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Video Lesson: 春节 (chūnjié) Chinese New Year/Spring Festival(Intermediate)

Feb. 3, 2010
As one of the biggest and most important festivals in China, the Chinese New Year is also called "春节 (chūnjié) Spring Festival." This video lesson will teach you words, expressions and grammars related to the Spring Festival. Happy Chinese New Year!
Key Learning Points:

春节 (chūnjié) n Spring Festival

"春 (chūn)" means spring and "节 (jié)" means festival.

Example:

Zhù nǐ chūnjié kuàilè!
祝    你 春 节     快 乐!
Wish you happy Spring Festival!

正在 (zhèngzài) In the process of (doing something or happening)

"正 (zhèng)" literally means main and "在 (zài)" literally means at or exist.

Example:

Nián sān shí wǎnshàng, zhè yìjiārén zhèngzài kàn chūnjié wǎnhuì.
年       三   十     晚  上 ,  这 一家人  正 在       看     春  节     晚  会。
On the eve of the Spring Festival, this whole family was watching the Spring Festival Gala.

放 (fàng) v set off (firecrackers,etc.)

Example:

Guònián fàngpào yào zhùyì ānquán.
过 年        放 炮   要  注意  安全。
We should pay attention to safety issues when setting off firecrackers during the Chinese New Year's celebration.

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