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Archive for September, 2011

Counting from 0-100 in Chinese (Video) Posted by on Sep 30, 2011

If you’re going to learn a language, at some point you are going to have to learn how to count. Whether you’re bargaining in a market, giving someone your phone number, or paying your bill in a restaurant, this is a critical skill that you have to get down early in your studies. Learn how…

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Beijing Opera (京剧) Posted by on Sep 30, 2011

Beijing opera or 京剧 (jīng jù) is a traditional form of Chinese theater which combines music, vocals, miming, dance and even acrobatics into the performance. Beijing Opera arose in the late 18th century and became fully developed and recognized by the mid-19th century as traditional art form. Beijing Opera was extremely popular in the Qing…

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Yangshuo (阳朔) – Part One – Impression Liu San Jie (印象刘三姐) Posted by on Sep 29, 2011

Located in Southern China’s Guanxi Province (广西省), Yangshuo is a beautiful town that attracts millions of tourists every year. Despite this huge tourism boom, Yangshuo remains a picturesque place, with amazing scenery provided by the Li River and limestone mountains. Every night, an incredible performance of song and lights takes place on the river, called…

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Calligraphy (书画) Posted by on Sep 28, 2011

Chinese calligraphy or 书画 (shū huà)  stands as a testament to evolution of the Chinese written language. Learning it takes years of practice, a steady hand, and an intense focus to detail that few can master. Chinese calligraphy is both extremely fluid and extremely structured. A missed angle, a frayed brush tip or even a…

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Chinese Traditional Instruments: PíPá (琵琶) Posted by on Sep 27, 2011

The pípá (琵琶) is a four-stringed, plucked Chinese musical instrument often referred to as the “chinese lute”. Similar to western guitars and mandolins, the pipa has a pear-shaped wooden body with a varying number of frets ranging from 12–30, depending upon the style and sound desired. Unlike the erhu, which is played with a bow (like…

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Wǔ Shù (武术) Posted by on Sep 26, 2011

Kung fu is a modern day phenomenon that is more of a culture than the actual practice of Chinese martial arts.  Wushu or  武术 (wǔ shù) on the other hand, is a broader term that refers to the many schools (門, mén), families (家, jiā) and sects (派, pài) of Chinese fighting. Much like 功夫, 武术 translates…

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Enter Kung Fu (功夫) Posted by on Sep 25, 2011

If you are like me, you love kung fu–in all its glory. No matter if it’s a Bruce Lee flick, a kickboxing match or if you’re just practicing some taichi (太极拳 pronounced: tài jí quán) in the back yard–kung fu kicks a$*. The hits, the flips, and who can forget the fumanchus? It’s the art of…

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