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Mandarin Learning Tips Blog

Pierre Cerchiaro

Pierre Cerchiaro is a contributing writer at TutorMing. He is a French expat working in Taiwan and has had both studying experience in China and Taiwan. He is passionate about the Chinese language and is a foodaholic.

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How to Use the Verb “To Be” in Chinese?

Pierre Cerchiaro | September 09, 2019

In terms of verbs, Mandarin Chinese is way easier than English. There are no conjugations or no tenses. However, some verbs are not used the same way we use it when speaking English or other foreign languages.

In this article, we’ll see the different ways of using “to be” in Chinese

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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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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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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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10 essential verbs in Chinese you must know (1)

Pierre Cerchiaro | April 17, 2019

 Like in any other language, certain verbs in Chinese are used all the time in daily life and can help you express basic but essential sentences to be understood by everyone in China. In this article, we will present to you the most common Chinese verbs followed by sample sentences with characters, pinyin, explanation and English translation.


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