Chinese Mandarin: Pinyin combinations and sound recordings

拼音 [pīnyīn] Pinyin learn Chinese Mandarin iphone app hanzi

Chinese is quite different from Western languages in that it has a fixed amount of possible syllables. All in all there are no more than around 400 but then each of these syllables then have up to 5 possible tones. Interestingly, there are only a few sounds that end with a consonant. These are n, . . . → Read More: Chinese Mandarin: Pinyin combinations and sound recordings

Chinese Idioms

成语 [chéngyǔ] Idiom成语 [chéngyǔ] Idiom

Attached here is a list of  Chinese Idioms (or 成语) that will be available in the  iHanzi flashcard app for iPhone.

Have I missed any more common and important? Perhaps made a character, pinyin or definition mistake?

I’d appreciate your input.

 

Simplified Traditional pinyin English Definition 爱不释手 愛不釋手 ài bú shì shǒu to fondle . . . → Read More: Chinese Idioms

TOFCL: The complete list with English definitions

華語文能力測驗 [huá yǔwén nénglì cèyàn] TOCFL

In Taiwan they have the TOFCL test or as it is officially named: Test Of Chinese as a Foreign Language. (http://www.tw.org/tocfl/) which is Taiwan’s national standardized test for Chinese language proficiency.

I have based my list on the list published on the website for Steering Committee for the Test Of Proficiency – Huayu: http://www.sc-top.org.tw/english/download.php. Then I put all words . . . → Read More: TOFCL: The complete list with English definitions

HSK: The Complete Hanban lists with English definitions

汉语水平考试 [hànyǔ shuǐpíng kǎoshì] HSK

Hi all,

I’m populating the HSK Levels with definitions from Popup Chinese, Lingomi and CC-DICT. In the attached Excel file the levels 1-3 are now complete. This is ‘only’ 600 of the 5000 words that I need to do but it is at least a start.

I want to choose English definitions represents the meaning of the character or . . . → Read More: HSK: The Complete Hanban lists with English definitions

HSK: The Complete Hanban lists

汉语水平考试 [hànyǔ shuǐpíng kǎoshì] HSK

Are you studying for the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi or Chinese proficiency test?

Here is a complete listing of all vocabulary of the New Hanban 6 levels.

The original vocabulary lists show hanzi and pinyin (accented without word space) only. The English definitions are left out.

Lingomi and Popup Chinese have published lists with English definitions . . . → Read More: HSK: The Complete Hanban lists

My Favorite Chinese Mandarin Learning Apps

学中文 [xuézhōngwén] Learn Chinese

Here are my favorite Chinese Mandarin learning apps.

 

StickyStudy

This $4 app is easily the best Flashcard function out there. The Leitner Study Method algorithm works beautifully to introduce, rehearse and re-enforce vocabulary. The HSK levels are complete and well edited. Very nice and the best way to build your Chinese Mandarin vocabulary. Comes with both Traditional . . . → Read More: My Favorite Chinese Mandarin Learning Apps

Love Simplified: 愛 vs. 爱

Love missing a heart 爱缺一个心 àiquēyīgexīn

What’s up with Simplified Chinese character of 爱 (ài- love) missing the 心 (xīn – heart) radical?

I’d much rather see a heart in love (心) as in the Traditional character for love (愛).

The history of character simplification is quite interesting. It started with the New Culture Movement (xīnwénhuàyùndòng – 新文化运动) in the beginning of the 20th . . . → Read More: Love Simplified: 愛 vs. 爱

The mystery of Sweden and Switzerland

瑞典 [Ruìdiǎn] Sweden David Petersson 潘德伟

Ever since I studied Mandarin in Taipei in the early 90s, I haven’t been able to solve the mystery of why Sweden is called 瑞典 [Ruìdiǎn] and Switzerland is called 瑞士 [Ruìshì]. There seemed to be no connection to the Chinese name and the foreign name.

Most countries would either be a phonetic translation such . . . → Read More: The mystery of Sweden and Switzerland