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5 Common Mistakes Chinese Learners Make

Having taught Chinese for a while, we’ve noticed a lot of common errors that English speakers make when learning Chinese. This is understandable, as Chinese has very different grammatical rules and structures than English. We’ve rounded up our list of…

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Using “很 (hěn)” with Adjectives

“How do you describe something in Chinese?” This is a question that our tutors often encounter in our Chinese classes for beginners. It sounds like a basic grammar rule, but simply stating that something is blue or black is a…

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Top 10 Most Common Chinese Characters

There are around eighty thousand Chinese characters. To the new Chinese learner, this can seem daunting. However, just like many words in English, the majority of these characters are not used in day-to-day vocabulary. If you can recognize even one…

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Greetings other than 你好 (nǐ hǎo)

One of the first things that any Chinese lesson, book, or teacher will teach you is “你好 (nǐ hǎo).” 你好 translates into “Hello.” Funny enough, native Chinese speakers rarely use this when speaking to each other. Why you ask? It…

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