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Chinese Culture

At eChineseLearning we know that the Chinese learning experience requires not only a focus on the Chinese language, but also on Chinese culture and history. Our resources will introduce you to key points of Chinese culture, important historical events, fun festivals, taboos, and more! Best of all, these materials are FREE for you to explore! They are also a great companion to our Chinese Immersion Program, for those planning to study, work or live in China. If you are interested in learning more about Chinese culture, you're in the right place!

Choosing a Chinese name is a fascinating and meaningful way to connect with Chinese learning and culture of China. Having a good Chinese name can help you build harmonious relationships and trust with your Chinese friends and colleagues. So, there are certain things you should avoid when selecting a name.

Avoid cultural offense
It’s important to choose ...

Bargaining is a common practice in China, particularly in markets, street stalls, and tourist shops. To secure a favorable deal and prevent overpaying, mastering these essential skills is crucial. Quickly obtain your desired products.

Compare prices
Get an idea of the market price and quality before purchasing. Don’t get swayed by high prices; visit different merchants or ...

Playing with toys is an essential component of a child’s development. It helps children to develop important skills such as creativity, problem-solving, and even socialization. In this article, we’ll be recommending some of the best traditional Chinese toys for kids that are both fun and educational.

Recommendation for Your Kid:

fēng zhēng
风 筝

Kites ...

Have you ever heard of stinky tofu coffee? What happens when coffee collides with the mystical powers of China?

Tea coffee
When the iconic western beverage of coffee meets the classic eastern drink of tea, the result is the perfect balance of yin and yang – tea coffee. It boasts the aroma of tea with the richness ...

Hey! Reading month is coming up! All you Chinese learners out there, check out these three kinds of books! Let’s level up our Chinese together!!

Bilingual Classics
If you are new to Chinese, try starting with bilingual versions of classic works! For example, The Little Prince, which is not only a good healing book, but also has ...

The 24 solar terms, also known as the Chinese 24 solar terms or the 24 jiéqì, is a traditional system used in East Asia to divide the solar year into 24 parts. Each solar term corresponds to a particular astronomical event or natural phenomenon that occurs during a specific time of the year.

The history of ...

Have you tried snacks from China? These challenging Chinese snacks, what level can you achieve? Get ready to start the challenge!

Level One – Dried Sweet Potato
Dried sweet potato is a nutritious snack that comes in two different textures based on the degree of moisture retention: dry and wet. The dry type is sweet potato chips, ...

Did you learn how to select a fitting Chinese name from our last tutorial? While the basic naming method may not have met everyone’s expectations, this advanced version will definitely meet your customized needs. Let’s take a look together!

Your Chinese name can comprise:
Your aspirations for yourself
Male names:
明 (Míng) – Bright, 思 (Sī) – Thoughts, 翔 ...

Many may wonder that, while Cantonese and the Teochew dialect are extensively spoken by the overseas Chinese community, why is Mandarin the official language of China?

What is the history of Mandarin?
The predecessor of Mandarin (普通话 Pǔ tōng huà) is the Beijing dialect (北京话 Běi jīng huà), which dates back to the Ming Dynasty in China and ...

How to quickly integrate into the Chinese-learning environment? Having a Chinese name might be a good place to start!
Check out some of the popular naming techniques that are used!

Literal translation
Literal translation is the easiest way to get a Chinese name, so that you can keep your English name intact. For example, William (威廉Wēi Lián), Jenny ...

Do you know what people do during the Chinese New Year holiday? Do you wonder how Chinese people celebrate this grandest event in the country? Today, let’s celebrate the Chinese New Year together!
As one of the leading language-teaching websites, we offer the best lessons in Chinese for kids. These online Chinese lessons are finely made ...

Do you know that the way to greet others has changed a lot recently in China?
In the past, Chinese people would greet each other by saying something like: Hello! Have you eaten today? But now, they say “Did you test positive for COVID-19?” instead.

What made it change? The following dialogue will give you the ...

“Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…” When the familiar melody begins to rise again, people will be aware that Christmas is coming!
Do you know what songs people listen to on Christmas in China?

Líng ér xiǎng dīng dāng (Author Unknown)
Known as the Chinese version of “Jingle Bells”, Líng ér xiǎng dīng dāng is undoubtedly ...

It is widely known that Chinese culture has a profound history. In the Chinese lessons on our website, you can learn the beautiful language and the nation’s splendid culture. Learn Chinese online, anytime and anywhere!

Traditionally, the Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar. With the Gregorian calendar (the calendar prevalent in the West) in use, the ...

As only 16 teams are competing for the final 8 in the World Cup more and more of the world’s attention is focused on this grand event.

How can we support our national team as big fans? Buying a jersey? A toy of the Mascot La’eeb? Or even a ticket to Qatar?
In fact, you can buy almost all these things at the ...

Hi dear friends, long time no see! Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner! Have you prepared roast turkeys yet? Thanksgiving is a traditional festival in the Western world, but do you know there are also some festivals about expressing gratitude in China?

Gǎn ēn jié
Thanksgiving Day

Gǎn ēn jié kuài lè!
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Gǎn ...

Food is the magic weapon of life, as it allows us stay away from famine. Food is the hope of life, because it keeps us be away from hunger. It’s fundamental to the people’s livelihood and ensures us to have enough to eat. On the eve of the World Food Day, which falls on each ...

Dragons are deeply rooted in Chinese culture, as the dragon is one of the most important creatures that can symbolize China. Have you ever heard that Chinese people call themselves “descendants of dragons”? This may sound strange to people in the West, as dragons are normally seen as evil and unlucky in Western culture. Therefore, ...

Besides barbecue, you can also see a lot of appealing food or snacks in the streets of China in hot summer days. Do you know what else Chinese people like to eat in summer? Starting from this article, we’re going to introduce to you three snacks that Chinese people love to enjoy in this season. ...

It’s not uncommon to ponder the differences between the school systems in the West and China when both parts of the world have their own specialties and struggles. For instance, China has a reputation for churning out math whizzes in schools while the West is known for promoting critical thinking skills. So are the education ...

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