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Chinese for Teens

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.

If you’ve ever read “The Art of War” you would also enjoy the “三十六计 (Sān shí liù jì) 36 ancient Chinese strategies” and their theories. Each proverb is accompanied by a brief explanation that explains how said proverb is applicable to military tactics. Its focus on the use of cunning and deception both on the ...


The Chinese Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival because it starts at the beginning of spring. It is the most important festival in China and is traditionally a time for family reunions. Many of China’s ethnic minorities celebrate their Lunar New Year around the same time as the Han people, although ...


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The Different Meanings Behind “What do you mean?” in Chinese (pt. 2)
Hope that you’ve already had a cup of coffee, because for Part 2 of The Different Meanings Behind “What do you mean?” in Chinese (click here for Part 1) we’re jumping right in!
Note: Make sure you’re familiar with this word before you continue!
意思 (yìsi): ...


When traveling or moving to a new country, such as China, it may seem that it’s nearly impossible to eat “健康 (jiàn kāng) healthy”. This is especially true in a country full of neverending varieties of deliciously tempting cuisines. Some “健康 (jiàn kāng) healthy” lifestyles are harder to accomodate and maintain than others such as ...


Chinese 漫画 (màn huà) manhua, or Mandarin-language comic books, have been in the spotlight for a while now but lately Chinese animations “动画 (dònghuà)” are gaining the popularity they deserve. Not long ago if you wanted to watch an animated series in Chinese it was a laborious task to find one that was interesting and ...


The Different Meanings Behind “What do you mean?” in Chinese (pt. 1)
As with English, there are a few different ways you could express this phrase, depending on the situation, your intention, how familiar/formal you want to be, etc. Here are some common ways, most of which are variations on a common theme. Also note that ...


Leveling Up Your Chinese Through Video Game Phrases

wǒ yuán yǐ wéi shì gè qīng tóng , méi xiǎng dào shì gè wáng zhě
我原以为是个青铜,没想到是个王者
“I thought it was a bronzer, but I didn’t expect a challenger”

The Bronze and the Challenger are the lowest and highest levels in MOBA games (Multiplayer online battle arena) such as ...


Are You Living in a “内卷化 (nèi juǎn huà)” World?
As more and more countries model themselves after capitilistic models, they find themselves increasingly unhappy compared to generations prior. In the world of Chinese netizens, there is a word that coincides and expressesthis sentiment quite accurately.
“内 (nèi)” means “inward,” “卷 (juǎn)” means “to curl,” and “化 ...


人家 and 别人: Are these just two ways to say “other people”?
Both “人家(rénjiā) ” and “别人(biérén) ” can refer to other people besides the speaker and the listener.
Examples:
xiǎo diǎn shēng, búyào yǐngxiǎng rénjiā xiūxi.
小点声,不要影响人家休息。
Keep your voice down, don’t disturb (other) people’s rest.

xiǎo diǎn shēng, búyào yǐngxiǎng biérén xiūxi.
小点声,不要影响别人休息。
Keep your voice down, don’t disturb (other) ...


“愿意(yuànyì)” and “肯(kěn)” are both auxiliary verbs, both of which indicate the general compliance with demands or willingness to do something.
“愿意(yuànyì)” is used to express how someone feels, particularly a feeling of acceptance or desire to do something without feeling unhappy. It can also be modified by placing adverbs of degree, like “非常(fēicháng)” or “很(hěn)”, ...


I have talked with you about a lot of common Chinese vocabulary expressions and how Chinese people use them. Today, let’s talk about something different: let’s talk about a recent popular cultural phenomenon in China.
Recently, a phrase suddenly became popular on the Internet: ”凡尔赛文学(fán’ěrsài wénxué) Versailles Literature”.

Some people say that this expression was inspired ...


The day before “圣诞节 (shèngdànjié) Christmas”is considered by most churches to be a part of the Christmas holiday. Many Christians attend midnight mass, leading up to and officially beginning the start of Christmas.
After Christmas Eve, Christmas Day arrives

圣诞节(shèng dàn jié) / 圣诞(shèng dàn): n. Christmas

Examples:
wǒ men yào qù dé guó guò shèng dàn ...


Great Snow, also know as Major Snow 大雪 (dàxuě), is the 21st solar term of the 24 solar terms and 3rd term of the winter season. It begins on December 7th, 2020, and ends on December 20th which is when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 255° and ends when it reaches ...


China’s food culture has a long history. It embodies the personality and traditions of the Chinese nation, and can play an outsized role in Chinese etiquette.
In China, even our greetings to acquaintances are not, “Hi!” or, “How are you?” but, “你吃了吗 (nǐ chī le ma) Have you eaten yet?” so food can be said to ...


Thanksgiving is coming! It will be a good chance to look back on results of this past year, as well as a good opportunity to thank family, friends and yourself.

A pillar of Chinese culture is that of respect and “感恩 (gǎnēn) gratitude” for what other people do for you, so how do Chinese people express ...


Thanksgiving day is a western traditional festival created by the American people in 1621. Its origins hail from the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans who shared an autumn harvest feast. It is an opportunity to facilitate the family reunion for Americans and gatherings for friends who are too far from family. In the ...


Recently, there has been a small change in China: when people greet each other in the morning, instead of simply saying “Good morning”, they type out the sentence “Good morning, laborers.”
So, how did the phrase, “打工人(dǎgōng rén) laborer” come into use?

“打(dǎ)” means “to hit” in English. The term “打工(dǎgōng) work” first appeared in Hong Kong. ...


来和我们练习你的汉语吧!Come Practice Your Chinese With Break Diving’s Chinese Fluency Project!
If you’re an eChineseLearning student, you know that studying at eChineseLearning is an incredible tool to help you learn to speak, read, write, and understand Chinese. But is it enough? Even your teachers will tell you, “不够了!” It’s not enough!
The truth is, studying Chinese with your ...


“光棍节 (guānggùn jié) Singles Day” is an unofficial Chinese holiday (and shopping period) that celebrates bachelors, bachelorettes, and single people in general. Young Chinese people take the opportunity to make the most of being single. Always celebrated on November 11th, the holiday falls on a Wednesday this year.
Its origins stem from the fact ...


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