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Mandarin Learning Tips Blog

How Many Chinese Characters Are There and How Many Should You Learn?

Pierre Cerchiaro | July 28, 2019

The Chinese writing system has undergone more than five thousand years of evolution and transformation, which has brought with it new sinograms and variants. While some dictionaries can list more than 80,000 characters (85,568 for 中华字海 Zhōnghuà Zìhǎi, published in 1994 and up to 106,230 for 异体字字典 Yìtǐzì Zìdiǎn published in 2004), most dictionaries include between 5,000 and 6,000 characters.

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Difference Between Chinese Male And Female Names

Sara Lynn Hua | July 23, 2019

Have you ever accidentally sent an email with something similar to “Dear Mr. Taylor Smith…” only to discover afterwards that the recipient was female? We certainly have. Ambiguous names always mess us up.

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5 Best websites and APPs to learn Chinese online

Pierre Cerchiaro | June 10, 2019

Finding time to learn Chinese can be really complicated, especially when you have to combine it with work, studies, leisure, and other things important to you. Fortunately, we live in an era where technology is now part of our daily life, and where Chinese-teaching materials can be found directly on our personal devices.

I studied Mandarin at university, so I used to have Chinese classes almost every day. After graduating, I decided to continue to study it by myself. In this article, I will share with you all the apps and websites I am using on a regular basis to strengthen my Mandarin skills, from reading and writing to listening and speaking.

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Chinese Pronunciation Cheat Sheet For Beginners

Joe Milne | May 29, 2019

Qingdao? Chongqing? Hsinchu? Zhongxing? With English being my first language, it’s very rare for me to see the ‘q’ and the ‘i’, or the ‘h’ and the ‘s’ paired up in such an unusual way… so when I see words like this, I have no idea how to write them down in basic English, or pinyin, let alone pronounce them with in the right tones.

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10 essential verbs in Chinese you must know (2)

Pierre Cerchiaro | April 21, 2019

Welcome to our second course of the most common verbs in Chinese. If you are new here and want to have a look at the first course about essential verbs in Mandarin, click here

For our readers who have finished studying the first part, here are 10 new verbs for you with sample sentences with characters, pinyin, explanation and English translation.
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