China - Mandarin Language

Guiding Questions

1. What is one new Chinese word or phrase that you learned today?

2. How do tonal languages differ from non-tonal languages?

3. What is an ideogram and how does it relate to the Chinese writing system?

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  • 1. Ni hao Ma? How are you?
    Wo Hen Hao - I am very good.
    Xie-xie - thank you

    2. The tone you say the word in changes what you mean. Chinese has 4 tones that are written different with 4 tonal marks.

    3. An ideogram is a graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept. Many Chinese letters are shaped like what they represent.

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  • 1.Dui bu qi - Exucse me or I am sorry
    2. In a tonal language the meaning of a word can change with the pitch.
    3. An ideogram is the written expression of an idea.
    • Awesome! I have to be very careful with tonal languages. This reminds me of Spanish. "El Papá" is "The Pope", whereas "La Papa" means "potato". I imagine that quite a few arguments have started because of tonal language mix ups!
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Chinese Language Learning Resources

ChineseSkill ChineseSkill is a free Mandarin language learning app for beginners, available for Android and iOS. 

Chineasy has created a set of graphic products for beginners to learn Chinese characters. The sleek and simple graphic designs put the characters in greater context and provide deeper insight into Chinese culture.

FluentU FluentU brings language learning to life through language immersion with real-world videos.

Miss Panda Chinese has hundreds of great resources for learning Mandarin Chinese with kids.

Pleco The Pleco app is the best digital Chinese dictionary app out there. 

Chinese Pod is a great, beginner-friendly podcast for learning to speak Mandarin. 

Hacking Chinese is a comprehensive website developed by a Swedish Mandarin language learner with tips, tools and reflections are learning the language. 

The World’s Most Musical Languages by John McWhorter, The Atlantic, November 13, 2015

Introduction to Chinese Characters Brown University