Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Welcome to the Mandarin Word of the Day blog

If you are learning Mandarin Chinese, subscribe to this blog to make sure that you receive a daily dose of Mandarin characters. Each day we will provide at least one word for you to add to your vocabulary. We will show you the characters; give you the meaning, the pronunciation and the pinyin. Sometimes we will give example of how the word could be used in a sentence.

Of course, you don’t want to be a walking dictionary, and no amount of vocabulary training can teach you to speak and understand a language. There are many other resources that can help you learn the Mandarin language and occasionally we will provide links to other useful language sites.

We won’t just be choosing random words; instead we will focus on various themes that will be of interest to every visitor to China. These will range from hotels and restaurants, to travel, sightseeing and shopping.

In the year of the Beijing Olympics it seems appropriate to start with a sports theme. So, our first few words will be sporting ones. If you are lucky enough to be travelling to China for the Olympics you will find these words very useful.