Author Archive | Sheena Dizon

Play with a Full Deck: Chinese Vocabulary Cards for Learners of All Levels


Flashcards are great for studying, but who has time to make them these days?

It’s true that creating flashcards by hand offers that tactile learning experience, which stimulates better recall for character writing.

However, not everyone has the patience (or …

How Do Plurals Work in Chinese? The Simple 3-step Guide


What do you mean, no plurals?!

You may’ve heard that in Chinese, nouns are the same in both singular and plural forms.

You can’t just tack on an -s, like we do in English.

So how will you …

Take a Sick Day: Over 50 Chinese Medical Terms for Anything That Ails You


A hospital’s a scary place.

It’s even worse when you don’t speak the language.

If you live in a Chinese-speaking place, you may experience some extra dread whenever you go to a doctor or need to make an emergency …

5 Fun and Easy Jokes in Chinese to Impress Your Friends


How good are you at keeping a conversation going?

Holding a conversation is a social skill that doesn’t come naturally for all of us. Sometimes even chitchat in our native tongue can be a real challenge.

But the real question …

Learn the Trickiest Chinese Vowel Sounds to Make Your Mandarin Vroom!


If you’re used to understanding difficult concepts the first time around, you’re in luck.

We’ve got one just for you!

Chinese vowels.

But, don’t worry if you’re not that type of person.

If understanding Mandarin Chinese vowels doesn’t come easily …

5 Tools to Practice Your Chinese Writing and Master the Art of the Written Word


If I randomly asked you to write (shū) could you do it?

Without giving you the definition “to comb,” I’m afraid the odds are against you.

Several Chinese characters share the same pinyin (shū).

If it makes you …

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.

Have you ever wondered what Chinese would be like without them?

In one …