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Life in China is different in so many ways from life in America. One of the most noticeable differences is the goods available for purchase in the shops and supermarkets. For my foreign classmates and myself, finding our everyday goods such as deodorant, maple syrup and DVDs can be an impossible challenge. Likewise, many of ...

To be, or not to be, that is the question…

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Lǐ Lán, wǔfàn nǐ xiǎng chī shénme?
    B: …
    What does Li Lan want to eat for lunch?
    A. Hànbǎo huòzhě pīsà.
    B. Hànbǎo le pīsà.
    C. Hànbǎo háishì pīsà.
2. A: Wáng Yīng, nǐ shénme shíhou qù Běijīng?
    B: …

1. Read the following sentences and fill in the blank according to the pinyin.
(1) 你好!香蕉多少钱一 ___ (jīn)?
(2) 妈妈的头发很 ___ (cháng)。
(3) 服务员,我想要一杯 ___ (shuǐ)。
(4) 一边走路一边玩手机对眼睛不 ___ (hǎo)。
(5) 只要明天不 ___ (xià) 雨,我们就去打网球。
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I get asked all the time by my students the same question: What books are really gonna help me get ahead in Chinese? There are many, many Mandarin Chinese textbooks out there. It can be a gamble to choose which one is going to be best for you. My teachers and I all put our ...

It’s an exciting time to be in China! The country is changing each year. The role of women in China is evolving and females are gaining skills and qualities that were not common in the past. In many of my Mandarin Chinese classes here in Beijing, we discuss what it means to be a woman ...

Are you the kind of person who likes doing things strictly in order?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Ellie, hurry up! The stores will be closed soon!
    B: The stores are usually open until 9 o’clock in the evening. Bié dānxīn! Wǒmen xiān chīfàn ba.     What will probably happen according to the dialogue? Please ...

1. Read this email then answer the following question.

What is the email most likely about?
A. Wang An’s birthday party
B. Birth date
C. Li Ning’s birthday party
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Just like shared bicycles, the moment that it was introduced, “unmanned retail” brought us one step closer to the future. It embraces the ”new retail” strategy where big data technology connects and optimizes offline outlets and online stores to enhance customer experiences. All of these new industries have greatly facilitated our lives and have saved ...

Did you know we celebrate Father’s Day in China too? This holiday is one of my favorites because I love to give my dad the best gifts possible, as a token of gratitude for all he has done for my life. Many Chinese children do the same for their dads. But what are the best/ ...

You’re Vivian, aren’t you? He is your boyfriend, isn’t he? Let’s learn how to use “吧 (ba)” to indicate a supposition.

Exercises in the Video:
1. Tracy: Tā shì Ted ba?
    Amy: Shì de, Tracy. Tā shì Ted. He is a really nice guy. Shall we say hello to him?
    Which of the following statements is ...

1. Read the dialogue below and fill in the blank with the most proper sentence.
Patient: Shàngwǔ hǎo a, Lǐ yīshēng.
Patient:  上      午  好啊,李医 生。

Doctor: Shàngwǔ hǎo. Nǐ chī yào le ma?
Doctor:   上    午  好。  你 吃   药  了 吗?

Patient: Wǒ chī le, xiànzài hǎo duō le.
Patient:  我  吃 了,现 在   好    多 了。

Patient: Lǐ yīshēng, wǒ shénme shíhòu kěyǐ chūyuàn?
Patient: 李医   生, 我    什  么   时 候  可以  出  院?


Language is always evolving, and Mandarin Chinese is no exception. The past two years or so, more and more Chinese people are using the word “老铁 (lǎotiě).” Originally, “老铁 (lǎotiě)” was used as a word by a northeastern Chinese dialect. One example of how this word was created is the following:
Winter in northern China ...

Many of my American Mandarin Chinese language students are surprised to learn that the NBA Basketball League is now the most popular sports league to follow in China, based on online views. The popularity of Chinese Hall of Fame player Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets, along with stars such as Kobe Bryant, have captivated ...

At times, Chinese can sound curiously similar to English. So what’s going on?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Becky, shénme shíhòu kāihuì?
    B: Bùzhīdào, nǐ wènwen zhāng zǒng ba!
    Which of the following can be inferred from the tone of the conversation? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Becky is excited about the upcoming meeting.
    B. ...

1. Read this train ticket information and answer the question below.
车次 (Chēcì): G84

出发站 (Chūfā zhàn): 长沙南 (Chángshā nán)

到达站 (Dàodá zhàn): 北京西 (Běijīng xī)

出发时间 (Chūfā shíjiān): 09:00

到达时间 (Dàodá shíjiān): 14:41

用时 (Yòngshí): 5时 (shí) 41分 (fēn)

票价 (Piàojià): ¥649

When will the train depart?
A. 14:41
B. 09:00
C. 19:41
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While learning Chinese expressions, it’s important that you understand the literal meaning and also the figurative meaning as well. Knowing the figurative meaning will help you apply the language to the appropriate situation, while knowing the literal meaning will help you avoid embarrassing or funny misuse of the expression or idiom. Just as with the ...

Your meeting with your new Chinese clients has just begun when you realize you left something essential behind. As you scan the meeting table you notice someone has just what you need. Great! Now all you need to do is politely ask to borrow it.
“我能借你的…? (Wǒ néng jiè nǐ de…) Can I borrow your…?”
What’s the ...

Both “néng” and “kěyǐ” mean CAN. What’s the difference?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: We’re going to have a big business conference in New York tomorrow. Nǐ kěyǐ qù ma?
    B: Sorry. I got really sick this morning. …
    What would she say? Please choose the correct answer.
    A. Wǒ bù kěyǐ qù.

1. Read this following public sign and answer the question.

The sign’s message is directed primarily to:
A. Schoolchildren
B. Pedestrians
C. Motorists
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I get asked all the time by prospective students, new students, or even seasoned students–“How do I improve my spoken Chinese?” And not only do they want to know the answer to that question, they also want to know: “How can I do it fast?”
Often if you are a Westerner learning Chinese, you are not ...

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