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People have a special day set aside for nearly everything it seems. For example, October 25th is World Pasta Day. Well, China also has unique special days, like Standards Day that was celebrated a few days ago on October 14. China’s Standards Day marks the anniversary of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The aim of ...


”万圣节 (wànshèngjié) Halloween” is celebrated on October 31st in many countries around the world, and even though it’s not a Chinese holiday, over the years it has become very popular in China, Taiwan, and other Asian countries and regions. But today we won’t spend much time on the cultural background of this holiday – since ...


Halloween is almost here, and you know what that means — it’s prank time! Whether you’re the one jumping out with a, “Boo!” or jumping back with an, “Aah!” things are gonna get scary. Good news is, after you read this article today, Chinese won’t be nearly as scary as you might think it is!
Words ...


The date of “重阳节 (chóng yáng jié)” is September 9th of the Lunar Calendar, and in English which it is called the Double Ninth Festival. As shown in previous articles, Tomb-sweeping day, New Year’s Eve, Zhongyuan Festival (July 15th in Lunar), and Double Ninth Festival are all traditional festivals for worshiping ancestors.
In The Book of ...


As the old saying goes: The master teaches the trade, but the apprentice’s skills are self-made (师(shī)傅(fù)领(lǐnɡ)进(jìn)门(mén),修(xiū)行(xínɡ)靠(kào)个(ɡè)人(rén)). In language learning, the mentor’s and the learner’s effort are the two most important things, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make the most of the tools at their disposal. As a Chinese teacher all these years, I have always kept an eye out ...


Given how packed everyone’s schedules are, it’s become imperative that we “plan” or “make plans” in order to get everything done that we need to do, and see everyone who we need (or want) to see. It’s probably this way in your country, and it’s definitely this way in China. Enter: 安排.
As a noun, 安排(ānpái) ...


Have you heard the expression, “盘他(pán tā)”?
The expression was made popular by a TikTok video where the speaker said, “Don’t mind what he is, 盘他(pán tā). Everything can be ‘盘’, just ‘盘’”.
What does that mean?
Let’s talk about 盘(pán) first.

Now, you may have seen the word 盘(pán) before in the context of eating. For example: 一盘菜(yī pán cài). This literally means, ...


“斜杠青年(xiégāng qīngnián),” or, “Slashers”, are people who make multiple income streams simultaneously from different careers.

“斜杠(xiégàng)” literally means “slash” in English, and refers to the “/” (particularly the key on the computer keyboard). The term was coined by Marci Alboher, a New York Times columnist, in her book One Person/Multiple Careers, in which she used “slashers” ...


Did you know that the Chinese language is changing at an unbelievable pace? Don’t worry, you will still be able to speak using everyday conversation words and phrases. The rapid change that you need to keep up with, however, is on the internet and with the ever-evolving world of slang. Slang is not only fun, ...


Autumnal Equinox is the 16th of the 24 solar terms, which is generally from September 22nd to 24th on the Gregorian Calendar. The highest point of the sun continues to move south after the autumnal equinox so that the days are short and the nights are longer in the northern hemisphere while the southern hemisphere ...


Chinese medicine is nearly as old as Chinese civilization itself. Yet it continues to be used, even in 2020. It is sometimes combined with modern medicine and is said to speed recovery time from illness and injury as well as enhance overall wellbeing. Since well being is becoming more important in western countries, Traditional Chinese ...


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 ...


Everyone used to complain that there wasn’t enough time in a day. Now people just can’t seem to manage time due to their schedules being completely different. It’s not that we are lazy most of the time it’s just that being a manager of your day to day allotted hours is harder than you could ...


The establishment of “教师节(jiào shī jié) Teacher’s Day”, aims to recognize the effort made by teachers in the field of education and falls on September 10th every year.
At the beginning of the new school year (usually September 1st), students would start preparing the activities to show their teacher’s respect.

教师 (jiào shī): n teacher.

Examples:
wǒ shì ...


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 ...


The Ghost Festival “鬼节 (guǐ jié)”, also known as the Hungry Ghost Festival, Mid Year Festival “中元节 (zhōng yuán jié)”, or Yulan Festival is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist festival held in certain East Asian countries.
This festival is known as a traditional Chinese festival that occurs on “July and a half”. The emergence of “July ...


If you love “啤酒(píjiǔ) beer” and know a little about China, then you must also know you can’t miss the Qingdao International Beer Festival.
The Qingdao International Beer Festival is a large-scale celebration that integrates economy, trade, tourism and culture, all with beer as the medium. In fact, it is the largest beer event in Asia!

The ...


The seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar is the Chinese Qixi Festival, meaning it falls on August 25 this year.The Qixi Festival symbolizes love, a day of romantic celebration between individuals and their significant others.
The festival is based on the legend of a cowherd and a weaver girl who designated this ...


“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 ...


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