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General Chinese (Beginner Level)

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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.
    ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


When my Mandarin Chinese students come to China and study in our program, they often think that the stressful, high-pressure days of test-taking are behind them. Not quite!
Mandarin Chinese students have goals to set and reach just as junior high and high school students do. Although in class we focus on speaking and communicating orally, ...


A very enjoyable part of the experience of learning Mandarin Chinese in China is the opportunity to be able to see and experience new parts of the world. Sometimes, those “new” parts are actually quite old!
I’m going to introduce to you some places referred to as “中国四大古都 (Zhōngguó sì dà gǔ dū),” or the “Four ...


As a student of Mandarin Chinese and a native English speaker, there are some things that fascinate me in comparing our two languages. One of these fascinations are the words that have no equivalent between the two languages. Some English words that don’t translate to Chinese are “serendipity” and “dying”. Likewise, in English, we don’t ...


Toothbrush, toothpaste, facial cleanser, facial cream…got everything you need for the trip?

Exercise in the Video:
1. A: Nǐ mǎi yágāo ma?
    A: 你买牙膏吗?
    B: …
What would she say?
A. 我买牙膏。(Wǒ mǎi yágāo.)
B. 我没有牙刷。(Wǒ méiyǒu yáshuā.)
C. 我不买洗面奶。(Wǒ bù mǎi xǐmiànnǎi.)
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No matter where you are, when you have to go to the restroom, you REALLY have to go. You know what that means. Learning to ask for directions to a public restroom is a critical skill surviving in China.

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May I…? Can I…? You can do this…or that…Learn different usages of “可以 (kěyǐ)”.

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Today, I want to teach you a fun way to describe rain. I taught this colloquial term to some of my students and they just loved it! It is a very imaginative word that makes the weather sound much more interesting. Furthermore, it always rains in southern cities in China, especially in the early months ...


Up until the 1960s, China had a birthrate of about six children per woman. Since then, the birthrate has gone down drastically to between one or two per woman. This means that children are receiving extra attention in the family. When children in China turn one month old (their first moon phase), parents want to ...


From listening to music and playing sports, to taking photos and playing video games, I have lots of hobbies. What are yours?

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Plans Foiled? “泡汤 (pàotāng)”!
“泡汤 (pàotāng)”? Pick Yourself Up and Move Ahead!
Our lives are filled with hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, part of our life experience is to watch those hopes dashed to pieces! On a positive note, we can learn from heartbreak and approach our future challenges with more wisdom and experience in our next effort.
As ...


In life, it’s important to “know your skills” as well as what you “can and can’t do” in life. Teacher Becky shows you a valuable way to express this in today’s lesson!

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“Do You Have Time?” is a common question in any language when talking to friends. In Chinese, it’s quite simple to learn how to ask and answer this everyday question.

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“Do You Have Time?” is a common question in any language when talking to friends. In Chinese, it’s quite simple to learn how to ask and answer this everyday question.

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月 (Yuè) originally means moon but stands for “month” here, since the moon goes through its phrases each month. 一月 (Yī yuè) simply means “the first month of the year”. Since the year starts in January, 一月 (Yī yuè) means January.

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Speaking about the days of the week is essential to have basic conversation in Mandarin Chinese. Fortunately, it’s very simple and fast to learn. Teacher Becky is here to help in today’s lesson!

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