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Many Mandarin foreign language students struggle with common mistakes that are recurring throughout conversations between learners. Are you one of them? Here we outline how to avoid these three common mistakes…

Jul 25, 2014 12:00 AM
Comments · 39

just a comment...她是很漂亮...isn't actually wrong for all situations...I would use it to be more emphatic as in "she IS very pretty". 


A: 她很漂亮吗?

B: 还可以。。

A: 她是很漂亮,很多人都说。

August 4, 2014

This is so true. And those mistakes could be made even when the students become an advanced speaker if they didn't correct them at the beginning.

August 1, 2014

Thank you for these important reminders for improving our Chinese.


In his comments, andrew states that 是 can be used with adjectives for emphasis, eg.




However, I learned that one should use the 是。。。的 construction for this purpose, e.g.




Are both correct?


September 18, 2014

That's why teachers should be more strict with the students at the very beginning. BTW, for the pronunciation difference between "zi" "ci" and "si", you will learn the pronunciation skills and tips from my videos on YouTube. <a href=""></a> ;

August 1, 2014
these are the mistakes the beginners usually make. Looking forward to intermediate level mistakes  
June 12, 2016
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