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Learn to Read Chinese: Final Sounds (Occupation), Asking Questions with 吗 (ma), 们 (men) for Plural

A final* is a sound (or sounds) that ends a Chinese syllable*. All finals contain at least one vowel* (for example, a, ao, ing). Let’s look at some of the simplest finals first. 八 bā eight (as in “father” 我 wǒ I (as in “or”) 喝 hē drink (as in “about”) 你 nǐ you (as in …

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Learn to Read Chinese: Initial sounds (Food), 也 (yě, also), 不 (bù, not)

Initial sounds Pinyin* letters g, k, h, and s are pronounced similarly to sounds in English. 国 guó country (as in “skin”) 客 kè guest (as in “kangaroo”) 好 hǎo good (as in “hall”) 三 sān three (as in “sand”) 也 (yě, also) You already know that 也, (yě) which means also or too, always …

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​Happy Women’s Day Wishes in Chinese (妇女节快乐祝福语)

Chinese Pinyin Translation 三八节祝您幸福阳光永远照耀、美丽鲜花永远开放、自信乐观永不变老、美好爱情永远不变。好运相伴永不分离。祝您过一个幸福的妇女节。 Sānbā jié zhù nín xìngfú yángguāng yǒngyuǎn zhàoyào, měilì xiānhuā yǒngyuǎn kāifàng, zìxìn lèguān yǒng bù biàn lǎo, měihǎo àiqíng yǒngyuǎn bù biàn. Hǎo yùn xiāngbàn yǒng bù fēnlí. Zhù nínguò yīgè xìngfú de fùnǚ jié. On the March 8th, I wish you happiness, the sun will always shine, beautiful flowers …

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Happy Valentine Day Wishes in Chinese (情人节祝福语)

Chinese Pinyin Translation 爱情一张永远旋转的唱片,爱情是一面永远不老的容颜;我迷在这唱片里,醉在这容颜中;愿我们的爱情永远长生,亲爱的,情人节快乐! Àiqíng yī zhāng yǒngyuǎn xuánzhuǎn de chàngpiàn, àiqíng shì yīmiàn yǒngyuǎn bùlǎo de róngyán; wǒ mí zài zhè chàngpiàn lǐ, zuì zài zhè róngyán zhōng; yuàn wǒmen de àiqíng yǒngyuǎn chángshēng, qīn’ài de, qíngrén jié kuàilè! Love is a record that rotates forever, love is a face that never gets old; …

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Happy Birthday Wishes in Chinese

Chinese Pinyin Translation 我诚挚的生日祝福,情深意重,祝你在未来的一年里,心想事成! Wǒ chéngzhì de shēngrì zhùfú, qíng shēnyì zhòng, zhù nǐ zài wèilái de yī nián lǐ, xīn xiǎng shì chéng! My heartiest birthday greetings to you, a feeling much warmer than anybody can know. Best wishes for everything your heart desire in the year. 祝你幸福,愿你快乐,庆祝今天你来到这个世上。在生命航程新的一年中,愿幸运时时与你相伴! Zhù nǐ xìngfú, yuàn nǐ kuàilè, …

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Chinese tongue twister (猫鼻子)

白猫黑鼻子,黑猫白鼻子; Bái māo hēi bízi, hēi māo bái bízi; 黑猫的白鼻子,碰破了白猫的黑鼻子, Hēi māo de bái bízi, pèng pòle bái māo de hēi bízi, 白猫的黑鼻子破了,剥了秕谷壳儿补鼻子; Bái māo de hēi bízi pòle, bōle bǐ gǔ ké er bǔ bízi; 黑猫的白鼻子不破,不剥秕谷壳儿补鼻子。 Hēi māo de bái bízi bùpò, bù bō bǐ gǔ ké er bǔ bízi.