Posts From Tina Liu

Model Mandarin: June 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. In Chinese, when we talk about nouns. They should be preceded by a special measure word. There are

Model Mandarin: May 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. It’s May now, and summer is coming. Mentioning summer, the first thing you might think about is probably

Model Mandarin April 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. While learning Mandarin, pay special attention to the retroflex finals. That’s the “r” sound at the end of

Model Mandarin March 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. Often non-native Chinese speakers can be overheard around retail closing hours asking, “shāngdiàn guānmén le ma.” While it

Model Mandarin: February 2015

BEAR IN MIND Remember how to speak by saying things you shouldn’t. Throughout China, there are plenty of regional variants of Chinese New Year customs. In some, it is considered