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Did you know that in Mandarin Chinese, there are different titles for both “sets” of grandparents? The title you call them depends on whether they are from your MOTHER’S side of the family or your FATHER’S side of the family. Don’t mix them up!

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Let’s say how Chinese address their family members.

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Wǒ yǒu yí gè hǎo péngyǒu yào ______ le, wǒ yào qù gěi tā dāng bànniáng.
我   有  一 个  好    朋友      要   ______ 了,我 要 去  给  她   当    伴娘。
A. 出家 (chūjiā)
B. 出嫁 (chūjià)
C. 出门 (chūmén)
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After looking at the photo above are your eyes feeling spicy? What I mean is, does it feel like a pepper has been squirted in your eye? In Chinese, there is a fabulous internet phrase to describe when you are looking at something awful: 辣眼睛 (làyǎnjīng) or “spicy eyes.” It is a way of commenting ...


In both English and Mandarin Chinese we use the phrase “pulling my leg(s)”. However, the two expressions have different meanings and uses in the two languages.
In English, you can use “pulling my leg” as a way to say that you’re joking or telling lies in a humorous way:
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Your friend is going to run the Beijing marathon tomorrow. This is exciting! But how do you encourage him or her?

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Everyone makes mistakes! It’s common to say “sorry” in any language. In Mandarin Chinese, the most common way is by saying: “对不起 (duìbùqĭ) I am sorry.”

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“I am not sure if we are right for each other. I guess we have to break up.” It is absolutely heart breaking to hear this, or is it?

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As the saying goes: “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.
Making personal contacts and relationships and then applying them to work in China is just as important as it is in any country. It can make or break you!
In Mandarin Chinese, we use “打交道 (dǎ jiāodào)” as a common word in our daily ...


Chinese is distinctive for its characters. When people think of China, they think of thousands upon thousands of symbols, normally amazed that people can memorize so many different icons for their language. For some it’s the characters that make them want to learn Chinese, and for others the characters put them off. Here are some ...


Are you in a relationship now? Or do you have a crush on someone? Learn the most basic phrases that help you express your feelings toward the special someone.

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A: Zhèr yǒu jǐ gè rén?
A: 这儿 有 几 个 人?
B: Zhèr yǒu _____ gè rén.
B: 这儿 有  _____  个 人。
By looking at the photo above, choose the most appropriate answer to fill in the blank.
A. 一 (yī)

B. 二 (èr)

C. 三 (sān)

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Go hiking? Go window shopping? Go on a date? Make a plan and express it in Chinese.

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What kind of music do you like? Which game is fun to play? What kind of hair style is cool…
Today let’s talk about how to use “什么 (shénme)” when asking questions.

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Tā lái dào jiàoshì, jīngyà de fāxiàn jiàoshì lǐ yí gè rén dōu méiyǒu.
他 来  到   教室, 惊讶  地  发现  教室  里 一 个 人  都   没有。
Look at the word highlighted in red in the sentence above. Choose the word from the selection that has the most similar meaning:
A. 高兴 (gāoxìng)

B. 惊奇 (jīngqí)

C. 担心 (dānxīn)

D. 着急 (zháojí)

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The 微信 (wēixìn) WeChat app is not only an important part of life in China, it is essential. By the end of 2016, WeChat had over a billion accounts created, and 700 million accounts were active. Outside of China, 70 million users are also active on WeChat. It’s a great way to infiltrate the world ...


All languages often use animals as metaphorical representations of a person’s character or temperament. In English, phrases such as “stubborn as a mule” and “eyes of a hawk” are easily used and understood in everyday conversation. The Chinese language is no different!
Today’s blog focuses on the phrase “翅膀硬了 (chìbǎng yìng le)”, which literally translates to ...


Tāmen liǎ liǎngnián qián jiù chuī le.
他们  俩       两年      前   就   吹 了。
Question: What is the relationship status of the couple?
A. They broke up two years ago.
B. They have been married for two years.
C. They have been a couple for two years.
D. They will get married in two years.
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It’s no secret that international businesses are always looking to hire people who can speak multiple languages. As the Chinese economy has grown rapidly over the past decades, more and more companies are eager to seek employees that can speak Mandarin Chinese. Additionally, international traders and entrepreneurs are increasingly doing business in China and having ...


In English you might say “I know it’s hard for you…” to express a kind of apology and thankfulness for someone’s extra efforts in a task that is not related to their usual responsibilities, or that require extra effort on their part.
In Mandarin Chinese, we have a similar expression: 难为你了 (nánwéi nǐ le).
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