Profession 职业 Zhíyè

医生 – Yīshēng – Doctor

护士 – Hùshì – Nurse

公务员 – Gōngwùyuán – Civil Servant

司机 – Sījī – Driver

秘书 – Mìshū – Secretary

厨师 – Chúshī – Chef

保安 – Bǎo’ān – Security guard

消防员 – Xiāofáng yuán – Firefighter

老师 – Lǎoshī – Teacher

警察 – Jǐngchá – Policeman

律师 – Lǜshī – Lawyer

服务员 – Fúwùyuán – Waiter/Attendant

记者 – Jìzhě – Reporter

歌手 – Gēshǒu – Singer

作家 – Zuòjiā – Writer

会计 – Kuàijì – Accountant

演员 – Yǎnyuán – Actor

代理商 – Dàilǐ shāng – Agent

艺术家 – Yìshùjiā – Artist

助理 – Zhùlǐ – Assistant

老板 – Lǎobǎn – Boss

商人 – Shāngrén – Businessman

设计师 – Shèjì shī – Designer

工程师 – Gōngchéngshī – Engineer

经理 – Jīnglǐ – Manager

音乐家 – Yīnyuè jiā – Musician

摄影师 – Shèyǐng shī – Photographer

招待员 – Zhāodài yuán – Receptionist

售货员 – Shòuhuòyuán – Salesperson

科学家 – Kēxuéjiā – Scientist

空姐 – Kōngjiě – Flight Attendant

飞行员 – Fēixíngyuán – Pilot

What’s up!

大家好! 好久不见!It’s been a while.  I’ve been busy with life, work and Chinese study.  I’m preparing for my HSK2 exam on June 5.  I just want to give you an update on my current study routine.  For beginner learners like me, it sometimes get too confusing and stressful.  There are tons of apps and online resources out there.  It’s overwhelming indeed.  I have narrowed down the stuff I use to reduce study stress.  These are:

Reading:

I now mainly use DuChinese app for my reading practice.  This is a subscription app but it’s worth it.  It not only provides me stories from different levels but it also allows me to turn off the pinyin when I do not recognize a character/word.  The app will also allow you to save words so you can review them at a later time.

https://www.duchinese.net/

Vocabulary:

To be able to learn new words every day, I watch some Instagram videos. This way, I am able to see how words, phrases and sentences are used in daily conversations. I mainly follow:  easymandarinteacher, everydayeasychinese and learnchinesewithdolores.  They make learning Chinese fun.

https://www.instagram.com/easymandarinteacher/

Flashcard:

I use Chegg flashcards.  I like the simple interface.  It gives me option to practice on’flashcards’ or ‘multiple choice’ mode.

Also, I started putting in English sentences then I translate them into Chinese sentences, instead of the other way around.  I found this effective for me since I suck at sentence structure. Repetition does help.

https://www.chegg.com/flashcards

Listening:

To improve my listening skills, I watch Netflix Chinese dramas whenever I have free time.  I also watch ChinesePodTV videos on YouTube.  You can choose your level to focus on.  Their videos are very informative and detailed. 

https://www.youtube.com/user/ChinesePodTV

Speaking:

My online one on one class with my Chinese teachers are still ongoing. This time, I try to speak more and don’t care if I make mistakes.  They correct me and I take notes.  I also started recording them so I can go back and review the lessons.  My goal is to be more confident in expressing myself.  I know it will take time but most polyglots suggested to speak the language as much as possible…it is the only way to improve.

https://preply.com/

Writing:

I am a visual learner so practicing to write hanzi 汉字 is a must for me so I don’t forget a word.

So that’s all for my current study routine. At the moment, I’m using HSK Online Course to practice listening and reading for my upcoming exam.

Wish me luck! 加油💪

Body Parts 身体部位 shēntǐ bùwèi

  • 头发 tóufǎ = hair
  • 头 tóu = head
  • 眼睛 yǎnjīng = eyes
  • 眉毛 méimáo = eyebrow
  • 耳朵 erduǒ = ears
  • 鼻子 bízi = nose
  • 脸 liǎn = face
  • 脸颊 liǎnjiá = cheeks
  • 嘴 zuǐ = mouth
  • 嘴唇 zuǐchún = lips
  • 舌头 shétou = tongue
  • 牙齿 yáchǐ = teeth
  • 下巴 xiàbā = chin
  • 脖子 bózi = neck
  • 肩膀 jiānbǎng = shoulder
  • 手肘 shǒu zhǒu = elbow
  • 手臂 shǒubì = arm
  • 手 shǒu = hand
  • 手指 shǒuzhǐ = finger
  • 胸部 xiōngbù = chest
  • 肚子 dùzi = stomach
  • 臀部 túnbù = buttocks
  • 大腿 dàtuǐ = thigh
  • 腿 tuǐ = leg
  • 膝盖 xīgài = knee
  • 脚 jiǎo = foot
  • 脚趾 jiǎozhǐ = toe
  • 腰 yāo = waist
  • 背 bèi = back

I passed HSK 1 !

I passed my HSK 1 test!!! Only 1 mistake. 195/200 Wohooo! Some might say HSK 1 is easy, no big deal. However, it’s quite an achievement for a non-native speaker like me who only started 3 months ago (December 2020). The most difficult part of it starts from learning to pronounce the four tones. Yes, one word can have four different tones with different meanings. I thought I would never be able to pronounce them but with practice, I was able to do it.

So, what does my study routine looks like?

  1. I speak with an online native Mandarin teacher few times a week.
  2. I review Quizlet flash cards of new words daily (read them aloud with correct tones)
  3. I practice writing Chinese characters and familiarize myself with the strokes.
  4. I subscribed to DuChinese app. It provides reading articles ranging from HSK 1 – 6. It has pinyin for your convenience.
  5. I listen to Chinese songs, watch Chinese movies/drama/cartoons. Sometimes repeating after the dialogues.
  6. I listen to Chinese FM kid’s station (set the speed to slow). It enhances my listening skills.
  7. I apply what I learned by translating (writing) simple English sentences into Mandarin.
  8. I also purchased HSK Online. It’s available on iOS and Android. It’s an online learning platform for people who are preparing for the Chinese Proficiency Test. This allowed me to do mock exams and I believed it really helped.

What worked for me were consistency, practice and repetition. You’ll need to talk to yourself… a lot. Don’t worry if your family members think you’re going crazy, 哈哈哈。It’s the best way to practice.
So, what’s next? I’m preparing for the HSK 2 exam that I plan to take on July or August 2021.

加油💪

Quick HSK Update

I took my HSK1 exam today. There were 40 items. Half part was listening and half was reading. I will know the result after 2 weeks. Although I feel that I will pass, I still feel nervous. Wish me luck.

今天我参加了 HSK1 考试。 考试有40个项目。一半个听力部分,一半个阅读部分。两周后我将知道结果。虽然觉得我通过了,但是我仍然感到紧张。
加油💪

Booking a Ticket 订票 dìng piào

订 dìng = v. book
张 zhāng = measure word for flat object
飞机票 fēijī piào = plane ticket
航班 hángbān = flight
特快 tèkuài = express
全程 quánchéng = whole journey
多长 duō chǎng = how long
小时 xiǎoshí = hour
上铺 shàng pù = upper bunk
到达 dàodá = v. arrive
送 sòng = v. send/deliver
售票员 shòupiàoyuán = ticket seller

Example:


火车票。
dìng huǒchē piào
Book a train ticket.

张飞机票
zhāng fēijī piào
An airline ticket.

你的航班号是多少?
nǐ de hángbān hào shì duōshǎo
What is your flight number.

请问到北京有特快火车吗?
qǐngwèn dào běijīng yǒu tèkuài huǒchē ma?
Is there an express train to Beijing?

全程需要10小时。
quánchéng xūyào 10 xiǎoshí.
The whole journey takes 10 hours.

这条路多长?
Zhè tiáo lù duō chǎng?
How long is this road?

我睡觉上铺
wǒ shuìjiào shàng pù.
I sleep on the upper bunk.

他们昨天到达北京。
tāmen zuótiān dàodá běijīng.
They arrived in Beijing yesterday.

爸爸我去饭馆。
bàba sòng wǒ qù fànguǎn.
Dad sent me to the restaurant.

售票员:哪天的?
shòupiàoyuán: Nǎ tiān de?
Ticket seller: For which day?

Directions 方向 fāngxiàng

  • 走 zǒu = walk
  • 一直 yī zhí = straight/continuous
  • 第一 dì yī = first
  • 那个 nà gè = that one
  • 十字路口 shízìlù kǒu = crossing/intersection
  • 丁字路口 dīngzì lùkǒu = T-Junction
  • 往 wǎng = towards/to
  • 拐 guǎi = turn
  • 右 yòu = right
  • 佐 zuǒ = left
  • 右边 yòubiān = right side
  • 左边 zuǒbiān = left side
  • 右手边 yòushǒu biān = right hand side
  • 左手边 zuǒshǒu biān = left hand side
  • 前边 qiánbian = front
  • 后边 hòubian = behind
  • 对面 duìmiàn = opposite/across
  • 之间 zhī jiān = between
  • 旁边 pángbiān = next to
  • 过了 guòle = pass/cross
  • 路 lù = road

Examples:

A. 从第一小学到地铁
Cóng dì yī xiǎoxué dào dìtiě
From the elementary school to the subway

一直走,第七个十字路口,往左边。过了第一十字路口,地铁站在路右边,公交车站后边。
Yīzhí zǒu, dì qī gè shízìlù kǒu, wǎng zuǒbiān.Guòle dì yī shízìlù kǒu, dìtiě zhàn zài lù yòubiān, gōngjiāo chē zhàn hòubian.
Walk straight, on the seventh crossing, turn left. Cross the first intersection, the subway is on the right side of the road and behind the bus stop.

B. 从家到邮局
Cóng jiā dào yóujú
From home to post office

一直走,第二个十字路口,往右拐。邮局在银行前边。
Yīzhí zǒu, dì èr gè shízìlù kǒu, wǎng yòu guǎi. Yóujú zài yínháng qiánbian.
Walk straight, turn right at the second intersection. The post office is in front of the bank.

C. 从消防局到银行
From fire station to bank
一直走,第二个十字路口,往左拐。一直走,第一十字路口,往右拐。银行在路左边。商店旁边,邮局对面。
Yīzhí zǒu, dì èr gè shízìlù kǒu, wǎng zuǒ guǎi. Yīzhí zǒu, dì yī shízìlù kǒu, wǎng yòu guǎi. Yínháng zài lù zuǒbiān. Shāngdiàn pángbiān, yóujú duìmiàn.
Walk straight,turn left at the second intersection. Walk straight, turn right at the first crossing. The bank is at the left side of the road. Next to the shop and opposite the post office.

The Weather 天气 tiānqì

天 tiān = sky

气 qì = air

阴天 yīn tiān = cloudy day

晴天 qíng tiān = sunny day

大风天 dàfēng tiān = windy day

下雪天 xià xuě tiān = snowy day

大雾天 dà wù tiān = foggy day

Examples:

明天天气怎么样
Míngtiān tiānqì zěnme yàng
How is the weather tomorrow?

今天阴天,我不喜欢阴天。
jīntiān yīn tiān, wǒ bù xǐhuān yīn tiān.
It’s cloudy today.I don’t like cloudy days.

今天晴天, 我和朋友出玩。
jīntiān qíngtiān, wǒ hé péngyǒu chū wán.
It’s a sunny day. My friend and I went out to play.

今天刮大风,我不去外面。
jīntiān guā dàfēng, wǒ bù qù wàimiàn.
It’s windy today, so I’m not going outside.

雪天,很漂亮。
xià xuě tiān, hěn piàoliang.
It’s snowy, it’s beautiful.

今天北京有大雾
jīntiān běijīng yǒu dà wù.
There is heavy fog in Beijing today.

How to ask ‘how much/many’ 多少 duōshǎo

多 duō = many
少 shǎo = few

Examples:

这个饼干多少
Zhège bǐnggān duōshǎo qián
How much is this cookie?

她有多少钱?
Tā yǒu duōshǎo qián?
How much money does she have?

派对上有多少
Pàiduì shàng yǒu duōshǎo rén
How many people were there in the party?

这个手表多少
Zhège shǒubiǎo duōshǎo qián
How much is this watch?

你们公司有多少工人
Nǐmen gōngsī yǒu duōshǎo gōngrén
How many workers does your company have?

How to express ‘want’ 想 xiǎng

买什么
Nǐ xiǎng mǎi shénme
What do you want to buy?

买手机
Wǒ xiǎng mǎi shǒujī
I want to buy a mobile phone.

喝什么
Nǐ xiǎng hē shénme
What would you like to drink?

喝咖啡
Wǒ xiǎng hē kāfēi
I would like to drink coffee.

吃什么
Nǐ xiǎng chī shénme
What would you like to eat?

吃薯条
Wǒ xiǎng chī shǔ tiáo
I would like to eat fries.

看电影
Wǒ xiǎng kàn diànyǐng
I want to watch a movie.