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The Most Helpful Chinese Words And Phrases For Traveling To China

If you’re planning a trip to China, it’s necessary to learn some essential Chinese words and phrases before going. Knowing some handy phrases helps you prevent getting lost, social awkwardness, and misunderstandings. It will also allow you to build great new connections with Chinese people and make your trip more memorable.  This article will introduce you to the essential Chinese words and phrases you need to know before traveling to China. We’ve also divided them into the most basic categories, such as transportation-related, accommodation-related, and restaurant-related vocabulary lists for your convenience.  Most commonly used Chinese words and phrases to know …

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The Eye Radical 目: Overview, Mnemonics, and Vocabulary

Another week, another episode of the radical series! Today, we’ll introduce to you a radical related to our body parts. Let’s solve this riddle to find out what the radical is. “What body part is pronounced as one letter but written with three, only two different letters are used?” “Did you figure it out yet? Is it the head? No! Is it the forehead? Not even close! But you’re almost there, going down just a bit. Ah, it’s the eyes, isn’t it? One point for you guys! It’s “eye.” In this article, we’ll learn about the eye radical, what it …

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How to Learn Chinese for Work Successfully 

You need to learn Chinese quickly for your new job — what should you do? Where do you start? Your friends recommend a few places to learn basic Chinese. Unfortunately, that won’t be enough. No doubt learning basic Chinese will help you improve your general communication, but not for a business environment. In other words, if you just learn from materials designed for general Chinese, you just won’t be able to apply much of it to your real-life situations at work.  So, what really makes learning Chinese for work different from general communication Chinese?  It’s the vocabulary. Chinese people use …

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The Sickness Radical 疒: Overview, Mnemonics, and Vocabulary 

Welcome back to the Pandanese blog series on radicals!  This series is to help our readers develop their Chinese language skills by getting familiar with the most commonly used Chinese radicals.  Learning radicals can help you accelerate your vocabulary learning and expand your Hanzi knowledge in no time.  In this article, we’ll introduce to you to the radical sickness 疒(nè) and teach you how to memorize its associated vocabulary more effectively.   Let’s jump right in! What is the sickness radical in Chinese?  The Chinese radical 疒(nè) refers to disease, illness, or sickness. You can find 526 characters (out of 49,030) …

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Is Shanghainese the Same as Mandarin Chinese?  

Mandarin Chinese, or Standard Chinese, is the official language of China. However, it’s not the only language Chinese locals are speaking. There are other regional languages and dialects spoken throughout China.  In Shanghai, the locals use both Mandarin Chinese and its provincial dialect, Shanghainese. Though Shanghainese shares many similarities to Mandarin Chinese, it still has a lot of differences in pronunciation, tones, and vocabulary. Read on to discover more! What is Shanghainese? Shanghainese 上海话 (Shànghǎi huà), or Shanghai dialect, belongs to the Wu Chinese language group, the third most spoken Chinese language after Mandarin and Cantonese. With nearly 14 million …

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The Cliff Radical 厂: Overview, Mnemonics, and Vocabulary

Another article on the radical series is here for you!  Are you the kind of person who enjoys hiking, trekking, or rock climbing? If yes, China is a good destination for your consideration. Even luckier, mid-February to April is the shoulder season that is suitable for travelers to visit China.  Before packing your suitcase and heading off to China, it’s important to learn something related to hiking, trekking, and rock climbing. Today, in this article, we introduce you to the cliff radical, what it is, and how to memorize it with fun mnemonics.  What is the cliff radical? In Chinese, …

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How to Learn Hanzi: Quick-Start Guide for Beginners

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, 27 letters in Spanish, and 74 letters in Khmer used in Cambodia— the world’s largest alphabet.  Unlike these languages, Chinese does not have an alphabet! However, it does have a unique writing system that consists of roughly 50,000 characters (Hanzi). Each character represents one syllable of spoken Chinese, and words are composed of one or more of these characters. That means in order to understand and communicate in Chinese, you have no other option but to learn Hanzi! Don’t worry. You don’t need to learn all Chinese Hanzi — just know around …

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5 Practical Tips to Improve Chinese Listening

Listening is one of the most important elements in one’s Chinese learning journey. Good listening skills allow you to communicate effectively with Chinese people and have solid interactions. However, Chinese listening is also one of the most challenging skills to master. No worries—we’re here to help! This article will explain what makes listening difficult and give you the best tips to improve Chinese listening.  Let’s dive in!  What makes Chinese listening difficult The first step toward mastering Chinese listening is understanding what makes it difficult. Having a good understanding of these challenges will help you know how to improve Chinese …

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How to Read in Chinese

The word read in Chinese is 读 (dú) or 阅读 (yuèdú). However, most of us would like to know how to read Chinese and not rely on the dictionary. We can always look up a single word in the dictionary. But when it comes to reading paragraphs and sentences, using the dictionary will take too much work. The only way to read in Chinese fluently is through learning. Our brain can be the best dictionary there is for us. With the right approach, you too can make your brain a powerful Chinese dictionary. Before starting to learn Chinese You should …

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The Father Radical 父: Overview, Mnemonics and Vocabulary

Welcome back to our weekly radical series! In today’s article, we introduce you to the father radical 父 in Chinese, its stroke orders, and how you can memorize it with our mnemonics flashcard example. What is the father radical? In Chinese, the radical for father is pronounced as “fù” and written as 父. This radical is composed of 4 strokes and is listed as radical 88 according to the Kangxi radical chart (a system of radicals of Chinese characters).  According to the Kangxi Dictionary, only 10 characters (out of 49,030) are found under this radical. The number of characters found …

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