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Please choose the correct word to fill in the blank.
    Wǒ bú dà xǐhuān zài yóuyǒngchí yóuyǒng, zhǐ ______ qù yí cì.
1. 我  不  大    喜欢  在     游泳池    游泳,     只  ______ 去 一 次。
A. 偶然 (ǒurán)

B. 偶尔 (ǒu’ěr)

C. 偶遇 (ǒuyù)

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Often on the first day of class, I like to discuss with my students why they chose to learn Mandarin Chinese in China. Some students are young and interested in the appeal of something mysterious. Some of my students are a few decades older and settling down in China with family or already working in ...

Drinking culture in China, compared drinking culture in Western societies is quite different. And, by “drinking” I don’t mean tea or juice! Just as most other societies like to “put one back” and have one (or many!) alcoholic beverages in an evening, so too do the Chinese. However, it’s good to do your homework before ...

How do you start a phone conversation in Chinese? There are some special expressions you’ve got to know.

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Wéi, nǐ hǎo! Wǒ zhǎo Mary.
    B: Shì Jack mɑ? Wǒ shì Mary.
    Which of the following statements is true according to the dialogue? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Jack zhăo Mary.

Spring, summer, autumn, winter. Which is the best season in your city?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Angela, nǐ shénme shíhou lái Shànghǎi?
    B: Jīnnián xiàtiān.
    When will Angela come to Shanghai? Please choose the best answer.
    A. This summer.
    B. This winter.
    C. This autumn.
2. A: Jenny, nǐ xǐhuan dōngtiān ma?
    B: Dōngtiān bú cuò. ...

Have you ever been this girl?
There was a girl making her way down the street one day. An attractive young man caught her eye. She walked, needing to put her foot onto the curb and ended up tripping over herself.
Have you ever been this boy?
A boy sat in school. In front of him was ...

In a previous article , we introduced Initials and Finals. Today we will teach another important part of Pinyin: Tones. Many learners have difficulties mastering the tones of each character, but correct tonal pronunciation is essential for intelligibility because of the vast number of words in the language that only differ by tone.
1. Pinyin – ...

You have been dating with the same person for five years now, and he or she still has no plan to get married. You started to wonder: “Does he or she love me or not?”

Exercises in the Video:
1. Nǐ wèishénme bù gěi wǒ mǎi nèi méi zuànjiè? …
    What would she say? Please choose the ...

“Oh, I’m busy now. I’ll call you later.” “Sorry, I’ll be running a little bit late.” Have you ever received these kinds of text messages before?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Bella, can we talk about our travel plans?
    B: Wǒ zài máng, shāo hòu dǎ gěi nǐ.
    What would probably happen next? Please choose the ...

“你吃饭了吗 (Nǐ chīfàn le ma) Have you eaten yet?” is a traditional way of greeting others. One day, one of my students tried to use this Chinese sentence to greet others before we started the class. It came as quite a shock when he asked me “你吃粪了吗 (nǐ chī fèn le ma)? Have you eaten ...

One of my favorite aspects of living and studying in China is that I get to learn about and take part in holidays that are completely new and very exciting for me. While some Chinese holidays such as New Year, the Moon Festival and the Dragon Boat festival I had known before arriving in China, ...

You think the party that starts at 7:00 is too early? I think it starts too late! You can use “jiù” or “cái” before a verb to show something happens earlier or later than expected. But how?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Qīn’ài de, wǒ jīntiān wǔ diǎn jiù xiàbān le. Wǒmen qù kàn diànyǐng, hǎo ...

I will ALWAYS do this! I will NEVER do that! Learn frequency adverbs in this lesson.

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Ellie, Wǒmen qù chī hànbǎo zěnmeyàng?
    B: Bú yào, wǒ cóngbù chī hànbǎo.
    Which of the followings is true about Ellie?
    A. Tā xiànzài bú è.
    B. Tā hěn xǐhuan chī hànbǎo.
    C. Tā bù ...

1. The History of Kung-fu
In Chinese, the term 功夫 (gōngfū) Kung-fu refers to any skill that is acquired through learning or practice. It is a compound word composed of the words 功 (gōng) meaning “work”, “achievement”, or “merit”, and 夫 (fū) which is a particle or nominal suffix with diverse meanings. “Kung-fu,” the way people ...

Yuèguāng xià, yí gè xiǎoxiǎo de luǎn, tǎng zài shùyè shàng.
月光         下,一 个    小小  的  卵,  躺  在   树叶    上.
In the light of the moon, a little egg lay on a leaf.

Yí gè xīngqītiān de zǎochén, nuǎnnuǎn de tàiyáng shēng qǐ lái le.
一 个    星期天  的     早晨,    暖暖     的    太阳       升  起 来 了,
One Sunday morning the warm sun came up.

Pā! Cóng luǎnké lǐ zuān chū yì tiáo yòu shòu ...

I just love everything Apple makes. I guess I’m an Apple fan. Are you a fan of some sort?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: The match between the U.S. and the Spain was very close at the end. Emma, nǐ juéde ne?
    B: Wǒ bù zhīdào a. Wǒ méi kàn. Wǒ bú shì lánqiú mí.
    Which ...

Fill in the blank HSK Sample Quiz:
    _____ shēngbìng, tā wǎn lái le shí jǐ tiān.
1. _____     生病,    她  晚 来 了 十 几 天。
A. 对于 (Duìyú)

B. 由于 (Yóuyú)

C. 至于 (Zhìyú)

D. 关于 (Guānyú)

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A sunny morning, a cloudy afternoon, and a rainy evening…

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: John, nǐ méi dài sǎn ma?
    B: Méiyǒu. Tiānqì yùbào shuō jīntiān shì qínɡtiān.
    What did John think the weather would be like today according to the dialogue? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Sunny
    B. Cloudy
    C. Rainy
2. Weatherman: Xiànzài ...

Today I will introduce to you one of my favorite lessons that I teach my foreign students. This topic is about how we address each other in China. It’s quite different from how people in the west address each other. In particular, I will explain to you all of the different ways that a man ...

Do you like Sichuan food? It tastes so spicy! Learn how to express tastes in Chinese!

Exercises in the Video:
1. Fúwùyuán, jiā diǎnr táng. …
    What would she probably say? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Zhè bēi kāfēi tài tián le.
    B. Zhè bēi kāfēi tài kǔ le.
    C. Zhè bēi kāfēi tài suān le.
2. A: ...

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