you’ll continuously hear if you visit Taiwan is how good the food is. This is not a lie, and not even some sort of disillusion on the part of a small group of people who just like to eat stinky tofu all day. It’s actually true.
We’re testing out a new “Random Button” feature. If you want to take the effort out of choosing a lesson, or love living life as it comes, try it out. Please bear in mind that it’s a new function so there might still be some bugs and features to add. Continue reading →
Whether you’re a complete beginner (Newbie) or an advanced learner, ChinesePod has a lesson for you. In today’s post i’m going to give you a brief introduction to all the levels that we offer. Continue reading →
First things first, I LOVE the look of this traditional character for turtle (龜 gūi). I might go as far as saying that it’s my favourite. It almost looks like the special ninja swords (Sai) that Raphael uses. It’s as if all those years back when someone was creating this character, they foresaw a future where turtles would wield ninja swords! Continue reading →
This post was written before it came out in Mainland China since it didn’t get released until some time later. It then got posted on Reddit, and was the #5 ranking article on there. Then it began being mentioned on numerous blog sites* and now
Even the Director of Guardians of the Galaxy has coined my English translation!!!
Two weeks ago we went to see Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, (2014).
It’s a pretty confusing name, especially since the predecessor was called “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” They definitely have too many “of the” in the titles. What will the third one be called? Rise of the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!?
It’s part two of the rebooted franchise, which had already been (badly) attempted by Tim Burton and “Marky Mark” Wahlberg in 2001 which itself was a remake of the 1968 Charlton Heston movie. Continue reading →