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General Chinese (Advanced Level)

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China is famous over the world for its culture, cooking, and fantastic sceneries. The number of travelers in China has been increasing drastically. Especially in recent years, more and more foreigners have come to China to study Chinese, see beautiful settings, and eat local delicacies. Many of our visitors who wish to stay long term, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

When I first decided to learn Mandarin Chinese, it was mostly because of China’s rising economy and all the business opportunities between China and western countries. However, once I began the language learning process, I became much more interested in Chinese culture and history.
This interest led me to read some of the classic books ...

There is a Chinese character that is used in many phrases. To me it is particularly beautiful, and Chinese it is particularly popular to use. And that character is ”虎 (hǔ) tiger.” (What does “母老虎” mean in China?)
There are many phrases that use this character, but one that is the most interesting of them ...

It’s an exciting time to be in China! The country is changing each year. The role of women in China is evolving and females are gaining skills and qualities that were not common in the past. In many of my Mandarin Chinese classes here in Beijing, we discuss what it means to be a woman ...

It was a lovely summer’s day where I just couldn’t say inside. The beautiful riverside park near my home was calling me. In an unexpected twist that caused the perfect day, I ran into some of my old students playing badminton on the courts. There was one student playing who was very uncoordinated, but so ...

We all decided it would be really funny to prank our teacher for April Fool’s Day. We had painted Easter Eggs as an activity with some local children and they were sitting in the window of our classroom. We thought it would be hilarious to replace the eggs with some baby chicks a classmate had ...

Basketball player 姚明 Yao Ming is the most famous athlete in China’s history. Yao played for the Shanghai Sharks from 1997 to 2002 and then played for the NBA’s Houston Rockets from 2002 to 2011. Standing 7’6” tall (229cm), Yao was dominating in the position of “center” and was elected as an “All-Star” eight times. ...

An old English expression says:
“Most burglaries are committed by casual opportunists”
We all know someone who will step over their neighbors to get what they desire. It happens in every country and every culture, unfortunately. When these opportunistic people take advantage of a situation, in Chinese we call this action “占便宜 (zhàn piányi).” It could ...

By 2017, Chinese citizens will become the world’s largest group of filmgoers worldwide. Each year, since the films “Lost in Thailand” in 2015 and later “The Mermaid in 2016,” Chinese films are breaking box office records each year in China! However, Chinese blockbusters have had a difficult time finding success with American audiences due to ...

A recent study named men in Shanghai as the most submissive, or “henpecked,” in China. The English term “henpecked” is often used to describe these males whose feathers have been “plucked” by their women (his hen). These “henpecked” husbands and boyfriends are controlled by their women, consistently following her demands and advice and often ignoring ...

Has your boat ever “gone under?” We have all been in those doomed situations, sometimes. In English, you may say that you are “done for,” “sunk,” or “have gone to the dogs.” In Chinese, you can say “完蛋了 (wándàn le).” Your business is closing? The bicycle is out of control and will soon crash into ...

Since China’s dramatic and successful hosting of the 2008 Olympic Games “奥运会 (Aoyùnhuì),” the Chinese people have considered The Olympics as a point of pride for their country. The Beijing games, and its colorful opening ceremony, captured the attention of the world and are still the most-watched Olympics in history. After China won 50 gold ...

Beginner Level/初级(chūjí)

Joey: Zuìjìn tiānqì búcuò, zánmen qù páshān ba!
Joey: 最近   天气   不错, 咱们    去    爬山   吧!
Joey: The weather is fine recently. Let’s go hiking!
Amy: Kěshì wǒ juéde tài rè le, háishì gǎitiān qù ba!
Amy: 可是  我  觉得 太 热 了,还是   改天  去  吧!
Amy: I think it’s too hot. Let’s change to a different day!
改天(gǎitiān): v change to a different day

Intermediate ...

The “元宵节 (yuánxiāojié) Lantern Festival” is several days after the Spring Festival. The Lantern Festival, which falls on January 15th of the lunar calendar, is another important traditional festival in China. In the evening of that day, streets are decorated with lanterns and festoons and also filled with the sound of gongs and drums. ...

跨越自己(Kuàyuè Zìjĭ) Surpass Ourselves

—汪国真(Wāng Guózhēn) Wang Guozhen

Wŏmen kěyĭ qīpiàn biéren
我们      可以  欺骗   别人
We can deceive others

Què wúfă qīpiàn zìjĭ
却    无法  欺骗  自己
But can not delude ourselves

Dāng wŏmen zŏu xiàng zhīfányèmào de wŭyuè
当       我们     走   向      枝繁叶茂    的   五月
When we go to ...

Michael Jackson
中国人的迈克尔·杰克逊记忆 ( zhōngguórén de mài kè ěr·jié kè xùn jìyì) Chinese Memories of Michael Jackson

The death of Michael Jackson has shocked his Chinese fans around the world. On June 26, 2009, Chinese students from Beijing held a vigil in memory of Michael Jackson. After his death, Jackson’s Chinese website MJJCN.COM broke down because ...

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