Author Archive | Sheena Dizon

Chinese Grammar: The Complete Guide to 15 Core Elements

Chinese grammar is logical, structural and simple. To be completely honest, Chinese language structures make more sense to me than grammar rules of other languages—English included. Let’s explore the key grammatical elements of the Chinese language system, and I think …

Top 28 Chinese Apps You Must Download in 2023

No access to Google, YouTube, Facebook or Whatsapp in China? No problem! The Great Firewall of China might prevent you from browsing your usual sites and platforms, but there are plenty of alternatives and essentials that will tide you over.…

The 24 Best Apps for Learning Chinese in 2023

Chinese learning apps are an awesome addition to your study toolbox. They can connect you with native speakers, teach you how to write Chinese characters, help you remember vocabulary, and more.  We’ve been reviewing Chinese learning resources and written hundreds …

7 Handy Tools That Give You the Pinyin Subtitles You Want

If you’re interested in Chinese culture, you might have gotten into it through being captivated by Mandarin-language movies and television shows. But unfortunately for beginner learners, watching Chinese films authentically usually isn’t possible. Most Chinese films offer 汉字 (hàn zì)…

30+ Must-know Chinese Honorifics for Being Polite Like a Pro

I never really liked being referred to as “ma’am.” It always makes me feel old. Although it sure beats hearing people shout “lady” to get my attention. It might not be rude in every culture, but it definitely isn’t polite …

Get What You Want in Chinese: When to Use 要 vs. 想 vs. 想要

In English, it’s common practice to interchange “want” and “need” when communicating desires, but there’s a clearer distinction in Chinese. You’ll also learn that (yào), (xiǎng) and (xiǎng yào) can all be translated as “to want.” So, how do …

13 Beautiful Chinese Words with Fascinating Hidden Meanings

Serendipity. Ethereal. Limerence. These are just a handful of the most beautiful words in the English language. What deems a word beautiful? Is it the way it rolls off your tongue? What about the word pulchritudinous? It doesn’t exactly …

10 Unique Resources to Easily Learn Mandarin Online

Are you learning Mandarin with textbooks and would like to have online resources to supplement your learning? Or, are you looking to study Mandarin without textbooks altogether? If so, keep reading because, in this blog post, I will give you …

10 Iconic Chinese Poems to Deepen Your Cultural Knowledge

Poems and other forms of literature reveal various perspectives and truths that a typical history textbook may lack. In addition to being a model for teaching language skills, poetry often contains references to epics, folk tales and stories of …

60 Animals in Chinese and Their Cultural Significance

If you’re learning Mandarin Chinese, at some point you’ll probably want to be able to talk about animals or (dòng wù). After all, animals figure prominently in Chinese cultural stories and everyday idioms. Not to mention, China is home …

Just Press Play! 16 Chinese Movies with English Subtitles

Watch movies to learn Chinese, they said. It’ll be fun, they said. But if you aren’t already proficient in the language, watching Chinese movies is just plain overwhelming. It’s a tricky language! How are you supposed to follow along …

The 16 Best YouTube Channels for Learning Chinese in 2023

Perhaps the biggest challenge of learning Chinese on YouTube is navigating through the sea of content. These 16 YouTube channels are great starting points. Also included are tips for making the most of your video study plans. Read on for …

32+ Common Chinese Terms of Endearment You Need to Know

Chinese terms of endearment are cute words Chinese people use to refer to their loved ones. Whether it be to joke around, show affection, or even flirt with someone, using these words correctly will help you sound more like …

50+ Chinese Medical Terms for Surviving Your Doctor’s Visit

Knowing medical terms in Chinese could be just as lifesaving as being able to ask “where’s the bathroom?” Whether you find yourself in the doctor’s office for a routine checkup or taking an unplanned trip to the hospital, these words …

How to Remember Chinese Tones and Sound Like a Native

Conversation is a lost art. If you don’t understand the importance of tones when speaking Mandarin Chinese, odds are everyone will be lost after your conversation. There’s no way around it. If you want to say what you mean, …

16 Ways to Say No in Chinese Like a Native Speaker

If you think 不 (bù) is how you say no in Chinese, think again. 不 is one of the first characters you learn and it’s even how the dictionary translates “no” from English. But if you don’t want to sound …