Author Archive | Sheena Dizon

20 Shockingly Good Apps to Learn Mandarin Chinese in 2021

These days, there’s an app for just about everything. So it isn’t a surprise at all that there are apps for learning Mandarin Chinese. But, you might be wondering, can they really move your studies forward? They sure can!…

7 Handy Tools That Give You the Pinyin Subtitles You Want

If you’re learning Mandarin, you might also be interested in Chinese culture. And if you’re interested in Chinese culture, you might have gotten into it through being captivated by Mandarin-language movies and television shows. It’s how we all get sucked …

TGIF! Counting Down the Days of the Week in Chinese

The Monday blues. Hump Day (a.k.a Wednesday). Thirsty Thursdays. Whether literal or symbolic, each day of the week has meaning for us. And given that we’re always looking forward to the weekend, we talk about the days of the …

Cha-ching! Money in Chinese and How to Talk About It

Money makes the world go round, doesn’t it? Okay, money isn’t everything, but it does play a huge part in our lives. Financial security is important, though—that’s for certain. There’s even a study that suggests counting money relieves pain. …

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

Do you ever feel like you’re slowly wasting away as you spend hours on end staring at your phone? I get it. When we’re bored, we seek entertainment to stimulate the brain. But if you ask me, the best way …

Beyond the Farm: 50 Symbolic Animals in Chinese

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: In English, being referred to as pig-headed or a one-trick pony isn’t exactly the nicest thing someone can say about you. Mandarin also has its own share of animal idioms to describe …

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 …

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. There are so many aspects of eating out that can be super stressful, …

How to Memorize Chinese Characters: 7 Simple Steps

Did you know that there are over 50,000 characters in Chinese? How crazy is that? Out of that 50,000, how many characters are language students expected to learn? Most Chinese dictionaries only list about 20,000 characters, and just like …

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

How do you say “I love you” in Mandarin? Well, that would just be as simple as saying 我爱你 (wǒ ài nǐ), right? Unfortunately, the reality is that the translation isn’t as straightforward as you’d think. But that should …

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. Have you ever wondered what Chinese would be like without them? In one …

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 Mandarin Chinese comes with tons of perks. The best of these may just be your newly found ability to access Chinese cinema. As they say, watch what you love and the language will follow (or something like that).…