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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!

In last article, we introduced several popular film genres in China: Animation, Documentary and Action Movie to you. Which one is your favorite so far? In this passage, we’ll continue to let you learn more about China’s movies.

1. War Movies Key Vocabulary
Zhàn zhēng piān (战争片) War Movie

Nǐ xǐ huān kàn zhàn zhēng piān ma?
你 喜  欢    看  ...

Meals and banquets are an important aspect of doing business in China, where they are used to form business deals, build relationships and show respect. That’s why people always say that “It’s at the business dinner table that business would actually be discussed.”
Given the hierarchical nature and business culture of Chinese, business etiquette at the ...

Nǐ xǐ huan kàn diàn yǐng ma? (你喜欢看电影吗?) Do you like watching films? Today I will introduce some movies suitable for learning Chinese as well as some useful words and phrases to talk about them.

Key Vocabulary
1. Diàn yǐng (电影) Movie/film

2. Nán yǎn yuán (男演员) Actor

3. Nǚ yǎn yuán (女演员) Actress


Victor has been learning Chinese for more than five years, and he’s quite proud of his Chinese. But he failed an exam recently with only one question on the test paper: Please explain each “意思 (yì si)” in the dialogue (The answer can be found at the end of the article).

zhāng lěi gěi lǐng dǎo ...

If you turn on a popular Chinese TV show or watch a movie, you may find that you can’t understand them completely even if you have passed the most difficult level of HSK. It’s probably because the actors and actresses speak tons of Chinese slang phrases.
Slangs can be complicated to learn because they’re quite informal, ...

Have you heard that the number 4 is unlucky in Chinese? Well, considering we’re giving you 4 new slang expressions to try out, looks like today is actually your lucky day!

1. Carrying the Black Pot
In English, we have the expression “to be thrown under the bus” or “be made a scapegoat”. A scapegoat in Chinese ...

As athletes fulfill their dreams on the slopes of the Winter Olympics every four years, viewers are treated to all manner of “slices of life”. If you’ve been keeping up with eChineseLearning’s explorations of food over the years, from hotpot to “late-night poisonings” to which foods to eat on which holidays, it shouldn’t surprise ...

Sure, we all tune in to the Winter Olympics for amazing athletic feats and accomplishments, but what about the mascots?
These Winter Olympic Games have offered a cute-and-cuddly overload in the forms of Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon, the Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics mascot, respectively. Here’s a fun guide to these lovable and ...

Eileen Gu (谷爱凌 Gǔ Àilíng) may be a new name to many Americans, but the Chinese freestyle skier became a household name leading up to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games (冬奥会 dōng ào huì). Known on the slopes for her daring acrobatic feats, and online for being a model and spokesperson for Tiffany & Company, ...

“致使 (zhì shǐ)” is a word that appears in the seventh lesson of the “New HSK6 Standard Course (Part 1)”. Here’s an example of how it appears:
tā de cū xīn zhì shǐ shì yàn shī bài.
他 的 粗 心  致  使  试  验   失  败。
His carelessness caused the test to fail.

Let’s think about ...

“不 (bù)” and “没 (méi)” are the two most commonly seen and widely used negative adverbs in modern Chinese. They also occupy a very important position in modern Chinese, but unfortunately many students often confuse their meanings. This article will start with an analysis of the different usages, with the goal of helping you understand ...

Recently, Netflix’s original Korean drama “Squid Game” has taken the world by storm. It tells of a group of people who are heavily in debt in real life who participate in a game. The final winner can take home $38 million. Since its release, the series has been a hot topic of conversation around the ...

In ancient China, men and women were not as free as they are now, where they could send gifts to whoever, whenever they wanted to express their feelings. Most marriages were arranged, and often people could only see their spouses once they were married! It was rare for people to meet someone they loved, and ...

On August 8, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics concluded. After 17 days of fierce competition, the Chinese team lived up to expectations and again got the gold in this year’s table tennis competition. Expectations? Well, since table tennis was officially added the Olympic Games program in 1988, Chinese teams have taken home the most medals of ...

Chinese proverbs and idioms distribute old knowledge that has stood the test of time. Many consider them to be absolute truths, or at the very least very compelling words of wisdom, and they are frequently employed to establish a point or used as grounds to win debates. The wonderfully timeless Chinese language has cooked up ...

One of the biggest, but largely unexpected, obstacles to accessing life in China that visitors from abroad face is not a language barrier, hospitality customs, or new flavors – rather, it’s chopsticks! Many people are excited to try the amazing dishes they see in front of them, but if you haven’t had the chance to ...

Have you heard the term “late-night poisoning”? It’s like this:
Imagine it’s the middle of the night and you get home after a hard day of work. As you collapse into bed, you flip open your phone to watch something funny before you go to sleep but suddenly you spot… one of your friends has posted ...

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 ...

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