Shall we cook Chinese in Chinese?

Well, despite the unhealthy aspects of too much oil or condiment, most people would fall for the scrumptious taste of Chinese food. After learning some basic Chinese, have you ever wondered how do we say grill, bake, steam, panfry, deep fry or cold salad in Chinese? Let’s get started. 凉(liáng)拌(bàn) → salad with dressing served cold…

Let’s count to a billion!

We’ve done the basic counting from 0 to 99, now let’s add on more zeros to spice things up a little. One crucial rule is that in the Chinese and Japanese language, we group zeros in fours for  bigger numbers. Here are the rules: 2 zeros → 100  一(yī)百(bǎi) a hundred 3 zeros  → 1000一(yī)千(qiān)…

This, that & which?

At about the third lesson, I’d introduce these three powerful musketeers: this, that and which. 这(zhè/zhèi*) → this 那(nà/nèi*) → that 哪(nǎ) → which *Used in spoken language. Yes, that’s right, “that” and “which” share the same pronunciation of “na” but differ only at the tones. So now you can add in sounds for your action…

It’s about time.

While doing counting topics, most of my students would shout out to me “the Chinese language makes so much sense!”with a big smile on their face. When it comes to describing a.m. and p.m. in time, they would frown a bit, ask a few questions about pronunciation and say “I guess I just have to memorise it”…