A1 grammar points: Our list is designed especially for beginners, all difficult vocabulary and grammar banished to the later levels. Easy examples, each one with pinyin. Try clicking on one of the images below:
A2 grammar points: So you've learned some basic grammar, but still need pinyin and want to build a stronger foundation? You've come to the right place! Check out some of the following pages:
B1 grammar points: For when you're ready to really consolidate your grammar knowledge and fill in the gaps, but really don't want to slog through a grammar textbook. Our self-contained grammar points give you just the right amount to work on.
B2 grammar points: These aren't easy, and often involve more formal language or finer points of the more basic grammar points. It's getting hard to find explanations that really address your needs, but this is one place you can find them!
Ready for the really advanced stuff?
Need Help with Pinyin?
All of our A1 and A2 grammar points have pinyin throughout, but if you want pinyin for all the Chinese characters in this wiki, you can do that using free browser plugins. Also try clicking on the little cog at the top right of any page to add spaces between characters.
Try it out with this: 你 会 中文 吗 ？
There's a lot of confusion out there about how similar Chinese word order and English worder really are. This video will set you straight:
For more details, please read our A1 article on basic sentence order.
Certain Chinese words appear in lots of different grammar points. Get clear on how these words work in different ways by examining the keyword pages. Here are some examples to get you started:
There are about 400 Chinese keywords in the full list. Check it out.
Sometimes it's useful to start with English words and look at the different ways those English words can be translated into Chinese. Here are some English words worth a closer look in translation:
There are about 100 English translation words in the full list. Check it out.
We've Got Your Textbooks and Grammar Books Covered
It's not yet time to throw out those textbooks! We all use the internet for everything now, but we see also the value in textbook grammar explanations and exercises, and are doing our best to link textbooks to our own Chinese Grammar Wiki content. To see how it works, click on one of the book covers below or try finding your own textbook in our list, and then seeing what it links to.
Purchasing a book on Amazon by clicking on the links within this website will also help to support the Chinese Grammar Wiki.
About AllSet Learning
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