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Chinese for Teens

eChineseLearning offers a wide rang of Chinese resources for teens to learn Chinese, such as Chinese idioms, stories, crosswords puzzles and Chinese songs. All these Chinese materials for teens are free. You will find the most practical and helpful Chinese materials for teens on this Chinese for Teens section at eChineseLearning.

What does “Chinese food” look like in your hometown? Chinese food in foreign countries such as the UK and USA is popular, but the dishes are often different from what is actually served in China! Do you know what these “authentic” dishes are?
Recently, a list of the 10 most popular Chinese dishes was put ...


Key Learning Points (Preview):
回家 (huíjiā): v. to go home

 

然后 (ránhòu): adv. then/after that 

 

Listen to the whole story:

 

 

Wèiguó yǒu gè jiào Yuè Yángzǐ de rén dào yuǎnfāng qù xúnshī qiúxué.
 魏 国    有   个  叫   乐   羊子   的  人  到    远方        去  寻师    求学。
There was a man called Yue Yangzi in the Wei State who went ...


 

压岁钱的故事 (Yāsuìqián de gùshi) The Story of Pocket Money for Children on Lunar New Year's Day

 

Listen to the story

 

Key Learning Points (Preview):

哭 (kū):   v.  to cry

 

宝贝 (bǎobèi):   n/v.  baby/ take sth/ sb as treasured one

 

告诉 (gàosù):   v.  to tell

 

 

Gǔ shíhou, yǒu yígè xiǎoyāo jiào "Suì." 
古  时候,   有  一个 小妖     叫   “祟”。
In ancient times, ...


Key Learning Point (Preview):
隔墙有耳 (géqiángyǒu'ěr): walls have ears

 

 

Cóngqián, yǒu yíge hàoqíxīn hěn zhòng de rén.
从前,       有   一个 好奇心    很    重      的  人。
Once upon a time, there was a curious man.

 

Tā zǒngshì xǐhuan sìchù dǎting biérén de mìmi.
他   总是     喜欢    四处   打听    别人   的 秘密。
He liked to ...


Chinese Character: 吃 (chī) Eat

拼音(pīnyīn) pin yin: chī
笔画(bĭhuà) number of strokes: 6
含义(hányì) meaning: eat
笔顺(bĭshùn) stroke order:

用法(yòng fă) Usages:
1) eat; take
吃早饭(chī zăofàn): have breakfast
吃奶(chīnăi): take milk from mother
2) live off
吃父母(chī fùmŭ): live off one’s parents
坐山吃山(zuò shān chī shān): live off the mountains where your home is

3) suffer; bear
吃苦(chīkŭ): to suffer
吃不了兜着走(chī bù liăo ...


Chinese Character Series (Part II)
Basic strokes
In the previous issue(Jun 10, 2009), three kinds of basic Chinese character strokes were introduced: 撇(piĕ) left-falling stroke, 竖(shù) vertical stroke and 捺(nà) right-falling stroke. In this issue, another three kinds of strokes will be introduced: 横(héng) horizontal stroke, 点(diăn) dot stroke and 提(tí) rising stroke.

Chinese Character: 三
“三”contains ...


Learn to Write Chinese Character 汉字:你(hànzì: nĭ) Chinese Character: you

Chinese Character:
你(nĭ) You
拼音(pīnyīn) pin yin: nĭ
笔画(bĭhuà) number of strokes: 7
含义(hányì) meaning: you
笔顺(bĭshun) stroke order:

词源(cíyuán) Etymology: The right part “尔 (ĕr)”of this character is the old form for ”you”.
部首(bùshŏu) Radical: 亻
常用词语(chángyòng cíyŭ) Frequently-used words or phrases: 你好(nĭhăo) hello / how are you, 你们(nĭmen) you (plural)
The Chinese character 你(nĭ) includes parts of the basic strokes of Chinese characters as following:

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Qiǎokèlì
巧克力
chocolate
Kāfēi
咖 啡
coffee

Shēngrìdàngāo
生日蛋糕
Birthday cake
Cǎoméi
草 莓
strawberry

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Key Learning Points (Preview):
最 (zuì): adv. most

 

哭 (kū): v. to cry

 

Watch the video to listen to the song

Míngtiān nǐ shìfǒu huì xiǎngqǐ
明天       你 是否   会   想起

 

Will you recall tomorrow

zuótiān nǐ xiě de rìjì?
昨天     你写的日记?

 

the things you wrote in your diary yesterday?

Míngtiān nǐ shìfǒu hái diànjì
明天       你 是否 还 惦记

 

Will you remember tomorrow

céngjīng zuì ài kū ...


Key Learning Points (Preview):

漂亮 (piàoliang) adj. beautiful

 

照片 (zhàopiàn) n. photo 

 

Two lovers are talking in a park.

Nánhái: Jīntiān wǒ zài jiēshang kànjiàn le yígè měinǚ.
男孩:   今天    我 在    街上       看见   了 一个 美女。

 

Boy: Today I saw a beautiful woman on the street.

Nǚhái: Shì ma?
女孩: 是 吗?

 

Girl: Really?

Nánhái: Shì ā, tài piàoliang le!
男孩:  是 啊,太   漂亮     了!

 

Boy: Yes, she was ...


Learn Mandarin Chinese Idiom: 囫囵吞枣  (húlún tūnzǎo) To eat the date whole (Advanced)

 

In the Chinese idiom "囫囵吞枣 (húlún tūnzǎo)", "囫囵 (húlún)" means "the whole;" "吞 (tūn)" means to "swallow;" "枣 (zǎo)" is "date." This idiom means "to eat the date whole."

Key Learning Points (Preview):

吞 (tūn): v. to swallow

 

枣 (zǎo): n. date

 

Learn this online Chinese idiomatic story:

A ...


兔子为什么在生肖中排第四? (Tùzi wèishénme zài shēngxiāo zhōng pái dì sì?)

 

Key Learning Points (Preview)

生肖 (shēngxiāo): n. Zodiac

 

出发 (chūfā): v. to start off

 

Hěn jiǔ yǐqián, Yùhuángdàdì dǎsuàn zài dòngwù zhōng xuǎn shí’èr gè pái shēngxiāo.
很   久 以前,玉皇大帝          打算      在     动物      中     选    十二     个 排   生肖。

 

Long ago, the Jade Emperor prepared to select twelve animals to be the zodiac signs.

Gēnjù ...


为什么吃醋?(Wèishénme chīcù?) Why do you eat vinegar? (Intermediate)

 

Why do Chinese lovers "eat vinegar?" This online Chinese lesson will tell you.

Zài Zhōngguó, qínglǚ zhī jiān de jìdù jiào "chīcù." Wèishénme shì chīcù ér bú shì
在   中国,       情侣    之 间   的 嫉妒  叫“吃醋”。为什么    是  吃醋   而 不 是
bié de dōngxi? Zhè shì yǒu diǎngù de.
 别 的  东西?  这    是   有    ...


Read a Chinese Story: 田忌赛马 (Tián Jì sài mǎ) General Tian Ji in a Horse Race (Intermediate)

 

Key Learning Points (Preview):

输(shū): v. to lose

 

赢(yíng): v. to win

 

Qíguó de dà jiāngjūn Tián Jì hěn xǐhuan sàimǎ.
 齐国   的 大    将军     田 忌 很   喜欢     赛马。

 

It is said that Tian Ji, a general from the state of Qi, loved ...


Chinese Conversation (Intermediate)

男生如何邀请女生 (Nánshēng rúhé yāoqĭng nǚshēng) When a Boy Invites a Girl

 

        Zuìjìn máng shénme ne?
Boy: 最近    忙       什么    呢? 

 

        What have you been busy doing recently?                

        Kuài kăoshì le, mángzhe fùxí  ne!  Zhè jĭ tiān yìzhí mái zài shūduī lĭ  ne!
Girl: 快     考试    了, 忙 着  复习 呢!这 几 天 ...


让我们荡起双桨 (Ràng wŏmen dàngqĭ shuāngjiăng) Let's Paddle Together (Intermediate)

 

Let’s paddle together is a very famous and traditional Chinese song for teens in China. You can definitely practice speaking Chinese while singing it. Learn Chinese through this beautiful Chinese song!

Listen to the song

Key Learning Points (Preview):

愉快 (yúkuài): adj cheerful

 

幸福 (xìngfú): adj happy

 

Listen to the song ...


Chinese Tongue Twister (Beginner)

采蘑菇 (Cǎi mógu) Pick Mushrooms

 

Key Learning Point (Preview):

蘑菇 (mógu): n mushroom

 

Hēitù hé báitù,
黑兔 和 白兔,

 

The black rabbit and the white rabbit,

Shàngshān cǎi mógu.
上山             采 蘑菇。

 

Climbed up the mountain to pick mushrooms.

Xiǎohóu hé xiǎolù,
小猴       和 小鹿,

 

Little monkey and little deer,

Yìqǐ  lái bāngzhù.
一起 来 帮助。

 

Come and help them.

Hóu hé ...


Movie: Alice in Wonderland (Intermediate)

Key Learning Points (Preview):
梦游 (mèngyóu): n sleepwalking

 

梦想 (mèngxiǎng): v/n to dream of/dream

 

白日梦 (báirìmèng): n daydream

 

A:Zuìjìn de sānwéi lìtǐ diànyǐng zhēn jīngcǎi!
      最近  的   三维 立体 电影      真     精彩!

 

      The recent 3D movies are really wonderful!

B:Shì,Bǐrú Àilìsī mèngyóu xiānjìng, ràng wǒ fǎngfú yòu huídào le tóngnián.
      是, 比如《爱丽丝梦游仙境》,      让   我 仿佛    又    ...


You can learn Chinese with fun through Chinese crossword puzzle!


你是哪种风格? (Nǐ shì nǎzhǒng fēnggé?) Which is Your Style? (Intermediate)

 

Key Learning Points (Preview):

帅哥 (shuàigē): n handsome man or cute boy

 

美女 (měinǚ): n beautiful girl

 

假小子 (jiǎxiǎozi): n tomboy

 

For teenagers in China, there are many interesting, funny and popular Chinese words used to describe their styles and tastes. In this article, we give you examples of ...


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