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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 ...


While there are a few parts of China known even outside the country for their fiery gustatory preferences (New Yorkers may recognize the names ‘Szechuan Mountain House’ or ‘Hunan Bistro’), what many non-Chinese people don’t realize is that people in most parts of China love spicy food. Before we get into eight (8!) spicy classics, ...


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 ...


If you were to Google “confusing things about Chinese”, you’d get approximately 39,100,000 results (trust us, we just tried). There are a lot of aspects of learning the language that might trip you up, things like pronunciation, writing characters, all the different ways to say “grandparent”, and more, but today we wanted to have some ...


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 ...


Not all foods are easy to appreciate. Some foods are more of an “后天习得的品味 (hòu tiān xí dé de pǐn wèi) acquired taste”. That means someone has an appreciation for something unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it. It is the opposite of innate taste, which is ...


What day do children look forward to all year in China? If you think it’s their birthday, think again!
Tuesday, June 1st 2021 is when International Children’s Day is this year. If you ask any Child in China, they will often tell you that Children’s Day is a time when they go to the movies for ...


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 ...


All Chinese idioms have an elaborate origin story with an important moral imbedded within the heart of it and “Lord Ye Loves Dragons” is no exception.
This Chinese idiom story in particular was told by 颛孙师 Zhuān sūn shī, also known as 子张 Zi Zhɑng.  He was a prominent disciple of Confucius, who accompanied Confucius in ...


Recently, the Ministry of Education issued the international standard for Chinese education. This was the first standard for foreign Chinese students by the National Committee on language and culture. The levels were divided into level three and level nine. The international standard for Chinese education will officially be implemented as of July 1, 2021.

According to ...


“We’re going to make a difference in the world. We’re tired of working for nothing. We’ve never had time to think about it just because we’re paid for a living. We want to smell the flowers, we want to bask in the sun, we believe: God only allows an eight hour working day. We gathered ...


It’s a topic covered in textbooks in language classrooms everywhere: “How to great someone from X-country or Y-culture”. Today we’re going to take you through rules and customs of different people, some more tongue-in-cheek in their seriousness and others we hope are informative. Whether or not you really learn something new, we hope you come ...


“A room without books is like a body without a soul. “
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
“Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.”
- Hermann Hesse
“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
- Jhumpa Lahiri

April 23rd is World Book Day (世界读书日shì ...


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 ...


Muslim Ramadan
Ramadan refers to the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is called Ramadan in Arabic. According to Islamic doctrine, Ramadan is a grand, festive, auspicious, and noble month.because it was this month that Allah handed down the Koran to Muslims.
1. Ramadan
The beginning and end of Ramadan are based on the appearance of the ...


In major cities across China, employees have returned to offices, students are situated in their school desks, and crowds congregate outside of restaurants during the dinner rush. While wearing a surgical mask, although it’s no longer mandated outside of subways and other congested places, has become a habit in many ways, normal life has resumed ...


The Songkran Festival in Thailand is also known as the “Water Festival”. It lasts three days beginning on April 13 each year and is an important festival in Thailand. The Thai Songkran Festival represents cleansing of evil, misfortune and sin, as well as the beginning of the new year and all things good.

1. History of ...


5 Psychological Phenomena You Probably Haven’t Heard About
“Psychological phenomena” is often kind of just a fancy way to refer to reasons behind human interactions, and ways to describe the cause-and-effect relationships between actions and reactions. It’s important to keep in mind that this terminology is neither positive nor negative, but often examples ARE interesting.
Additionally, being ...


Tomb Sweeping Day: The Basics
What do people do on Tomb Sweeping Day?
Qingming Festival (清明节 qīng míng jié), also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, is a traditional Chinese festival. Tomb sweeping and ancestor worship, the two main traditional customs of the holiday, have been passed down in China since ancient times.

On this day, not only ...


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