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General Chinese (Intermediate Level)

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!

Beijing is located in the north of China, specifically the North China Plain, and lies adjacent to Tianjin in the East and Hebei in the west. Not only is Beijing a mega city (though with an area of 16,410 km2, and a registered population of 21,893,095, it’s not actually the biggest in China), but you’ve ...


You may have noticed that the workplace is getting more and more diverse or that your classmates have a different cultural background than yourself. It’s about time we talked about more festivals from around the world. Our cultural heritage helps define us and understanding one another’s festivals is a great way to understand how other ...


In China, different regions have different languages, eating habits and lifestyles. In foreign countries, the difference can be even greater with a wide range of ethnic backgrounds due to immigration histories.
One area in particular, bathing habits, is an interesting area to look at. Throughout China there are different approaches to bathing, ranging from quick rinses ...


By now, many people are familiar with “赛龙舟 (sài lóng zhōu) dragon boat racing” and how it has origins in a folk activity meant to commemorate Qu Yuan, a famous poet and politician, in the Warring States Period who drowned himself after being banished by the emperor.

Or perhaps you may have heard about ...


Network Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate love in the information age that takes place over the course of two days, May 20 and May 21, every year, because of the way that these two dates sound in Chinese. “520” sounds like the Chinese for “I love you”, while “521″ has taken on the ...


Have you ever marveled at the phenomenon where the more we have of something, the more we take it for granted? Well, we only have one “行星地球 (xíng xīng dì qiú) planet Earth” so it must be “珍惜 (zhēn xī) cherished” and “ 关心 (guān xīn) cared for” above all else. April 22, 2021, is ...


The day before “圣诞节 (shèngdànjié) Christmas”is considered by most churches to be a part of the Christmas holiday. Many Christians attend midnight mass, leading up to and officially beginning the start of Christmas.
After Christmas Eve, Christmas Day arrives

圣诞节(shèng dàn jié) / 圣诞(shèng dàn): n. Christmas

Examples:
wǒ men yào qù dé guó guò shèng dàn ...


Diego Maradona, who used the “Hand of God” and made the “Goal of the Century” that helped Argentina win the 1986 World Cup, has passed away as the greatest football player of the 20th century. According to several media reports in Argentina, Maradona died of a heart attack at home on November 25th at the ...


China’s food culture has a long history. It embodies the personality and traditions of the Chinese nation, and can play an outsized role in Chinese etiquette.
In China, even our greetings to acquaintances are not, “Hi!” or, “How are you?” but, “你吃了吗 (nǐ chī le ma) Have you eaten yet?” so food can be said to ...


Thanksgiving is coming! It will be a good chance to look back on results of this past year, as well as a good opportunity to thank family, friends and yourself.

A pillar of Chinese culture is that of respect and “感恩 (gǎnēn) gratitude” for what other people do for you, so how do Chinese people express ...


Thanksgiving day is a western traditional festival created by the American people in 1621. Its origins hail from the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans who shared an autumn harvest feast. It is an opportunity to facilitate the family reunion for Americans and gatherings for friends who are too far from family. In the ...


People have a special day set aside for nearly everything it seems. For example, October 25th is World Pasta Day. Well, China also has unique special days, like Standards Day that was celebrated a few days ago on October 14. China’s Standards Day marks the anniversary of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The aim of ...


”万圣节 (wànshèngjié) Halloween” is celebrated on October 31st in many countries around the world, and even though it’s not a Chinese holiday, over the years it has become very popular in China, Taiwan, and other Asian countries and regions. But today we won’t spend much time on the cultural background of this holiday – since ...


Given how packed everyone’s schedules are, it’s become imperative that we “plan” or “make plans” in order to get everything done that we need to do, and see everyone who we need (or want) to see. It’s probably this way in your country, and it’s definitely this way in China. Enter: 安排.
As a noun, 安排(ānpái) ...


Have you heard the expression, “盘他(pán tā)”?
The expression was made popular by a TikTok video where the speaker said, “Don’t mind what he is, 盘他(pán tā). Everything can be ‘盘’, just ‘盘’”.
What does that mean?
Let’s talk about 盘(pán) first.

Now, you may have seen the word 盘(pán) before in the context of eating. For example: 一盘菜(yī pán cài). This literally means, ...


“斜杠青年(xiégāng qīngnián),” or, “Slashers”, are people who make multiple income streams simultaneously from different careers.

“斜杠(xiégàng)” literally means “slash” in English, and refers to the “/” (particularly the key on the computer keyboard). The term was coined by Marci Alboher, a New York Times columnist, in her book One Person/Multiple Careers, in which she used “slashers” ...


Did you know that the Chinese language is changing at an unbelievable pace? Don’t worry, you will still be able to speak using everyday conversation words and phrases. The rapid change that you need to keep up with, however, is on the internet and with the ever-evolving world of slang. Slang is not only fun, ...


Autumnal Equinox is the 16th of the 24 solar terms, which is generally from September 22nd to 24th on the Gregorian Calendar. The highest point of the sun continues to move south after the autumnal equinox so that the days are short and the nights are longer in the northern hemisphere while the southern hemisphere ...


Suppose you see the following scene transpire between two friends:
Friend A:
yīqǐ qù páshān ma?
一起去爬山吗?
Want to climb a mountain?

Friend B:
(lüè dài jīngkǒng de) bùle bùle
(略带惊恐的)不了不了
(Slightly frightened) No no no…

If you’re not from China, you might be confused – why is this something to panic about?

Let me break it down for you!
Recently, the ...


The seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar is the Chinese Qixi Festival, meaning it falls on August 25 this year.The Qixi Festival symbolizes love, a day of romantic celebration between individuals and their significant others.
The festival is based on the legend of a cowherd and a weaver girl who designated this ...


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