Beginner

My car has a problem

A dialogue about a car that needs fixing. There are a lot of polite ways to say "thanks" and "you're welcome" in this dialogue between two very friendly people. Key words 汽车 - Car 问题 - Problem (can also mean question) 应付 - To deal with / to cope Chinese Dialogue (Hover over the Chinese [...]

By | September 6th, 2017|Beginner|0 Comments

6 simple Chinese questions to start conversations

If you ever feel stuck for things to say when you meet people, here are a few simple sentence structures to help you ask some simple questions. (Hover over the Chinese for pinyin) 1.你的家乡在哪儿 家乡 means hometown but these two characters could be replaced with 老家 which also means hometown. 2.你喜欢购物吗?为什么? 购物 means to go [...]

By | June 21st, 2017|Beginner|0 Comments

The Baby Swallows

We have not been adding enough beginner stories to this website recently. In the future we will put more effort to ensure beginners can also find readable content. The Chinese passage contains a few more different characters than most beginner passages but is fairly straightforward. As always, if you have any questions then please ask in [...]

By | March 28th, 2017|Beginner|0 Comments

6 beginner sentences about shopping

Similar to our 6 basic sentences using time, here are 6 sentences you can use while shopping in China. (Remember you can hover over over the Chinese for pinyin) 1.一瓶可乐多少钱? Let's start with the most important thing. How to ask how much something costs. 瓶 means bottle. 可乐 is Cola. So 一瓶可乐 means "1 bottle [...]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Beginner|2 Comments

Easy Chinese sentences using time

Unlike most other pages on this website, this is not a story or a news article. Instead, it is 6 simple Chinese sentences involving times. Excellent for beginners who always find themselves struggling when asked about time and dates. Let's look through these sentence by sentence. (Hover over the Chinese for pinyin) 1. 今天几月几号?星期几? 几月 means [...]

By | February 18th, 2017|Beginner|5 Comments

A dialogue between a former couple

A short dialogue about a couple who broke up a long time ago, only to meet again. The dialogue is simple but there are some key words we can learn from it that are very useful to beginners. Intermediate readers might also find a few of the characters useful and they may be unknown to beginners so remember [...]

By | February 18th, 2017|Beginner|0 Comments

The rooster and the duckling

Another beginner story featuring a rooster and a duckling. Remember to read through slowly and try to pronounce each tone clearly, don't worry about speed that will come naturally with time. There is a voice recording of a Chinese person reading the story so that you can listen to and imitate the pronunciation. First, let's [...]

By | January 30th, 2017|Beginner|0 Comments

Our Geese Have Gone

This is the blurb from a story that was written for Chinese learners. Chinese Breeze have written many stories and graded them for beginners to advanced readers. Read the blurb below which is from one of their beginner level books and see how you do. As you can read below, the writing style has a [...]

By | November 9th, 2016|Beginner, Chinese Stories|0 Comments

Children’s Day Concert

A beginner's story with lots of useful words and simple sentence structures. Read through slowly and pronounce each character fully, it's vital to start slowly so you can start to develop your tones. To improve your pronunciation then you can listen to the voice recording underneath the text to help you. There are also some questions [...]

By | November 5th, 2016|Beginner, Chinese Stories|2 Comments

Use your hands, not your eyes

Here is another story for beginners, featuring some nice easy sentences and words for us to learn. It is worth mentioning that the actualy text has pinyin printed above it, but I feel that pinyin is too distracting for English speakers. Our eyes will always naturally gravitate towards the letters instead of looking at the [...]

By | November 4th, 2016|Beginner, Chinese Stories|0 Comments