3 untranslatable Mandarin phrases and what they tell us about the Chinese

Miranda Lee

Miranda Lee

Hi, I'm Miranda! I studied French and Spanish at university and have spent time working in both France and South America. I spent last summer road-tripping Europe on a vintage double decker bus, to meet and film native speakers all over the continent! My next big language challenge is to learn Mandarin.
Miranda Lee

The Chinese culture is often regarded as one of the most alien to our western way of life. If you go to China unable to speak the language, you’re likely to be totally stumped, and not even wild hand gestures and pointing fingers will help you to communicate. The cultural differences are no wonder given the 4,000 odd miles between us, but how does the Chinese language reflect their unique cultural practices? Let’s take a look!

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Learn Mandarin: use these phrases to get you speaking Mandarin from day one

Johnny Ridd

Johnny Ridd

Johnny is Co-Founder of JabbaJabba. He's lived in Beijing, Seoul and currently calls London home - as he ever will. He speaks middling (but rapidly improving!) Mandarin; but is determined to keep improving in a world that doesn't always make it that easy to (that's why he set up JabbaJabba!). Loves coffee, travel and expanding his horizons.
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Learn Mandarin: Focus on what you’ll actually use

Have you ever wanted to learn Mandarin? Perhaps you’re planning on going to China on holiday and would like a few useful phrases up your sleeve? Or maybe you’ve been meaning to start learning Mandarin for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it?

Whatever the reason, if you want to learn Mandarin, this post is for you.

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Learn Mandarin: Top 10 Everyday Chinese idioms

Johnny Ridd

Johnny Ridd

Johnny is Co-Founder of JabbaJabba. He's lived in Beijing, Seoul and currently calls London home - as he ever will. He speaks middling (but rapidly improving!) Mandarin; but is determined to keep improving in a world that doesn't always make it that easy to (that's why he set up JabbaJabba!). Loves coffee, travel and expanding his horizons.
Johnny Ridd

Chinese idioms. Sometimes colourful, sometimes funny and sometimes serious; idioms are a great way to get into Mandarin. These Italian idioms are designed to give you a bit of an insight into Chinese culture and society. Used correctly and idioms give a real sense of being fluent in Mandarin. They’re also just quite fun!

Get the most out of these Chinese Idioms

We’ve collated a few of the most useful Chinese Idioms. We’ve had a native speaker (one of our Language Gurus) record each one of them for you.

Listen carefully to each recording. Record yourself saying the same phrase or word out loud. Go back and listen to the original and keep going! Before you know it, you’ll be able to start chatting to a native speaker. Most important of, you’ll be able to start doing things in Italian. You’ll be using the language; not studying it.

What do you make of our top ten Chinese idioms? Any we missed?

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