Archive for January, 2010

Some Thoughts on Social Relationships

Jan 31st, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Have you ever felt weird when seeing children or students calling their parents or teachers by their first names and interacting as if they are close friends in American movies? Have you also ever been surprised by seeing how straightforward and honest American people can be when expressing their own thoughts and feelings in public? I still remember how uncomfortable I felt when I first experienced. Read the rest of this entry »

Null Initials or Zero Initials (零声母)

Jan 29th, 2010 Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Some syllables may have no initials. There are called “null initials” or “zero initials”. Read the rest of this entry »

The R-Finals (儿化韵)

Jan 29th, 2010 Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

In Chinese, a character may have an additional “儿 (ér​)” after it. This “儿 (ér​)” needs not to be regarded as a separate syllable, but read with a “neutral tone”. This means that the “r” sound is merged into the preceding finals. This phenomenon is called the “R-finals”. When written in Pinyin, an ‘r’ is added to its preceding final at the end. Read the rest of this entry »

Nasal Finals (鼻韵母)

Jan 28th, 2010 Posted in Audio, Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

The finals which comprise one or two vowel phonemes with a nasal consonant at the end are called “nasal finals”. There are 16 of them. Read the rest of this entry »

Compound Finals (复元音韵母)

Jan 28th, 2010 Posted in Audio, Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

The finals which comprise two or three vowel phonemes are called “compound finals”. There are 13 of them Read the rest of this entry »

Simple Finals (单元音韵母)

Jan 27th, 2010 Posted in Audio, Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

The finals which comprise only one single vowel phoneme are called “simple finals”. There are six simple finals. Read the rest of this entry »

Initials (声母)

Jan 25th, 2010 Posted in Audio, Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

In every syllable, the consonant at the onset is the initial. There are 21 of them. According to their pronunciations, they can be divided into six groups. Read the rest of this entry »

Initial + Finals + Tones = Syllable

Jan 25th, 2010 Posted in Lessons, Pinyin | no comment »

Syllable (音节)

一般说来每一个汉字是一个音节。这是汉语的一大特点。
Every single Chinese character in the normal written font occupies the same amount of space when written. Usually, each character has only one syllable, which is a prominent feature of Chinese. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy New Year! What is your new year resolution?

Jan 2nd, 2010 Posted in General | no comment »

新年快乐!新年新气象,你的新年愿望是什么?别说你的新年愿望是赚很多很多钱啊!那不就和我一样?! :-P

大家写下新年愿望吧!祝大家二零一零年心想事成,万事如意!

Happy New Year, everyone! Another year has passed and a new one has just begun. What is your new year resolution? Don’t say you want to earn a lot of money! That is MY new year resolution! :-P

Write down your new year resolution. Hope all your wishes come true in 2010!

PS. 祝侯老师中文教室2010年点击率过万! Hope Ms. Hou’s Mandarin Classroom become a big hit on the web in 2010!