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Chinese Culture (Beginner Level)

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!

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

While “葡萄酒 (pú tɑo jiǔ ) grape wine” culture is relatively new in China, it grew to be the 5th largest wine consumer in the world in a short period of time. Why would this matter? Because if you want to close a business deal, it might be done over drinks. So knowing your wines ...

Fortunes and Follies for The Ox Zodiac in 2021
The year of the rat didn’t go as intended. It was supposed to be a year for creativity involving change, but we didn’t need nor want that kind of change, right? So in trods the Ox. What can we expect from the steady and methodical Ox Year? ...

What You Don’t Know About Chinese New Year
2021 is the Year of the Ox, the ox being of the twelve Chinese zodiac animals. In fact, there are similar customs in many countries. For example, Myanmar has eight zodiac animals that, similarly to the Chinese zodiac, are assigned to people depending on their date of birth.
In ...

The seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar is the Chinese Qixi Festival, meaning it falls on August 25 this year.The Qixi Festival symbolizes love, a day of romantic celebration between individuals and their significant others.
The festival is based on the legend of a cowherd and a weaver girl who designated this ...

1 新型冠状病毒 (Xīnxíng guānzhuàng bìngdú): Coronavirus /COVID-19
Kēxuéjiā men yǐ fēnlí chū yǐnqǐ zhè zhǒng liúxíng bìng de guānzhuàng bìngdú.
Scientists have isolated the coronavirus causing the epidemic.
2 口罩 (Kǒuzhào):Mask, gauze mask
Nǐ chūmén yídìng yào dài kǒuzhào.
You must wear a mask when you go out.
We suggest that you wear:
医用外科口罩 (Yīyòng wàikē kǒuzhào) surgical mask
N95口罩 (Kǒuzhào) N95 respirator
3 隔离 (Gélí): to ...

What do red envelopes, dumplings, and spring cleaning have in common?
The Chinese New Year, of course! The new year follows the lunar calendar and is also called the Spring Festival. This year, 2020, it will be on January 25 so if you have the opportunity to partake in the festivities you should experience it ...

Li Ziqi is a famous Chinese blogger and YouTube personality specializing in videos depicting Chinese cuisine, Chinese traditional culture, as well as a simplistic and nature-oriented approach to living. Li Ziqi has been recognized by the Chinese government for sharing the intangible side of Chinese cultural heritage with the world and is adored by millions ...

Many countries celebrate Halloween whereas the ghost festival celebration in China is called “中元节 (Zhōngyuánjié)” – The Hungry Ghost festival.
万圣节 (Wànshèngjié)

Western Halloween celebrations throw costume parties where people participate in cosplay. The streets are filled with spectacular live performances, intricately staged displays with realistic corpses and ghosts, and screenings of horror films.
3 Reasons ...

Have you ever heard a Chinese tongue twister? You may have but not even realized it. A tongue twister is a type of oral literature, which is a unique form of language art in Chinese folk literature. It can help people exercise eloquence, correct pronunciation, as well as improve their Chinese speaking ability.
Upon first hearing ...

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