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Well, summer is here, the hottest time of the year. Do you feel burned by the sun? We do! But we always try to use sun protection. In Chinese, "晒 (shài)" means "to sun" or "to shine." "晒太阳 (shài tàiyang)" means "to bask in the sun." Most people who bask in the sun this year ...

八卦(bāguà) gossip

Origin of the Phrase
Yi Jing, also named The Book of Changes, says: “Yin and Yang form Tai Chi; Tai Chi forms two-stage; two-stage forms four-quadrant and four-quadrant forms Eight Diagrams.” A founder of a gossip magazine in Hong Kong thinks that various gossip in the world are formed from what happened in the ...

CHINESE / MANDARIN VOCABULARY – BEVERAGES (Click in the arrow to listen how to pronounce the word in Mandarin)


pí jiǔ


CHINESE / MANDARIN VOCABULARY -CAR(Click in the arrow to listen how to pronounce the word in Mandarin)


jiā sù tà bǎn

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There’s no doubt about it, learning any language requires a commitment of time and effort, even more so when there’s a great difference between one’s native language and the new one. Here are some suggestions and on-line materials to maximum your effectiveness, minimize the time spent, and make learning Chinese easier.Relate new information to material ...

流行词语(liúxíng cíyŭ) Popular Words

物质(wùzhì) Materialistic

Origin and Meaning:
The phrase 物质(wùzhì) materialistic comes from a poem in Jin Dynasty, and it refers to substance and materials. But with the rapid development of material life, many people are paying more attention to materialistic things while ignoring the spiritual life. So now the phrase, as an adjective, ...

宅(zhái) to stay at home all day
Where does it originate from?
The saying of “宅(zhái)” refers to a group of people who indulge in something excessively, such as computer games, and cartoons. These people would rather stay at home than go out.
What does it mean?
This word means house or residence in Chinese. ...

抬杠(táigàng) to argue for the sake of arguing

Where does the phrase originate from?
In the north of China in early times, there existed a custom called “抬杠会(táigànghuì)” argue meeting. On the day of Lantern Festival, some strong men carried the bamboo “杠(gàng), ” on which there is a sedan. ...

碰壁(pèngbì) Be rebuffed
In this word, 碰(pèng) means “bump” and 壁(bì) means “wall.” The whole word 碰壁(pèngbì) literally means “run up against a wall.” But people usually use it to describe a situation in which you are turned down or rebuffed. In Chinese feudal times, a corrupted 衙门(yámen) government was always closed to the common people ...

吃闭门羹 (chī bìméngēng) To be denied entrance
Wáng xiānsheng hé tā de péngyŏu chăojià hòu, měicì xiăng qù héjiě dōu huì chī bìméngēng.
王         先生      和 他 的    朋友      吵架    后,每次    想    去 和解  都  会   吃  闭门羹。
Ever since the quarrel between Mr. Wang and his friends, every time Mr. Wang intended to restore their relationship, he was denied.
In 吃闭门羹(chī bìméngēng), 吃(chī) means “eat,” 闭门(bìmén) means “close the door” and 羹(gēng) ...

啃老族 (kĕn lăo zú) Parent-dependent adults

What does it mean?
啃老族(kĕn lăo zú) refers to a group of adults who have a common feature: They stay at home instead of searching for jobs. This group is also called NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) in U.K. “啃(kĕn)”means “gnaw,” here it is used to vividly describe the ...

我的神啊 (wŏ de shén a)
Where does it originate?
“我的神啊”(wŏ de shén a) first became popular from a hot Chinese TV series 武林外传(wŭ lín wài zhuàn “My Own Swordsman”)as a pet phrase of Tong Xiangyu, the owner of Tongfu tavern. Then it has been widely spread on the internet. Actually,“我的神啊”(wŏ de shén a) is the assonance ...

During the financial crisis (金融危机 jīn róng wēi jī), millions of people are suffering from the psychological problems caused by losing jobs (失业shī yè), and bankrupcy (破产pò chăn) .Ever since the financial crisis, we have seen an increasing amount of unemployment (失业人员shī yè rén yuán). These people suddenly suffered the fear of job loss ...

猪流感 (Zhūliúgǎn)
In the past few months, the H1N1 virus has made news headlines around the world. The virus was originally referred as 猪流感(zhūliúgǎn) “swine flu.” To help you learn these three Chinese characters, we’ll introduce 猪流感(zhūliúgǎn) word by word.
With the basic meaning of “pig,” “boar” or “swine,” 猪(zhū) conveys a deep cultural connotation in Chinese. ...

流行词语 (liúxíng cíyŭ) Popular Words

靠谱 (kàopŭ) Reliable; To be trusted

Origin and Meaning
“靠谱 (kàopŭ)” originated from a northern dialect in China, and became quite popular in recent years. The meaning is reliable and to be trusted. When you pronounce it, it’s best to add a retroflex sound “儿 (ér)” at the end of  ”谱(pŭ),” ...

房奴(fángnú) mortgage slave

Where does the phrase originate from?
In Shenzhen, a southern city in China, it’s always very costly for common workers to buy an apartment or a house. A 32 -year-old Shenzhener surnamed Zhou from Futian complained that over half of his monthly salary went to pay his mortgage. ...

秀(xiù) Show

Origin and Meaning

The word 秀(xiù) comes from the transliteration of the English word “show.” Literally, it means handsome and elegant. But now it is more commonly used as the verb “to show.”
Usage of the Phrase

Tā yòu zài xiù zìjĭ   de xīn fāmíng.
他  又  在  秀 自己的  新  发明。
He shows his new invention ...

淡定(dàndìng) Be Calm

Origin and Meaning
It is said that the phrase 淡定(dàndìng) first appeared in the work 空山灵雨•银翎底使命(kōngshān língyŭ•yín líng dĭ shĭmìng) 许地山(Xŭ Dìshān): “Only several wild flowers in front of us are 淡定(dàndìng) enough to look at the fish thrashing in the stream, which eat their residual petals.” In today’s usage, ...

A Legend of Mid-Autumn Festival
嫦娥奔月(Cháng É bēnyuè) Chang Er Flies to the Moon

It is said that one year in ancient times, there appeared 10 suns in the sky, and every drop on the earth was melted away under such heat. As a result, the civilians couldn’t make a living any more. There was ...

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