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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.

Hi dear friends, long time no see! Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner! Have you prepared roast turkeys yet? Thanksgiving is a traditional festival in the Western world, but do you know there are also some festivals about expressing gratitude in China?

Gǎn ēn jié
感恩节
Thanksgiving Day

Gǎn ēn jié kuài lè!
感恩节快乐!
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Gǎn ...


Learn Chinese online anywhere and anytime! If you or your children are interested in learning the language, you can find suitable Chinese lessons based on different age groups on our website. You will find Chinese learning can be so fun!

With this year’s Thanksgiving Day just around the corner, are you already preparing delicious meals and ...


Learn Chinese online anywhere and anytime! If you or your children are learning this language, then you can find suitable Chinese lessons based on different age groups on our website. Among all the methods, singing is one of the best ways to learn Chinese regardless of age. Today your children will learn a song – ...


Besides barbecue, you can also see a lot of appealing food or snacks in the streets of China in hot summer days. Do you know what else Chinese people like to eat in summer? Starting from this article, we’re going to introduce to you three snacks that Chinese people love to enjoy in this season. ...


There is an old saying in China that goes, “Food is the paramount necessity of the people”. In the last article, we introduced to you that in China, it is OK to “chī (吃)” something that is not food, and we believe that you won’t be surprised when you hear someone say chī shí táng ...


What kind of Chinese food do you like best? Is it Mapo Tofu (Stir-Fried Tofu in Hot Sauce), Beijing Roast Duck or Yuxiang Rousi (Shredded Pork with Spicy Garlic Sauce)? But do you know that in Chinese, you can also “chī shí táng (吃食堂) eat a canteen”?
You may wonder, why a canteen could be “eaten”?
In ...


Some say Chinese is the most difficult language to learn, while others think the opposite, as in Chinese, all gender pronouns are generally called “tā”, while in some languages like German, there are at least nine.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to gender pronouns in Chinese. Here are some sentences for you to better learn ...


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

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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      ...


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