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Chinese for Teens (Beginner Level)

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Welcome to this week’s Youth Chinese Test (YCT) practice! While the test may seem overwhelming when you first look at what you have to know, there are actually patterns and themes that come up throughout the test, and there are strategies for answering questions. One of the biggest hang-ups for people taking the YCT is ...


The Chongyang Festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth month of the lunar calendar every year. It is also known as the Climbing High Festival, the Double Ninth Festival, Chrysanthemum Day or Old People’s Day. With this holiday, children are taught to respect the elderly, and the best way to teach them ...


With the popularity of Chinese festivals, western families are also beginning to celebrate some Chinese festivals. A very notable Chinese festival is the Mid-Autumn Festival. Do you want to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with your children?
Learn Something About the Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese festival. It is a harvest festival and ...


1. The Most Difficult (and Important) Aspects of Learning Pinyin

Overcoming the most difficult challenges when learning Chinese Pinyin – the 23 initials, 24 finals, and 16 whole syllables – is the key that opens the door to being able to fully learn the language.
Why is pinyin difficult?
We’re about to get into what makes pinyin so ...


Various countries around the world celebrate Teachers’ Day at different times, and though each celebrates the holiday in different ways, warmth and gratitude towards educators is still the theme of this holiday. Today, let’s take a look at a few different celebrations of Teachers’ Day in different places.

1. Timing and Activities of Teachers’ Day Around ...


Every year as winter and summer vacations wrap up, children and parents start to prepare for the new semester. Most people only know what this preparation looks like in their own country – and generally speaking, countries around the world are very similar. In China, however, this year’s back-to-school preparations are looking a little different.
1. ...


1. Chinese Name Suggestions

Of course, if your child is going to introduce themself, they’ll need a name! Chinese names can be a lot of fun to choose, because some parts are chosen because they sound nice, and others because they have deeper meanings.
Many people want to find a Chinese name that sounds like their native ...


Chinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn. It’s also a language that many people around the world want to know more about. Children are no exception, and it can be hard for them to find ways to get started learning Chinese. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite movies and ...


I had big dreams from my child to be multilingual so I got him started very young. So imagine the wake-up call when my remarkably opinionated toddler told me he no longer wanted to speak Chinese with me. I had hoped to raise him to be multilingual, to accompany him to China, and to assist ...


In major cities across China, employees have returned to offices, students are situated in their school desks, and crowds congregate outside of restaurants during the dinner rush. While wearing a surgical mask, although it’s no longer mandated outside of subways and other congested places, has become a habit in many ways, normal life has resumed ...


“有趣(yǒuqù)” and “有意思(yǒuyìsi)” both mean “funny” or “interesting” in English. Are their usages exactly the same? Let’s find out today.
(1) When expressing something that arouses curiosity or affection: 有趣(yǒuqù) = 有意思(yǒuyìsi)
Examples:
zhège rén hěn yǒuqù/yǒuyìsi.
这个人很有趣/有意思。
This person is funny/interesting.

tā shuōhuà hěn yǒuqù/yǒuyìsi.
他说话很有趣/有意思。
He speaks in a very funny/interesting way.

(2) “有意思(yǒuyìsi)” can also mean that there ...


Please select the correct words and fill in the blanks.
A.再 (zài)

B.又 (yòu)

1. tā ______ yě méiyǒu huílái.
   他 ______ 也没有回来。

2. tā ______ méiyǒu huílái.
   他 ______ 没有回来。

3. míngtiān ______ shì zhōumòliǎo.
   明天 ______ 是周末了。

4. wǒmen míngtiān ______ jìxù tǎolùn.
   我们明天 ______ 继续讨论。

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Challenge Yourself to Identify More Similar Chinese Words:
“What Do a ...


We all hate them and know they aren’t fair but are you guilty of having any “双标(shuāng biāo)?” It means double standard but the full term is “双重标准(shuāng chóng biāo zhǔn)”. Maybe you aren’t even aware of what a double standard is! In that case, it refers to the opposite judgment or behavior of the ...


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: ...


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


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