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How Seniors Can Learn Chinese

Anyone who says seniors shouldn’t try to learn Chinese, or any other language for that matter, hasn’t done their research! Even if you are intimidated by getting started, there’s no reason you shouldn’t give it a go. In fact, learning a new language can do wonders for brain function in seniors. One piece of important […]

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Posted on June 4, 2018 by

Language Family Tree

One of my previous articles was about Chinese Family Tree, so it gave me the opportunity to think about a wider concept of family tree.   Before speaking of a language family tree, it might be useful to introduce the concepts of familiarity and kinship in languages. There is a genealogical classification for languages used […]

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Posted on December 15, 2017 by

Chinese Family Titles & Greetings

In my previous article I gave you a headache with the Family Tree in the Chinese language. Now let’s see other titles and how to address people. I have divided everything into specific categories, in order to make them easier to memorise. Titles 先生 (xiān sheng, Mr.) 女士 (nǚ shì, Ms.) 太太 (tài tai, Mrs.) […]

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Posted on November 30, 2017 by

Chinese Family Tree

I still remember the first time I was invited in a Chinese family party. Everybody started to tell me to who are related. Of course, I did not understand anything. Firstly, because my Chinese was not that good at that time and secondly because a Chinese Family Tree gives you a headache. Surely, remembering 爸爸(baba/father) […]

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Posted on November 15, 2017 by

7 Chinese taboos (part 2)

  In the previous post, we talk about some Chinese taboos, here’s a few more: 4.Never say “我 不是 东西 (wǒ bú shì Dongxi)” This sentence will certainly confuse: the words “东 (Dong)” and “西 (xi)” mean east and west, right? True, but when we match them, they have a new meaning: “thing”. For example, […]

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Posted on April 30, 2017 by

7 Chinese Taboos

Everybody knows when you visit a foreign country you should adapt to the new environment. Of course, there will be some “weird” customs you are not familiar with. Let me help you to avoid naïve behavior. Among those, there is the large taboo topic. Some of them are pretty well known:  for example, eating with […]

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Posted on April 15, 2017 by

Directional Words: 左 and 右

 Today is the the third post, the last one, about directional and position words in Chinese. Here are the first (下and 上) and the second (前 and后) ones. Left(左) and right(右) Traditional Chinese writing, writing goes from up to down and from right to left. The geographical Mindset East is left and west is right […]

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Posted on October 15, 2016 by

Positional words: 前 and 后

In the previous article I introduced some useful positional and directional words, 下 and 上. Today we study 前 and 后 , front and back. Chinese look at time as a river’s flow. They always look back at their history, remembering all their traditions: 前天(qiantian) = the day before yesterday 后天(houtian) = the day after tomorrow […]

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Posted on September 30, 2016 by

Positional and Directional Words : 下and 上

As all language learners know, studying a language is not only learning verbs and structures, but also learning about different mindsets and “thinking” in somebody else’s language. For those who study Chinese, for example, some additional words can be challenging. Today we see 上(shang) and下 (xia). In the next 2 articles we deal with other […]

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Posted on September 15, 2016 by

Using 把 particle in Chinese

The word order in Chinese is so-called SVO: Subject – Verb – Object: 我爱你 I love you In imperative tense, the subject cannot be written: 开门! Open the door! Nevertheless, verb (开) and object (门) still have the same position. In Chinese, there is a “trick“ to shift the direct object to the left of […]

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Posted on June 15, 2016 by