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Since China’s dramatic and successful hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games “奥运会 (Aoyùnhuì),” the Chinese people have considered The Olympics as a point of pride for their country. The Beijing games, and its colorful opening ceremony, captured the attention of the world and are still the most-watched Olympics in history. After China won 50 gold ...

1. How to say “gold medal” in Chinese?
     A. 金牌 (jīnpái)
     B. 银牌 (yínpái)
     C. 铜牌 (tóngpái)
2. Zuó wǎn ____ kàn Àoyùnhuì le, jīntiān kěnéng huì _____.
     昨   晚   ____  看      奥运会 了,今天   可能    会  _____。
     I stayed up late last night to watch the Olympic Games, so maybe I will skip work today.
     A. 时差 (shíchà)
     B. 熬夜 (áoyè)
     C. 翘班 (qiàobān)
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狗屎运 (gǒushǐyùn), although sounds hilarious in English, is a slang to describe someone getting unexpected luck or good luck in bad days. The word “狗屎 (gǒushǐ)” means “dog shit” and “运 (yùn)” is from “运气 (yùnqi),” which means “fortune, luck.” This phrase comes from the old society in China when there was not a lot ...

Lily hasn’t seen her friend Tom for several days. She decides to give Tom a phone call.
Lily: Nǐ zài gān shénme? Wǒ zhè jǐ tiān dōu méiyǒu jiàn dào nǐ.
Lily: 你 在  干    什么?    我  这  几天  都    没有    见   到  你。
Lily: What are you doing? I haven’t seen you for several days.
Tom: Āi, wǒ zhè jǐ tiān máng sǐ le.
Tom: 唉,我 这  几天    忙   死了。
Tom: Ah, I’m up ...

The old expectations of a “9-to-5” work day are often being destroyed in many countries where cost of living and competition are rising rapidly. For office workers, “9-to-6″ is more common and for many overachievers, “burning the midnight oil” is a common expectation, working long hours into the night and ordering “外卖 (wàimài) take out” ...

E-commerce refers to the process of buying or selling products or services over the Internet. Online shopping platforms are slowly taking over from traditional shopping, in which buyers go to the market and pay for things with cash. (Must Known Chinese words for online shopping) In China, E-Commerce has been gaining in popularity and websites such ...

1. What day is the “七夕节(qīxījié) Chinese Valentine’s Day (lunar calendar)?”
A. July 1st
B. July 7th
C. June 1st
D. June 7th
2. All of the following are traditional activities on “七夕节(qīxījié)” EXCEPT:
A. 表白 (biǎobái)
B. 求婚 (qiúhūn)
C. 烛光晚餐 (zhúguāng wǎncān)
D. 加班 (jiābān)
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Greetings on Valentine’s Day

Celebrating ...

Everybody wants to be an Internet star —maybe not everybody—but a lot of people try! (Do you know the famous NBA star?) And with the multitude of accessible media platforms—Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, etc.—many make it. Before, you had to act in a movie or something similar for real fame. But nowadays just a funny video ...

Everyone makes mistakes, right? Are we never allowed to complain just a bit? Well, when you’ve just about had enough of something (or someone), you can use the verb “吐槽 (tǔcáo)” to playfully express your discontent, or simply to complain about something or someone. You may use it to point out that someone is at ...

If you’re interested in learning Chinese, I strongly suggest you work with a qualified teacher. A teacher will be able to help you make the most of your studies in a way that studying on your own is hard to imitate. And since going to China isn’t realistic for everyone, you can simulate a Chinese ...

“神回复 (shén huífù) legendary reply” is a term you may not be familiar with, although you may have done it yourself! “神回复 (shén huífù) legendary reply,” is an Internet slang term that refers to an extremely creative and funny comment on social networking sites.
Let’s break down this new phrase!
The first word is “神 (shén).” This ...

Negative adverb “不 (bù) no/not” can be placed in front of a verb or adjective to make its meaning negative. “不 (bù) no/not” has the 4th tone, but when it is followed by another 4th tone, it becomes 2nd tone. An example of the change in tone is “不是 (bù shì) is not” is pronounced ...

You got a Valentine’s Day gift, and you are pleasantly surprised. How do you describe your feeling at that very moment? In fact, you can use one of the most basic sentence patterns to do so: Subject+hěn+adjective.

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No matter how calm, almost everyone ‘blows up’ every now and then. Before you do something crazy, let someone know how you feel!
In Chinese “我很生气 (wǒ hěn shēngqì) means “I am mad!” In addition to this expression, there are a few other useful and trendy expressions you can use to display your unhappiness. Watch the ...

According to the calculating method of the man wearing a black shirt in the conversation, in the end how much does the “豆腐 (dòufu) tofu” cost?
A. 两块 (liǎng kuài) 2 yuan
B. 五毛 (wǔ máo) 5 mao
C. 一块 (yí kuài) 1 yuan
D. 五块 (wǔ kuài) 5 yuan
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Are you a “吃货(chīhuò) foodie? ” In every Chinese city there are fast, affordable and delicious restaurants available on the street or at traditional markets. In English we call this: street food, hawker fare, stall food, or food vendors. You can sit on a small chair and hear the sounds of the city while enjoying ...

Seen regularly near low ceilings and doorways, many foreigners would be confused by a sign asking them to “carefully bang head.” This is just one of the many wonderful ways “小心碰头 (xiǎoxīn pèng tóu)” has been mistranslated – others include “carefulness bump head,” “carefully hits to the forehead,” and the more threatening “look out, ...

Your wallet just got stolen and you don’t know where the police are. Could it get worse? At least you can ask someone for help and find the police using your Mandarin skills!

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Although you may be confused now, the answer is quite simple. Think of “Chinese” as this large umbrella with a bunch of languages under it. Mandarin is one of those languages underneath. If Chinese were to be replaced with the word “dog,” then you could replace Mandarin with any dog breed, such as “Dalmatian.” So ...

In Chinese, you can ask about numbers and quantity by using “多少 (duōshǎo) How many / How much.” “多少 (duōshǎo)” is a question pronoun that you will use daily in Chinese.

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