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Chinese Learning Tools

eChineseLearning not only gives you the most effective learning methods, but also recommends the most useful study tools for your Mandarin learning journey. In this special edition, beyond giving you specific tools to help you master Chinese, we are going to introduce an essential kitbag of things you might need while traveling in China or living in China. Read on, and you will find everything you could possibly need in order to practice and perfect your Chinese in any given situation or scenario.

Sleep is as important for good health as diet and exercise. However, in this day and age, many people, especially the younger generations enjoy staying up late at night. Normally we call these people “night owls”. Do you know how to say it in Chinese?
In Chinese, night is translated to “yè (夜)”, and “owl” translated ...


Have you heard of “Liú gēng hóng nǚ hái (刘畊宏女孩)” before? What is “Liú gēng hóng nǚ hái (刘畊宏女孩)” exactly?
During the home quarantine in Shanghai amid the COVID pandemic, Liu Genghong, aka Will Liu, a 49-year-old singer from Taiwan went viral for his workout live streams. He has been working out for over 30 years ...


Every culture values gift-giving as a way to strengthen relationships and build alliances. The Chinese people are no exception to this practice. But choosing an ideal gift is never easy, and there are even some taboos in countries like China. In this article, we’ll give you some useful tips on what gifts you should avoid ...


Levi is a middle school student from Chicago studying in Hong Kong now. One day, he and his mother went to a restaurant for lunch. He noticed that there were no bowls on the table, so he said to the waiter: “Nǐhǎo, máfán gěi wǒ èr gè wǎn. (你好,麻烦给我们二个碗。)” The waiter smiled and said: “Èr ...


Yesterday, Xiao Hong wanted to go shopping with one of her friends Xiao Lan, and they made an appointment to meet each other at the diàn tī (电梯) elevator in a shopping mall. Later she waited for Xiao Lan at the diàn tī (电梯) elevator, but only to find Xiao Lan did not show up ...


Daniel from Melbourne told his Chinese teacher, Ms. Belina in class, “Wǒ zuótiān tīqiú dào shù shànɡ. (我昨天踢球到树上。)” Belina knew that Daniel wanted to say he kicked the ball on the tree, but he didn’t express it correctly. So she taught him that the correct way to say it should be, “Zuótiān wǒ bǎ qiú ...


Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival, falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month each year. In September 2009, the festival became China’s first to be chosen for UNESCO’s world intangible cultural heritage list. There are a wide variety of celebrations which demonstrate athletic prowess and local folk traditions.

Jié rì (节日): n. Festival

...


Apps in China can do almost everything, from buying plane and train tickets to ordering food and even acting as a bank card. Do you know what popular and useful apps are used in daily life in China? Have you used Chinese apps before?
In this article, we’ll share some of the most popular and useful ...


Tina is a 6-year-old girl in New York who is preparing for her school’s Children’s Day performance recently. She is eager to show her classmates what she has learned in Chinese and wants to have a great time with her friends. So we made a video to teach her a Chinese children’s song that she can sing ...


Sara from LA reached out to us recently to find a solution for her daughter Mia’s struggles with basic pronunciation. For example, “jīdàn (鸡蛋) egg” and “zǐdàn (子弹) bullet” would be pronounced the same. As the majority of new learners do, she was creating the same sounds for the “j” as she did for the ...


In last article, we introduced several popular film genres in China: Animation, Documentary and Action Movie to you. Which one is your favorite so far? In this passage, we’ll continue to let you learn more about China’s movies.

1. War Movies Key Vocabulary
Zhàn zhēng piān (战争片) War Movie

Nǐ xǐ huān kàn zhàn zhēng piān ma?
你 喜  欢    看  ...


Vanna from Sydney recently told us that it was a good break since kids are no longer engaged in online model at home. After many countries removed their restrictions, parents and children have returned to work and school, yet it noticeably has taken everyone some extra effort to become readjusted. Parents have noted resistance from ...


It’s almost summer time in China. Many Chinese would go out to enjoy great food with family or friends at night. One of the most popular choices is “shāo kǎo(烧烤)”, Chinese barbecue, a kind of food that belongs to the night.

烧烤 (Shāo kǎo): n. Barbecue

Examples:
No.1:
Zhōng guó de shāo kǎo hěn bàng.
中      ...


Rachel from New York recently told us that her daughter Nancy sang a Chinese song to her: “Shì shànɡ zhǐ yǒu mā ma hǎo, yǒu mā de hái zi xiànɡ kuài bǎo. (世上只有妈妈好,有妈的孩子像块宝。)” After understanding the meaning of the lyrics, the mother was surprised and so moved. It turned out that because Mother’s Day was ...


Meals and banquets are an important aspect of doing business in China, where they are used to form business deals, build relationships and show respect. That’s why people always say that “It’s at the business dinner table that business would actually be discussed.”
Given the hierarchical nature and business culture of Chinese, business etiquette at the ...


Can you rearrange the words below to form correct sentences?
This is a good way to enhance your Chinese language ability.

Let’s give it a try!

Past Exam Question Practice

  fēi chánɡ      hé       tánɡ        tián       nà
1. A. 非 常      B. 盒 ...


Nǐ xǐ huan kàn diàn yǐng ma? (你喜欢看电影吗?) Do you like watching films? Today I will introduce some movies suitable for learning Chinese as well as some useful words and phrases to talk about them.

Key Vocabulary
1. Diàn yǐng (电影) Movie/film

2. Nán yǎn yuán (男演员) Actor

3. Nǚ yǎn yuán (女演员) Actress

...


Every year citizens around the world get the option to celebrate International Workers’ Day, also known as Labour Day or May Day, by relaxing. Those who put in the time at work can look back at all the sacrifices they’ve made, all of the meetings, hard days, demotions, perhaps promotions, and everything that comes with ...


Here is the translation of the test at the beginning of the article:
zhāng lěi gěi lǐng dǎo sòng hóng bāo shí,èr rén de duì huà pō yǒu yì si。
张       磊  给  领    导    送      红     包  时,二  人  的  对  话   颇   有 意 思。
When Zhang Lei gave ...


Victor has been learning Chinese for more than five years, and he’s quite proud of his Chinese. But he failed an exam recently with only one question on the test paper: Please explain each “意思 (yì si)” in the dialogue (The answer can be found at the end of the article).

zhāng lěi gěi lǐng dǎo ...


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