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Leo Xia

Leo Xia is a contributing writer at TutorMing. He spent 12 years of his life in China, before going to the University of Southern California (USC) to get his degree in Industrial Systems Engineering. Through his writing, he hopes to generate interest in modern Chinese culture while also fostering deep appreciation of China's rich history.

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7 MandoPop Songs To Help You Learn Chinese

Leo Xia | October 14, 2015

Learning a new language such as Mandarin Chinese can be difficult. It becomes particularly overwhelming when you start thinking about all the grammar, vocabulary, stroke orders and radicals (just to name a few) that you have to memorize. While not trivializing how important it is to put in the time to master the basics of a language, there are methods of learning Mandarin Chinese that are less dry than simply copying characters over and over again into a notebook. While China does have a long history of traditional music, Mandarin Chinese Pop music (or Mandopop) emerged within the last few decades. Mandopop generally boasts deeply romantic songs with poetic, carefully crafted lyrics.

The Mandopop craze in China manifests itself in karaoke venues known as KTVs. These venues are often full blown businesses with whole floors or even buildings dedicated to satisfying the karaoke needs of the public. It is a very common place to hit up after business events or dinners as well as just a place for teenagers to hang out and sing their hearts out.

Here is a compilation of Mandopop artists each with one of their iconic songs from the 2000’s onwards that reflects their unique compositional style. For newcomers to the language, the four different tones for speaking Mandarin do not matter when you’re singing it so need to stress out about your tone accuracy during karaoke! Becoming a fan of Mandopop might just be the push you need to take the next step in your Mandarin education!

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