Celebrating National Day Posted by on Oct 4, 2021

Every year on October 1st, China celebrates its National Day (国庆节 guó qìng jié). This is one of the most important holidays in the country. It’s one of two Golden Week (黄金周 huáng jīn zhōu) holidays, along with the Spring Festival (春节 chūn jié). People all over the country are enjoying a few days off…

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The Chinese Words for Cube Posted by on Sep 27, 2021

The Beijing’s Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube, which are actually called The Beijing National Stadium and The Beijing National Aquatics Center, were originally designed and constructed to host the 2008 Olympic Games. Their great architectures and impressive appearances made them attractive tourist sites to visit, even more than a decade after the Beijing Games…

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Moon Cakes: A Mid-Autumn Festival Tradition Posted by on Sep 20, 2021

Today is the Mid-Autumn Festival. This is an important traditional Chinese festival. It is the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month of each year (今天是中秋节。 这是中国重要的传统节日。 为每年的农历八月十五。 jīn tiān shì zhōng qiū jié. zhè shì zhōng guó zhòng yào de chuán tǒng jié rì. wèi měi nián de nóng lì bā yuè shí wǔ)…

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Six Common Phrases of the Character 开 Posted by on Sep 13, 2021

开 (kāi) is one of the first Chinese words I learned. I remember it from my first Chinese classes. It was part of their routine: the students were already sitting on their chairs, thick textbooks on their tables, when the teacher arrived. She entered the class, greeted us kindly, and asked: 请打开书 (qǐng dǎ kāi…

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Rocking Out in China (Part Four) Posted by on Sep 8, 2021

Are you ready to rock? (你准备好摇滚了吗? nǐ zhǔn bèi hǎo yáo gǔn le ma?). I sure hope so, because today concludes our series on Rocking Out in China. In case you missed the previous posts, here are the links to get you caught up – Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. From the godfather…

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Chinese Language Quiz 2021 Posted by on Aug 23, 2021

Learning a second language, any language, is a journey. A journey of ups and downs, a journey in which you sometimes sprint and sometimes stand still. And although it sometimes feels like the destination is far, know that every step brings you forward. Today we will take a little break to summarize up what we…

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Universities in China Posted by on Aug 18, 2021

What are the top universities in China? Find out in this post, which also explains the intense college entrance exam students must take to get into one.

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