Chinese Songs

Many Chinese learners want to learn about the Chinese music scene. Songs are a great way to study the Chinese language, encounter Chinese culture, or connect with Chinese people. No matter what your motive is, you’re sure to find listening to Chinese music enjoyable and will quickly find your own favorite artists or bands. That … Read more

One in Chinese

It may be the loneliest number, but it’s also extremely useful. Let’s look at the number one in Chinese, how it’s used, how it’s pronounced and some common words and phrases that include it. Pronunciation In Chinese, “one” is 一 (yī). It’s generally considered the easiest character, because it’s only a single stroke and because … Read more

The Hardest Chinese Character

One of the most daunting parts of learning Chinese is the writing system. When people used to an alphabet of 26 letters start taking on the thousands of characters in Chinese, a question natural comes up: just how hard does this get? The most complicated character One way to gauge the difficulty of a character … Read more

Chinese Valentine’s Day

In the West, Valentine’s Day is considered a day of romance, when you express your love to that special someone through words, flowers, chocolates, cards and so forth. Do Chinese people celebrate Valentine’s Day? What is Qixi? How can you express your love in Chinese? Read on to find out! Valentine’s Day情人节 (qíngrén jié) Like … Read more

Pinyin Practice

When people first start learning Chinese, they sometimes don’t realize that learning the Pinyin romanization system is an important early step in the process. But just like any part of learning a language, Pinyin is a skill that needs to be practiced, not just knowledge to be learned. The path to Pinyin Ever since people … Read more

How Many Words Are in Chinese?

There are many things that make learning Chinese difficult for people who grew up speaking English. Besides the different sound system, different writing system and different grammar, Chinese also has a nearly completely dissimilar vocabulary. Unlike most learners of European languages, Chinese learners find that the two languages have no cognates and relatively few loanwords. … Read more

Chinese Vegetable Terms That Will Make You Hungry

Everyone knows that vegetables are a vital part of a healthy diet. Let’s learn how to say some of our favorites in Chinese. Vegetables with the character 菜 In Chinese, the word for vegetables is 蔬菜 (shūcài). This 菜 character may be familiar if you’ve learned types of cuisine, as in: 我们吃中国菜吧! (Wǒmen chī zhōngguó … Read more

The Best Online Chinese Translator 

Many dreams of going on vacation once in a while, especially to beautiful places like China. Sadly, the language barrier is a pain in the neck and significantly affects the quality of communication. That is why a translator comes in handy in these situations. However, what defines the best Chinese translator?   Criteria for The Best … Read more

Is Mandarin Hard to Learn?

Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. You may be interested in learning Chinese for various reasons: for work, study, or personal interests.  However, you might face much confusion when learning Chinese. First, there are many different dialects, such as Cantonese, Hokkien, and more. Here, we’ll focus on Mandarin Chinese, … Read more

Introducing maayot Pro

Today, we are excited to announce our new maayot Pro plan. For Chinese learners that are looking for an even more serious and consistent approach to studying Chinese, we are now offering daily teaching and writing corrections. To help you get started, please see below what will hopefully help answer a number of your questions. … Read more