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Questions tagged [beginner]

Questions at the low beginning or elementary level for students of Chinese language

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On the day: Difference between 每到教师节 and 每到教师节这一天

What is the significance of the 这一天 in the longer version? 每到教师节,... 每到教师节这一天,...
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Shi / Hen for adjective + noun when discussing facts or perceived facts

There are the simplified rules about never using "shi" to link an adjective with a noun. However, I believe this is not true for facts or perceived facts, such as colors, then I should use "shi" to ...
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Do all syllables occur in all tones?

For example, ne and nè are words. But there are no nē, né, or ně. I tried to Google this but I don't find any references to it. It's obviously not by final, because kē, ké, and kě all exist. Is ...
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In 很高兴认识你 is there an implied 我 at the front or is 很高兴 modifying 认识 as in “happily meet”?

I know that I'm asking about an expression which doesn't have to follow the normal rules of grammar. But if it makes sense to ask, I'd like to understand if that sentence is literally structured as "...
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What is the meaning of 機歪?

I was listening to a Chinese song the other day. The song name is 謝謝妳愛我, sung by R.chord(謝和弦). In the second line of the first chorus, which goes "脾氣壞 固執任性機歪 還有點變態 ", I don't understand the word Ji ...
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我好想你 and tone shift [duplicate]

I'm new to Chinese so please forgive me if this question it's dumb. I read this frase on a lyrics' song: 我好想你 And when I search for the pinyin I got this: wo3 ha3o xia3ng ni3 ...
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人无千日好: Literal Translation Is Completely Different

From here. The literal translation is: Person no 1000 days good (人无千日好). The author says this translates into: There is no person that has 1000 good days in a row That's a bit of added words ...
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Does 很 actually convey a meaning of very/extremely?

In dictionaries 很 is translated as 'very' but I'm not sure this is correct. If I want to say "I am happy" the mandarin is 我很高兴. The character 很 is used even though the english phrase shows no sign ...
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Please critique my short story

link - http://imgur.com/a/zRhF9 I have written a short story in pinyin for a special person. As for grammar/vocab, feel free to suggest corrections. More importantly, what was your interpretation of ...
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Translation of “Please tell me how to get to your house.”?

I can only get as far as 请告诉我怎么.
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Using “shì” for noun + adjective + noun

Being a beginner, of course I am bit puzzled by the concept of "shì" being used not for describing nouns with adjectives. Using search, I think it is clear to me that: Noun + noun = I can use "shì". ...
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How to catch up with advanced group?

We live in the USA. My 12 yo daughter was transferred to a private middle school for gifted children and joined Mandarin class, where students already studied for 2 years. She is trying to catch up, ...
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Differences: 别的 vs 其他 vs 另外 (other)

Well, the question is in the title... I'd be very thankful for an explanation, but also: Could you give examples of cases where they are and are not interchangeable? Can I use them for "where are ...
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Chinese characters by sound similarity

Serveral chinese characters sound extremely similarly to me, not only because of their vowel's tone, but, often, also because of their starting consonants. For example, I find it's very difficult to ...
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Usage of 目 vs 眼睛

Can I use 目 in daily conversations or its too archaic and I should use only 眼睛? What about 口 and 嘴巴? I am trying to teach my daughter Chinese with daily Chinese phrases and have dilemma - 目 is ...
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Where can I find resources to improve my listening ability? [duplicate]

I am currently studying for the HSK1 exam, I can read the vast majority of the required vocab and know the pinyin for most of the words but I am having a lot of trouble understanding the audio on the ...
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When radicals make words does Chinese convey two layers of meaning all the time?

I can recognize and translate the 215 radicals. Now, I'm told radicals combine with each other and other characters to make words, and that some radicals denote sound for pronunciation of the word. ...
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Is the “to” in “Let's meet from 4 _to_ five”, 到?

A simple question, trying to say, let's have a lesson from 4 to 5 -- want to make sure that "to" is indeed 到.
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Where to start learning mandarin [closed]

I'm about to start learning mandarin chinese myself, without any teachers but with a help of textbooks and video (audio) lessons. My question is: where do I start, I mean, is it better to start with ...
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Learn to type in Pinyin for a Zhuyin user

After years of frustration about not being able to distinguish ㄥ ㄣ, and nearly no improvements on iOS Zhuyin keyboard layout. I decided to switch to Pinyin for both mobile usage and daily desktop (I ...
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What is the function of 的多 in this sentence?

中国人爱喝茶的多。 I assume the meaning is that "Chinese people love drinking tea a lot", or "...really love drinking tea." Does 的多 act as an adverbial structure here? In what other situations would it be ...
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What good resources are available to assist first time travellers to learn basic Chinese? [closed]

I'm moving back to China again in a few weeks, and I've already got a few friends planning visits - this brings me to my problem: I can't always be around to translate, and I find people have a more ...
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How to practice reading for beginners?

Are there any good magazines (or perhaps books) that can be used to practice reading for beginners? I feel that my Chinese level is good enough to read simple sentences but it's still impossible to ...