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Chinese Phrase of the Day Challenge (Week 12)


We covered a TON of useful vocabulary are phrases in WEEK 12 of our Chinese Phrase of the Day Challenge.

From learning how to say 'go to bed late' and 'wake up early' to learning the difference between 不 (bù) and 没 (méi), you took BIG steps this week.

The end of WEEK 12 also marks 3 months studying Chinese with this series. Congratulations on reaching another milestone in your learning journey!

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All the videos from WEEK 12 are below, as well as a Lecture Notes PDF you can download with this week's vocabulary and phrases.

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Week 12 Lessons 

Without further ado, here are all five lessons from Week 12.

Day 1 

After today's video you'll be able to talk about the time of day in Chinese. The words you'll learn in this lesson are an essential part of your foundation for speaking Mandarin.

Day 2 

This is one of the longest lessons in this series, but it's STILL less than 7 minutes, and by the end of it you'll be able to talk about 'time' in Mandarin Chinese. We'll also teach you how to use the super useful word 所以 (suǒ yǐ) to say "so" or "therefore". I think it's worth your 'time'!

Day 3 

In today's 2 minute Mandarin lesson, we'll continue to build up your essential 'foundation' vocabulary. Wei Wei will teach you the Chinese word for sleep, 睡 (shuì), and how to use it in a couple practical sentences. 

This video is super short, so there's no excuse to skip your Chinese lesson today!

Day 4 

In yesterday's lesson we taught you how to say, "sleep late" in Chinese, so today we'll teach you how to say, "get up early".

We'll also introduce the word 没 (méi), which can mean "not", "to not have", and "there is not". Students often get confused about the difference between 没 (méi) and 不 (bù), so Wei Wei gives you a clear explanation with example sentences.

Day 5 - Review 

Week 12 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 12. 

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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Weiwei Liu is a video host and member of the Yoyo Chinese academic team. She is a native speaker with a strong passion for teaching Mandarin Chinese to people across the globe.

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