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Easy Chinese Characters – 那(nà)

Easy Chinese Characters - 那(nà) Hi there! 那(nà) THAT is very easy to remember. Left component looks like the moon 月 which is far away while the right component indicates location, so the word has the meaning of THAT 那.  人 (rén) means person, so “那人” is that person.

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Easy Chinese Characters – 在(zài)

Easy Chinese Characters - 在(zài) Hi there! 在 (zài) means “to be in/on/at...” .  How to remember? Existing structure (top part) on the land (土) indicates it is IN/ON/AT在 there.  For instance, 中国 (zhōng guó) means “China”, so “在中国” is “in China”. If you want to learn Chinese online with a professional Mandarin teacher, check...

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Easy Chinese Characters – 的(de)

Easy Chinese Characters - 的(de) Hi there! The function of 的 (de) is like the sign (’). A bit of imagination is needed to remember 的 (de). The right part (白) means “white and clear” and the left part (勺) is “spoon”, so this Chinese apostrophe (’) is clearly 白 seen in a soup spoon...

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Easy Chinese Characters – 也(yě)

Easy Chinese Characters - 也(yě) Hi there!   “也” (yě) means “also” which is also a commonly-used component for many Chinese Characters.  You can remember it in this way. 也 is he (他) without a man (亻) or she(她) without a woman (女).  去(qù) is “go” so 我也去 is “I also go”.

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Easy Chinese Characters – 太(tài)

Easy Chinese Characters - 太(tài) Hi there! Adding or deleting strokes, existing characters can form new Chinese Characters. For today’s instance, 太 (tài) means TOO. Adding one more dot to Big 大 will make the character TOO 太 big.   If you are interested in learning Chinese on your own, check out our fun and...

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Easy Chinese Characters – 吗(ma)

Easy Chinese Characters - 吗(ma) Hi there! 吗(ma) is a yes/no question word. The left part (口) looks like an opening mouth to ask a question. The right part 马 (ma) suggests the pronunciation of this question word.  好(hǎo) means “okay or good”, so “好吗” is a simple question meaning “ok or good”?

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Easy Chinese Characters – 你(nǐ)

Easy Chinese Characters - 你(nǐ) Hi there!   One strategy to remember new characters is to associate it with the ones you already know. In the Character “你” (nǐ), you can find there are small people (人) around YOU 你.  The way of saying “Hello” in Mandarin is “YOU你 GOOD好”, so it is “你好” (nǐ...

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Easy Chinese Characters – 我(wǒ)

Easy Chinese Characters - 我(wǒ) Hi there!   I 我 (wǒ) is very easy to remember. It looks like a hand (手) holding a weapon (戈) to protect MYSELF 我.  懂(dǒng) means “understand”, 我懂 is “I understand”.   If you want to learn Chinese online with a professional Mandarin teacher, check out how Flipped Learning Approach will...

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Easy Chinese Characters – 他(tā)

Easy Chinese Characters - 他(tā) Hi there!   The left part of 他 (亻) represents “people or person”. The right part is 也ALSO. So the Character 他 (tā) HE is also (也) a person (亻).  来(lái) means “come”, so “他不来” is “he is not coming”.

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Easy Chinese Characters – 再(zài)

Easy Chinese Characters - 再(zài) Hi there!   Grouping is a strategy to learn new things. You can put things similar into the same group. 再(zài) looks like the character rain 雨 multiplied by two 二, so we have the meaning of AGAIN 再.  见(jiàn) is “to see” so 再见 is “see you again”.

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