Monthly archives: January, 2016

Learn to count!

Learning to count in Chinese really is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (at the start anyway!) 一 (yī,) 二 (èr,) 三 (sān) One stroke means one. Duh. Two strokes means two. Ridiculously easy, right? Just make sure the stroke on the bottom (the second stroke) is slightly wider than the stroke above. And yep,…

Memory Centre: 人 (rén) and 大 (dà)

We know how difficult it is to remember all those characters, so we thought we’d start a regular series on helping out with that. And you’re in luck, because this is the very first of its kind! Welcome to the Memory Centre! In this series, we’ll help you remember those pesky Chinese characters (and other…

你好 (nǐ hǎo) Hello

Now that you’ve dipped your toes a little into some of the more interesting or useful phrases, let’s take a moment to get to some basics. Hello. 你好 (nǐ hǎo) That’s how you say hello. Easy, right? So what happens if you want to be extra polite, perhaps speak to a senior, that kind of…

折扣 (zhé kòu) Sales

There have been lots of sales recently, leading up to Christmas, and the aftermath known as Boxing Day sales (here in Australia.) In China, rather than telling people the discount off the total price, they tell you the percentage of the total price. So this: 6折 (liù zhé) Actually means 60% of the total price,…

新年快乐!(xīn nián kuài lè!) Happy New Years!

Traditionally, saying Happy New Years in Chinese was for Chinese New Year, but you can say it for January 1 too! You can say either: 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè); or 新年好 (xīn nián hǎo) … to wish somebody a Happy New Year ^_^ What are your plans for 2016? 新年快乐! If you want to…