Akiko's Lingoland Blog

Lucky and Unlucky Numbers

Let’s chat about a cultural quirk today – the love-hate relationship between the Chinese people and numbers. What are the numbers that Chinese people love, and what are those that we loathe? There are of course differences...

Song – We Have A Guest!《客人来》

Have you learnt the Little Snail song? Here’s another song for you to learn. A children’s song again, this time a popular one! It’s called《客人来》(Kèrén lái) – ‘kèrén’ meaning ‘guest, visitor’, and ‘lái’, ‘to come, to visit’....

Pinyin Test (3)

Are you geared up for Pinyin Test 3? Here goes, good luck! 拼音综合测验 (3) Pinyin Test 3_QNS 选择正确的答案 填写正确的声调     How did you fare? If you’ve enjoyed this, don’t forget to hit one of the sharing...

Song – Little Snail《小蜗牛》

How about learning Chinese through songs? Here’s a children’s song I wrote a decade ago. Snail_01_Mix   小蜗牛 xiǎo wō niú xiǎo wō niú màn mān pá 小蜗牛小蜗牛慢慢爬 cǎo dì li yè zi shang màn mān pá...

Pinyin Test (2)

How did you fare in the recent pinyin test I posted? Are you ready for the second one? Here goes! 拼音综合测验 (2) 拼音综合测验 2_QNS 选择正确的答案 填写正确的声调   Did you score well? Look out for the next one!...

The Why and How of ‘怎么’ (zenme)

You probably know that ‘怎么’ (zenme) means ‘how’, but are you aware that it also has the meaning of ‘why’? So how do you know when it means ‘how’ and when it means ‘why’? Also, when it refers...