What do you want to eat?

Lily and Emma are discussing what they will eat. Compared to the previous two beginner dialogues this one is has longer sentences and more useful words. I have also started including a full translation of all beginner texts which you can see at the very bottom of the page. Let's get started. Key words (Hover [...]

By | March 22nd, 2018|Beginner|0 Comments

What will you do today?

Another small reading dialogue for complete Chinese beginners featuring Lily and Emma (the first dialogue can be found here). Today, they are talking about what they will do using the character 会 to express "will". Let's look at some of the words they use before reading the dialogue. If you are reading this on the [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Beginner, dialogues|3 Comments

Introducing yourself

As this website already has a lot of content for intermediate/advanced readers, it is now time to focus on beginners who are new to reading Chinese. This dialogue will feature two people, Lily and Emma who are meeting each other. If you are unsure about how to pronounce it then don't worry, listen to the [...]

By | November 21st, 2017|Beginner, dialogues|2 Comments

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. A full translation of the text can be found at the [...]

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

Being able to understand sentences using time is important to learning any language, after all, talking about time is a large part of how we communicate. 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? [...]

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|4 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