Learn Chinese with Yangyang Lesson 1

Yang Yang gives a very good introduction to the ways to learn Chinese. Chinese language is quite different from English and among the first things that you should be aware of are the four tones. Listen to what Yang Yang has to say.   Go to other lessons of Yangyang.

So you’re ready to learn Chinese?

Before you start your Chinese lesson, it is important that you understand the peculiarities of the Chinese language.

In the first place, the language uses the Chinese characters rather than the alphabet for writing. So learning to read and write imposes a lot more challenges to people who are more used to languages such as English. You have to learn the structure of and sequence of writing the strokes before you can master the word. It takes a lot more time and effort to learn a new word.

For many of you, nevertheless, reading and writing can wait. What you need are convenient phrases that would allow you to communicate. In this case, you’d make use hanyu pinyin – a system of Chinese phonetics – to help you learn new words and phrases.

Even when you can somehow read a word when you are presented with it in the pinyin form, pronunciation can still be tricky. This is because every Chinese word has to be with pronounced in the right tone, or it may become incomprehensible.

When you learn Mandarin, take note that Mandarin has four tones.

You’ll have to master these tones to the extent that they are beyond doubt, if you want to be properly understood.

In other words, get them right before you speak the first Mandarin word. This will put you in the right mode, and save you the trouble of relearning later.

Take a small step at a time – learn Chinese in 5 minutes!

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22 Responses to “Learn Chinese with Yangyang Lesson 1”

  1. biancasar March 12, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    OMG she is so pretty even when she nods her head weirdly and slightly closes her eyes. hahahaha

  2. epicgamer121 March 12, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    So , the aliens may learn my native language!

  3. kauigirl808 March 12, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    be nice if you had a playlist so I know which video to hit next. Cool video though. But which video would I go to next?

  4. ilias11111345 March 12, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    your still blabblbalbalaalbalalalala, i m very happy i have job money girlfrien and  i m so happy!!!!1hahahhah

  5. Nenikcat March 12, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Country: Spain, well, do you just need to cry, not laugh.
    With unemployment in spain reaching 40%, including ~ 80% among the young.
    So the union Spain destroyed, and the idiot economic policy.

    Not without reason, want to disconnect from Spain, Catalonia.
    Have a good day.

  6. ilias11111345 March 12, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    china its the future , lets learn some chinese!!!!!

  7. ilias11111345 March 12, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    blaalbalbalalabalbblalabalbalalabalbalabalbalabalablabalala  hahahaha

  8. iCGC33 March 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm #


  9. Nenikcat March 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Europe today is unpleasant for the indigenous people. For whites.
    Union keeps on unemployment benefits millions of Arabs, blacks, yellow .But if White goes on unemployment benefits, it must pay a penalty – because what laws went on the dole.
    In 2004, I went to Singapore with my boyfriend (now husband).
    From Europe precisely, therefore, seen as early as the characters – that would be wrong.
    I was not mistaken. I see that the EU is in agony, just who restriking it?

  10. Nenikcat March 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    For example, lately I read in the chat that in Poland, the government picked donations for the poorest children (paying for winter holidays, school books, eating in the cafeteria), and gave the money to promote homosexuals – the recommendation of the European Union.

    In BBC i read about Islamist caused the death of 9yo of Etnicly British!
    And Police nothing do… but try to caused the death of Islamist, you will be arrested.

  11. Nenikcat March 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Europe falls at his own request – Islamization.
    Islam accepts only what is good for religion – the rest destroyed.
    In addition, Europe has created a wild Socialism – equal and more even.
    Whites are equal to each other.
    However, the more equal are blacks, Arabs, yellow.
    Eastern’re trying to guard against this, but the union destroys countries – such as Greece.

  12. Nenikcat March 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    “People’s Republic of China, 2069 AD” 2069….AD…. hahaha xD

    Not 19xx sometimes? :)

  13. Extemporisation March 12, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    a man begins clapping. soon, more people take up the clap. Eventually everyone is applauding. The president of subtle, understated humour gives you a medal recognising your services to humanity. You board the ship that will take you to the stars, and spread your unique insights across the galaxy.

  14. YangSing1 March 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Like I would remember all the tones

  15. Jin Chen March 12, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    Heaven bless China! “In seven days comes the Return.” (I Ching) 700 years a climax.
    Zhou Dynasty, 841 BC, inception of Gonghe Regency (Joint Harmony), 1st golden dynasty.
    Han Dynasty, 141 BC, heydays of Emperor Wu of Han, 2nd golden dynasty.
    Tang Dynasty, 627 AD, reigns of Zhenguan and Kaiyuan, 3rd golden dynasty.
    Ming Dynasty, 1368 AD, 7 Voyages of Zheng He, 4th golden dynasty far surpassing Han and Tang.
    People’s Republic of China, 2069 AD, Chinese Cultural Renaissance, world harmony.

  16. Jin Chen March 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    In 1919, the Chinese people suffered.
    In 1949, the Chinese people stood up.
    In 1979, the Chinese people became rich.
    In 2009, the Chinese people took off.
    In 2039, the Chinese people is peaceful and content.
    2069, world harmony.

  17. Jin Chen March 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Heaven’s water gave birth to One, the Republic of China’s Five Element is water. The People’s Republic of China’s lucky number is 9, its Element is wood.
    Begins with Mao Zedong, Mao hydrates the east wood.
    Followed by Deng Xiaoping, flat, wood, energized wood qi.
    Continued with Jiang Zemin, moisturize Chinese people.
    Carried on by Hu Jintao, splendid China, endless waves.
    Preserved by Xi Jinping, spring in the air.

  18. Jin Chen March 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    The 21st century is the century of rapid decline for Europe and United States, and rapid revitalization of China and India, it is the century of traditional Chinese culture, Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts. A comprehensive Chinese cultural renaissance is underway, while economy, technology, military, politics and so on are the means of cultural renaissance, they are small skills to carve the dragon, definitely not the purpose.

  19. luxord2654 March 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

    I’ve been studying japanese for 4 years now. How much easier would it be to learn mandarin after you’ve learned japanese?

  20. Santos Martins March 12, 2013 at 6:33 pm #


  21. epicgamer121 March 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Ching chong ching ching chong ching ching

  22. linkdarksider March 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    OMG I love your personality <3

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