Monthly archives: October, 2016

Memory Centre: 拼音的秘密 (pīnyīn de mìmì) Pinyin secrets, part II

Welcome to part II of 拼音的秘密 (pīnyīn de mìmì) Pinyin secrets! Let’s get right into it, shall we? -ui is actually -uei An easy one to start with! You can hear in shuǐ (水) that there’s actually an “e” hidden in there! The -an sound is different to the “an” bit in -ang I know,…

Memory Centre: 拼音的秘密 (pīnyīn de mìmì) Pinyin secrets, part I

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “why is it that the 拼音 (pīnyīn) for this word doesn’t look like what I’m hearing?” That’s because 拼音 (pīnyīn) has secrets! We’ll look at a few today, so don’t fret 🙂 z, c, s, zh, ch, sh, and r all use a different -i final than everything…

天气 (tiānqì) Weather

The weather last night and today has been pretty bad! Seems strange for Spring. When describing the weather like this in more detail, there are a few things we could say 🙂 刮风 (guāfēng) to be windy 刮大风 (guādàfēng) to be extremely windy/to have gale-force winds 下雨 (xiàyǔ) to rain 下雨 下大雨 (xiàdàyǔ) to rain…