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General Chinese (Intermediate Level)

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In China primary education is tuition-free. According to the Ministry of Education, we have a 99% attendance rate. After graduating primary school students do pay a small tuition fee during middle and high school.
In China test scores are very important. Many, many years ago we used a phrase called: “喝墨水(hē mòshuǐ).” It meant that ...

Bookstores and online stores have begun carrying an increasing amount of “武侠 (wǔxiá)” novels from China. Readers internationally are taking a keen interest in this genre of fantasy literature.
So, what is “wuxia fiction” and why is it gaining in popularity throughout the world? Heroes and protagonists in wuxia novels are considered the “Robin Hood” characters ...

China is one of the most culturally diverse nations on the planet. China has over 56 nationalities and ethnicities. Among those 56 ethnic groups, there are 55 ethnic minorities and one main ethnicity, Han. Although all of the ethnicities live within the same boundaries lines of China, each has its own unique characteristics. Each has ...

Have you ever purchased something spontaneously and then the next day had buyer’s remorse? You are not alone. Many times we are either stressed and want to feel better with a shopping spree or overspend on a brand name just for the sake of having an impressive status symbol. And with the convenience of internet ...

Learning fun Chinese slang which can be applied to, and be used in, a classroom or boardroom setting is one of my favorite things to teach in my Mandarin Chinese classes. One of these Chinese expressions which I find to be very useful is “幺蛾子 (yāo ézi).” Students enjoy the word and we use it ...

I like to introduce my students to common words used in Mandarin Chinese daily life. It’s important to learn words to use correctly in all kinds of social situations.
One such popular Mandarin Chinese vocabulary word is “小看 (xiǎokàn).” What does it mean? Let’s look at each character individually so we can understand it fully:
小 ...

Do you work really hard for the money you earn? In the West, we have different levels of jobs. We separate them by words like “蓝领 (lánlǐng) blue-collar” and “白领 (báilǐng) white-collar” jobs. In China, there are different types of jobs as well, some harder than others.
Do you work as a manual laborer, for ...

Expressing emotion is difficult enough but trying to say how you feel in another language is a whole new challenge. Here is a Chinese slang expression that reveals feelings of frustration and aggravation. For instance, most of us have faced this situation: You are typing a way on your computer and suddenly it freezes. So ...

Chinese Slang is my favorite thing to teach because there is so much meaning contained in the phrases. This week I taught my students two Chinese slang phrases because they contain the same word/character in them.
That character is: 底 (Dǐ).
What does it mean?
底 (Dǐ): bottom, underneath, underside.

You will find this in the first phrase ...

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 ...

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