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General Chinese (Intermediate Level)

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One of my favorite Mandarin Chinese conversation classes to teach is debate. When my classes have friendly debates about social issues or cultural differences, it gives Chinese learners a chance to think critically and also learn and apply some important, everyday Mandarin expressions to the discussion. Today, I will teach you one of these important ...

My Chinese class is never dull! My students always keep me on my toes and laughing with their funny mistakes and their funny ways of learning.
One of my favorite “Daily Mandarin” classes was when one of my students was practicing conversational Chinese. He wanted to say a normal, everyday sentence, which was:
“Mom went to walk ...

In a previous article, I introduced Chinese songs for children and adults to learn if you are a beginner to intermediate level learner of Mandarin Chinese. In today’s article I will suggest some songs that are more suitable for advanced learners of Chinese.
Singing songs together is one of the most popular pastimes for Chinese people. ...

Because the internet is changing the world on a daily basis, it is also changing the way we converse with one another. Yes, our language is changing! You can see it in English with words like “fitspo”-a combination of fitness and inspiration, which is used to motivate you to keep in shape.
With the onset of ...

When teaching my foreign students the importance of using the correct Mandarin Chinese speaking tones, I often use the example of “问 (wèn) ask” and “吻 (wěn) kiss” to show how a change of tone can completely change the meaning of a word. This speaking mistake can create an embarrassing situation. Today, I will introduce ...

谢志强, 选自《中国当代小小说精品库》第三册(“秋之卷”)1996
生词 (shēngcí) Vocabulary
1. 隆重 (lóngzhòng): adj. grand; solemn; ceremonious.

2. 惊愕 (jīng’è): adj. stunned; stupefied.

3. 恐慌 (kǒnghuāng):adj. panic; scare; terrified.

4. 招兵买马 (zhāo bīng mǎi mǎ): v. raise or enlarge an army; recruit followers.

5. 粗犷 (cūguǎng): adj. rough; rude; boorish.

6. 寻觅 (xúnmì): v. seek; look for.

1. 随着情节的发展,故事中人与人之间的关系发生了什么变化?这些变化揭示了什么道理?
2. 作者如何通过各种文学表现手法的运用来更有效地传达作品的寓意?
Further ...

Something students learning Chinese should know is that learning just the language isn’t enough—one must also study Chinese culture. Every culture has its own morals and societal frameworks that the citizens find very important to uphold. If a Chinese student misses these, then living in China—even knowing Chinese—can present some problems. A place to start ...

As a Mandarin Chinese teacher, I’ve noticed that many of my foreign students use Chinese in conversation as much as possible, but by instinct they will usually use English or other non-Chinese expressions such as “oh my god!”, “just a minute” or “thank goodness!” when they suddenly need them to express their feelings. It’s instinct, ...

In both English and Mandarin Chinese we use the phrase “pulling my leg(s)”. However, the two expressions have different meanings and uses in the two languages.
In English, you can use “pulling my leg” as a way to say that you’re joking or telling lies in a humorous way:
“He told me we’d be meeting Lady Gaga, ...

All languages often use animals as metaphorical representations of a person’s character or temperament. In English, phrases such as “stubborn as a mule” and “eyes of a hawk” are easily used and understood in everyday conversation. The Chinese language is no different!
Today’s blog focuses on the phrase “翅膀硬了 (chìbǎng yìng le)”, which literally translates to ...

There is an old English expression that describes people as sometimes being:
“Packed like sardines in a tin.”
Eventually, this expression was shortened down to the adjective “packed”, which is now the most likely-used word to describe a crowded place, or the scenario of people “cramming” into somewhere of interest and activity.
In Chinese, we can describe a ...

Halloween in China

Halloween is coming up soon on 31st of October this year! People in China call it 万圣节(wànshèngjié), where people use 南瓜(nánguā) pumpkins to carve all kinds of funny faces and shapes to ward off evil spirits. Many colleges in China hold parties in which students wear 面具(miànjù) masks and clothes that they design ...

He broke the sales record this month. She got the scholarship from Princeton University. You are ready to compliment them: “Good job!”

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In the west, there are two common forms of washing: showering or taking a bath. There is this same difference in China over “洗澡(xǐzǎo) bathing,” except instead of it being a preference for one or the other that decide how one bathes, it is if you live in the north or south. That is ...

"大材小用 (dàcáixiǎoyòng)" literally means "to use big materials to do small things." It is used now to express that talented people are being misused.
Key Learning Point (Preview):
大材小用 (dàcáixiǎoyòng) to waste one's talent on a petty job



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Nánsòng mò, Jīnguó búduàn nán qīn. Xīn Qìjí cānjiāle kàng jīn yìjūn.
南宋        末, 金国    不断     南   侵。辛弃疾 参加了  抗   金 义军。
At the ...

"得寸进尺 (décùnjìnchǐ)" means that if you give someone an inch, they will take a mile. Nowadays, people usually use this expression to describe someone who is very greedy.

Key Learning Point (Preview):

得寸进尺(décùnjìnchǐ) If give someone an inch, he will take a mile.


Idiom Story:

Zhànguó mò qī,   qī xióng zhēng bà. Qízhōng Qínguó hěn qiángdà, bìng túmóu tǒngyī ...

Love is in the air, and if you’re like many people, that means you’ve got one or two wedding invitations headed straight for your mailbox. As if deciding what to gift newlyweds isn’t hard enough, in China there are some culture-specific taboos. You’ll want to be aware of before you get shopping.
Two is Always Better ...

雪中送炭 (xuězhōngsòngtàn) To offer fuel in snowy weather

Key Learning Points (Preview):

木炭 (mùtàn) n. charcoal  


品尝 (pǐncháng) v. taste



Sòngcháo de shíhou, Sòng Tàizōng Zhào Guāngyì shì yígè guānxīn qióngkǔrén de huángdì. 
宋朝         的  时候,    宋太宗         赵    光义     是  一个 关心       穷苦人      的  皇帝。
Zhao Guangyi was an emperor who cared a lot for the poor in the Song Dynasty.


Yǒu ...

The Chinese idiom “猴年马月(hóunián mǎyuè)” literally means “monkey year, horse month” and is causing a lot of excitement on social media in China. Following the cycle of the 12 Chinese zodiacs, every 12 years is the year of the monkey. In accordance with this, each of the 12 months is assigned one of the zodiac. ...

“拼(pīn)” means “to put together” or “piece together.” When you see someone spare no effort to do something, you can remark that he is very “拼(pīn).” When used for this meaning, “拼(pīn)” is used as an adjective or a verb, meaning to strive or struggle for something.

pīnchē/pīntuán/ pīndān
拼车/       拼团/      拼单

The character “拼(pīn)” can be used ...

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