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Archive for August, 2012

Better Know a… Municipality (Part Two) Posted by on Aug 27, 2012

In Part One of our new series, we explored China’s capital city – Beijing. Today, we’re heading a little bit south to take a closer look at Beijing’s biggest rival – Shanghai (上海 – shàng hǎi). The biggest city proper in the entire world, Shanghai is a bustling metropolis full of history, culture, and exciting new…

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What’s in a Chinese Character? (Vol. 3) Posted by on Aug 23, 2012

It’s been a while since we’ve taken a closer look at the complexity of Chinese characters. To get you up to speed, here are the links to Volume 1 and Volume 2. So far, we’ve examined quite a few characters dealing with people. Today, we’ll focus more on nature, as we look at the history…

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Qufu (曲阜) – Confucius Temple (孔庙) Posted by on Aug 18, 2012

Qufu is the hometown of one of China’s most famous historical figures – Confucius. The legendary poet, teacher, philosopher, and politician grew up here, and his influence is clear everywhere you look. Explore the temple that bears his name in this video. 曲阜 – qū fù Qufu   曲阜东站 – qū fù dōng zhàn Qufu…

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Common Chinese Greetings Posted by on Aug 15, 2012

Learning common greetings is a very important part of studying any language. Of course, there are more words and phrases than the equivalent of “hello” and “goodbye.” With this short video, you’ll learn how and when to use some of the most common greetings in Chinese. 你好 nǐ hǎo Hello   nǐ –> ní  …

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My Hobbies (我的爱好) Posted by on Aug 12, 2012

When making small talk, it’s very common to talk about your hobbies (爱好 – Ài hào). After all, talking about what you like to do in your free time is always more interesting than talking about what you have to do at work or school. To help you build your vocabulary and learn how to talk…

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