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

Hi! Let’s take a look at the third and final instalment of 拼音的秘密 (pīnyīn de mìmì) Pinyin secrets! This last secret is the most whimsical, and while it’s beneficial to know of its existence, it’s unfortunately the most difficult to pin down, because there is no set rule for it. Welcome to the frustrating magic…

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…

Memory Centre: 木 (mù) and 山 (shān)

We haven’t had a Memory Centre post in a while, so now seems like a good a time as any! 木 (mù,) meaning ‘tree,’ is a good character to learn, because it gets used a lot as a radical in many different Chinese characters. We’ll delve more into radicals later, but in short, they are…

Memory Centre: 日 (rì) and 月 (yuè)

I’m sure you’ve seen these two before: Chinese, as we’ve mentioned before, was a pictographic language, once upon a time. So when writing was just getting popular, they just drew what they saw. A sun (and the dot in the middle is either a sunspot, or it’s because somebody stared at it for too long,…

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…