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Many Chinese idioms and proverbs have wonderful stories about how they originated. This fable is a classic story from ancient China. It is said to be written by Lie Zi during the Warring States period and holds a great moral that is essential for all people seeking wisdom and knowledge.
两小儿辩日 (Liǎng xiǎo ér biàn ...


Interjections are commonly used in our daily life which are also known as “叹词 (tàncí)” or “感叹词 (gǎntàncí)” in Mandarin Chinese. These kinds of expressions are used in our daily lives to express exclamations or make various kinds of emotional responses.
It happens every day! We use interjections or exclamations to express our emotional responses to ...


Read the dialogue and answer the question below.
Xiǎo Lǐ: Lǎo Wáng, jìndù zěnmeyàng la?
小李:老王,进度怎么样啦?

Lǎo Wáng: Nǐ yě tài ______ le, wǒmen dōu bǎ gōngzuò zuò wán le nǐ cái lái.
老王:你也太 ______了,我们都把工作做完了你才来。

Please choose the best option to fill in the blank to complete the dialogue.
A. 不好意思 (Bùhǎoyìsi)

B. 不够意思 (Bùgòu yìsi)

C. ...


“美 (Měi) Beauty” is not an absolute, inflexible concept. There are differences between the understanding and pursuit of beauty between the East and the West. For Chinese, among many standards of beauty, fair skin is a rather important “标准 (biāozhǔn) criterion” to judge “外貌 (wàimào) appearances,” and how to whiten is also a daily life ...


For those of you new to Chinese language tests, HSKK stands for “汉语水平口语考试 (hànyǔ shuǐpíng kǒuyǔ kǎoshì)” and is a standardized oral test that aims to test examinees’ ability in spoken Chinese. HSKK is the oral test portion of the HSK and is divided into 3 levels:
● HSKK Test Prep (Beginner Level)
● HSKK Test Prep ...


How to express “we are not right for each other, I guess we have to break up?”

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: We have been together for two years. You still have kept the photos of your ex-girlfriend.
   Wǒmen fēnshǒu ba!
    B: Lisa, bié shēngqì. I didn’t do it on purpose. Wǒ zhēn de hěn ...


The most common “词性 (Cíxìng) parts of speech” in Mandarin includes nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Do you know how to correctly differentiate among them and how to use them correctly? Take this quiz to test your comprehension.
Please choose the best answer to fill in the blanks.
A. 写 (Xiě)

B. 初中 (Chūzhōng)

C. 白 (Bái)

D. ...


(Last updated time: Nov. 30th)
Learning Key Words (preview)
东 (Dōng) east

西 (Xī) west

Since “东 (Dōng) east” and “西 (xī) west” are both direction words. Can you guess what “东西 (dōngxī)” means?
It can be applied to noun phrases, which refers to the two hemispheres or directions east and west. Such as:
东西方文化 (Dōngxī fāng wénhuà) ...


Double eleven is over. Some Chinese say they have to “剁手吃土 (duò shǒu chī tǔ) chop their hands off and eat dirt,” and Double 12 is around the corner. Double 12 resembles Double 11 and is another new shopping carnival day. Are you ready for it?
(Why Do Chinese People “吃土 (Chī tǔ)” After the ...


How to see your guests off politely in Chinese style?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Angela, wǒ děi huíjiā le. Xiàcì liáo.
    B: Jenny, zài dāi yíhuìr ba.
    Which of the following is true according to the dialogue? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Angela wants to go back home, too.
    B. Angela wants Jenny to ...


Please put the sentences in the correct order:

    Suǒyǐ gèngjiā yǒu zhù yú wǒmen jìnkuài jìnrù mèngxiāng.
1. 所以更加有助于我们尽快进入梦乡。

    Yīnwèi zhè duàn shíjiān réntǐ jīnglì xiàjiàng,
2. 因为这段时间人体精力下降,

    Rúguǒ yào xiǎng tígāo shuìmián zhìliàng, nǐ bìxū zhùyì rùshuì de shíjiān.
3. 如果要想提高睡眠质量,你必须注意入睡的时间。

    Yǒu shùjù biǎomíng zuìjiā rùshuì shíjiān duàn shì wǎnshàng jiǔ diǎn ...


You asked, so I’m here to answer! An eChineseLearning student was recently puzzled about the differences among “有名 (yǒumíng),” “著名 (zhùmíng)” and 闻名 (wénmíng) in Chinese. She asked, “Why are there 3 words for the same thing?” I assured her that they really have different uses and are quite easy to differentiate once you ...


Compliments, modest remarks, and polite expressions are all forms of respect. We have these in every culture, complimenting the other party or praising them for something they have accomplished, belittling oneself as a form of modesty, as well as terms of respect that express politeness. These are all important parts of an elegant conversation.
Honoring the ...


How to use if clause?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Alice, wǒ xiǎnɡ mǎi nà jiàn yīfu, tài piàolianɡ le.
    B: Shì a, hěn piàolianɡ, rúɡuǒ bú tài ɡuì, jiù mǎi ba!
    Which of the following statements is true according to the dialogue? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Alice doesn’t think the dress is beautiful.
    ...


Read the dialogue and answer the question below.
Míng Míng: Nǐ néng hé wǒ shuōshuo gǎn’ēnjié ma?
明明:你能和我说说感恩节吗?

(How to Give Thanks to Your Friends in Chinese?)
Xiǎo Xīn: Gǎn’ēnjié jiù shì yí gè dà de jiātíng jùhuì. Wǒmen zǒng huì zuò hěnduō hǎochī de shíwù lìrú huǒjī, huǒtuǐ huò nánguā pài.
小新:感恩节就是一个大的家庭聚会。我们总会做很多好吃的食物例如火鸡,火腿或南瓜派。

(How to Talk About Thanksgiving Day ...


In daily conversation, you will hear common phrases that are meant to describe a situation or person but the meaning can easily get lost in the literal translation if you have never heard it before. So today I’ll introduce you to “耍嘴皮子 (shuǎzuǐpízi).”
Essentially, it can be used in a couple of different types of situations. ...


阅读羊令野的《屋顶之树》,完成下列问题。

《屋顶之树》(Wūdǐng zhī shù) The Tree on the Roof

星,
孤独的,照着屋顶之树。
而那一撮根须,遂有亚热带梦之孤独享受。
你的名字呢?
你的家族呢?
你不落脚于土地。
很像你的弟兄们:
云之闲逸,
星之孤高,
你们是孪生的,那样呼吸着。
呼吸着每座星球之土壤。
而你:
不属于辽远的丛林,
不属于哪一只手植,
不属于这都市的屋顶之树。
乃如我的额发一样孤独的
无花,
无果,
一种不属于土壤之植物。

阅读完这篇诗歌,请对下面提供的两道题加以分析。
1. 作品的意象有何象征意义?
答:
2. 诗人是如何通过选择细节来突出诗歌的主题的?
答:

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How to indicate the result of an action?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Lǐ Lán, nǐ zài kàn shénme ne?
    B: Les Miserables. Tài cháng le, wǒ zhōngyú kàn wán le.
    Which of the following statements is true according to the dialogue? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Li Lan didn’t finish the book.
    B. ...


1. Please choose the best answer to fill in the blank.
Wǒ dǎ suàn qù lǚyóu, ______ qù xīnjiāng, ______ qù yúnnán.
我打算去旅游, ______ 去新疆, ______ 去云南。

A. 要么 (Yàome) …… 要么 (yàome) ……

B. 有时 (Yǒushí) ……有时 (yǒushí) ……

C. 一边 (Yìbiān) …… 一边 (yìbiān) ……

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More Chinese Grammar You Might be ...


One of the most useful and motivating topics for my Mandarin Chinese students is to talk about important life lessons using Chinese expressions and vocabulary. So, what life lessons do we talk about?
Popular topics are: renting or buying a home, applying for visas and residency abroad, how to follow recipes and instructions in the kitchen, ...


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