Small Talk – Have you eaten?

Have you ever wondered why someone asks you whether you have had your lunch at 4:00pm in the afternoon? Well, it’s the Chinese way of asking you “how are you”. That is why. A: 你(nǐ)吃(chī)了(le)吗(ma)? Have you eaten? B: 吃(chī)了(le)。Yes, I have. or:  还(hái)没(méi)。Not yet. The origin of this line goes back to the olden…

Tone deaf ?

People all say that if you are tone deaf, there’s no way that you can master a new language, especially a super tonal one such as Chinese. Well, I’d say it takes more effort, but definitely possible– not all Chinese people have perfect pitch. Immerse yourself in the language, just like when you were a…

Learn at your own pace

Many of my students ask me whether there is a particular sequence of learning Chinese, yes there is, but it’s as simple as the following: Know the Romanised pronunciation system first — Hanyu Pinyin. (This will help you to speak before recognising the characters, also help you to learn new characters as time goes by.)…