NCM: Learn Chinese Common Mistakes and Useful Tips

To help you avoid common mistakes and provide useful tips on learning Chinese
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (84 ratings)
5,545 students
NCM: Learn Chinese Common Mistakes and Useful Tips
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (84 ratings)
5,545 students
Know 28 Common Chinese Learning Mistakes and Useful Tips
Be aware of them and use them correctly when speaking Chinese


  • Some basic Chinese knowledge is needed
  • Know some expressions and sentences about weather, hobby, travel, making phone calls and asking for directions

Over 20,000 students have enrolled in New Concept Mandarin courses. We know exactly what mistakes Chinese learners may make and what tips they may find useful while leaning the Chinese language.

You don’t have to make the same mistakes again. We will present you the most useful language tips in an easy and clear way.

What “mistakes” do most Chinese learners make and how to avoid them?

Mistake 1

Useshì” all the time, e.g. 她是漂亮 Tā shì piàoliɑnɡ (She is beautiful)


Just remember when you say “I am fine” you say “wǒ hěn hǎo”. You never say “wǒ shì hěn hǎo”.

Mistake 2

Put the “place” in the wrong place.


In English you say "Sb. do sth. at sp." However, in Chinese it is "Sb. at sp. do sth." You have to go to the place first then take action. So “place” comes first. Does it make sense?

Mistake 3

Say “xiānshenɡ Wánɡ” for “Mr Wang”


Just remember how you can call me: Julia Laoshi. Job titles and addressing always come after.

Mistakes are also opportunities to learn. Take this opportunity and take this course!

If you want to start learning Chinese from the very beginning with a structured course in an easy way, you can check out my other course “New Concept Mandarin - A New Way to Learn Chinese with Julia".

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for beginner level student and intermediate level students also can benefit from it
Course content
28 sections • 28 lectures • 40m total length
  • To be or not to be - Usage of "是(shì)"
  • Up and down - phrases with 上(shànɡ) and 下(xià)
  • How to use Adjectives
  • 打(dǎ) - to play with the hands
  • 车(chē ) is not only a car
  • When to use when
  • 回来(huílái) VS 回(huí)
  • 没有(méiyǒu) and 不(bù)
  • Where to put the "place"?
  • How to use how

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Julia Zhu
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Hi everyone!

I am Julia from the leading Mandarin Training Institute-New Concept Mandarin. I have been teaching Chinese for more than six years. 5,000+ people have been learning Chinese with me online and face to face. I always give 150% of myself to my students.

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Learning Chinese is challenging but I will keep you motivated in an approachable way.  

New Concept Mandarin

New Concept Mandarin specializes in teaching Mandarin by using a “Flipped Learning Approach”. It provides both classroom-based and online courses.

Unlike traditional schools, with New Concept Mandarin students can achieve 3 times more learning results with the Flipped Learning model by integrating Course Books, Apps, Videos, and Online Tools. Mandarin learning does not stop outside classroom. In addition to a face to face or online practice class with our teachers, students can continue their Mandarin study throughout the day without extra costs. Students can watch our video lecture before the class, prepare their lesson with our website anytime, and review the contents with our mobile APPs anywhere.