Author Archive | Sheena Dizon

5 Totally Uncomplicated Tips to Master Basic Chinese Grammar


How many times have you been told that Chinese has no grammar?

My guess: too many.

I get it, though.

Mandarin Chinese does have sentence patterns that are radically different from the ones in English, and to an outsider, …

Blessings and Good Fortune! How to Wish Someone Good Luck in Native Sounding Chinese


Luck is a huge part of Chinese culture.

It underlies Feng Shuigift-giving etiquette, unlucky numbers and colors of prosperity and vitality.

So it may come as no surprise that there are many different ways to wish

Lovers, Pals, Strangers… Chinese Terms of Endearment for All!


Are you more of a “sweetheart” person, or do you prefer “babe”?

Perhaps you’re into millennial terms like “bae.”

Some cringe at pet names altogether, but hey, to each their own, right?

Regardless of how you feel about them, the …

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 …