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Are you planning a trip to China? Then you should be prepared with knowledge of daily life in China. These four must-know facts will allow you to be one step ahead of your friends as you get to know Chinese culture and language.
1. Don’t grab that toilet paper; it has already been used!

In America, ...


When teaching my foreign students the importance of using the correct Mandarin Chinese speaking tones, I often use the example of “问 (wèn) ask” and “吻 (wěn) kiss” to show how a change of tone can completely change the meaning of a word. This speaking mistake can create an embarrassing situation. Today, I will introduce ...


Tired? Headache? Stomachache? Toothache? Tell me how you feel.

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Becky, let’s go to see a movie tonight!
    B: Bù hǎo yìsi, wǒ bù xiǎng qù. …
    What would she say? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Wǒ hěn hǎo!
    B. Wǒ xǐhuan kàn diànyǐng!
    C. Wǒ hěn lèi!
2. A: Ellie, ...


The grass is always greener on the other hill. Let’s learn how to say “other” in Chinese.

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Jenny, what are you looking for?
    B: Wǒ xiǎng mǎi mángguǒ.
    A: Zhèi ge chāoshì méiyǒu. Wǒmen qù biéde chāoshì, zěnmeyàng?
    B: Hǎo.
    What would they probably do next? Please choose the best answer.
    ...


I’m going to tell you about China’s many 共享单车 (gòngxiǎng dānchē) programs. These programs are cheap, convenient and changing the way that locals and visitors are getting around in China.
I’ve been studying Mandarin Chinese in Beijing for nearly a year now. Myself and my fellow students wouldn’t dare buy a car and try to navigate ...


Something anyone traveling in China should be aware of is over-exaggerated tours that will rip you off. Often walking down a street of a famous area in China, you will be approached by tour agencies trying to get you to buy some tour to nearby areas for some supposedly low price.
This happened to me once ...


Conversation:
         Tom, gàn de búcuò a!
Alice: Tom, 干    得不错   啊!
        Wǒ zhǐshì yí ge càiniǎo, háiyào duōduō xuéxí la.
Tom: 我   只是  一 个  菜鸟, 还要      多多   学习 啦。
What does “菜鸟 (càiniǎo)” mean?
A. The bird likes vegetables
B. Green bird
C. Newbie
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Either way is fine with me! It’s up to you! Whatever! In Chinese, you can just say “随便 (Suíbiàn)!”

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Jenny, wǒmen wǎnshang qù chànggē, hǎo mɑ?
    B: Xíng.
    A: Wǒmen qù něi jiā KTV?
    B: Wǒ dōu xínɡ, suíbiàn.
    Which of the following statements is true according to the dialogue? Please ...


The second largest economy in the world, China, is rapidly changing.
Recently two young men tried to rob a convenience store in China. They got in their disguises, gathered their weapons and drove in the middle of the night to a local convenience store. When they demanded the owner open the register – there was no ...


I’m going to introduce a Chinese word that is useful to everyday situations of human interaction. We often use it in group work or when trying to get things accomplished. The word is 帮倒忙 (bāng dàománg) and I’m going to explain how we use it amongst classmates from our Mandarin Chinese classes.
I’m a Chinese language ...


Your friend has been going through some bad times recently. You want to help, but perhaps you won’t be able to. But at least you can show some support, right?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Ellie, nǐ hái hǎo ma?
    B: Wǒ yá téng.
    Which of the following is true about Ellie’s friend?
    A. She wants ...


Good, great, or super awesome?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Lìli, nǐ yǒu hǎo kàn de diànyǐng tuījiàn ma?
    B: Nǐ kěyǐ kàn Tàijiǒng, tè yǒu yìsi.
    Which of the following statements is true according to the dialogue? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Lili suggests that her friend not watch Thailand List.
    B. Lili thinks ...


Today, I’m going to teach you a useful Mandarin Chinese phrase to describe uncivilized, or even “disgusting” behavior: 倒胃口 (dǎo wèikǒu). Our Mandarin language teacher taught us this phrase when we were discussing taboos in Chinese culture. So, when can we use this phrase?
Studying in China and leaving “Western culture” for “Eastern culture” is quite ...


Gossip: Did you hear that Madonna is going to get married again? She wants to marry a 24-year-old guy and she is 53! I mean really? Seriously?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Hey Jane, I’ve been hoping to lose some weight so I’ve been running a lot every day recently.
    B: Zhēn de ma? Can you ...


Do you have any absent-minded or forgetful friends? How do you normally give them a friendly reminder?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Becky, tomorrow is my parents’ 20th wedding anniversary.
    B: Really? Congratulations! Bié wàngjì mǎi lǐwù!
    What best describes the dialogue? Please choose the best answer.
   A. Becky forgets to buy a gift for her parents.
   B. ...


Today I will teach you a traditional folk song from Kangding! The song was inspired by local people’s daily work and is a very popular song in China. The Chinese lyrics are relatively simple to learn and the rhythm is much slower than other songs. It is the perfect song to learn for people who ...


0.5, 1/2, 50%…How do you read these numbers in Chinese?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Gabrielle Douglas zhēn bànɡ! She did great in the individual all-around competition in the London Olympics.
   B: Yeah, and she got 62.232.
   How many points did Douglas get in the individual all-around competition according to the dialogue? Please choose the best answer.
   A. Liù ...


It’s Friday night! Let’s forget about work and hit the bars!

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Hey man! I got a promotion today. How should we celebrate?
    B: …
    What would he say? Please choose the best answer.
   A. Qù hē yì bēi, zěnmeyàng?
   B. Wǒ bú qù jiǔbā.
   C. Zěnmeyàng qù jiǔbā?
2. A: Come on, Marc. It’s ...


Sometimes, the job of a Mandarin Chinese teacher in China is to help students deal with day-to-day obstacles in life. This week, many of my students are freaking out over the new computer virus called WannaCry that is affecting individuals and organizations around the world. In China, without local knowledge, students are relying on Chinese ...


It was a lovely summer’s day where I just couldn’t say inside. The beautiful riverside park near my home was calling me. In an unexpected twist that caused the perfect day, I ran into some of my old students playing badminton on the courts. There was one student playing who was very uncoordinated, but so ...


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