15 of the Most Popular Idioms in Chinese

Idiom comes from the Greek word meaning ‘one of a kind’. They’re often used to convey a special meaning that is not directly spoken. Idioms also shorten a longer meaning, and can add colour to a language and emphasis to a specific phrase. Idioms, known as 熟语 (shóu yǔ) or 成语 (chéng yǔ) if made… Read More

How to Use the 5th Chinese Tone

Did you know there was a 5th tone in Mandarin Chinese? Many Chinese learners just refer to this tone as having ‘no tone’ or being ‘neutral’. However, this ‘no tone’ actually has rules that can change the way a character or bigram is spoken. The way the 5th Chinese tone is used in spoken Chinese… Read More