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Chinese for Teens

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Introduction
The “高考(gāokǎo)” is China’s official college entrance examination, and is taken by qualified high school graduates (or equivalent) from mainland People’s Republic of China as a prerequisite for matriculation into nearly all undergraduate programs in China. The dates of 高考(gāokǎo)”college entrance examination” are generally June 7-8 each year, though in 2020 the test dates were ...


Recently,”地摊经济(dìtān jīngjì) stall economy” is a greatly talked-about economic phenomenon in China today. This topic is everywhere on some social platforms in China,. What does it mean?

The topic came up because we were discussing the pandemic this year, and the fact that the economy was extremely sluggish – some might even say “stalled” – meaning ...


如今,在全球化格局的影响下,如何能让海外华裔儿童实现汉语保存与双语发展也成为海外华人群体,尤其是华人父母最为关注的话题。
华裔儿童从小游离于两种主要文化(居住国文化及中国文化)之间,语言能力得到充分发展的孩子,能够做到使用两种语言在日常生活中顺畅交流,他们就是我们常说的“双语语言使用者”。


There are so many new trending slang words that it’s hard to keep up, but this one has been popular in China for several years and we think it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Therefore it’s useful to know: “表情管理 (biǎo qíng guǎn lǐ) facial expression management.”
表情管理 (biǎo qíng guǎn lǐ): facial expression ...


May 12th is known as “国际护士节 (guó jì hù shì jié) International Nurses Day”, which is set up in memory of Florence Nightingale. In 2020, due to the Corona-outbreak, International Nurses Day impacts the public’s sentiments more strongly.
Now let’s learn some Chinese words that are relevant to this topic.

白衣天使 (Bái yī tiān shǐ): angels in white

白 (Bái): white

衣 (Yī): uniform

...


1. Read the dialogue below and choose the best answer to fill in the blank.

    Nǐ hánjià dào nǎlǐ qù wán la ?
A: 你寒假到哪里去玩啦?

    Wǒ dào běi jīng qù wán le.
B: 我到北京去玩了。

    Běi jīng zěn me yàng?
A: 北京怎么样?

    Hěn hǎo wán, dàn shì nà lǐ de rén kě zhēn duō ▁▁ !
B: 很好玩,但是人可真多▁▁ !

    Ba
A: ...


Do you know how to make promises in Chinese?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Nǐ kànkan, yǒu méiyǒu qiǎng nǐ bāo de rén?
    A: 你看看,有没有抢你包的人?
    B: Shì tā!
    B: 是他!
    A: Nǐ quèdìng ma?
    A: 你确定吗?
    B: Ǹg, kěndìng shì tā! Wǒ fāshì!
    B: 嗯,肯定是他!我发誓!
    Which of the following statements is true according to the dialogue? Please choose the ...


How to order foods or drinks in a Chinese restaurant?

Exercises in the Video:
1. A: Xiǎojiě, nín hǎo, nín hē shénme?
    B: Yì bēi kāfēi, jiā nǎi, bù jiā táng.
    What did she order? Please choose the best answer.
    A. Yì bēi kāfēi jiā táng.
    B. Yì bēi kāfēi jiā nǎiyóu.
    C. Yì bēi kāfēi jiā ...


What does “Chinese food” look like in your hometown? Chinese food in foreign countries such as the UK and USA is popular, but the dishes are often different from what is actually served in China! Do you know what these “authentic” dishes are?
Recently, a list of the 10 most popular Chinese dishes was put ...


Key Learning Points (Preview):
回家 (huíjiā): v. to go home

 

然后 (ránhòu): adv. then/after that 

 

Listen to the whole story:

 

 

Wèiguó yǒu gè jiào Yuè Yángzǐ de rén dào yuǎnfāng qù xúnshī qiúxué.
 魏 国    有   个  叫   乐   羊子   的  人  到    远方        去  寻师    求学。
There was a man called Yue Yangzi in the Wei State who went ...


压岁钱的故事 (Yāsuìqián de gùshi) The Story of Pocket Money for Children on Lunar New Year's Day

 

Listen to the story

 

Key Learning Points (Preview):

哭 (kū):   v.  to cry

 

宝贝 (bǎobèi):   n/v.  baby/ take sth/ sb as treasured one

 

告诉 (gàosù):   v.  to tell

 

 

Gǔ shíhou, yǒu yígè xiǎoyāo jiào "Suì." 
古  时候,   有  一个 小妖     叫   “祟”。
In ancient times, ...


Key Learning Point (Preview):
隔墙有耳 (géqiángyǒu'ěr): walls have ears

 

 

Cóngqián, yǒu yíge hàoqíxīn hěn zhòng de rén.
从前,       有   一个 好奇心    很    重      的  人。
Once upon a time, there was a curious man.

 

Tā zǒngshì xǐhuan sìchù dǎting biérén de mìmi.
他   总是     喜欢    四处   打听    别人   的 秘密。
He liked to ...


Chinese Character: 吃 (chī) Eat

拼音(pīnyīn) pin yin: chī
笔画(bĭhuà) number of strokes: 6
含义(hányì) meaning: eat
笔顺(bĭshùn) stroke order:

用法(yòng fă) Usages:
1) eat; take
吃早饭(chī zăofàn): have breakfast
吃奶(chīnăi): take milk from mother
2) live off
吃父母(chī fùmŭ): live off one’s parents
坐山吃山(zuò shān chī shān): live off the mountains where your home is

3) suffer; bear
吃苦(chīkŭ): to suffer
吃不了兜着走(chī bù liăo ...


Chinese Character Series (Part II)
Basic strokes
In the previous issue(Jun 10, 2009), three kinds of basic Chinese character strokes were introduced: 撇(piĕ) left-falling stroke, 竖(shù) vertical stroke and 捺(nà) right-falling stroke. In this issue, another three kinds of strokes will be introduced: 横(héng) horizontal stroke, 点(diăn) dot stroke and 提(tí) rising stroke.

Chinese Character: 三
“三”contains ...


Learn to Write Chinese Character 汉字:你(hànzì: nĭ) Chinese Character: you

Chinese Character:
你(nĭ) You
拼音(pīnyīn) pin yin: nĭ
笔画(bĭhuà) number of strokes: 7
含义(hányì) meaning: you
笔顺(bĭshun) stroke order:

词源(cíyuán) Etymology: The right part “尔 (ĕr)”of this character is the old form for ”you”.
部首(bùshŏu) Radical: 亻
常用词语(chángyòng cíyŭ) Frequently-used words or phrases: 你好(nĭhăo) hello / how are you, 你们(nĭmen) you (plural)
The Chinese character 你(nĭ) includes parts of the basic strokes of Chinese characters as following:


Qiǎokèlì
巧克力
chocolate
Kāfēi
咖 啡
coffee

Shēngrìdàngāo
生日蛋糕
Birthday cake
Cǎoméi
草 莓
strawberry


Key Learning Points (Preview):
最 (zuì): adv. most

 

哭 (kū): v. to cry

 

Watch the video to listen to the song

Míngtiān nǐ shìfǒu huì xiǎngqǐ
明天       你 是否   会   想起

 

Will you recall tomorrow

zuótiān nǐ xiě de rìjì?
昨天     你写的日记?

 

the things you wrote in your diary yesterday?

Míngtiān nǐ shìfǒu hái diànjì
明天       你 是否 还 惦记

 

Will you remember tomorrow

céngjīng zuì ài kū ...


Key Learning Points (Preview):

漂亮 (piàoliang) adj. beautiful

 

照片 (zhàopiàn) n. photo 

 

Two lovers are talking in a park.

Nánhái: Jīntiān wǒ zài jiēshang kànjiàn le yígè měinǚ.
男孩:   今天    我 在    街上       看见   了 一个 美女。

 

Boy: Today I saw a beautiful woman on the street.

Nǚhái: Shì ma?
女孩: 是 吗?

 

Girl: Really?

Nánhái: Shì ā, tài piàoliang le!
男孩:  是 啊,太   漂亮     了!

 

Boy: Yes, she was ...


Learn Mandarin Chinese Idiom: 囫囵吞枣  (húlún tūnzǎo) To eat the date whole (Advanced)

 

In the Chinese idiom "囫囵吞枣 (húlún tūnzǎo)", "囫囵 (húlún)" means "the whole;" "吞 (tūn)" means to "swallow;" "枣 (zǎo)" is "date." This idiom means "to eat the date whole."

Key Learning Points (Preview):

吞 (tūn): v. to swallow

 

枣 (zǎo): n. date

 

Learn this online Chinese idiomatic story:

A ...


兔子为什么在生肖中排第四? (Tùzi wèishénme zài shēngxiāo zhōng pái dì sì?)

 

Key Learning Points (Preview)

生肖 (shēngxiāo): n. Zodiac

 

出发 (chūfā): v. to start off

 

Hěn jiǔ yǐqián, Yùhuángdàdì dǎsuàn zài dòngwù zhōng xuǎn shí’èr gè pái shēngxiāo.
很   久 以前,玉皇大帝          打算      在     动物      中     选    十二     个 排   生肖。

 

Long ago, the Jade Emperor prepared to select twelve animals to be the zodiac signs.

Gēnjù ...


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