Skype Learn Chinese--the bridge: A New Way to Mandarin Chinese

This book is written for English-speaking students who are taking Skype Learn Chinese courses. A basic level vocabulary and understanding of Chinese grammar and culture is presented in this Skype Learn Chinese series. It is an effort to introduce the Skype Learn Chinese students to the  language by explaining its basic principles in simple steps. The purpose is to prepare the student with a foundation on which to build, with confidence, its ensuing complexities.

Skype Learn Chinese  A New Way to Mandarin Chinese Lesson 15

Pinyin cues

A Summary

Skype Learn Chinese  A New Way to Mandarin Chinese Lesson 15 Part I

There are two parts to the Pinyin cues in Skype Learn Chinese: the list of markers and the explanation of functions. Both should be memorized in Skype Learn Chinese, rather than simply understood. To memorize them in Skype Learn Chinese, a visual aid is provided to ’cue’ memory with the list of the Pinyin names of the Markers. The list is in the form of an (unlikely) advertisement in Skype Learn Chinese:--

That was probably how the written language began to develop and presented in your Skype Learn Chinese class, Just for the fun of it? Skype Learn Chinese crew will help you to have more fun in your Skype Learn Chinese class.


“Le Mane. Home of the Dare Devil Divers - Get your Le Mane 3D Badges here”.  

Le Mane 3D badges = le ma ne de de de ba zhe zi

Look away from the book for a minute and see if you can recite the Markers for the memory aid,“Le Mane 3D badges” If so, you get to keep the badge..


Now you have to memorize the functions that go with each Marker in Skype Learn Chinese.

le. After a verb, it stops the action. So, the verb is not acting in the present. At the end of a sentence, it stops the reader with a ! Hey look at that ! 

ma. At the end of a sentence, it makes a question ?

ne. Refers back to something just said. Person A, “How’re you doing?”; Person B, “Fine,You ne?”, (How’re you doing)?”; Person A, again,“Yeah, same-oh”.

de. One de introduces adjectives to their nouns. Another de, the one before the verb, introduces adverbs to their verbs and includes the subject of the sentence in the action. The other de follows the verb and introduces adverbs that add ‘result or extent’ to the verb’s activity. (Just remember the result of the dive and the extent of the poor guy’s injuries.) 

ba. This comes at the end of a sentence and means, ‘maybe?’.

zhe. zhe follows a verb and adds continuity to the action. (Wait, waiting).

zi. This is a nice little ‘add-on’ to a noun that suggests respect for it and a friendly association in your Skype Learn Chinese. 


Skype Learn Chinese  A New Way to Mandarin Chinese Lesson 15 Part II


Here, then is a way to remember a list of things. It aids the memory by having a little story instead of just ten words to memorize and the cue automatically lets you know how many words are in the list. The picture of the ‘badge’ is the visual aid to the location in memory of this little list. Then one thing ‘cues’ another.  What this means is that you may remember a bit of the memory cue in your Skype Learn Chinese, and, so, thinking about it, a bit of the functions part comes up, and one thing leads to another and you’re getting the whole thing in Skype Learn Chinese.


So, now you can see that the process of remembering in your Skype Learn Chinese by using memory aids is the same way you remember everything. An idea that starts producing the stuff you want. Here, the memory cue is silly, but that’s what “it” likes because it’s easy to find, and the rest is automatic for “IT”: idea-associations.

Le Mane

This is the badge. In you Skype Learn Chinese class, you will have a chance to enjoy the Pinyin cues.



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