The question comes from George Amis: I wonder– are first names gendered in Mandarin? That is, is it possible to tell that Tse-tung or Wai-wai are masculine names? Given the extraordinary proliferation of Chinese first names, I rather doubt it. And what is the case with Japanese first names? Here, I suspect that the names […]
Mandarin Chinese is a tremendously rich logographic language, meaning every word is represented by a unique character or combination of characters. And there are a lot—the largest Chinese dictionaries contain more than 60,000 different ones. Show More Summary
One constantly encounters new terms in Chinese. You may never have heard of an intriguing expression, then all of a sudden it is everywhere. One that I hadn't heard of before today is yu?pào ?? (lit., "agree cannon"), which garners three quarters of a million ghits. A Chinese friend called my attention to this richly […]
A behind-the-scenes video of French President Emmanuel Macron wrestling with the Mandarin pronunciation of his climate change slogan "Make our planet great again" has delighted Chinese social media.
From ordinary people to mandarins, these incredible photos that show portraits of Chinese people in the 1860s. Cantonese mandarin and his wife, 1861-64 Chinese actors, circa 1868 Chinese artist copying a photograph for the export trade, Hong Kong, ca. early 1860s Chinese girl, circa 1868 Chinese lady, circa 1868 See more »
A language is more than a listing of its words.
GUEST: Ever since the Chinese Government banned Facebook in 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has been making annual trips there attempting to persuade its leaders to let his company back in. He learned Mandarin and jogged through the smog-filled streets of Beijing to show how much he loved the country. Facebook even created new tools to allow China […]
Move over Arabella, there's a couple of new Chinese-speaking foreign children in town. [ more › ]
A friend sent this lifehacker article to me: "Mandarin Chinese Is Now Available on the Language Learning App Duolingo", by Patrick Allan (11/16/17) Duolingo claims that it "is the world's most popular way to learn a language. It's 100% free, fun and science-based. Practice online on duolingo.com or on the apps!" After reading Allan's article, […]
Jiayou, everyone! Maybe you'll be speaking Mandarin like Mark Zuckerberg in no time! [ more › ]
Duolingo is today rolling out its Mandarin Chinese language course which, in addition to the usual “What’s your name?” questions, teaches questions about business and Chinese social media. The course teaches the basics of the language, including the four main tones and 1,000 common characters. Show More Summary
If you've always wanted to learn the most widely spoken language in the world, now's your chance. Starting today, the free language-learning app Duolingo is offering a brand new course: Mandarin Chinese. SEE ALSO: Google is offering...Show More Summary
Victor Mair’s latest Log post is about Mandarin Chinese, but its implications are far more general. He begins: When I began studying Mandarin over half a century ago, I very quickly developed a pet phrase […]: l?oshí shu? ??? / ??? (“to tell the truth; honestly”), After I married one of the best Mandarin teachers […]
White House adviser Ivanka Trump said on Monday that Republicans were going to pass tax reform so that every family would have the opportunity to have a Mandarin Chinese language tutor like her children have. During an interview with...Show More Summary
White House adviser Ivanka Trump said on Monday that Republicans were going to pass tax reform so that every family would have the opportunity to have a Mandarin Chinese language tutor like her children have. During an interview with the president’s daughter, the hosts of Fox & Friends...
New China TV, published on Nov 8, 2017: Exclusive: Donald Trump's granddaughter Arabella Kushner singing in Mandarin and reciting a part of the Three-Character Classic and ancient Chinese poems. Trump is on a three-day state visit to China. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan welcomed their U.S. counterparts with an afternoon tea […]
Bathed in a pink spotlight, the caberet singer at Phuket's ZAG bar lip-syncs the top notes of a popular Mandarin love song, delighting the crowd of gay Chinese tourists who have escaped judgement at home for sexual freedom in Thailand. Show More Summary
President Trumps granddaughter impressed Chinese President Xi Jinping with her language skills this week.
Here are two Chinese sentences that seriously mess with your mind, since they can also mean the opposite of what they seem to say: I. D?ngti?n: néng chu?n du?sh?o chu?n du?sh?o; xiàti?n: néng chu?n du? sh?o chu?n du? sh?o. ?????????????????????? Winter: wear as much as possible; summer: wear as little as possible. II. Shèngn? ch?nsh?ng […]
The Mimic Method is an approach developed by language trainer Idahosa Ness to teach language learners the sound system of their new language. Idahosa has learned Spanish, French, Portuguese, German and Mandarin Chinese – all as an adult – and he's found that the most effective way of learning a language is “by ear”. Show More Summary