Zodiac signs in Chinese

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In China, you often ask about the Zodiac sign of the person you are talking to. Here is the question: What’s your Chinese zodiac sign? – 你属什么? (nǐ shǔ shén me) To answer this question you need to say 我属___ (wǒ shǔ___) – I was born in the year of the___. Monkey – 猴 (hóu) Rooster – 鸡 (jī) Dog … Read More

你要什么?What would you like?

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Hello, everyone. In today’s lesson, I’ve decided to focus on some food and drink names in Chinese (written in Pinyin), the phrase ‘What would you like?’ and personal pronounce which I have provided as a reference. Hope you enjoy the lesson and do leave any comments or questions at the end. Matt Wan 1. Match the words in Pinyin with their pictures below. … Read More

Useful Chinese verbs for beginners

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Useful Сhinese vocabulary (1) The podcast with these will follow but at the moment here is the list of useful verbs you should know. I have put Pinyin in the middle but without the tone so you will need to listen to the podcast. The first word ‘love’ is really popular. Do you know how to say ‘I love you’ … Read More

Chinese New Year 2016

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About Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is a big festival celebrated by the Chinese communities all over the world as well as London. It is based on the lunar and solar calendars with the actual date of Chinese New Year being different every year. However, it always falls between late January and mid-February. What is also interesting is that … Read More

Never Ignore a Tilde

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N.B. Ã/ã (a–tilde) is a letter used in some languages, generally considered a variant of the letter. I thought it would be a nice gesture to wish a Spanish colleague ‘Happy New Year’ in Spanish via WhatsApp. A simple enough task you would have thought, but I hadn’t bargained on the tilde, that squiggly line which sometimes appears above the … Read More