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Chinese Vocabulary for Learning Languages Part 1 Posted by on Jul 27, 2021

According to the Ethnologue (published by SIL International), there are over 7,000 living languages worldwide: 现在全球有超过7,000种不同的语言。 Xiàn zài quán qiú yǒu chāo guò 7,000 zhǒng bù tóng de yǔyán. Nowadays, there are more than 7,000 different languages in the world. The Chinese word for language is 语言 (yǔ yán). It refers to any language. For example: 一个国家可能有几种地方语言。…

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The Chinese Olympic Delegation Posted by on Jul 20, 2021

Last Wednesday, the Chinese Olympic delegation (中国奥运代表团 zhōng guó ào yùn dài biǎo tuán) for the Tokyo 2020 Games was gathered for a meeting in Beijing. The entrance of the General Administration of Sports of China, where the expedition meeting was held, was decorated with slogans. One of the slogans was: 拿道德的金牌,     ná dào dé…

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Xi Jinping’s Controversial Speech Posted by on Jul 14, 2021

As I mentioned in my last post, Beijing recently held a massive celebration for the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (中国共产党 zhōng guó gòng chǎn dǎng). During the event, which drew thousands of people to Tiananmen Square, Xi Jinping (习近平 xí jìn píng) gave a long speech to the nation that attracted a lot…

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China Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Communist Party Posted by on Jul 6, 2021

Last week in Beijing, there was a massive celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party (中国共产党成立100周年庆祝活动 zhōng guó gòng chǎn dǎng chéng lì 100 zhōu nián qìng zhù huó dòng). The speech given by current General Secretary of the CCP and President of China, Xi Jinping (习近平 xí jìn píng) is making…

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Chinese Summer Vocabulary: Part 2 Posted by on Jun 29, 2021

Summer is a great season (季节 jì jié). It’s a season of vacations, leisure, and entertainment. The warm weather and the light clothes fill people with energy; the shining sun and the long hours of daylight encourage people to be active. But, nothing is perfect. Even summer brings with it some inconvenience (麻烦 má fan)…

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Talking About the Olympics in Chinese Posted by on Jun 22, 2021

There’s a lot of talk right now about the Summer Olympics (夏季奥运会 xià jì ào yùn huì) at the moment. The games were postponed last year due to the pandemic and there has ben a lot of uncertainty surrounding them. We’re now just a month away and it looks like they are definitely happening in Tokyo…

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Chinese Summer Vocabulary Posted by on Jun 16, 2021

Astronomically, we still have a few days before summer will officially arrive on June 20. But it certainly feels like summer is already here – 夏天来了 (xià tiān lái le, summer is here). The phrase 夏天 (xià tiān) means summer. It ends with the noun 天 (tiān), as all of the Chinse four seasons end…

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