Author Archive | Brooke Bagley

The 16 Best Chinese Learning Websites for 2023

If you’re looking for the best websites to learn Chinese, then you don’t have to search long. There are tons of amazing websites that’ll help you master any element of the Chinese language, from pronunciation to reading comprehension to essential …

The 50 Most Useful Chinese Adjectives for Everyday Conversation

Without adjectives, you won’t be able to describe anything. When you’re learning Chinese, you’ll find it insanely difficult to communicate when simple, key adjectives are missing from your vocabulary. So today, I’m here to teach you 50 of the …

The 6 Main Uses of the Chinese Ne (呢) Modal Particle

Particles don’t exist in English, but they’re quite important in the Chinese language—especially the modal particle, 呢 (ne).  While this complex, yet simplified word has no direct meaning in English, it serves a number of different functions in the …

The Ultimate Guide to 没有 (méi yǒu) in Chinese

Even if you’re new to Chinese, you’ll hear the word  (méi yǒu) a lot. That’s because 没有 can be used in many ways. It literally means “to not have,” but it can also mean that something hasn’t happened or …

Cantonese vs. Mandarin: 5 Key Differences

Did you know that there are actually hundreds of Chinese dialects? But when it comes to learning Chinese, most people opt for the most commonly spoken dialects—Mandarin and Cantonese.  So how does one choose between the two? This is …

The 7 Major Chinese Dialects and Tips for Learning Them

China is a diverse nation—geographically, culturally and linguistically! Even after spending months or years learning Mandarin Chinese, you’ll still end up unable to understand someone while on your travels through China. That’s because the Chinese language has 7 major dialects…

How to Count Chinese Numbers 1-1000 and Beyond

If you recently started learning Chinese, odds are learning to count is one of your first goals. Chinese numbers are used for slang, days of the week, listing quantities, talking about money, months of the year, …

The 5 Chinese Tones and How to Master Them

Chinese is a tonal language, which means that the tone or pitch you use when you say a word determines its meaning. It might sound intimidating, but I promise it’s simpler than you’d expect. After all, we use tones in …