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Chinese Culture (Intermediate Level)

At eChineseLearning we know that the Chinese learning experience requires not only a focus on the Chinese language, but also on Chinese culture and history. Our resources will introduce you to key points of Chinese culture, important historical events, fun festivals, taboos, and more! Best of all, these materials are FREE for you to explore! They are also a great companion to our Chinese Immersion Program, for those planning to study, work or live in China. If you are interested in learning more about Chinese culture, you're in the right place!

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, ...


“Don’t play dumb!” This English phrase has a Chinese equivalent that, although its meaning is the same, has a very different literal translation with unique origins. The Chinese “装蒜 (zhuāngsuàn)” literally means “to pretend garlic” which may sound kind of funny in English. It is used to mean “feign ignorance” and “make a pretense.” Read ...


清明节 (Qīngmíngjié) Tomb Sweeping Day (Intermediate)

Key Learning Points (Preview):
放风筝 (fàng fēngzheng): v to fly kites

荡秋千 (dàng qiūqiān): v to swing

“清明节 (Qīngmíngjié) Tomb Sweeping Day” is celebrated fifteen days after the Spring equinox and is one of the few Chinese holidays that follows the solar calendar. The traditional Chinese calendar divides a year ...


春节(chūn jié) Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most traditional and grand festival in China. It falls on the first of every January in the lunar calendar. 除夕(chú xī) Chinese New Year’s Eve is the last day of last year and means ringing out the old year and ringing in the new. There ...


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鹊 桥 仙 (Què qiáo xiān) Immortal at the Magpie Bridge

作 者: 秦 观 (Zuò zhĕ: Qín guān)
Translated by: Xu. Yuanchong
Xiān yún nòng qiăo, fēi xīng chuán hèn, yín hàn tiáo tiáo àn dù
纤      云     弄    巧,飞  星     ...


中国的情人节(zhōngguó de qíngrénjié)

The Seventh Day of the Seventh Month in lunar calendar is Chinese Valentine’s Day, called 七夕(qīxī) Qi Xi (literally “The Night of Sevens”). Girls on this day look at the stars to pray for a happy marriage.
Origin
Chinese Valentine’s Day originated from a famous and beautiful love story. A young man named ...


一棵开花的树(Yì kē kāihuā de shù)A Tree in Blossom
by 席慕容 (Xí Mùróng)Xi Murong

Rúhé ràng nĭ yùjiàn wŏ
如何   让   你  遇见  我
How do I let you meet me,
Zài wŏ zuì mĕilì de shíkè
在  我  最  美丽 的 时刻
At my most beautiful moment.
Wèi zhè
为    这
For this,
Wŏ yĭ zài fó qián qiú le wŭ băi nián
我 ...


bái rì yī shān jìn
白  日 依 山   尽

登鹳雀楼 (Dēnɡ ɡuàn què lóu) On the Stork Tower
by 王之涣 (Wánɡ zhī huàn)  Wang Zhihuan (Tang)
Bái  rì yī shān jìn
白  日 依  山   尽
Along the mountains sink the last rays of sun,
Huánɡ hé rù hǎi liú
黄        河 入 海  流
Towards the sea ...


Chinese New Year(Spring Festival)2013 is coming up on February 10th, 2013. According to the Lunar Year Calendar, 2013 is the Year of  Snake.
Is Snake (蛇 shé) Your Animal?
Happy New Year of the Snake. 蛇年快乐!(Shé nián kuàile!)
In China, we call 蛇 (shé, Snake) as little Dragon. As Dragon is the imperial symbol, the sign of the power ...


China is a country with a large territory and population, so people in different parts of China have different ways of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival. However, some customs are the same throughout the whole country. On Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese people usually send moon cakes as gifts to their friends and relatives and then have a ...


静夜思 (Jìng yè sī) Night Thoughts
by 李白(Lĭ Bái) Li Bai
Chuáng qián míng yuè guāng,
床           前     明    月     光,
I wake and moonbeams play around my bed,
Yí shì dì shàng shuāng.
疑 是 地   上       霜。
Glittering like hoar froast to my wondering eyes.
Jŭ tóu ...


嫦 娥(Cháng É) To the Moon Goddess
by 李商隐 (Lĭ Shāngyĭn) Li Shangyin

Yúnmŭ píngfēng zhúyĭng shēn, chánghé jiàn luò xiăoxīng chén.
云母       屏风       烛影      深,    长河     渐  落    晓星      沉。
Now that a candle-shadow stands on the screen of carven marble,and the River of Heaven ...


中国古代四大美女 (Zhōngguó gǔdài sì dà měinǚ) The Four Beauties of Ancient China

 

Key Learning Points (Preview):
美女 (měinǚ): n. beauty

 

含蓄 (hánxù): adj. reserved/implicit

 

温柔 (wēnróu): adj. gentle/tender

 

Throughout China's five thousand year history, numerous heroic figures have emerged and captured the people's fancy. But what most impresses and remains in the people's minds are the ancient "美女 (měinǚ) beauties." ...


Online Chinese Lesson- Li Bai- China's Greatest Poet (Intermediate)
Key Learning Points (Preview):
纪念 (jìniàn): v. to commemorate

 

风格 (fēnggé): n. style

 

Feb. 28, 2011 is the 1310th anniversary of the Poet Li Bai, one of the greatest poets in world history. Many people "纪念 (jìniàn) commemorated" this event on microblog sites in China that are similar to ...


Key Learning Points (Preview):
送行 (sòngxíng): to see sb. off

 

说……的好话 (shuō…de hǎohuà): to speak well of…

 

 

 

On the Chinese lunar calendar, "小年 (xiǎo nián)," or The Minor New Year, is on Dec. 23rd, which is when Chinese people make sacrificial offerings to "灶神 (zàoshén) the Kitchen God."

It is said that the Kitchen God was sent by the Jade ...


Learn Online Mandarin Idiom: 杞人忧天 (Qǐrényōutiān) The Man from Chi Who Worried that the Sky Would Fall Down

 

Listen to the whole story

 

Key Learning Points: (Preview)

忧 (yōu):v. to worry

 

解决 (jiějué):v. to solve

 

Cóngqián  zài  ChūnqiūZhànguó shíqī  de  Qǐguó,yǒu yígè dǎnzi hěnxiǎo de rén, 
从前           在     春秋战国            时期  的    杞国,有 一个 胆子   很小     的 人,
tā cháng huì xiǎngdào yìxiē qíguài de wèntí.
他    常     ...


Origin of Moon Cakes: The Revolt of Zhu Yuanzhang

Key Learning Points (Preview):
起义 (qǐyì): n. revolt/uprising

 

月饼 (yuèbǐng): n. moon cake

 

团圆/团聚 (tuányuán/tuánjù): n. reunion

 

愿望 (yuànwang): n. wish/desire

 

抗/反抗 (kàng/fǎnkàng): v. to resist/to fight against

 

Learn Chinese Online:Origin of Moon Cakes

Zhōngqiūjié de chuántǒng shípǐn shì yuèbǐng,

中秋节         的    传统         食品    是   月饼,

yuèbǐng shì yuán xíng de, xiàngzhēng tuányuán,

月饼        是 圆     形    的, 象征            团圆,

fǎnyìngle ...


端午节 (Duānwǔ jié) Dragon Boat Festival

 

 

The fifth of May of lunar calendar is Dragon Boat Festival. There are many legends about this traditional Festival and the most popular one is "屈原 (Qū Yuán) QuYuan," who was a Chinese scholar and minister to the King of State of Chu during the Warring States period. He was famous ...


中国元宵节 (Zhōngguó yuánxiāojié) The Chinese Lantern Festival
 
 
Key Learning Points (Preview):
农历 (nónglì): n/adj the lunar calendar/lunar  
愿望 (yuànwàng): n wish  
完美 (wánměi): adj perfect  
The Lantern Festival falls on the fifteenth day of the first “农历 (nónglì) lunar“ month. In ancient China, people called the first lunar month “宵 (xiāo) night.” Since the fifteenth day of ...


过年 (guònián) To Celebrate the New Year (Intermediate) 

 

The character “过 (guò)” refers to spend and “年 (nián)” refers to year.
Example:
Guònián de shíhou, quán jiārén  yìqǐ chī tuányuánfàn shì yíjiàn hěn xìngfú de
过年        的    时候, 全     家人 一起 吃  团圆饭        是 一件    很  幸福    的
shìqing.
事情。

 

It feels great that all family members can gather to enjoy a reunion ...


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