Chinese Grammar

Introduce Your Name in Chinese with JIAO the Beginner Guide

How to Introduce Your Name in Chinese with ‘JIAO’: The Beginner’s Guide

‘My name is’ and ‘what’s your name’, this would often be the very first interaction between you and a native Chinese speaker. An appropriate self-introduction starting with your name is the first step for people to know you. In this article, we’ll help you master the art of introducing your name in Chinese right away with …

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Chinese Pattern 尽管… 但是… (jǐnguǎn… dànshì…): The Complete Guide

You might have been familiar with the pattern 虽然 (suīrán)… 但是 (dànshì)… for a while, but when you reach an intermediate level in Chinese, another common pattern 尽管 (jǐnguǎn)… 但是 (dànshì)… shouldn’t be something new. It’s very much like the expression “Even though …, ….” in English. However, to use it correctly, you need to pay attention to a few details …

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Chinese Pattern 虽然… 但是… (suīrán… dànshì…): A Quick Guide

虽然 (suīrán)… 但是 (dànshì)… is considered one of the core, basic patterns in Chinese grammar. You can use it to express adversative transitions like “Although …, …” and “…, but…”, however, to use it correctly, you need to pay attention to a bunch of distinctions that don’t exist in English. In this article, we’ll take a look at …

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DANSHI vs KESHI vs BUGUO: 3 ‘BUT’ in Chinese Compared Head to Head

但是 (dànshì), 可是 (kěshì), 不过 (búguò). Are you confused about the three different words for saying “but” in Chinese? It can be tricky as all of them have the same translation in English. Then what’s the difference between 但是 (dànshì), 可是 (kěshì) and 不过 (búguò)? Well, at the end of the article you definitely won’t …

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Beyond ‘Ting Bu Dong’: 11 Better Ways to Say I Don’t Understand in Chinese

One of the first phrases you might want to pick up in Mandarin Chinese is: I don’t understand. Learning to say “I don’t understand” is actually quite simple, but because of the way this phrase can be used in different contexts, learning its direct translation is not enough. We also need to learn the various ways …

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Expressing Exclamation in Chinese with 真 (zhēn)

Expressing Exclamation in Chinese with 真 (zhēn): A Quick Guide

The adverb 真 (zhēn) is one of the most basics words in Mandarin Chinese. It corresponds to “really” or “truly” in English and is often used before adjectives and verbs to intensify the degree. In this post, we’ll look at how to use 真 (zhēn) to express exclamation in Chinese. Afterward, we’ll explore the differences between 真 (zhēn), 很 (hěn), 非常 (fēicháng) and 真的 (zhēn de) which …

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又 (yòu)…又 (yòu)… Structure in Chinese: All You Need to Know

又 (yòu)…又 (yòu)… is considered one of the most essential, “basic” patterns in Chinese grammar. It’s included in pretty much every Chinese textbook and course. That’s because it’s really common in daily conversation and super useful! It can be used to express “both A and B” or “both do A and do B”, depending on what comes after it …

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一边…一边… (yìbiān…yìbiān…): The Complete Guide to Expressing Multitasking in Chinese

It’s quite common to do be doing more than one active task at once. In fact, this should be something you do often if you want to improve your Chinese, simply try to listen to Chinese audio while doing other things! That’s not what we are going to talk about in this post, though. Instead, we’re going …

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