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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!

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
Example:
Kēxuéjiā men yǐ fēnlí chū yǐnqǐ zhè zhǒng liúxíng bìng de guānzhuàng bìngdú.
科学家们已分离出引起这种流行病的冠状病毒。                 
Scientists have isolated the coronavirus causing the epidemic.
 
2 口罩 (Kǒuzhào):Mask, gauze mask
Example:
Nǐ chūmén yídìng yào dài kǒuzhào.
你出门一定要戴口罩。
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
or
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 Why ...


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 ...


Once you set foot on foreign soil, you’ll have to adapt to your new environs. Of course, there will be the odd custom or two that you’re not familiar with, but we’re here to help you avoid turning naïve behavior into a majorly bad faux pas. All you need is a little openness. After all, ...


Chinese traditional operas, of a long history and well established, are one of the cultural and artistic forms of the Chinese nation. These ancient types of drama are still active on China’s stages today. Of all the traditional types of drama, Peking Opera is the most influential. Emerging in Peking two hundred years ago and ...


Zhōngguó chuántǒng xìqǔ lìshǐ yōujiǔ, yuányuǎnliúcháng,
中国传统戏曲历史悠久,源远流长,
tā shì zhōnghuá mínzú wénhuà yìshù pǐnzhǒng zhī yī.
它是中华民族文化艺术品种之一。
Chinese traditional operas, of a long history and well established, are one of the cultural and artistic forms of the Chinese nation.

Zhèxiē gǔlǎo de jùzhǒng, zhìjīn huóyuè zài Zhōngguó de wǔtái shàng.
这些古老的剧种,至今活跃在中国的舞台上。
These ancient types of drama are still active on China’s ...


You know Chinese Kung Fu because of movies, right? Chinese Kung Fu is so much more. It embodies China’s national wisdom and traditional culture in one very pure active art form. The main concepts of Kung Fu are moderation and harmony. Its artistic nature and require for discipline has influenced the entire world. Shaolin, Tai ...


Have you visited your local museum lately? Soon you may have the opportunity to do so for free. “国际博物馆日 (Guójì bówùguǎn rì) International Museum Day (IMD)” is an internationally celebrated day on or around 18 May. Each year, museums across the globe are invited to participate in IMD to promote the role of museums, which ...


Teaching Chinese culture and tradition is an essential part of teaching Mandarin Chinese. Not only are the words and phrases important, but learning about the lives of Chinese people adds a motivation to integrate and inspire my students to continue to pursue the language. Today, I’m going to introduce four traditional events that Chinese couples ...


A very enjoyable part of the experience of learning Mandarin Chinese in China is the opportunity to be able to see and experience new parts of the world. Sometimes, those “new” parts are actually quite old!
I’m going to introduce to you some places referred to as “中国四大古都 (Zhōngguó sì dà gǔ dū),” or the “Four ...


It’s very likely you have heard of Mahjong before, you might have even played some version of it on the computer or your phone. Or, perhaps you saw the Chinese mafia in movies playing Mahjong. But, do you know its everyday significance in China?
麻将 (májiàng) Mahjong

Note: “将” has 3 different pronunciations: jiàng, qiāng, and ...


Key Learning Points (Preview): 赏月 (shǎngyuè): v. to admire the full moon

月饼 (yuèbǐng): n. moon cake

On Mid-autumn Festival, the custom of “赏月 (shǎngyuè) admiring the full moon” began with people in ancient China, and is still maintained. In the Zhou Dynasty, on the night of the Mid-autumn Festival, people would offer sacrifices to ...


Key Learning Points (Preview):
粽子 (zòngzi) n. rice dumpling

 

庆祝 (qìngzhù) v. to celebrate

 

In the west, people "庆祝 (qìngzhù) celebrate" Easter Day in memory of Jesus. They eat Easter Eggs to commemorate this day. In China, people have a similar celebration of a heroic figure from ancient times on the Dragon Boat Festival. Instead of Easter Eggs, Chinese people ...


Dragon Boat Festival in Chinese is 端午节(Duānwǔ jié). It is on the fifth of May of lunar calendar. There are many legends about this traditional festival and the most popular one is “屈原 (Qū Yuán)QuYuan,” who was a Chinese scholar and minister to the King of State of Chu during the Warring States period. He ...


Have you ever heard of Chinese “糖画(tánghuà) sugar painting?” If not, check out the video below for a glimpse of this intricate, edible art!

Have you ever seen anything like what the artist makes in the video? Do you think the way “糖画(tánghuà)” is made is pretty amazing?
If you visit China, you might find that in ...


A:   Nĭ zhăng dé zhēn piàoliang.
A:你    长    得   真       漂亮。
You are so beautiful.
B:   Nălĭ   nălĭ.
B:哪里 哪里!
You flatters me.
A:   Méimao, yănjing, ĕrduo,  bízi,    zuĭ chù chù dōu piàoliang!
A:眉毛、      眼睛、 耳朵、鼻子、嘴  处   处   都     漂亮!
Your eyebrows, your eyes…everywhere (on ...


The “饿鬼节 (È Guĭ Jié) Hungry Ghost Festival” of Chinese Taoism is also the “盂兰节 (yú lán jié) Ullambana Festival” of Buddhism, commonly called “Ghost Festival鬼节 (guĭ jié) Ghost Festival“or “中元节 (zhōng yuán jié) Mid-July Festival.” It falls on the fifteenth of every lunar July. (In 2009, Hungry Ghost Festival will falls on ...


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