As in English, Chinese has a very distinctive style for formal speech and written language.

In this section, I want to cover all areas of formality in Chinese, and how you can avoid making the wrong impression in a variety of settings.

During my earlier days of learning Chinese, I often used to mix these forms in everyday communication, sometimes much to the amusement, or even bemusement of friends and family.

Like polyphonic characters, this is something you will also benefit from being aware of from an early stage.

All my posts here will be short and concise, allowing you to learn and move on as quickly as possible.

My focus will of course be on the most common examples you will come across when learning Mandarin.

Good luck!

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