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Chinese for Teens (Beginner Level)

eChineseLearning offers a wide rang of Chinese resources for teens to learn Chinese, such as Chinese idioms, stories, crosswords puzzles and Chinese songs. All these Chinese materials for teens are free. You will find the most practical and helpful Chinese materials for teens on this Chinese for Teens section at eChineseLearning.

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, ...


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 ...


Chinese Tongue Twister (Beginner)

采蘑菇 (Cǎi mógu) Pick Mushrooms

 

Key Learning Point (Preview):

蘑菇 (mógu): n mushroom

 

Hēitù hé báitù,
黑兔 和 白兔,

 

The black rabbit and the white rabbit,

Shàngshān cǎi mógu.
上山             采 蘑菇。

 

Climbed up the mountain to pick mushrooms.

Xiǎohóu hé xiǎolù,
小猴       和 小鹿,

 

Little monkey and little deer,

Yìqǐ  lái bāngzhù.
一起 来 帮助。

 

Come and help them.

Hóu hé ...


绕口令 (ràokǒulìng) Tongue Twister

 

茄子和鞋子 (qiézi hé xiézi) Eggplant and Shoes

 

Listen to the tongue twister

 

Key Learning Points (Preview):

鞋子 (xiézi): n shoe

 

茄子 (qiézi): n eggplant

 

Yígè xiǎo háizi,
一个 小    孩子,

 

There was a little child,

Shǒu ná shuāng xiézi.
手      拿    双       鞋子。

 

Who had a pair of shoes in his hand.

Kànjiàn dìshàng yǒu qiézi,
看见       地上      有    茄子,

 

He saw an eggplant on ...


寄一封慢信给未来 (Jì yìfēng màn xìn gěi wèilái) Deliver A "Slow Letter" to the Future (Beginner)

 

Key Learning Points (Preview):

熊猫 (xióngmāo): n panda

 

鼓励 (gǔlì): v to encourage

 

感激 (gǎnjī): n gratitude

 

Recently a "特别的 (tèbiéde) special" company, whose primary service is delivering "slow" letters for its customers, appeared in Beijing. Located on a side alley in the 798 art district, ...


蜗牛 (wōniú) Snail

 

Listen to the song

Key Learning Points (preview):

重 (zhòng): adj heavy and 轻 (qīng): adj light

 

静 (jìng): adj quiet

 

About the singer: This song is sung by 周杰伦 (Zhōu Jiélún) Jay Chou, a very famous pop singer in China. In addition to singing Snail, Jay Chou also composed both the lyrics and music for it.

Listen ...


一年之计在于春 (Yì nián zhī jì zàiyú chūn) A Year's Plan Starts with Spring (Beginner)

 

Key Learning Points (Preview):

日 (rì): n day/ date

 

年 (nián): n year

 

早晨 (zǎochen): n early morning

 

"一年之计在于春,一日之计在于晨 (Yì nián zhī jì zàiyú chūn, yí rì zhī jì zàiyú chén) A year's plan starts with spring; a day's plan starts with early morning" is a ...



绕口令 (Ràokǒulìng) Tongue Twister (Beginner)  
会与费 (Huì yǔ fèi)  Can and Cost  
Listen to the tongue twister  
 Key Learning Points (Preview):
学 (xué): v to learn  
会 (huì): v can/be able to  
The Chinese tongue twister below is a very typical one which will help you practice the Chinese Pinyin pronunciation of “h” and “f.”
Shǒuyì  ...


  填字游戏 (Tiánzì yóuxì ) Chinese Crossword Puzzle (Beginner)

笨鸟先飞 (Bènniǎoxiānfēi) Clumsy birds have to start flying early

 Key Learning Points (Preview):

决心 (juéxīn): v. to resolve

志气 (zhìqì): n. aspiration 

Idiom Story

Shù shàng yì zhī niǎo māma fū chū le liù zhī niǎo bǎobao,
树 上         一   只  鸟  妈妈   孵   出  了  六 ...


一千零一个愿望 (Yìqiān líng yígè yuànwàng) One Thousand and One Wishes
This is a beautiful and inspiring song, especially among young people in China.
Listen to the song
Key Learning Points (Preview):
愿望 (yuànwanɡ): n. wish
回答 (huídá): v. answer
明天就像盒子里的巧克力糖。
Míngtiān jiù xiàng hézi lǐ de qiǎokèlì táng.
Tomorrow is like a box of chocolates.
什么滋味?
Shénme zīwè?
What is it ...


隐形的翅膀 (Yǐnxíng De Chìbǎng ) Invisible Wings  
Listen to this song: 
Key Learning Points (Preview):
坚强 (jiānqiánɡ): n. strong
希望 (xīwànɡ): n/v. hope/to hope
每一次都在徘徊孤单中坚强,
Měi yí cì dōu zài páihuái gūdān zhōng jiānqiáng,
Every time in hesitation and loneliness I become stronger,
每一次就算很受伤也不闪泪光,
Měi yí cì jiù suàn hěn shòushāng yě bù shǎn lèiguāng,
And every time I ...


童年 (Tóngnián) Childhood  

Listen to this song:  

Key Learning Points (Preview):

等待 (děnɡdài): v. to wait

老师 (lǎoshī) n. teacher

Chítáng biān de róngshù shàng, zhīliao zài shēngshēng jiàozhe xiàtiān.
池塘       边   的    榕树      上,   知了   在       声声         叫着   ...


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