Bonus Videos

Additional resources to up-level your mandarin
  • Buying Books and Pens

    Buying Books and Pens

    Bonus Video for Lesson Six This video is great practice for Lesson 6, but it does introduce a few new words Lǎobǎn = boss duōshǎo = how much qián = money yuán = chinese dollar zhǒng = type, style, kind PinyinEnglishChinese Lǎobǎn, zhè běn zhōngwén shū duōshǎo qián? 老板,这本中文书多少钱? Boss, how much is this Chinese book? ...

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  • Using Chinese Aspect

    Using Chinese Aspect

    Wrapping your head around “tense” vs “aspect” isn’t easy. And this lesson contains just a handful of the most common aspect markers. However, if you manage to wrap your mind around these examples, subsequent lessons will be much easier. The first one in the list makes me cringe, because he is mapping Chinese aspect into Engli...

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  • Temporal Aspect Grammar Patterns

    Temporal Aspect Grammar Patterns

    At this point you should already be familiar with the idea that English and Mandarin have distinct methods of representing the temporal relationship of actions. English uses “tense” while Mandarin uses “aspects”. In the English, the temporal relationship is represented by changing the “tense” of verbs, while Mandarin use...

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  • Which way to the Supermarket?

    Which way to the Supermarket?

    In this fluentu video our hero struggles to get directions from people on the streets. See how many words you can pick out. If you have reached Lesson 28 you should know most of them. After listening a couple times, double check yourself by listening and reading at the same time, using the audio button below. The translated dialog represents the first enco...

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  • What time is it?

    What time is it?

    Here is a video that will help you review the sentences for telling time.There is one thing we need to point out. In this video Emma says “Jí diǎn le?” which was not in our lesson. In this sentence, the “le” means “now”. Although lesson 10 did not mention anything about “le”, it is common. But, it is to...

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