Monthly archives: August, 2016

饮料 (yǐnliào) Drinks

It’s been a very long week, but it’s nearly the weekend! I know I deserve a drink. Hmm, what’s that? What are the names of different drinks in China? Well, I’m glad you asked! 水 (shuǐ) water 茶 (chá) tea 咖啡 (kāfēi) coffee 可乐 (kělè) cola That’s nice and all, but my personal favourite is:…

颜色 (yánsè) Colours!

Did you know that before modern Chinese, there was no distinct word for the colour blue? And further to that, scientific study shows that when a language doesn’t have that distinction, it means people tend not to even see that colour, simply seeing “another version of green”? … Time to learn our colours! 红色 (hóngsè)…

写汉字 (xiě hànzì) Write Chinese

A Chinese character with a lot of different strokes, 永 (yǒng) meaning forever, always
Writing Chinese seems like a big mystery and something you cannot learn, but that’s not true! Yes, there are plenty of rules when it comes to writing Chinese, the fundamental one being stroke order, but once you understand the why, it becomes much easier 🙂 In Chinese, one or more strokes make up a character,…

绕口令 (ràokǒulìng) Tongue twisters!

One good way to pay attention to your tones, and those sounds in Chinese that are so similar, is to spend some time breaking your mouth. I mean 绕口令 (ràokǒulìng) tongue twisters, of course! I know it may seem like they just exist to annoy people and bite their tongues, but this one really does…