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 …

30 Must-have Chinese Apps for Spending Time in China

 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 2022

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 …

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. After all, animals figure prominently in Chinese cultural stories and everyday idioms. Not to mention, China is home to thousands of …

The 10 Best Chinese Songs of All Time for Your Next KTV Party

If there’s one activity that Chinese people love, it’s karaoke. Whether they’re social drinkers or don’t drink at all, there’s nothing that’ll easily bring people together like a KTV party. You might not be as enthusiastic about it, but …

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 2022

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 …

Wondering How to Order Food in Mandarin? Start Here!

Deciding what you want to eat can be very difficult when you love food. But deciding what you want from a foreign-language menu? That’s even harder. In this post, we’ll help you get up to speed on all the …

4 Ways Mandarin Speakers Show Love Without “I Love You”

Saying “I love you” in Mandarin is sometimes as simple as saying 我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ). But there are also many other, less straightforward ways to convey the same sentiments. In China, you’d mostly use expressions other than “I love …

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 …

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, …

Chinese Pinyin Pronunciation: Overview + Practice Guide

Afraid to try out your Chinese pronunciation? Some say that Mandarin Chinese is so hard to learn. They say the phonetic system pushes you so far from your comfort zone that it makes pronunciation a nightmare. It’s true that …

20 Best Classic Movies for Learning Chinese

Learning Chinese can be as entertaining as it is educational. Keep scrolling down to check out my favorite films for Chinese language learners! [fluentu-toc] Best Strategies for Learning Chinese from Movies Don’t get the popcorn popping just yet. First, …