Level 1 Lesson 5.2 – Characters: 些咖啡台电脑

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How To Write Chinese Characters

In this video lesson we'll learn Chinese Characters xie, tai, ka, fei, dian and nao. We'll learn how to write the characters and also learn their Radicals and their constructions.

  • Chinese Radicals: 田  二
  • Chinese Characters: 些  台  咖  啡  电  脑

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Lacey JoPremium Student November 13, 2020 at 9:59 pm

Not really related to this particular lesson, but wanted to post it here anyway. I have been studying Chinese for about 8 months now on my own and started this course mostly as practice for the HSK 1 word list and to get Lili’s fantastic explanations of, well, everything.
I took my HSK 1 on 10/31/2020 and just found out that I PASSED!! Only missed one question on the listening part and got 100 on the reading.
That’s all; I just wanted to share it with someone/anyone! I’m going to continue with the Level 1 course until I finish it (because it is good practice and, again, Lili is awesome) before I move on to the HSK 2 course.

chriswicksteadPremium Student April 14, 2022 at 3:15 am

Bit late but well done Lacey.! I’m going to go for hsk1 this year. Did you get that amazing score just using Chinese for us? Or any recommendations for other study aids you used?

sktrinh12Premium Student May 24, 2020 at 9:54 pm

上星期, 我买了这些东西。
第一, 一块九十九元少表
第三, 一本六十五元电脑书
第四, 一些二十元水果
第六, 一个四元可乐
我总共花了两百八十八元。 我觉得很便宜

MoritzPremium Student January 22, 2018 at 11:33 pm

Nihao, Lili,
when pronounced carefully and individually, I do okay; but in complete sentences I find it hard to tell this pair apart:
mai – mai [third tone vs. fourth tone] (buy – sell)
Is there a trick as what detail to listen for?

Don’t worry, it just takes some time of practice. Have you checked out our Pinyin Tone Course yet? It focuses on each Tone, Tone Change rule and different combination of Tone Pairs and has a lot of useful pronunciation practice.

marklim81Premium Student March 20, 2018 at 5:40 pm

I like to think of mài as being pronounced faster than mǎi, i.e. mai! and relate it to selling is a more urgent process than buying.

Also 卖 has a few more strokes than 买, i.e. it’s more complicated to write, as selling something is a more complicated process than buying.

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