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Chinese Grammar
Phrase of the Day Challenge - Week 1
Meet Real Yoyo Chinese Students
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Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary
Chinese Idioms, Chengyu, Slang, and Useful Mandarin Expressions
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Mandarin Chinese Pinyin, Tones, and Pronunciation
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Chinese Grammar

Last week we started a new series looking at the 3 big "de" words in Chinese: 的, 得, and 地.  These are key words in every day spoken Mandarin, so learn how to use them now and take a *big step forward* mastering Chinese grammar! 🚀  In Part 2 of this series, we're looking at 得 (de). Click through to read the post and download our infographic breaking down the 3 Big Chinese "De"s!

The 3 Big Chinese “De”s: Part 2 - 得 (de)

Last week we started a new series looking at the 3 big "de" words in Chinese: 的, 得, and 地. These are key words in every day spoken Mandarin, so learn how to use them now and take a *big step forward* mastering Chinese grammar! 🚀 In Part 2 of this series, we're looking at 得 (de). Click through to read the post and download our infographic breaking down the 3 Big Chinese "De"s!

The Chinese words 的, 得, and 地 are all pronounced EXACTLY the same - "de" - but have totally different grammatical functions. This can be really confusing for Chinese language learners! 😬  But these words are so common you can't avoid them, so we're going to set the record straight with a new blog series: The 3 Big "De's".  Click through to check out Part 1 now!

The 3 Big Chinese “De”s: Part 1 - 的 (de)

The Chinese words 的, 得, and 地 are all pronounced EXACTLY the same - "de" - but have totally different grammatical functions. This can be really confusing for Chinese language learners! 😬 But these words are so common you can't avoid them, so we're going to set the record straight with a new blog series: The 3 Big "De's". Click through to check out Part 1 now!

Phrase of the Day Challenge - Week 1

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Meet Real Yoyo Chinese Students

Language learning vloggers on Youtube make it look so easy, but what if you're not "good at languages"? What if you took YEARS of high school Spanish or French and still can't even order at a restaurant let alone read a menu? How can you expect to learn a language as different as Chinese? 🤷‍♀️  This week we want to share a real student's personal story about facing the challenge of learning Mandarin.  Click through to read her story, and get extra inspiration for your own learning journey!

Mandarin Intimidated Me, But I’m Learning Anyway

Language learning vloggers on Youtube make it look so easy, but what if you're not "good at languages"? What if you took YEARS of high school Spanish or French and still can't even order at a restaurant let alone read a menu? How can you expect to learn a language as different as Chinese? 🤷‍♀️ This week we want to share a real student's personal story about facing the challenge of learning Mandarin. Click through to read her story, and get extra inspiration for your own learning journey!

We asked students to share how they've been studying Chinese in quarantine, and we are truly inspired by all the amazing videos we received!🏠📚  Check out how Maddie in England built her Mandarin practice into her morning routine. Her positive attitude (combined with her daily practice) guarantees her success. 加油 (jiā yóu) - good luck Maddie! 🚀  You can make Mandarin a part of your morning routine too! Click through and go through Level 1 of our Beginner Conversational Course for FREE!

How I Study Chinese in Quarantine | Maddie in England

We asked students to share how they've been studying Chinese in quarantine, and we are truly inspired by all the amazing videos we received!🏠📚 Check out how Maddie in England built her Mandarin practice into her morning routine. Her positive attitude (combined with her daily practice) guarantees her success. 加油 (jiā yóu) - good luck Maddie! 🚀 You can make Mandarin a part of your morning routine too! Click through and go through Level 1 of our Beginner Conversational Course for FREE!

We asked students who have been following our 'Chinese Phrase of the Day Challenge' - *only 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 1 month* - to send in videos introducing themselves in Mandarin Chinese.  It's amazing to see how with JUST 4 WEEKS these students are able to go beyond just telling us their names, and can express their thoughts about learning Chinese... in Chinese! 💗🚀  Take up the challenge yourself! Click through and go through the first 20 lessons FREE!

Real Students Speaking Chinese After Just 1 Month | Learn Beginner Chinese

We asked students who have been following our 'Chinese Phrase of the Day Challenge' - *only 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 1 month* - to send in videos introducing themselves in Mandarin Chinese. It's amazing to see how with JUST 4 WEEKS these students are able to go beyond just telling us their names, and can express their thoughts about learning Chinese... in Chinese! 💗🚀 Take up the challenge yourself! Click through and go through the first 20 lessons FREE!

YoyoChinese.com Demos

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Mandarin Chinese Vocabulary

Build your Mandarin vocabulary the fun way! Download our FREE new pocket guide and learn the names of 28 动物 (dòng wù) - animals - in Chinese. 🐢🦒🐨🐒🐾 Click through to download the pdf and watch the demo for cutting and folding it into a little book you can fit in your pocket and study on the go. 📗 There are also audio samples on the blog post, so you can practice your pronunciation saying these 28 animals. Check it out now!

Learn 28 Chinese Animals | FREE Chinese Pocket Guide

Build your Mandarin vocabulary the fun way! Download our FREE new pocket guide and learn the names of 28 动物 (dòng wù) - animals - in Chinese. 🐢🦒🐨🐒🐾 Click through to download the pdf and watch the demo for cutting and folding it into a little book you can fit in your pocket and study on the go. 📗 There are also audio samples on the blog post, so you can practice your pronunciation saying these 28 animals. Check it out now!

We recently published a post with useful phrases and vocabulary for talking about coronavirus in Chinese. Our hearts go out to everyone around the world effected by this situation.   It's made us realize how truly critical it is to learn basic Chinese for visiting the doctor. 🩺🏥  Click through to read our new post *Essential Chinese for Visiting the Doctor* - with audio samples for each phrase - and download the infographic. You'll be glad you took the time to learn these expressions!

Essential Chinese for Visiting the Doctor

We recently published a post with useful phrases and vocabulary for talking about coronavirus in Chinese. Our hearts go out to everyone around the world effected by this situation. It's made us realize how truly critical it is to learn basic Chinese for visiting the doctor. 🩺🏥 Click through to read our new post *Essential Chinese for Visiting the Doctor* - with audio samples for each phrase - and download the infographic. You'll be glad you took the time to learn these expressions!

In this last post in our 3 Big Chinese "De"s series, we'll explain how to correctly use the word 地 (de).  You may have learned this character as "dì", meaning "ground", but it's also pronounced "de" and has a completely different meaning! 😮  Click through to read the post and download our infographic breaking down 地 (de)!

The 3 Big Chinese "De"s #3: 地 (de)

In this last post in our 3 Big Chinese "De"s series, we'll explain how to correctly use the word 地 (de). You may have learned this character as "dì", meaning "ground", but it's also pronounced "de" and has a completely different meaning! 😮 Click through to read the post and download our infographic breaking down 地 (de)!

Chinese Idioms, Chengyu, Slang, and Useful Mandarin Expressions

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Yoyo Chinese Sample Lessons

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Mandarin Chinese Pinyin, Tones, and Pronunciation

The "3-3" Tone Change Rule Explained

In this new blog series, we’ll be going over the top questions our support team sees from our students! Today: the 3-3 tone change rule.

Chinese Characters

Here are 3 reasons why you should make handwriting Chinese characters part of your daily Mandarin studies:  • Improve your concentration, focus, and memory. • See the logical structure behind the Chinese language by understanding character composition. • Learn to appreciate the beauty of calligraphy and Chinese characters.  To help you practice correctly, we created an infographic of the 30 Most Common Strokes you can download now on this blog post. Click through and download it now!

Chinese Character: Most Common Strokes

Here are 3 reasons why you should make handwriting Chinese characters part of your daily Mandarin studies: • Improve your concentration, focus, and memory. • See the logical structure behind the Chinese language by understanding character composition. • Learn to appreciate the beauty of calligraphy and Chinese characters. To help you practice correctly, we created an infographic of the 30 Most Common Strokes you can download now on this blog post. Click through and download it now!

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Our Black Friday Sale is FINALLY here! Get lifetime access to a Chinese program that *actually works* - at our lowest prices ever! Still not sure? Don't just take our word for it - check out this video and hear what real Yoyo students have to say about studying Chinese with us. 👀 THIS SALE ENDS MONDAY, so don't miss this chance to make your dream of learning Chinese come true with the best Chinese program on the planet!

🎉 Black Friday Sale 2020 - Our LOWEST PRICES EVER!! 🤩🎁

Our Black Friday Sale is FINALLY here! Get lifetime access to a Chinese program that *actually works* - at our lowest prices ever! Still not sure? Don't just take our word for it - check out this video and hear what real Yoyo students have to say about studying Chinese with us. 👀 THIS SALE ENDS MONDAY, so don't miss this chance to make your dream of learning Chinese come true with the best Chinese program on the planet!

Build your Mandarin vocabulary the fun way! Download our FREE new pocket guide and learn the names of 28 动物 (dòng wù) - animals - in Chinese. 🐢🦒🐨🐒🐾 Click through to download the pdf and watch the demo for cutting and folding it into a little book you can fit in your pocket and study on the go. 📗 There are also audio samples on the blog post, so you can practice your pronunciation saying these 28 animals. Check it out now!

Learn 28 Chinese Animals | FREE Chinese Pocket Guide

Build your Mandarin vocabulary the fun way! Download our FREE new pocket guide and learn the names of 28 动物 (dòng wù) - animals - in Chinese. 🐢🦒🐨🐒🐾 Click through to download the pdf and watch the demo for cutting and folding it into a little book you can fit in your pocket and study on the go. 📗 There are also audio samples on the blog post, so you can practice your pronunciation saying these 28 animals. Check it out now!

The "3-3" Tone Change Rule Explained

In this new blog series, we’ll be going over the top questions our support team sees from our students! Today: the 3-3 tone change rule.

Back in April, we offered #StayHome Pricing with 15% off to help you study online.  With many students and teachers going "back to school" online, we want to continue to support you with #KeepLearning August and a 20% discount to study with us on YoyoChinese.com! 💻👩🏻‍🏫  Our courses help with the big challenges of learning online, giving you a structured approach with fun reviews and fantastic support from our team. 💪  Click through and get LIFETIME ACCESS to our online courses at 20%…

#KeepLearning this August and SAVE 20%!

Back in April, we offered #StayHome Pricing with 15% off to help you study online. With many students and teachers going "back to school" online, we want to continue to support you with #KeepLearning August and a 20% discount to study with us on YoyoChinese.com! 💻👩🏻‍🏫 Our courses help with the big challenges of learning online, giving you a structured approach with fun reviews and fantastic support from our team. 💪 Click through and get LIFETIME ACCESS to our online courses at 20%…

If you are writing an email in Chinese to a business, school, co-worker - literally ANYONE who isn't a close friend - you should use formal language to show the appropriate respect. 🙏  Writing formally in Chinese isn't hard, but you need clear explanations of the different titles and standard phrases to use them correctly. 💡  Our new post breaks down the essential vocabulary and common expressions, with examples to help you compose excellent emails in Chinese. Click through and check it…

How to Write a Formal Email in Chinese

If you are writing an email in Chinese to a business, school, co-worker - literally ANYONE who isn't a close friend - you should use formal language to show the appropriate respect. 🙏 Writing formally in Chinese isn't hard, but you need clear explanations of the different titles and standard phrases to use them correctly. 💡 Our new post breaks down the essential vocabulary and common expressions, with examples to help you compose excellent emails in Chinese. Click through and check it…

Communicating in a foreign language respectfully and effectively requires more than just the correct vocabulary and grammar.  In your native language, you shift naturally from "casual" to "formal" depending on the situation, and it's important to learn how to do this in Chinese if you hope to communicate with native speakers.  We can help!  Click through and we will teach you the proper titles, key phrases and cultural insights for writing formal letters in Chinese.

How to Write a Formal Letter in Chinese

Communicating in a foreign language respectfully and effectively requires more than just the correct vocabulary and grammar. In your native language, you shift naturally from "casual" to "formal" depending on the situation, and it's important to learn how to do this in Chinese if you hope to communicate with native speakers. We can help! Click through and we will teach you the proper titles, key phrases and cultural insights for writing formal letters in Chinese.

Language learning vloggers on Youtube make it look so easy, but what if you're not "good at languages"? What if you took YEARS of high school Spanish or French and still can't even order at a restaurant let alone read a menu? How can you expect to learn a language as different as Chinese? 🤷‍♀️  This week we want to share a real student's personal story about facing the challenge of learning Mandarin.  Click through to read her story, and get extra inspiration for your own learning journey!

Mandarin Intimidated Me, But I’m Learning Anyway

Language learning vloggers on Youtube make it look so easy, but what if you're not "good at languages"? What if you took YEARS of high school Spanish or French and still can't even order at a restaurant let alone read a menu? How can you expect to learn a language as different as Chinese? 🤷‍♀️ This week we want to share a real student's personal story about facing the challenge of learning Mandarin. Click through to read her story, and get extra inspiration for your own learning journey!

We asked students to share how they've been studying Chinese in quarantine, and we are truly inspired by all the amazing videos we received!🏠📚  Check out how Maddie in England built her Mandarin practice into her morning routine. Her positive attitude (combined with her daily practice) guarantees her success. 加油 (jiā yóu) - good luck Maddie! 🚀  You can make Mandarin a part of your morning routine too! Click through and go through Level 1 of our Beginner Conversational Course for FREE!

How I Study Chinese in Quarantine | Maddie in England

We asked students to share how they've been studying Chinese in quarantine, and we are truly inspired by all the amazing videos we received!🏠📚 Check out how Maddie in England built her Mandarin practice into her morning routine. Her positive attitude (combined with her daily practice) guarantees her success. 加油 (jiā yóu) - good luck Maddie! 🚀 You can make Mandarin a part of your morning routine too! Click through and go through Level 1 of our Beginner Conversational Course for FREE!

For most people interested in learning a new language, Mandarin seems intriguing, but frankly just too hard. 😫  After your first taste of Chinese pronunciation and tones and characters, you start thinking Spanish or French might be a better choice, right?  ❌ Totally wrong! ❌  Our fantastic new blog writer Michael Stancliff has been studying Mandarin for over 10 years, and his new post gives you '5 Reasons Why Mandarin Chinese is Half as Hard (and Twice as Awesome) as You Think'! Click…

5 Reasons Why Mandarin Chinese is Half as Hard (and Twice as Awesome) as You Think

For most people interested in learning a new language, Mandarin seems intriguing, but frankly just too hard. 😫 After your first taste of Chinese pronunciation and tones and characters, you start thinking Spanish or French might be a better choice, right? ❌ Totally wrong! ❌ Our fantastic new blog writer Michael Stancliff has been studying Mandarin for over 10 years, and his new post gives you '5 Reasons Why Mandarin Chinese is Half as Hard (and Twice as Awesome) as You Think'! Click…

If you've been studying while you #stayhome to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, we want to hear from you! 📣  Make a short video (in English or Chinese - or both!) sharing:  • your name and where you're from • your daily Mandarin study habits • your study tips for other students • how studying with us during quarantine has impacted your learning and your life in general  Send your video to info@yoyochinese.com for a prize!

How I Study Chinese in Quarantine

If you've been studying while you #stayhome to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, we want to hear from you! 📣 Make a short video (in English or Chinese - or both!) sharing: • your name and where you're from • your daily Mandarin study habits • your study tips for other students • how studying with us during quarantine has impacted your learning and your life in general Send your video to info@yoyochinese.com for a prize!

Life in quarantine can be surprisingly busy. Finding time to focus on a goal like learning Chinese can be a huge obstacle.  But the truth is you don't need to study hours a day to learn Chinese.  Not even close.  The key is consistency. Finding ways to study Chinese every day, even if you just have a few minutes, helps develop your skills and form language connections in your mind.  Click through for 5 ways to study while you're stuck indoors and add these simple study sessions to your…

5 Ways to Study with Yoyo Chinese While You're Stuck Indoors

Life in quarantine can be surprisingly busy. Finding time to focus on a goal like learning Chinese can be a huge obstacle. But the truth is you don't need to study hours a day to learn Chinese. Not even close. The key is consistency. Finding ways to study Chinese every day, even if you just have a few minutes, helps develop your skills and form language connections in your mind. Click through for 5 ways to study while you're stuck indoors and add these simple study sessions to your…

Being a parent in the time of #COVID_19 means you are suddenly also a teacher. Even if your child's school is providing resources, you're likely finding yourself WAY more involved in managing their studies. 😬  It's a huge challenge, but we're here to help! Check out our new blog post for our advice on teaching your child Mandarin. 👩‍🏫📚  The post is based on our curriculum, but it's valuable for any parent suddenly finding themselves transformed into a teacher. Click through to read the…

How to Teach Your Child Mandarin Chinese

Being a parent in the time of #COVID_19 means you are suddenly also a teacher. Even if your child's school is providing resources, you're likely finding yourself WAY more involved in managing their studies. 😬 It's a huge challenge, but we're here to help! Check out our new blog post for our advice on teaching your child Mandarin. 👩‍🏫📚 The post is based on our curriculum, but it's valuable for any parent suddenly finding themselves transformed into a teacher. Click through to read the…

Sick of singing 'Happy Birthday' 10x a day while you wash your hands and stay safe from #covid_19? Try singing it in Chinese! There is only 1 sentence in the 'Happy Birthday Song', so anyone can learn this. It's helpful when you're washing your hands, and the next time your Chinese friend has a birthday. 👩‍🎤😄  We just made Level 1 (45 lessons) of our Beginner Conversational Course FREE, so you can study Chinese online while you #stayhome and #staysafe. Click through to start with Lesson…

Wash Your Hands to the Happy Birthday Song in Chinese

Sick of singing 'Happy Birthday' 10x a day while you wash your hands and stay safe from #covid_19? Try singing it in Chinese! There is only 1 sentence in the 'Happy Birthday Song', so anyone can learn this. It's helpful when you're washing your hands, and the next time your Chinese friend has a birthday. 👩‍🎤😄 We just made Level 1 (45 lessons) of our Beginner Conversational Course FREE, so you can study Chinese online while you #stayhome and #staysafe. Click through to start with Lesson…

As the world faces the challenge of the coronavirus, we find ourselves at home and looking for ways to occupy our minds, engage with something positive, and help our children and ourselves continue studying and learning. ❤️💪  We hope studying Chinese is a way for you to do all of these things - and we want to support you! Right now:  • Level 1 of our Beginner Conversational Course (13 units with 45 lessons) is COMPLETELY FREE. • Lifetime access to all courses on YoyoChinese.com is now 15%…

#StayHome Pricing and LEVEL 1 FREE

As the world faces the challenge of the coronavirus, we find ourselves at home and looking for ways to occupy our minds, engage with something positive, and help our children and ourselves continue studying and learning. ❤️💪 We hope studying Chinese is a way for you to do all of these things - and we want to support you! Right now: • Level 1 of our Beginner Conversational Course (13 units with 45 lessons) is COMPLETELY FREE. • Lifetime access to all courses on YoyoChinese.com is now 15%…

As most of us #StayHome to help slow #COVID-19, we're fighting boredom too!   Learning Chinese songs is a GREAT way to mix things up and add some fun to your Mandarin studies. Plus, singing karaoke is a great way to lift your spirits while you're at home! 👩‍🎤🎤  With that in mind, we’ve compiled 5 Chinese Songs that are PERFECT for students of every level - from beginner to advanced. The post has videos to sing along with, and lyrics in English, pinyin, and 汉字 (hàn zì). Click through now!

5 Easy-to-Learn Chinese Songs to Practice Your Mandarin

As most of us #StayHome to help slow #COVID-19, we're fighting boredom too! Learning Chinese songs is a GREAT way to mix things up and add some fun to your Mandarin studies. Plus, singing karaoke is a great way to lift your spirits while you're at home! 👩‍🎤🎤 With that in mind, we’ve compiled 5 Chinese Songs that are PERFECT for students of every level - from beginner to advanced. The post has videos to sing along with, and lyrics in English, pinyin, and 汉字 (hàn zì). Click through now!

We hope you're doing well during this tough time! Thinking positively, this can also be a great opportunity to FINALLY make progress learning Chinese. To help motivate you, we'll give you a reward for your daily studies! 🎁  Join our April Study Streak Challenge on and WIN: • Everyone who keeps their daily study streak all 30 days in April will win a 30% promo code - up to $150 off! • 5 random winners will win a free course.  Click through to learn more!

April Study Streak Challenge | Study Chinese and WIN!

We hope you're doing well during this tough time! Thinking positively, this can also be a great opportunity to FINALLY make progress learning Chinese. To help motivate you, we'll give you a reward for your daily studies! 🎁 Join our April Study Streak Challenge on and WIN: • Everyone who keeps their daily study streak all 30 days in April will win a 30% promo code - up to $150 off! • 5 random winners will win a free course. Click through to learn more!