Tips & news about Chinese and China

The Spoken Word

Chinese is a tonal language, meaning that any character can have many different meanings according to its tone and the character it is connected to. There are four principal tones...

Tip#5

In Chinese, it is very common that 2 or more different words having the same meaning correspond to one single word in most of other languages especially occidental ones. It...

Tips# 4 Improve your Chinese vocabulary

To learn more useful vocabulary you can carry a paper and a pen with you and mark down new words you recognize in your environment on a daily basis. If...

Tips#3 Practice your oral Chinese

To train your ear you can listen to the radio, television or any other formal Chinese news and report. For higher levels you can watch movies. Even if you do...

Tips#2 Practice your Chinese

Seize all opportunities to practice your Chinese and avoid relying on Chinese friends or colleagues as much as possible

Tips#1 Respect and recognition of pronunciation and tones

A clear respect and recognition of pronunciation and tones are mandatory to understand and be understood in Chinese. It may seem a little difficult and boring at the beginning, but...