So, you’ve been in China for years now and have been saying that you’d actually learn Mandarin if you had more time. Well, it’s a good thing this quarantine period means you have free time, and lots of it. Use it to take some online Chinese classes.

You can also download apps like Pleco and Duolingo for some more fun and free ways to enhance your language skills.

If you are looking to learn a little local lingo, while you’re staying inside, here’s a list that will help you change from tingbudong to tingdedong:
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Useful Chinese Vocabulary

In these extraordinary time (非常时期 fēicháng shíqī), is it to be advised to learn some useful vocabulary for better communication.

We’ve made a list of related words (English, Chinese, Pinyin):

新型冠状病毒 xīn xíng guàn zhuàng bìng dú = Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

病毒性肺炎 bìnɡ dú xìnɡ fèi yán = Viral Pneumonia
感染 gǎn rǎn = Infected

确诊病例 què zhěn bìng lì = Confirmed Cases

症状 zhèng zhuàng = Symptom
发热,发烧 fā rè, fā shāo = Fever
我发烧了 wǒ fā shāo le = I have a fever
乏力,没力气 fá lì,méi lì qi = Weak
我很难受 wǒ hěn nán shòu = I feel bad
咳嗽 ké sou = Cough
呼吸困难 hū xī kùn nán = Difficult breathing

口罩 kǒu zhào = Mask
医用酒精 yī yòng jiǔ jīng = Medical alcohol
免洗洗手液 miǎn xǐ xǐ shǒu yè = Hand sanitizer
防护服 fáng hù fú = Protective gear
体温计/ 温度计 tǐ wēn jì/ wēn dù jì = Thermometer

我最近没有去过湖北/武汉。Wǒ zuì jìn méi yǒu qù guò Hubei/Wuhan = I haven’t been to Hubei Province/Wuhan city recently.

Online Chinese Courses

The teachers from That’s Chinese decided to start flexible (1-1 or group) online Chinese classes, providing comprehensive courses, HSK preparation and more. They also run a special during the month of February.

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If you’d like to know more about their courses or apply for their free trial class, extract the QR code below


Or add WeChat ID: Stephanie647034

Chinese Learning Apps

There are a ton of good Chinese learning Android and iOS apps out there. However, their usefulness is usually limited to the goals and habits of those who are using them. The key to learning with these apps is to find what works for you, and what doesn’t. Accordingly, you can then separate these apps by their strengths and weaknesses, their purposes and their main training targets.

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How do you get the most out of your apps?

The big secret is discipline. When you first download an app, you get really obsessed about it, but then the magic often stops. The best way to make your app-learning sustainable is to keep a time-limit on it. We also recommend not arming yourself with a hundred different apps and trying to use them all. Choose one area to focus on each week (or day, if you like), and download or purchase the apps that are specialized in that aspect.

If you are looking to brush up on your Chinese knowledge and access to terminology, look no further than apps like  Pleco. This app allows you to either write in the stroke order of Chinese characters and get a definition or even speak It into the app and it will convert this into the characters and provide you with the pinyin and definition. The basic version is free.

What keeps you busy?

Let us know in the comments!

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