Best apps to Learn Chinese

Best apps Learn Chinese Best apps Learn Chinese – CHINESESKILL, Pleco, Memrise, FluentU, Hello HSK, and DU CHINESE. 1/ CHINESESKILL – FREE Learn Chinese is just like play games  —  CHINESESKILL CHINESESKILL  is a likely game application for Chinese language learning, the overall system is similar with Duolingo, it lets the user in the “test” at the same time while learning… Read More Best apps to Learn Chinese

Mandarin tones

Pitch Contours of Mandarin Tones Practice using the four Mandarin tones. Mandarin Chinese is a tonal language, which means that different tones can change the meaning of a word, even if the pronunciation and spelling are otherwise the same. It is essential to learn the different tones if you wish to speak Mandarin Chinese correctly. Mandarin… Read More Mandarin tones

Introduction to HSK2

Introduction to HSK2 HSK2 examines the students’ capability of using Chinese in daily life. Those who pass HSK2 can engage in daily conversations in a simple direct way. Their Chinese language proficiency reaches the upper elementary level. TEST TAKERS The test takers of HSK2 should master at least 300 commonly used words and related knowledge… Read More Introduction to HSK2

Introduction to HSK1

Introduction to HSK1 HSK1 examines the students’ capability of using Chinese in daily life. Those who pass HSK1 can understand and use some simple Chinese words and sentences to facilitate their communication and be equipped with the ability to pursue further Chinese studies. TEST TAKERS The test takers of HSK1 should master at least 150… Read More Introduction to HSK1

Introduction to HSK3

Introduction to HSK3 HSK3 examines examinees’ application ability of Chinese. The examinees who have passed HSK (Level 3) can complete communication tasks of life, study and work in China; and they can deal with most of the communication tasks.  Also they may meet with while touring in China. TEST TAKERS The examinees to take part… Read More Introduction to HSK3

Cantonese – One of the seven major Chinese dialects

Chinese Dialects – Cantonese Cantonese dialects is a kind of Chinese Dialects of Han tone language belonged to Sino-Tibetan language family.It originated from ancient Chinese plains YaYan which is a mother language of Han. Ethnic groups in north China, and in the Qin and Han Dynasty it spread to Guangdong and Guangxi region. When combined… Read More Cantonese – One of the seven major Chinese dialects

The Chinese Phonetic Alphabet

The Chinese Pinyin Alphabet In the late 1950s, Chinese people began to use the Chinese phonetic alphabet. There have been many different systems many different systems of transcription for learning to pronounce Chinese.  A syllable in Chinese is composed of an initial, which is a consonant that begins the syllable,  and a final, which covers the rest of the syllable. 23 INITIALS: b,p,m,f,d,t,n,l,g,k,h,j,q,x,z,c,s,zh,ch,sh,r,y,w * Chinese people read m, f, n, l, h and sh as in English. * d like “d” in “bed” (unaspirated) j like “g” in “genius”  (unaspirated) z like “ds” in “beds” zh like “j” in “job” b like “p” in “spin” (unaspirated) g a soft unaspirated “k” sound x like “sh” in “sheep” but with the corners of the lips drawn back r somewhat like “r” in “rain” *  You should pay more attention to the pronunciation of the so-called “aspirated” consonants. It is necessary to breathe heavily after the consonant is pronounced.  p like “p” in “pope” t like “t” in “tap” k like “k” in “kangaroo” q harder than “ch” in “cheap” c like “ts” in “cats” ch (tongue curled back, aspirated) * Distinction between certain initials: b / p d / t g / k j / q z / c zh / ch  y: yes yellow w: what why Chinese Phonetic Alphabet