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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.

Almost without exception, every holiday, especially ones only celebrated in certain parts of the world, have specific foods associated with them. American Thanksgivings feature roast turkey, Greeks prepare lamb for Christmas, and saffron buns are baked for St. Lucia’s Day in Sweden. Chinese holidays are no exception, with the Dragon Boat Festival’s steamed rice dumplings ...


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 ...


Recently, T-shirts with Chinese printed on them have been popping up in many different Western countries worn by everyday people, just as clothes with Chinese elements have appeared in major fashion shows for a long time.
However, clothes that Chinese people would actually wear aren’t made just from throwing together literal translations of words into Chinese ...


When we think of soccer (football), many people think of superstars like Lionel Messi from Argentina or the Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo. But did you know that in 2004, FIFA confirmed that the origins of soccer lie in Chinese Cuju (cù jū 蹴鞠)? Cuju was the earliest soccer-like activity recorded in history?
蹴鞠(cù jū): n. Cuju

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While each successive Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is never the same, there are trends that we can see emerge over and over. This is why reviewing previous exams is useful – when you get used to patterns, question types, and expected areas of knowledge, that frees you up to actually focus on answering the question ...


In ancient China, men and women were not as free as they are now, where they could send gifts to whoever, whenever they wanted to express their feelings. Most marriages were arranged, and often people could only see their spouses once they were married! It was rare for people to meet someone they loved, and ...


While each successive Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is never the same, there are trends that we can see emerge over and over. This is why reviewing previous exams is useful – when you get used to patterns, question types, and expected areas of knowledge, that frees you up to actually focus on answering the question ...


Last time we talked about 5 Mythical Chinese Creatures beyond the world of Chinese dragons and it’s about time you discovered some of the mythical places from Chinese folklore and literature including heaven and hell. Whether these places are real or not, you must decide on your own. But they are places that can ...


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 ...


The term “Mid-Autumn Festival” ( zhōng qiū jié 中秋节 ) was first used in the work “Rites of Zhou”. According to the ancient Chinese calendar, the 15th day of the 8th lunar calendar month marks the middle of autumn, hence the holiday on this day is called the “Mid-Autumn Festival”. Having been celebrated since ...


Answer: (秦 qín)

Analysis:
chūn hé qiū dōu bù rè (dǎ yī zì 打一字)
Neither spring nor autumn are hot (give one character)
春和秋都不热(打一字)
日(rì)和火(huǒ)都跟热(rè)有关,于是去掉,组成一个新字,秦(qín)。
日(rì) and 火(huǒ) are both related to 热 (rè), so they are removed to form a new character, 秦(qín).


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 ...


During this year’s Henan Spring Festival Gala, “Tang Palace Banquet(táng gōng yè yàn 唐宫夜宴)” astounded countless audience members. After the Dragon Boat Festival party, Henan TV’s “Luo Shen Shui Fu(luò shén shuǐ fù 洛神水赋)” also went viral. However, what truly no one saw coming was that Henan TV’s Chinese Valentine’s Day party “Diamond of Dragon ...


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.
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While each successive Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is never the same, there are trends that we can see emerge over and over. This is why reviewing previous exams is useful – when you get used to patterns, question types, and expected areas of knowledge, that frees you up to actually focus on answering the question ...


On August 8, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics concluded. After 17 days of fierce competition, the Chinese team lived up to expectations and again got the gold in this year’s table tennis competition. Expectations? Well, since table tennis was officially added the Olympic Games program in 1988, Chinese teams have taken home the most medals of ...


While each successive Youth Chinese Test (YCT) is never the same, there are trends that we can see emerge over and over. This is why reviewing previous exams is useful – when you get used to patterns, question types, and expected areas of knowledge, that frees you up to actually focus on answering the question ...


Chinese proverbs and idioms distribute old knowledge that has stood the test of time. Many consider them to be absolute truths, or at the very least very compelling words of wisdom, and they are frequently employed to establish a point or used as grounds to win debates. The wonderfully timeless Chinese language has cooked up ...


One of the biggest, but largely unexpected, obstacles to accessing life in China that visitors from abroad face is not a language barrier, hospitality customs, or new flavors – rather, it’s chopsticks! Many people are excited to try the amazing dishes they see in front of them, but if you haven’t had the chance to ...


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