Beginner

How many people are in your family?

A short beginner dialogue talking about families. Although short, there is a lot to be learnt. (Hover over the Chinese for pinyin) Key Words 国庆 - National day. Although the official name is National Day, it is a week-long holiday in China that starts from the 1st of October. 口 - This is a measure [...]

By | August 5th, 2018|Beginner|0 Comments

Let’s go to the movies

A beginner Chinese dialogue about making plans to go see a movie. Hope you find it useful. Remember to read through slowly and if you are reading out loud, exaggerate the sounds and tones. There is a full translation below if needed. (Hover over the Chinese for pinyin) Key Words 安排 - Arrangement or plans. [...]

By | August 2nd, 2018|Beginner|0 Comments

Going to the gym

Today's post will be creeping up the amount of characters so we can slowly but surely head towards the much dreaded home page of this website which consists of intermediate and above Chinese articles. However, for now, let's look at some health terminology and tie it together using the very useful 应该 which takes the [...]

By | May 8th, 2018|Beginner, dialogues|0 Comments

What school do you go to?

Learning to read Chinese means familiarising yourself with common conversations and repeating key vocabulary. Schooling is one of the most common topics across China and so in today's beginner dialogues we will have a look at a short conversation about school. After reading, if you would like to talk about your school (in Chinese, of [...]

By | May 8th, 2018|Beginner, dialogues|0 Comments

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|2 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. Recently, I have started a Chinese learning [...]

By | November 28th, 2017|Beginner, dialogues|6 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|4 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|5 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