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Archive for July, 2012

Making Comparisons in Chinese Posted by on Jul 30, 2012

Learn how to make simple comparisons in Chinese with this easy to follow video. Features Chinese characters, pinyin, and English translations, along with explanations. 比 – bǐ compare; contrast   他比我高 – tā bǐ wǒ gāo He’s taller than me.   她比我漂亮 – tā bǐ wǒ piào liang She’s more beautiful than me.   上海比北京大…

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Summer Olympics Posted by on Jul 28, 2012

It’s time again for the Summer Olympics (夏季奥运会 – xià jì ào yùn huì), which means it’s been a whole four years since I came to Beijing and China hosted the games for the first time. How time flies! This year, of course, the games are being hosted by London (伦敦 – lún dūn). Many athletes (运动员 –…

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Chengde (承德) – Summer Mountain Resort (避暑山庄) Posted by on Jul 21, 2012

The highlight of Chengde is without a doubt the Summer Mountain Resort. This massive complex features four main areas: the palace, the lake, the plains, and the mountains. Built during the Qing Dynasty, it served as a summer retreat for the Emperor and his family, who would escape the brutal heat of Beijing to hunt,…

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Two Year Anniversary Posted by on Jul 17, 2012

These days Chinese is my 2nd language, but back in high school I was a Latin scholar. Of course, there are only a few Latin phrases that I remember to this day, one of which being “tempus fugit,” or “time flies” in English. This phrase is a little longer and more complicated in Chinese – 时间过得真快…

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Chengde (承德) – Temple Hopping Posted by on Jul 12, 2012

Located just a few hours northeast of Beijing is the city of Chengde in Hebei province. During the Qing Dynasty, the Emperor would come here to escape from the heat of Beijing. One particular Emperor – Qianlong – had two incredible temples built here. One is a replica of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet,…

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