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eChineseLearning provides a huge number of Chinese resources for Chinese language learners. The materials in this section are designed to teach Chinese to non-native Chinese learners of various skill levels. These basic Chinese language materials are edited by eChineseLearning's professional teaching staff. And best of all, they are totally FREE! If you are interested in learning Chinese, the basic Chinese language resources in this section will be of a great use to you!

Have you ever tried to say something in Chinese only to use the wrong tones and say something completely inappropriate or random? Don’t worry! It happens to every Chinese learner in the beginning.
This is because Chinese has a limited number of syllables, only about 30% of what English has, therefore tones are used to distinguish ...

The wellness movement is alive and thriving as people across the world are beginning to focus more on health more than ever before. One aspect of well-being is traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine (or TCM for short) has developed over thousands of years. It uses mind and body treatments, such as acupuncture and Tai ...

We’ve all used the term “better late than never” to loosely express that it’s perfectly fine to be a bit late, at least sometimes. In Chinese, there’s an idiom that somewhat scolds, or mocks tardiness, or people who put things off until the very last minute.
In Chinese, “临时抱佛脚 (línshí bàofójiǎo)” might be easy for ...

Introducing yourself in a business setting takes practice and finesse. As the economy develops, more and more Chinese companies hire foreign employees. Besides your aptitude for the job, language ability is also vital in a job interview in the current market.
Interview in Chinese is “面试 (miànshì).” Just the mention of the word is enough to ...

Making a correlation between two things you want to say in Chinese often results in nothing but confusion. While the term “more” is often used in English to describe an increase, looking a bit further into this world, which can bring a deeper understanding of the word’s construction and use in daily conversation while speaking ...

During the process of Mandarin Learning, it’s quite common to run into confusing problems that create humorous situations. In that case, we will introduce some learning points through the jokes.
Although they are fun to read about, they also serve as good cautionary stories to learn with a native Chinese teacher so they can explain these ...

April 15th 2019
Jìn rì, “jiǔ jiǔ liù” zài Zhōngguó chéngwéi rèdiǎn huàtí, ā lǐ bā bā、 jīng dōng děng qǐyè de fùzé rén xiāngjì jiù “jiǔ jiǔ liù” fābiǎo kànfǎ.
Recently, “996″ has become a hot topic in China. Alibaba,, and other major companies’ CEOs have responded to the topic in succession.

Suǒ ...

Here we are going to introduce 3 TV shows that are recommended for Chinese language learners. Not only does it train your ear for listening skills but you also get to be exposed to Chinese culture as well. This is a great way to create a more immersive environment and can be a wonderful supplement ...

Chinese slang words are often unheard of when studying the language at a traditional school. There’s a crop of slang words that are used regularly and related to animals. You can describe people, and things using funny and mildly, snarky phrases that are quite common.
Each slang described in this article has a literal meaning, ...

On March, Chinese chairman, Xi Jinping, met with French President, Macron in Nice. During the state visit, chairman Xi received a warm reception as well as a precious gift from the French President.
There is an old Chinese motto, “有朋自远方来,不亦乐乎? (yǒu péng zì yuǎnfāng lái, bú yì lè hū?) Is it not delightful to have ...

In the first part of this two-part article, we learned about the stories of “孟姜女哭长城 (Mèng Jiāng Nǚ Kū ChángChéng) Lady Meng Jiang’s Bitter Weeping” and “梁山伯与祝英台 (Liáng Shānbó Yǔ Zhù Yīngtái) The Butterfly Lovers.”
While in today’s second half, we will go over the remaining two legends, “白蛇传 (BáiShé Zhuàn) Legend of Lady White Snake” ...

Key Words (Preview)
中文 (Zhōngwén) the Chinese language; Chinese

汉语 (Hànyǔ) Chinese (language)

普通话 (Pǔtōnghuà) Mandarin

When it comes to language learning, the popular opinion among non-native Chinese people is that Chinese is one of the most difficult languages in the world, if not the hardest. Some people have the impression that it is nearly impossible ...

Here is the second part of the popular “Top 3 Chinese Street Foods You Have to Try” series that you all have been patiently waiting for. If you want to know more about Chinese street foods favorites, you are sure to find it below. 
In the last food article, we discovered 3 of the street ...

A video community app focused primarily on young people became popular recently in China. It is a social platform for 15-second creative music videos called “抖音 (dǒu yīn) an app similar to” With more and more people using it, songs shared on this app become very popular as well.
One of the Best Travel APP ...

Bargaining is an art and may be very helpful in daily life. At least, it is so often used in most markets and back-street clothes shops. And when you want to bargain over the price with the salesman. “卖家 (mài jiā) The seller” usually use this Chinese phrase “一分钱,一分货 (yì fēn qián, yì fēn huò) ...

Who’s in the mood for love? We’ve got a great blog here for you about some of the most famous Chinese “爱情 (aìqíng) love” stories of all time. These historical tales live on in the hearts of all Chinese people and are essential to know about if you’re in love with Chinese culture and language. ...

As you probably know, the Chinese are food-obsessed people. The topic of conversation often turns to food and most social and business events will take place over a banquet meal, or a simple late-night “大排档 (dàpáidàng) food stand.”
But, did you know which kind of food can be found everywhere in China? Well, let me ...

You may know that “麻将 (májiàng) Mahjong” is the most common form of entertainment during Chinese Spring Festival, but do you know why the Chinese are so keen to play Mahjong instead of other leisure activities like poker? What are the different values and cultural connotations that poker and Mahjong exhibit from Eastern and Western ...

For many foreigners, when they marry into a Chinese family there are a lot of cultural aspects that must be learned in order to be able to fully enjoy their new family.
One of the most important holidays, Chinese New Year, is a great example of how a new Western son-in-law could have a rough ...

Key Learning Points (Preview)
颜值 (Yánzhí): the literal meaning is “the value of a person’s face” but in this instance, we use it to mean how we rate someone’s attractiveness.

Tā de nán péngyǒu yánzhí hěn gāo.
Her boyfriend is so handsome.

When They’re Very Charming Use This Chinese Word “颜值爆表 (YánZhí BàoBiǎo)”

“颜值 (Yánzhí)” is a common ...

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