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The Many Ways to Say “I Think” in Chinese

Once Chinese learners reach the intermediate or advanced stage, they will encounter, “synonyms”, or words with similar meanings.  Telling the difference between words with similar meanings is a key part of improving one’s mastery of the language. It is probably…

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Comparing 4 Chinese Words that Mean “the Future”

A real question many Chinese learners will encounter early is how to express future events. In Chinese, we have a series of time words to address that: “将来”(jiānglái), “未来”(wèilái), “以后”(yǐhòu) and “后来”(hòulái). These words are used frequently both in elementary,…

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总是 VS 一直: “Always” is not always the same in Chinese

There are two ways to say “always” in Chinese, and these are the words “总是(zǒngshì)” and “一直(yīzhí)”.  Both  “总是(zǒngshì)” and “一直(yīzhí)” share the meaning of “always”, but people sometimes mistakenly use both interchangeably. One should be aware that there also…

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