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1.Apple launches new products
Every fall, the tech community holds its collective breath in anticipation of Apple releasing its new line of products and gadgets. Will smartphones keep getting larger? Is there a new type of wearable device to keep track of your busy life? Will batteries last for longer than 4 hours?

One word that we ...


Suppose you see the following scene transpire between two friends:
Friend A:
yīqǐ qù páshān ma?
一起去爬山吗?
Want to climb a mountain?

Friend B:
(lüè dài jīngkǒng de) bùle bùle
(略带惊恐的)不了不了
(Slightly frightened) No no no…

If you’re not from China, you might be confused – why is this something to panic about?

Let me break it down for you!
Recently, the ...


We’re all guilty of it in some form or another. It ranges from innocently angling your phone higher to make yourself appear smaller to spinning around in pursuit of the most flattering light to conceal a not-so-perfect complexion. On the extreme end, however, is what is commonly called “PS (Photoshop)” in Chinese. Some Chinese netizens ...


“杀(shā)” means to cause the death of someone or something and, generally speaking, it’s used very similarly to the way “kill” is in English.
杀人(shārén): v. kill/murder

Examples:
shārén fànfǎ
杀人犯法。
It’s illegal to kill.

tā shārén le.
他杀人了。
He killed someone.

Given the popularity of the game 王者荣耀(wángzhě róngyào) in recent years, there’s a large chance you’ve heard the announcement, ...


When it comes to food, the list of famous Chinese dishes, from Peking duck, to Mapo tofu, to Chongqing hot pot, to Dongpo pork belly and more, is nearly endless.

However, with so many foods imported from abroad to meet the demands of Chinese diners, the importance (and subsequent trending online) of nucleic acid testing has ...


“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 ...


Recently, girl groups and boy groups are very popular in China.When it comes to the “女团(nǚ tuán) all-girl pop group”, everyone imagines a young, beautiful girl who can sing and dance. Recently, however, a special all-girl pop group appeared in everyone’s field of vision. They are a group comprised of 30-plus sisters who want ...


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 ...


There are so many new trending slang words that it’s hard to keep up, but this one has been popular in China for several years and we think it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Therefore it’s useful to know: “表情管理 (biǎo qíng guǎn lǐ) facial expression management.”
表情管理 (biǎo qíng guǎn lǐ): facial expression ...


It is common to see many carts like the one in the video set out along the street selling breakfast each morning. A traditional breakfast, 煎饼果子(jiānbǐng guǒzi), is made up mainly of a fried flour and egg batter, with chopped green onions, lettuce and soy sauce. You can also ask for hot sauce for a ...


New Movie
非常完美(fēicháng wánměi) Sophie’s Revenge

Watch the movie
The new movie 非常完美(fēicháng wánměi)
Sophie’s Revenge, released on Aug.14th, 2009,
is a new kind of romantic comedy with a global vision. It stars Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing together with Peter Ho, and South Korean actor Ji-seob as the male lead. It is “a war to win love” ...


歇后语(Xiē hòu yǔ)Chinese Allegories
Two-part allegorical saying (of which the first part, always stated, is descriptive, while the second part, often unstated, carries the message)
Báyuè shí wŭ de yuèliang—zhèngdàguāngmíng
八月    十  五 的    月亮    —    正大光明
The moon on Mid-Autumn Festival—fair and square

Báyuè shí wŭ kàn guìhuā—huāhăoyuèyuán
八月    十  五  看    桂花 ...


早点(zăodiăn) Breakfast; Coming Early

Advanced level/高级 gāojí

Nĭmen zhōngguó díquè shì yí gè qínfèn de mínzú.
A: 你们     中国       的确    是  一  个  勤奋  的   民族。
You China really are a diligent nation.

Nĭ zěnme kàn chū lái de?
B: 你 怎么   看    出  来 的?
How do you ...


Where does it originate from?

As early as the Yuan Dynasty, herders were proud of raising horses. When horse herders encountered one another, they would often pat the buttocks of the others’ horse and say, “What a good horse!” to fawn on the owner of the horse. At first, people only praised truly good horses, but ...


夜店(yèdiàn) One Night in Supermarket

Introduction
夜店(yèdiàn) One Night in Supermarket is a new movie (released on July 24th, 2009) that has been receiving rave reviews. Because the production costs were low, but the gross was high, this film has widely become known as “The Gross Dark Horse.” Why is it so popular? ...


巩俐(Gǒng Lì) Gong Li and her “New Nationality”

Finishing with the sentence “We are of Singaporean identity now,” Chinese actress Gong Li became Singaporean on 9th Nov in 2008 in the formal swearing-in ceremony 宣誓仪式(xuānshì yíshì) in Singapore. Since then it has become a hot topic among people all over China. Gong Li is a ...


大内密探零零狗(dànèi mìtàn Líng Línggŏu) A Spy Called Ling Ling Gou in the Imperial Palace

大内密探零零狗(dànèi mìtàn Líng Líng Gŏu) A Spy Called Ling Ling Gou in the Imperial Palace is a romantic comedy with 无厘头(wúlítóu), an absurd-humor style. It is a hot movie released in August, 2009. Many Chinese people enjoy this movie, finding it ...


Are you familiar with Chinese ghost story? Have you heard the famous novel 《聊斋志异》Strange Tales of a Lonely Studio? Learn Chinese with echineselearning cast to get into another world. Listen to how we talk about the movie showing recently. Don’t be afraid, you may find some popular words in this Chinese learning cast. Learn Chinese today!
Dialogue: ...


Instructions: Fill in the blanks

Hints:

Horizontal:
⑴a cadre
⑵life
⑶strength
⑷quantity, amount
Vertical:
①work on something
②be angry with something
③power
④mathematics
The answer key will be in the next issue.
Answer keys to the crossword in the previous issue (Jun 24, 2009):

Horizontal:
⑴出(chū)
⑵女(nǚ)
⑶童(tóng)
Vertical:
①出(chū)
②房(fáng)
③女(nǚ)
④童(tóng)


炒鱿鱼 (chăo yóu yú) Get fired
In China, when people are fired by their boss, they often like to say “我被炒鱿鱼了(wŏ bèi chăo yóu yú le) I am fired.” If foreigners hear this phrase for the first time, they may not understand. Now take a look at the following explanations: Why say so? “炒鱿鱼(chăo ...


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