Train Your Mandarin Ear
This video will keep you on your toes with your Chinese listening practice. I visit a great local place that has delicious bubble tea and snacks. Learn to ask for things like a local person would.
How To Learn New Vocabulary
You might walk into a new restaurant, bakery, grocers, or snack place. Everything looks delicious but you have no idea what anything is called. Maybe there is a fine-looking pastry, but you have no idea what filling is inside, or you’d like to learn the names of these items. Use this one simple phrase:
zhè shì shén me?
Combine this with pointing at the item in question and the waitress or server should tell you the name of it. It doesn’t matter if they say something that you’ve never heard of before. Repeat it back to them slowly and they will correct you or fill in the blanks. That way you look like a pro, and that you know way more than you do. They’ll be impressed, you should be impressed. Everyone is a winner.
Do you want a secret top tip? You can use also the word 什么? shén me? for when you mishear someone and you need them to repeat it.
If you caught a little bit of what they said, just start your sentence finished with 什么? shén me? and they will fill in the gaps.
原 .. 什么?
yuán .. shén me?
original .. what?
yuán wèi shì ba?
Original flavor, right?
Audio Practice And Quizzes
Was the video helpful for you? Did it touch on a situation that you’ve experienced before and been lost for words? This video, plus 90 others are available on my online course — speakeverydaychinese.com
From the first lesson, I coach you on how to get real practice. You’ll learn Chinese for day-to-day life. That’s the Mandarin you’ll need the most often. Learn as I interact in Mandarin and explain it to you. Practice common phrases with bonus audio. Test your knowledge with quizzes.
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