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eChineseLearning picks famous quotes and words of Chinese wisdom that will be a great help with your Chinese learning. From film stars to athletes and political figures, our FREE Quote of the Week resources will help keep you up-to-date on who’s who and why their words carry such great meaning!

“有趣(yǒuqù)” and “有意思(yǒuyìsi)” both mean “funny” or “interesting” in English. Are their usages exactly the same? Let’s find out today.
(1) When expressing something that arouses curiosity or affection: 有趣(yǒuqù) = 有意思(yǒuyìsi)
Examples:
zhège rén hěn yǒuqù/yǒuyìsi.
这个人很有趣/有意思。
This person is funny/interesting.

tā shuōhuà hěn yǒuqù/yǒuyìsi.
他说话很有趣/有意思。
He speaks in a very funny/interesting way.

(2) “有意思(yǒuyìsi)” can also mean that there ...


Please select the correct words and fill in the blanks.
A.再 (zài)

B.又 (yòu)

1. tā ______ yě méiyǒu huílái.
   他 ______ 也没有回来。

2. tā ______ méiyǒu huílái.
   他 ______ 没有回来。

3. míngtiān ______ shì zhōumòliǎo.
   明天 ______ 是周末了。

4. wǒmen míngtiān ______ jìxù tǎolùn.
   我们明天 ______ 继续讨论。

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With the outbreak of coronavirus, people following the news have probably seen the following words pop up over and over, but may be unsure what the difference is: “感染 (gǎnrǎn)” and “传染 (chuánrǎn)”. Today I’ll tell you how to use them.
感染 (gǎn rǎn): infection/infect.

(1) Pathological reactions caused by pathogenic microorganisms and parasites invading the ...


Note:
(1) Both 以前 (yǐqián) and 从前 (cóngqián) can be used to refer to the past.
(2) 以前 (yǐqián) generally refers to a time before now, can be placed at the beginning or the middle of a sentence;
从前 (cóngqián) is always used at the very beginning of a story.
(3) 以前 (yǐqián) can be used after time words ...


Please choose the best option to fill each blank.
A.微信 (Wēixìn)

B.威信 (Wēixìn)

   Wǒ méiyǒu jiā tā de Wēixìn
1. 我没有加他的 ______ 。

   Zhègè rén jīhū méiyǒu wēixìn
2. 这个人几乎没有 ______ 。

   Tā shì yígè jí yǒu wēixìn de rén
3. 他是一个极有 ______ 的人。

   Wǒ shōu dàole yìtiáo wēixìn xiāoxī
4. 我收到了一条 ______ 消息。

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Wúlùn shì guójiā háishì gèrén, zhĭyŏu jiāndìng xìnniàn, míngtiān cái huì gèng měihăo.
“无论   是   国家    还是  个人,只有     坚定     信念,   明天     才 会    更     美好。”
“No matter whether concerning countries or individuals, as long as they continue to keep the faith, all of ...


人物:成龙 (rénwù: chéng lóng) People: Jackie Chan

His devotion to his career
成龙(chéng lóng) Jackie Chan is one of the top 功夫(gōngfu) kungfu stars in the world. As an actor, he is respected for his 敬业(jìngyè) high professional devotion. In movie shooting, he never uses 替身(tìshēn) stuntman and always finishes the dangerous actions by himself. His ...


Kobe is one of the best-known NBA players in China. In 2009, he started writing his Chinese blog on Sina.com, the most popular internet portal in China (disclosure: eChineseLearning is also the only Chinese language provider for Sina). He recently wrote:
Zhōngguó zhēn de shì wŏ zuì xĭhuan de dìfang zhī yī.
“中国         ...


You may never doubt the excellence of Yao Ming on the basketball court. In fact, his wisdom and humor off the court are also quite impressing.
His Wisdom
When he was asked by a Chinese reporter: “are you worried about one day you will be overtaken by a rookie?”
He answered:

Zhè jiùshì bĭsài, xiàng shēnghuó yíyàng, méi ...


Wǒ hái niánqīng, háiyào pīnbó, háiyǒu jīhuì.
我   还     年轻,  还要     拼搏, 还有  机会。

 

I'm still young, I still need to struggle, and I still have a chance. 

—From "刘翔 (Liú Xiáng)  Liu Xiang" on 15th Feb. 2011, when he won third place in the 60mhurdles in Karlsruhe, Germany

 Vocabulary:

年轻 (niánqīng) adj. young

 

机会 (jīhuì)  n. chance

 


Rén de shēnghuó yóu xīndòng hé xíngdòng liǎng gè fāngmiàn zǔ chéng:
人    的   生活         由    心动     和     行动      两    个     方面      组   成:
xīndòng shì xiàngwǎng yuǎnfāng, xíngdòng shì yòng jiǎo zǒuxiàng yuǎnfāng,
心动       是     向往         远方,     行动         是   用    脚     走向       远方,
wǒmen zhǐyǒu bǎ xīn hé jiǎo jiéhé qǐlái, shēngmìng cái néng zǒu de gèng yuǎn.
我们     只有    把 心  和  ...


Wǒmen gòngtóng shēnghuó zài tóng yí gè dìqiú jiāyuán shàng,
我们       共同        生活          在    同 一 个  地球    家园   上,
qǐng zūnzhòng àihù wǒmen de měi yí gè "jiārén."
请    尊重         爱护  我们    的   每  一 个“家人”。

 

We live in the same world, and we should respect and treasure each "member" of this big family.

—From 李连杰 (Lǐ Liánjié) Jet Li, a Chinese ...


Jīyù yídìng dāi zài pàomò lǐ, Facebook gèng xiàng shì pàomò.
机遇一定    呆  在   泡沫  里,Facebook 更     像      是   泡沫。

 

Opportunities must lie in the bubbles, and Facebook is much like a bubble.

—From 宋保强 (Sòng Bǎoqiáng) Song Baoqiang, engaged in IT technology in China.

 Vocabulary:
机遇 (jīyù) n. opportunity

 

泡沫 (pàomò) n. bubble

 

Culture Note:
Renren.com, widely said to be the Chinese version ...


Qíshí chāoyuè zìjǐ degǎnjué shì zuì shuǎng de.
其实    超越   自己  的 感觉    是  最    爽       的。
Xiāngxìn nǐ zìjǐ,suǒyǒu de hǎo chéngji qíshí dōu láiyuán yú zìxìn.
相信     你自己,所有 的   好    成绩     其实  都     来源    于自信。

 

Actually, the best feeling is to exceed yourself. Trust yourself, for all your achievements are from your confidence.

—  From 刘翔 (Liú Xiáng) Liu Xiang, a famous track athlete ...


Kāifàng hé fēnxiǎng bìng bú shì yí gè xuānchuán kǒuhào,
开放      和   分享       并   不  是 一 个   宣传           口号,
yě bú shì yí gè jiǎndān de gàiniàn.
也 不  是 一个   简单    的   概念。
Kāifàng hěn duō shíhou bèi yòng zuò yí gè zī tài,
开放       很    多   时候      被    用   作 一 个 姿态,
dànshì wǒ gèng lǐjiě zhè shì yì ...


Àiqíng shì yìzhǒng xiūxíng, shēnghuó yěshì yìzhǒng xiūxíng, xiūxíng, jiùshì yào xuéhuì
爱情    是   一种       修行,   生活       也是     一种       修行,  修行, 就是  要   学会
miànduì, jiēshòu, kuānróng, lǐjiě, rènmìng.
面对、      接受、    宽容、   理解、认命。

 

Love is cultivation, and life is also cultivation. Cultivation is to learn to face, to accept, to tolerate, to understand and to submit ...


Wǒ rènwéi fūqī yīnggāi wánquán píngděng.
我   认为    夫妻   应该   完全         平等。
Fūqī yìjiàn yíyàng shí tīng zhàngfu de, fūqī yìjiàn bù tóng shí tīng tàitai de.
夫妻 意见   一样   时   听      丈夫  的,夫妻 意见不   同    时  听   太太 的。

 

I think a husband and wife should be equal in all things. When the husband and wife are in ...


Hūnyīn zěnme xuǎn dōu shì cuò de, chángjiǔ de hūnyīn jiùshì jiāngcuòjiùcuò.
婚姻     怎么    选     都    是   错 的, 长久     的    婚姻    就是    将错就错。

 

No matter how you choose to marry, it's a mistake. To stay married long-term is to make the best of the mistake without correcting it.

—A Line from "非诚勿扰2 (Fēi chéng wù rǎo èr) If You Are The ...


Wǒ zìjǐ juéde méiyǒu shénme xīntài shàng de gǎibiàn,
我 自己觉得    没有     什么     心态    上      的    改变,
dāngrán wǒ niánjì yuè lái yuè dà le, kěnéng yuè lái yuè yǒu jīngyàn le,
当然       我   年纪  越 来 越 大 了,可能       越 来 越   有   经验    了,
shēnghuó lǚlì yě yuè lái yuè duō le. Dànshì shíjì shàng, duìdài chuàngzuò,
生活        履历  也 越 ...


Téngxùn cónglái méiyǒu nǎ yì tiān kěyǐ gāozhěnwúyōu.
腾讯        从来       没有   哪 一 天  可以   高枕无忧。
Shí'èr nián lái, wǒmen měi tiān dōu rúlǚbóbīng,
  12     年   来,我们      每  天    都   如履薄冰,
shǐzhōng dānxīn mǒu gè shūlòu suíshí huì gěi wǒmen
始终         担心    某    个  疏漏     随时    会 给    我们 
zhìmìng yì jī, shǐzhōng dānxīn yònghù huì pāoqì wǒmen.
致命     一 击,始终      担心     用户     ...


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