- DVD For Advanced Learners
- Study Chinese on your iPhone/iPad
- Introduction to Pinyin
- Introduction to Character Writing
Business Mandarin DVD
Business Chinese Video for Intermediate and Advanced Learners
Filmed entirely on location in China, the Business Chinese Video Series is a professional interactive video production that closely resembles a dramatized reality TV program. Called ‘Dà LǎoBǎn’ (Big Boss), the series teaches commonly used Chinese business phrases and terminology and is based around the story of a General Manager who puts his four managers through a series of tests to determine who will become the next ‘big boss’. The tests cover all 24 most common business situations of doing business in China. Two presenters then help guide the viewer through the teaching process, one scenario at a time.
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Study Chinese on Your iPhone/iPod Touch
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Chinese Culture Apps
What is Pinyin?
Chinese is not a phonetic language. The pronunciation is not related to the writing of Chinese words (characters). A special tool called Pinyin (pronouncing the sound) is created for people to learn Mandarin pronunciation. Pinyin is a way to transcribe Chinese characters so people can pronounce it. The writing of Pinyin is similar to English alphabet.
If you listen carefully you will find Chinese is a very beautiful language as it has more musical sounds (vowels) than noise (consonants). Except for nasal sound like “n” and “m”, all Chinese syllables ends with vowels. So we call them “Final Sounds”. The consonants at the beginning of a syllable are called “Initial Sounds”.
Most of Mandarin sounds are Easy for English speaker to pronounce but some sounds are Difficult and require more practice.
Chinese is a tonal language. Tones are the changes of the pitch in pronunciation of a syllable. There are 4 tones in Mandarin Chinese. Each Chinese word (character) carries a tone. Different tones carry different meanings. Click on the Pinyin in the table below and see if you can hear different tones.
Mandarin Pronunciation Table
All Mandarin sounds (syllables) are listed in this pronunciation table. Click on Pinyin to learn and improve your Mandarin pronunciation.
Stories of Characters
What is a stroke? Do you know why the Chinese characters are written as these forms? See the stories below and learn more.
Chinese Reading and Writing
What are the Chinese Characters?
Chinese people read and write characters (not pinyin) in their daily life. Characters are originated from pictures, symbols and ideas. You can find interesting stories behind each character. For example, 日( sun) comes from the picture of the sun, 月(moon) from moon , and 明 is the combination of the sun and the moon. So the meaning of 明 is bright.
What are the Stroke Orders?
Characters are formed by strokes. Stroke is the beginning and ending of the movement of a pen. There is a fixed sequence of the strokes when composing a Chinese character. It is important to follow the stroke order when you write Chinese. Experience tells us you can remember much better if you write characters in the right stroke order.
You can find an online Chinese dictionary here. If you type English or pinyin, your computer will find the Chinese characters and read them for you.