I'm starting to become aware of a weakness in my Chinese grammar. While in my speaking and writing I'm generally grammatically correct (of course, not always), I don't often use more sophisticated grammatical structures (which is particularly relevant in writing); I'm thinking things like:


The resources I'm aware of, like the Chinese Grammar Wiki generally take a bottom-down approach, and analyze individual words. However, I'm more interested in improving my knowledge of such structures from the top down, i.e., studying not just individual words, but jointly with their collocations.

I'm interested in both finding resources where I can study more sophisticated grammar structures, and learning about methods for studying them.

Question: How can I improve the sophistication of my Chinese grammar usage?

  • @Tommi How can you improve the sophistication of usage? This is not answerable per se. It can only be a personal narrative, not a repeatable "thing". And I have never heard of methods for studying more sophisticated grammar structures. I know an Austrian lady who lived in Hong Kong who started studying Chinese at 50 and by the time she was 60 she was interpreting from Chinese to English. How did she do it? By slogging away at it, that's how. You read and listen to people speaking the language and write down what you don't know.
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 26, 2023 at 18:55
  • You can post that as an answer. That a question is hard does not mean it is not appropriate for the site, and answers based on literature and personal experiences are both accepted as good answers.
    – Tommi
    Commented Oct 27, 2023 at 5:12
  • @Tommi It is just my opinion. I don't think the question is very good...
    – Lambie
    Commented Nov 1, 2023 at 16:02
  • @Tommi I did not say the question was not "appropriate", did I? Take a look at what the only answer to this question says, and from a native Chinese speaker...
    – Lambie
    Commented Mar 31 at 13:15
  • @Lambie Comments are temporary footnotes for improving a question (or an answer). Discussion of whether something is on topic are also fine. Answers, also partial and incomplete ones, are better as answers. This is the light I interpret your comments in.
    – Tommi
    Commented Apr 2 at 7:05

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It sounds like you're hitting a bit of a snag in your Chinese grammar journey, especially when it comes to those more advanced structures. You're doing pretty well overall, but you're craving that extra finesse, especially in your writing.

It's like you're building this beautiful house of language, but now you want to add some intricate architectural details to make it really stand out, right?

I can see why the traditional resources might not be hitting the spot for you. It's like they're giving you ingredients, but you're looking for the whole recipe, including the secret sauce.

In my view, diving into real-world Chinese content could be a game-changer. It's like stepping into the heart of the language and seeing how those complex structures come to life in everyday situations.

And hey, don't underestimate the power of connection. Finding language buddies or joining communities where you can chat and practice can really light up your learning journey.


As a Chinese person, I don't know how to explain to get the advanced Chinese grammatical structure for non native speakers.

But from elementary school to university, we do read and recite a lot of study materials like politics, history, literature, etc., then those advanced grammatical structures are all imprinted on our minds naturally.😅😅


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