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Chinese Characters With Multiple Pronunciations

How to pronounce “了” in Chinese? “Le” may be your only answer. But did you know that “了” can also be pronounced “liǎo”? This is one of the Chinese characters that you learn as a beginner.

In Chinese, there are some characters that have multiple pronunciations. In this infographic, we present 6 of the most common ones. We list their pronunciations, their meanings, and also provide some examples.  

 

Simplified Chinese Version

 

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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Common Blog Words in Chinese

Social media and blogs are everywhere nowadays. If you have Chinese friends or you live in China, most likely you are familiar with one of the biggest blog platforms “sina blog.”

We use sina blog as an example, and teach you about the 25 most common blog words in Chinese. So next time when you check out Chinese blogs, you’ll know how to navigate them!

 

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HSK 2 Vocabulary (Part 11)

This is the last one of the HSK 2 Vocabulary series. I won’t call it “infographic” since I did not put any “image.”

The rest of the vocabulary are hard to find fit images/icons for them. It may cause more confusion than help. So I decided just simply group them. If you have a better idea of how to make it, we welcome your feedback! BUT, in the meantime, we FINISHED the series!!!!!!!!!!!! Hooray!!!

 

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HSK 2 Vocabulary (Part 10)

In this HSK 2 Vocabulary (Part 10) infographic, there are ~25 words. They are

正在 zhèngzài be being,

和 hé and,

因为 yīnwèi because,

所以 suǒyǐ so,

但是 dànshì but,

下 xià below,

生日 shēngrì birthday,

天气 tiānqì weather,

西瓜 xīguā watermelon,

报纸 bàozhǐ newspaper,

题 tí topic,

姓 xìng surname

下雨 xiàyǔ rain,

找 zhǎo find,

懂 dǒng understand,

完 wán finish,

红 hóng red,

白 bái white,

黑 hēi black,

晴 qíng fine weather,

阴 yīn cloudy,

错 cuò wrong.

 

 

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HSK 2 Vocabulary (Part 9)

In this HSK 2 Vocabulary (Part 9) infographic, there are ~30 words. We put these vocabulary in two groups.

 

The first group contains body motion verbs,

说话 shuōhuà speak,

来 lái come,

回 huí return,

做 zuò do,

坐 zuò sit,

住 zhù live,

走 zǒu walk,

进 jìn enter,

出 chū come,

到 dào arrive,

穿 chuān wear,

给 gěi give,

笑 xiào smile,

告诉 gàosù tell,

开始 kāishǐ begin,

帮助 bāngzhù help,

送 sòng give as a present,

想 xiǎng want,

认识 rènshi know/recognize,

知道 zhīdao know,

会 huì can.

 

The second group contains verbs,

是 shì be (am, is, are),

有 yǒu have,

叫 jiào call,

觉得 juédé think.

 

 

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HSK 2 Vocabulary (Part 8)

In this HSK 2 Vocabulary (Part 8) infographic, we’ve included ~30 HSK 2 vocabulary.

The vocabulary are “adverbs” and “adjectives,” which include

不 bù no,

很 hěn quite/very,

太 tài too,

都 dōu all/both,

非常 fēicháng very,

最 zuì most,

真 zhēn real, really,

没 méi no,

大 dà big,

小 xiǎo small,

多 duō many/much,

少 shǎo few, little,

冷 lěng cold,

热 rè hot,

好 hǎo good,

漂亮 piàoliang beautiful,

高兴 gāoxìng happy,

高 gāo tall,

忙 máng busy,

快 kuài fast,

慢 màn slow,

远 yuǎn far,

近 jìn close,

好吃 hǎochī delicioous,

累 lèi tired,

长 cháng long,

新 xīn new,

贵 guì expensive,

便宜 piányi cheap.

 

Please note:

The vocabulary in black are the vocabulary from HSK 1.

The vocabulary in blue are the NEW vocabulary from HSK 2.

 

 

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YCT 2 Vocabulary (Part 6)

This is the last infographic is the last one of this series. In this YCT 2 Vocabulary (Part 6) infographic, there are ~30 words. We put these vocabulary in three groups.

 

The first group contains body motion verbs,

去 qù to go,

来 lái to come,

做 zuò to do,

坐 zuò to sit,

买 mǎi to buy,

画 huà to draw,

说话 shuōhuà to speak,

玩 wán to play,

学习 xuéxí to study,

睡觉 shuìjiào to sleep,

起床 qǐchuáng to get up,

打电话 dǎ diànhuà to call,

认识 rènshi to know.

 

The second group contains verbs,

是 shì to be,

有 yǒu to have,

看 kàn to see;to watch,

叫 jiào to be;to call,

觉得 juéde to think.

 

And the last group are the rest of the vocabulary from YCT 2,

和 hé and,

比 bǐ than,

吗 ma for question,

了 le for grammar,

呢 ne for question

会 huì can,

要 yào have;need,

可以 kěyǐ can.

 

 

Please note:

The vocabulary in black are the vocabulary from YCT 1.

The vocabulary in blue are the NEW vocabulary from YCT 2.

 

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Common Email Vocabulary In Chinese

Here is another topic that almost all of us will encounter daily, and that is “email.”

We have included about 20 of the most common email-related vocabulary in this infographic.

They are,

邮箱  yóuxiāng Email

写信  xiě xìn Compose

收信  shōu xìn Get new messages

联系人/通讯录 liánxì rén/tōngxùn lù Contacts

收件箱  shōu jiàn xiāng Inbox

资料夹  zīliàojiá Folder

已发送  yǐ fāsòng Sent

垃圾箱  lèsè xiāng Junk

发送  fāsòng Send

存草稿  cún cǎogǎo Save draft

收件人  shōu jiàn rén To:

主题  zhǔtí Subject

附件  fùjiàn Attachment

正文/内容 zhèngwén/nèiróng Content

删除 shānchú Delete

转寄 zhuǎn jì Forward

 

 

Simplified Chinese Version

 

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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Numbers (1-100) in Chinese

Counting from 1 to 100 is a must-have skill when it comes to learning a new language. In Chinese, numbers are used in ways unlike in English. For example, months and days of the week are expressed with numbers.

 

In this infographic, we introduce the very basic numbers 1-10. And also teach you the pattern from 11-99.

For numbers 1-10,

1 一  yī

2 二  èr

3 三  sān

4 四  sì

5 五  wǔ

6 六  liù

7 七  qī

8 八  bā

9 九  jiǔ

10 十  shí

 

Then

11=10+1, so 11 in Chinese is 十一 shíyī (10 and 1)

12=10+2, so 12 in Chinese is 十二 shíèr (10 and 2)

Same pattern applies to 13-19.

 

20=2*10, so 20 in Chinese is 二十 èrshí (2 and 10)

21=20+1, so 21 in Chinese is 二十一 èrshíyī (20 and 1)

29=20+9, so 29 in Chinese is 二十九 èrshíyījiǔ (20 and 9)

Can you guess how to say 30 in Chinese?

If you think about 20,

30 should be 3*10. So 30 in Chinese is 三十 sānshí (3 and 10)

We have more examples in the infographic. Check it out!

Finally, there is a word for hundred, which is  百 bǎi. One hundred is “one” and “hundred”, so 100 in Chinese is “一百  yìbǎi”

 

For other infographics related to numbers, see the following posts:

Big Numbers In Chinese

Zeros In Chinese

 

 

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Food-Related Chinese Idioms

Chinese idioms infographics have been the most popular category in VividChinese.com. So here is another one filled with useful Chinese idioms, “Food-Related Chinese Idioms” infographic.

We have included 5 categories, 3 idioms each, for a total of 15 sayings.

It is our first time publishing an infographic with video (from Carol at Growmommy.com) together!

肉类  ròu lèi Meat

  • 挂羊头卖狗肉   guà yáng tóu mài gǒuròu
  • 肉包子打狗  – 有去无回 ròu bāozi dǎ gǒu – yǒu qù wú huí
  • 鸡毛蒜皮   jī máo suàn pí

 

淀粉类  diànfěn lèi Starch

  • 僧多粥少   sēng duō zhōu shǎo
  • 不为五斗米折腰  bú wéi wǔdǒu mǐ zhéyāo
  • 画饼充饥   huà bǐng chōng jī

 

植物类  zhíwù lèi Plants

  • 倒吃甘蔗   dào chī gānzhè
  • 哑巴吃黄连   yǎbā chī huánglián
  • 姜是老的辣   jiāng shì lǎo de là

 

流质类  liúzhì lèi Fluid

  • 分一杯羹   fēn yībēi gēng
  • 饮水思源   yǐn shuǐ sī yuán
  • 望梅止渴   wàng méi zhǐ kě

 

甜食类  tiánshí lèi Sweets

  • 同甘共苦   tóng gān gòng kǔ
  • 甘之如饴   gān zhī rú yí
  • 口蜜腹剑   kǒu mì fù jiàn

 

Simplified Chinese Version

 

Video Credit to Carol from Growmommy.com 

Voice Over: Carol

 

 

Traditional Chinese Version

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