如虎添翼 – Like adding wings to a tiger

What is it? The chengyu 如虎添翼 (rú hǔ tiān yì) breaks down into the words: like (如Rú) tiger (虎hǔ) add (添tiān) wings (翼yì). This translates nicely to “like adding wings to a tiger” in English. Now, what does it mean to add wings to a tiger? As you can tell from other chengyus, the tiger Read more about 如虎添翼 – Like adding wings to a tiger[…]

Bargain skills while shopping in China

In China it is all about “bargaining”! Everything is negotiable! Therefore, besides shopping in supermarkets or malls, you should try to bargain with Chinese vendors in markets. The first price is always too high and especially, if a foreigner asks for. Therefore, people should know some basic Chinese phrases to be able to deal with Read more about Bargain skills while shopping in China[…]

Christmas facts about China

With a table, full of mouth-watering delicacies, and shopaholic annual procurement, Westerns celebrate Christmas very hard! But on the other side, what does a non-Christian country like China spend this western holiday? Today at TutorMandarin, we will unmask the secret of Christmas in China and teach you some Christmas greetings in Chinese. Even though, there Read more about Christmas facts about China[…]

Is it enough to only know how to type in Chinese and not write by hand?

There are a couple of questions most people might think of, while learning Chinese! Nowadays it is more common to write an email or a letter via PC than with your hand. Hence some people are not sure how important it really is to be able to write Chinese characters by hand, we want to Read more about Is it enough to only know how to type in Chinese and not write by hand?[…]

Chinese swear words

Speaking vulgarly is so common for all, regardless of nationalities, even in a furious mood or some certain situation. Knowing different versions of cursing words is somehow like building a “lingua franca” among friends. So today, let’s learn some 粗話 (cūhuà – bad words) in Chinese for fun. Before we start, we would seriously warn Read more about Chinese swear words[…]

Emergency contact numbers in China

Accidents don’t follow any rules. Most of them happen in moments, when we don’t expect it at all. Although, most of us aren’t willing to encounter ones, we must handle some emergent situation or troubles during our trips to foreign countries. We already learn the most important emergency contact numbers during our childhood by our Read more about Emergency contact numbers in China[…]

Chinese time zones

We all know that Russia (俄国 – Éguó*) is the largest country in the world with approximately 17,098,242 square kilometres. It covers more than one-eighth of the Earths’ inhabited land and boasts an impressive 11 time zones (时区 – shíqū*). Its’ neighbour China (中国 – Zhōngguó*) has with 9,596,960 square kilometres roughly the size of Read more about Chinese time zones[…]

Counting in Chinese with hands

We’ve learnt numbers in Chinese previously, so today let’s talk about something related ”Chinese hand counting”. The beauty of the Chinese numerable signals is that you can count from one to nine just by using one hand. You don’t need to be a nine-fingered mutant! For most people of western countries, it is quite surprising, Read more about Counting in Chinese with hands[…]

Chinese Food Slang

  There is a Chinese proverb “吃饭皇帝大” (chī fàn huáng dì dà), which literally means “Food is bigger than the emperor”. It shares a similar meaning with the English slang “someone’s bread and butter”, which is “Nothing is more important than eating”. You can see how essential food is in Chinese life from this notion. Read more about Chinese Food Slang[…]

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How to improve your Chinese skills online for free

How can I learn to read and speak Chinese well and for free while using online resources? Often there come up a lot of questions like this, when someone starts to learn a new language. So, is it possible in 2016? Maybe! Let’s explore why and why not. “Free” and “Online” Resources There are many Read more about How to improve your Chinese skills online for free[…]