What are the Mandarin Chinese Tones?

January 28, 2015 | Articles

In previous articles, we discussed the various nuances of learning Mandarin Chinese such as the nature of Chinese characters(汉子) and the pronunciation of pinyin. In this article, we will discuss one crucial aspect of speaking the language, tones.  In order to understand this article, you must have a grasp on reading pinyin. Tone can be defined

How to Read Pinyin

January 28, 2015 | Articles

Mandarin Chinese greatly differs from the English language. It’s written form does not use an alphabet, but rather each syllable is represented by a character. The simplest characters are made up of one part. (口,人,了) Other characters are more complex, containing many parts. (超,帮) Characters always represent a single syllable, whether they are simple or

How to Learn Mandarin Chinese

January 20, 2015 | Articles

Note: This is a basic introductory article on how to learn Mandarin Chinese. It’s common knowledge that Mandarin Chinese is not the easiest language to learn. To add to that preconception, you may hear talk of tones, pinyin, characters, measure words, or radicals. To learn it all at once would be overwhelming, so you might

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