Learning Chinese Through Movies and Laugh - 非诚勿扰 Part 3

Hello everybody, 大家好! Welcome back to our series on Learning Chinese through Funny Movies. I am writing this article on Thanksgiving, 感恩节gǎn ēn jié. Wish your Thanksgiving is filled with blessings, joy and turkeys! Today we look at the last part of the small talk between Mr. Fan and Qin Fen. You will learn some very useful phrases and expressions in the Chinese language from this scene. Sentence 4 to Sentence 8 qín fèn :shuō mǔ yǔ 。 秦  奋:      说  母  语。 fàn xiān shēng :āi ya, nǐ ...

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Greetings in Chinese - Using the Correct Terms at the Correct Time

大家好!又在这里见面了。历史上罕见的暴风雪正在席卷美国东北部。注意安全和保暖噢! (dà jiā hǎo !yòu zài zhè lǐ jiàn miàn le 。lì shǐ shàng hǎn jiàn de bào fēng xuě zhèng zài xí juàn měi guó dōng běi bù 。zhù yì ān quán hé bǎo nuǎn ō !) How are you, everybody. Today we talk about how to greet in Chinese on different occasions. The above is a good example when you meet a group of people who you don't know personally or very well. Let me explain. 大家好。Hello/hi everybody. This is a common greeting to a group of people instead ...

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Learn Chinese Through Movies and Laugh - 非诚勿扰 Part 2

Hey, everybody! Welcome back to our series on Learning Chinese through Funny Movies! Last article we started with the small talk between Mr. Fan and Qin Fen. Since then I hope you had the opportunity to watch more of the movie. Today, we will explain further what happens in the opening scene. Sentence 2 & 3: qín fèn: nín dìng ,nín shuō nǎ gè shùn kǒu shuō nǎ gè ,wǒ dōu xíng 。 秦  奋:您   定,      您    说    哪 个   顺      口      说   哪 个, 我   都    行。 fàn xiān shēng: nà hái shì shuō mǔ yǔ ba 。 范 ...

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Learn Chinese through Movies and Laugh! - 非诚勿扰

Watching movies is one of the best ways to learn a native language. Today we look at the comedy titled: “If You Are the One 非诚勿扰(fēi chéng wù rǎo).” If You Are the One is a 2008 highly successful Chinese romantic comedy film directed by Feng Xiaogang and starring Ge You and Shu Qi. It earned over ¥364 million (US$53.7 million) at the box office. The movie is about Mr. Qin Fen秦奋 (qín fèn,homophone of the word diligence勤奋 ) who is now in his late 4os. He returns to China after years of ...

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Top 10 Applications for Learning Chinese

When searching the Apple store, you will be amazed by the amount and variety of Chinese learning apps. This article will give a brief introduction to 10 categories of them and recommend handy apps for all Chinese learners. 1. Flash Card l  Fun Chinese (Listening practice)  Recommend: Yes ★★★ ( Fun Chinese provides several different games in every topic for learning Chinese. Memory game: matching the color in a different box. Bubble game: eliminating color bubbles ...

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Mandarin Vowels Guide - Tips from a Mandarin Teacher

Vowels are the most indispensible component of a syllable. Mandarin has three types of finals composed by three types of vowel: simple vowels, nasal vowels and compound vowels. This article will focus on finals, to examine English speakers’ difficulties and give tips to improve pronunciation. There are 35 finals in Mandarin: 6 simple vowels, 13 compound vowels and 16 nasal vowels. 1. Single vowels: o, e, ü Simple finals are composed by a single vowel. There are three particular ...

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Mandarin Consonants

Pronunciation is of vital importance especially in mandarin. Initials, finals, and tones are combined in fixed ways to produce a total of 1,600 possible distinct syllable sounds in Chinese (compare to 16,000 for English and 100 for Japanese). As long as you pronounce one syllable sound wrong, you can get a completely different word. This article will focus on initials, to examine English speakers’ difficulties and give tips to improve pronunciation. Mandarin initial sounds are composed by ...

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Chinese Speaking Patterns: Ordering in a Restaurant

Ever eaten with your friends at a Chinese restaurant? Then you may have seen the waiters and waitresses speak Mandarin to their Chinese customers. Though it may sound foreign to you now, this lesson will teach you how to use common restaurant phrases in Chinese and make you seem like a natural Chinese speaker to your friends and guests. Let’s begin our lesson by walking into the restaurant and approaching the counter with your party of five. In this situation you tell the person working ...

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Learning Chinese: Greetings in Daily Life (打招呼 (da3 zhao1hu0)

Greetings is a very important subject in almost any language study because it is among the most used expressions in a language, and they often allow us to start and end a conversation. Chinese, like all languages, has its own set of unique greetings which may be seemingly strange to learners of the language (this is particularly true if the two cultures are vastly different).  Let me introduce you to the most commonly-used Mandarin greetings, along with the corresponding pinyin ...

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中国語の学習~ビギナーにとって必須のフレーズ

新しく言語を学ぶことは大変なことです。新しいボキャブラリーや文法、発音という難関が待ち受けています。マンダリンの学習は、他の言語の学習と似ていますが、独特の難しさもあります。なぜなら、英語、ドイツ語、ロマンス語と違い、マンダリンの文字には四つの声調があるからです。実際、論理言語ですが、最初は難しく感じるでしょう。それでは、どこから始めたらよいのでしょうか?基本的なフレーズから始めるのがよいと思います。 「こんにちは」はとても大切な言葉です。会話を始める前に、「こんにちは」というと、フレンドリーな態度を示すことが出来ますし、また万人に通じる挨拶です。你好<Ni Hao>は、マンダリンで「こんにちは」という意味です。<nee how>と発音し、状況、年齢や地位に関わらず使うことが出来ます。マンダリンは四つの声調があるため、<Ni Hao>は第二声と第三声が用いられます。你好<Ni2 Hao3>と言ってから、話し始めると自然でしょう。また、我叫~<Wo3 Jiao4>は、「私の名前は~です。」という意味です。フランクという名前の場合は、我叫Frank<Wo Jiao ...

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Learning Chinese - Necessary Phrases to Learn for any Beginner

Learning any new language can seem daunting. New vocab, new grammar and new pronunciation are a challenge. Learning Mandarin Chinese is not unlike learning any language but there are some distinct difficulties. Unlike English or any Germanic or Romance language, Mandarin Chinese is written with characters and spoken with four tones. Though it is actually a very logical language, at first, it is difficult for native English speakers. So where do you start? A great place to begin is some basic ...

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Learn Chinese NYC - The Chinese Pronunciation System (Pin Yin) - Initials

Congratulations on choosing to learn Chinese Pinyin! Whether you're an advanced or a complete beginner, developing your pinyin skills is essential for any Chinese language learner. Once someone has perfected the pinyin system of sounds, they can basically read and communicate with any Chinese person. The only criteria is that the Chinese person needs to remember their pinyin! Debunking the Myths about Pinyin A lot of foreigners looking to learn Chinese see the pinyin system as developed ...

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Learn Chinese NYC - Basics for Pronounciation and the Four Tones

Congratulations on choosing to learn the new buzz language in New York City, Chinese. When learning Chinese it's important to first learn the pronunciation of the language. Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language, with 4 tones that can change and distinguish the meaning of words. It's important to become familiar with the tones in the beginning, mastering the tones will take time and energy with a trained teacher. Don't worry though, Cantonese has 7 tones, and Vietnamese has 9 tones, so ...

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Learn Chinese NYC - Where to Start and The Basics

Congratulations on choosing to learn the most prominent Asian language for the new decade in 2010. Learning Chinese has become the new linguistic pursuit in schools throughout NYC. Individually when networking I've also come to find out that businessmen, government employees, parents concerned about their children's future, or just individuals interested in Asian language or culture have all at least discussed the possibility of learning Chinese. The possibilities with the language seem ...

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