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2011 Year in Review Posted by on Dec 30, 2011 in Culture, Uncategorized

2011 - The Year of Transparent Chinese.

It’s been an amazing year for Transparent Chinese. Our Facebook page passed the 50,000 fans mark, our YouTube and Twitter pages have had great success, and our blog looks better than ever. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without YOU! We’d like to thank all of our readers for supporting us and making 2011 the best year yet, and we look forward to bringing you an even better year in 2012. For those of you who may be newcomers, here’s a list of our personal favorite posts from this year:

Chinese Idioms: Explained, Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four

Musical Instruments: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Pipa, Bianzhong (bells), Drumming, Bamboo Flute, Erhu (Chinese violin), Guqin (Chinese harp)

Chinese Love: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven

Saying Yes and No in Chinese: Written Post

How to say Yes and No in Chinese.

School: Vocabulary, Chinese Universities

The Web: Internet Slang, Chinese Websites, Social Media

Chinese Food: Breakfast, Wanfgujing Snack Street, Fast Food, Restaurant Lingo, Table Manners, Chuan’er (kebabs), Making Dumplings Video, Beijing Roast Duck

Jian Bing – Beijing breakfast.

History: From the Last Emperor to Chairman Mao

Sports: Shaolin Kung Fu, Shaolin Photos, Wushu, Enter Kung Fu, Basketball, CBA

Chinglish and Funny Stuff: Chinglish, More Chinglish Fun, Cultural Quirks

Chinese Medicine: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six, Part Seven

Travel: Riding that Train (Steve’s, Sasha’s), Hangzhou, Suzhou, Thousand Island Lake, Shidu, Shang Fang Mountain, Qingdao Beer Festival, Xi’an

As far as travel goes, here are a few of my personal favorite travel videos from 2011:

Impression Liu San Jie in Yangshuo.

The Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.

Pingyao Ancient City in Shanxi Province.

The best, and most fun video of them all – the Qingdao Beer Festival.

Well, there you go, that should keep you busy for a while! If that isn’t enough for you, cruise by our website for even more resources to help you in your quest to study Chinese. See you in 2012… until then, Happy New Year (新年快乐 – xīn nián kuài lè)!

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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