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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).
Perhaps you’ve ...


1. Which of the following describes the object in the photo above?
A. 船 (chuán)
B. 飞机 (fēijī)
C. 火车 (huǒchē)
D. 汽车 (qìchē)
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“Would you like separate checks, or all together?”
Anyone who has eaten in a North American restaurant knows this question from the waiter or waitress. When the plates have been taken away and it’s time to pay the bill, payment usually happens separately. It’s quite rare, unless it’s an office dinner or lunch, for one single ...


小白兔 (xiǎo báitù) Little White Rabbits (Beginner)

 

This nursery rhyme "小白兔 (xiǎobáitù) Little White Rabbits" has been passed on for generations. It's not clear who wrote it and when it was written, but every child in China can sing it! Let's watch the video:

Listen to the nursery rhyme:

 

Xiǎo báitù, bái yòu bái,
小     白兔,白 又   白,
Little white ...


Zhè xiē jiājù kàn shàng qù shì mùtou de, _____ shì sùliào de.
这   些 家具   看   上     去  是   木头 的,_____ 是  塑料  的。
A. 反而 (fǎn’ér)
B. 其实 (qíshí)
C. 其中 (qízhōng)
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As you know, the context and tone of how you say a word or expression in any language can change it’s meaning and intention. In English, you might jokingly say to your friends “you really screwed me over!” during a friendly game of Monopoly. However, you might not want to say that to your boss ...


There is an old English expression that describes people as sometimes being:
“Packed like sardines in a tin.”
Eventually, this expression was shortened down to the adjective “packed”, which is now the most likely-used word to describe a crowded place, or the scenario of people “cramming” into somewhere of interest and activity.
In Chinese, we can describe a ...


Read the dialogue below and answer the question:
Nán: Wǒ mǎi wǔ zhāng gōngyuán ménpiào.
男: 我   买    5     张     公园          门票。
Nǚ: Yígòng shì sānshí yuán qián.
女:  一共  是   30       元   钱。
Wèn: Yì zhāng piào duōshǎo qián?
问: 一    张     票    多少      钱?
A. 6元 (liù yuán)
B. 3元 (sān yuán)
C. 5元 (wǔ yuán)
D. 30元 (sānshí yuán)
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Christmas has come to China, and if you are a celebrator of Christmas then your festivities don’t have to stop when you leave home. A study on Chinese society showed that people aged 15-45 celebrate Christmas in China. This doesn’t mean Christmas will be the same as back home though—instead of a family dinner, people ...


As the old English expression goes:
“A fool and his money are soon parted.”
Some people have “deeper pockets” than others. Often, those people with the deep pockets are surrounded by others who sense that heavy wallet and will take advantage of that person’s financial generosity. In English, this person may be called a “big spender”, ...


Jīntiān shì shèngdànjié, wǒ xiǎng sòng nǐ yí fèn shèngdàn ______,zhù nǐ shèngdàn ______!
今天   是      圣诞节, 我   想       送  你 一 份    圣诞     ______,   祝 你    圣诞     ______ !
A. 礼物 (lǐwù);快乐 (kuàilè)
B. 快乐 (kuàilè);礼物 (lǐwù)
C. 礼物 (lǐwù);礼物 (lǐwù)
D. 快乐 (kuàilè);快乐 (kuàilè)
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Look at the photo above. What verb would you use to describe this act?
In Chinese, there are many ways as well, but the word that is flying around the internet lately is “笑喷 (xiàopēn).” The word “笑 (xiào)” means “laugh” and “喷 (pēn)” means “spurt, spray.” It is the act of suddenly spitting liquid ...


An old English expression says:
“Most burglaries are committed by casual opportunists”
We all know someone who will step over their neighbors to get what they desire. It happens in every country and every culture, unfortunately. When these opportunistic people take advantage of a situation, in Chinese we call this action “占便宜 (zhàn piányi).” It could ...


Read the sentence then fill in the blank below with the correct answer:
Shìjiè zhēnde hěn xiǎo, wǒ zuótiān cái fāxiàn, nǐ gěi xiǎozhāng jièshào de nánpéngyǒu shì wǒ qīzi yǐqián
世界     真的    很   小,   我   昨天    才 发现,你 给    小张         介绍   的     男朋友        是 我 妻子  以前
de tóngshì.
的   同事。
Wèn: Xiǎozhāng de nánpéngyǒu shì wǒ qīzi de ______.
问:  小张          的     男朋友        是  我 妻子 的______.
Ask: Xiaozhang’s boyfriend is my wife’s _____.
A. 以前的同事 (Yǐqián de tóngshì)
B. 以前的丈夫 (Yǐqián de zhàngfū)
C. 以前的男朋友 (Yǐqián ...


This September, engineers and designers in the Chinese city of Chengdu, Sichuan province successfully tested the first battery-powered suspended urban railway 空铁 (kōngtiě). This November, the “hanging” train was actually put into use! The train carries 120 passengers and can travel at a top speed of 60kph. The hanging train line is said to cost ...


By 2017, Chinese citizens will become the world’s largest group of filmgoers worldwide. Each year, since the films “Lost in Thailand” in 2015 and later “The Mermaid in 2016,” Chinese films are breaking box office records each year in China! However, Chinese blockbusters have had a difficult time finding success with American audiences due to ...


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