Are you familiar with the rhythm of spoken Mandarin Chinese? How would you describe it compared to English, or your native language? Once you become aware of the unique rhythm of Mandarin Chinese, you will be able to improve your listening comprehension skills, and gain more comfort speaking it.
Here is a simple rule in spoken Mandarin Chinese: The third tone will change to the second tone when followed by another third tone in a word. We will see how this happens through the uses of 很 in Peppa Pig!
By now, perhaps you’ve gone through a few episodes using PPM. It’s about time to test your knowledge of colloquial Chinese and review!! If you have looked around this site, you’ve probably noticed that I like to tie everything back to Peppa Pig. This time would be no different. Here are ten questions for your … Read more
This is a good segment for practicing listening comprehension in Chinese and test yourself on how much you’ve learned from previous Peppa Pig episodes on Learn Chinese with Peppa Pig. Most of the vocabulary and grammar points have been covered before.
If you don’t understand (almost) everything, you know you haven’t maximized how much you can learn on Learn Chinese with Peppa Pig!!
This is also the last segment of S01E07, as there were lots of breaks between dialogues. I have already selected the next episode to write about!
If you are using a computer which I am sure you are, you gotta watch this segment to learn some highly practical expressions related to computers in Chinese. I probably got too ahead of myself while writing the notes – they are very detailed and long!
There are numerous useful Chinese expressions in this segment such as something having a malfunction, turn off the computer, to fix something, being good at something (if you are a beginner Chinese learner, may I suggest a way to say “I don’t speak Chinese very well”?). Too many to list. I am sure you can take away a few things from this segment.
Another good segment for practicing sentence building. I particularly enjoyed talking about the use of 乱 in combination with Chinese verbs! These expressions are frequently used in spoken Chinese but you may not come across them for a long time if you follow a textbook.
This segment brilliantly illustrates how to practice sentence building!! I alluded to that in my article on how to practice speaking Chinese alone. I will surely talk about it over and over again in the future. There are natural repeats and similar sentence structures used with slight variations. It’ll really drill the key sentence structures into your head.
I thought I had to cover this episode because it’s so relevant to today’s world in a pandemic! If you are working from home and have young children, I am sure you can relate to this episode.
This segment is packed with useful phrases in Chinese! Learn how to ask a question in Chinese using 是不是. Use “可以…了” to say “ready to do something”. And learn a super casual way to ask whereabouts in Chinese. Enjoy!
This segment is a mix of many common expressions, without a strong theme. There are a few phrases about win or lose. Learn how to say “How come” and “Really” in Chinese. You will also learn a new way to express your excitement such as in “How clean!”
This is a simple segment but it’s great for practicing pronunciation. Learn how to pronounce 这 in Chinese. “zhè” could be misleading. Listen to what 这 sounds like! It’s closer to “zhèi” in terms of pinyin, but “zhèi” is not proper pinyin, I am only using it to highlight 这 doesn’t sound like “zhè” (in pinyin) in spoken Chinese!