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Mandarin Learning Tips Blog

Angela Fang

Angela Fang is a contributing writer at TutorMing. Born in New Jersey, she decided to go to University of California, Berkeley, to get her degrees in Economics and Math. In her free time, she enjoys napping, surfing the Internet, and playing the violin. Corgis are her spirit animal.

Recent Posts

10 Survival Chinese Phrases For Tourists

Angela Fang | April 21, 2016

It’s that time of the year where the weather is warming up! Although we just marched into spring, are some of you already planning for summer vacation?

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What Do Animals Sound Like In Chinese?

Angela Fang | February 18, 2016

We’ve been familiar with animals’ sounds since we were children, via the multitude of picture books and Sunday cartoons that teach us their noises along with the ABCs. I’m pretty sure if I asked you what noise a cow makes you’ll automatically think “moo.” Something so fundamental in our early education, like the colors and numbers, is always somehow incorporated into daily life. Whether you’re watching a documentary on Animal Planet or even just swatting at that annoying bee buzzing in your ear, it’s clear animals have a ubiquitous existence in our world. 

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How To Use: Classifers In Chinese

Angela Fang | February 13, 2016
What is a Classifier?

A “classifier” (also known as a “measure word” or a “counter” ) is required in many East-Asian languages to quantify nouns in proper grammatical form.

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Common Mistakes Chinese Learners Make

Angela Fang | January 27, 2016

Communicating in a different language is a challenge, especially if you do not fully understand it. Mistakes occur, and sometimes they are hard to spot. Learning Mandarin can be a strenuous process, but we’re here to make it easier for you. Here are some common mistakes that beginners make in Chinese learning.

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What Is An Umlaut (Ü) In Chinese

Angela Fang | January 15, 2016

If you've been studying Chinese for a while, you may have noticed this odd little letter in pinyin. It looks like a "u" with two dots on it. From a distance, it also resembles a smiley-face.

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How To Use: Chinese Punctuation

Angela Fang | December 29, 2015

Before adapting punctuation marks from the Western world, Chinese text did not contain such symbols. Ancient Chinese text has hundreds and thousands of characters with literally no spaces between them. As the 20th century came around and Eastern text adapted to modernization, Chinese texts also applied punctuation marks to indicate sentence structure. However, even though Chinese punctuation marks called标点符号 (biāo diǎn fú hào), are derived from Western ones, there are many differences between the two.

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