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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 musical.ly.” 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.

Example:
Tā de nán péngyǒu yánzhí hěn gāo.
她的男朋友颜值很高。
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 ...


Key Words (Preview)
嫦娥 (Cháng’é) the goddess of the moon in Chinese folklore
Know About a Chinese Legend: 嫦娥奔月 (Cháng’é BēnYuè) Chang’e Flies to the Moon

The Chang’e 4 Lunar Probe’s First Soft Landing

The universe is a very mysterious place for which all human beings are full of infinite yearning, and the moon is the nearest satellite ...


(The picture source: www.nipic.com)

贴福字 (Tiē fú zì) Pasting “Fu” Upside Down

Challenge a Chinese Mini-test: 福气 (Fúqì)

Key Learning Points (Preview):
春节 (Chūnjié): n. Spring Festival / Chinese New Year

爷爷 (Yéye): n. grandpa

说 (Shuō): v. to say

Culture Note:
It is a Chinese custom to paste “Fu” upside down on the doors or walls in ...


Key Words: (Preview)
早点 (Zǎodiǎn) Breakfast

点心 (Diǎnxīn) Dim Sum; Dessert; Light Refreshments; Pastries

What is Dim Sum?
So what is “点心 (diǎnxīn) Dim Sum?” This style of Chinese food is well-known throughout all of China and is prepared in small bite-sized portions, usually served with tea and altogether forms a full breakfast or ...


What Exactly Is “春运 (Chūnyùn)?”
Literally translated this word means “Spring movement,” and that’s kind of what it is! The word comes from an abbreviation in Chinese that refers to “春节期间的交通运输 (chūnjié qījiān de jiāotōng yùnshū) the transportation during Spring Festival.”
There is a rush that happens where every means of transportation is flooded with people ...


(The picture source: www.nipic.com)

Chinese mythical creatures have captured the imagination of anyone who has ever seen a Chinese movie or Chinese literature. Unfortunately, most people only know about dragons.
How to Write the Chinese Character: 龙 (Lóng) Dragon
There are many magical creatures with supernatural powers in Chinese mythology. They can be either merciful or malignant, beautiful ...


“看漫画,学中文” (Kàn mànhuà, xué zhōngwén) (Part Two)

Hi! Li Li, here again, to show you some comics about the differences between Western and Eastern cultures! If you read my previous blog, you already know I’ve been studying abroad for several months and I shared three cultural differences with “漫画 (mànhuà) comics” to ...


Some students often ask what in the world “花 (huā)” really means! “花 (huā)” is one of those words used in all sorts of different contexts with many different meanings. Of course, there’s the basic meaning of “一束花 (yí shù huā) a bouquet of flowers.” Then there’s the meaning to “to spend.” I think of ...


The word for mischievous or naughty child in Chinese is composed of “熊 (xióng)” which means bear and “孩子 (háizi)” which means kid, or child. Put those together and you get “熊孩子 (xióng háizi).”

Let’s break down the word.

熊 (Xióng) bear

(Nursery Rhyme – 三只小熊 (Sān zhī xiǎoxiónɡ) Three Little Bears)

孩子 (Háizi) kid, child

(Chinese ...


Kàn mànhuà, xué zhōngwén
看漫画,学中文
Learn Chinese While Reading Comics (Part One)

It’s tough being a foreigner in a strange country! Not only is the language completely different, but the customs are totally different a lot of the time too.

I’m from Beijing and my name is Sun Li. There’s the first problem. My family name is Sun. ...


You may not know him, but you must have posted or seen him on social media. His name is Gavin Thomas, a cute 7-year-old American child and at the same time one of the online celebrities in China in recent days.
His smile is a perfect blend of embarrassment and politeness, unnaturalness and grace, pride and ...


A Unique Christmas Gift – 24 Magical Chinese Coins

PartⅠ: 平安夜送苹果 (Píng’ān yè sòng píngguǒ) Give Apples on Christmas Eve

A common Christmas present in China is apples wrapped in beautiful gift wrapping—Christmas with a Chinese flavor. Giving apples on Christmas Eve is an interesting custom that can be seen in China. So why apples? Chinese ...


“美 (Měi) Beauty” is not an absolute, inflexible concept. There are differences between the understanding and pursuit of beauty between the East and the West. For Chinese, among many standards of beauty, fair skin is a rather important “标准 (biāozhǔn) criterion” to judge “外貌 (wàimào) appearances,” and how to whiten is also a daily life ...


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