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Character of the Day: ? (xí)

Learn a character a day with Mandarin Blueprint right here at Shanghaiist! ?- xí- to practice, exercise, review. Apart from being the last name of the current Chinese president, ? refers to the actual practice or study of something. This is often times how we tell our students the proper way to distinguish ?? (xué) from ? by itself. ? by itself simply means to learn, so you can being “learning Mandarin” in your life in general, but it doesn’t necessarily imply the actual act of “studying” in the sense of opening a textbook (or hopefully Anki!) and getting focused.
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