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Chinese Phrase of the Day Challenge (WEEK 13)


Week 13 illustrated how the very simple words and sentence structures you learn in each short lesson combine and give you the ability to express yourself in Mandarin.

You aren't just studying Chinese: you are already speaking Chinese! And there's still so much to come.

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Week 13 Lessons 

Without further ado, here are all five lessons from Week 13.

Day 1 

After today's lesson, you'll be able to talk about dates in Chinese. Your mind will be blown at how LOGICAL and SIMPLE the names of Chinese days and months are... especially compared to most other languages!

If you don't already know how to count in Chinese, check out this fun video that has helped over 1.7 million people on YouTube learn their Mandarin numbers:

Day 2 

Today we'll take a look at a different way to use the familiar word 怎么 (zěn me) - how, by adding a negation word, like with 不怎么 (bù zěn me).

This is a very common usage of 怎么 (zěn me), and Wei Wei gives plenty of example sentences so you are confident you understand how to use it yourself.

Day 3 

We’re going to take a close look at the sentence particle 呢 (ne) today, which is used for follow up questions, or as a filler word for pausing. You hear native speakers use 呢 (ne) all the time, but many students feel uncertain about how to correctly use it themselves, so we’ll give you a clear explanation with lots of example sentences.

These clear explanations help you actually understand what you are learning, instead of just blindly memorizing everything. If you’ve started learning Chinese but ended up totally confused, try our lessons and see how these clear explanations can be a game changer for your Mandarin.

Day 4 

Today’s lesson will teach you how to say “before” or “previously” in Chinese, with a breakdown of the character components and example sentences. 

This individual word is pretty simple, but when we use it together with everything else we’ve covered this week, we’ll make multiple compound sentences. 

At this point, you HAVE to believe you can learn to speak this language

Day 5 - Review 

In today's review, Wei Wei goes over all the vocabulary, grammar, and phrases from this week's lessons!

Week 13 Lecture Notes 

Download this Lecture Notes pdf for a breakdown of the vocabulary and phrases in English, pinyin, and 汉字 (hàn zì) from Week 13. 

Scroll down to the bottom of the Lecture Notes pdfs for links to relevant lessons in our courses. These lessons include flashcards, quizzes, and audio review mp3s to help you practice what you've learned!


*TIP: In the Lecture Notes pdfs, scroll down to the bottom for links to relevant lessons in our courses. These lessons include flashcards, quizzes, and audio review mp3s to help you practice what you've learned!

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