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Archive for September, 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival Posted by on Sep 30, 2012

The Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节 – zhōng qiū jié) falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar (阴历 – yīn lì), and it dates back over 3,000 years to the time of the Shang Dynasty (商朝 – Shāng cháo).  While the festival originated in China, it is celebrated all over Asia.  On this day (which coincides with the…

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Past Tense Video Posted by on Sep 22, 2012

While talking about the past can be quite challenging in English, it’s really quite easy in Chinese. Learn how to use two characters to ask and answer questions about the past in Chinese with this easy to follow instructional video. 了 le   过 guò   你吃饭了吗?- nǐ chī fàn le ma Have you eaten yet?…

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My Last Vacation (Part Two) Posted by on Sep 20, 2012

In the first part of my last vacation story, we hung out in Chengdu – dancing with the locals, eating spicy hot pot, and of course, admiring the incredibly cute pandas. From there, we spent a few days enjoying the scenery of Ping Le Ancient Town, where we walked along the river, hiked up a…

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Chengdu (成都) – People’s Park and Tianfu Square Posted by on Sep 17, 2012

The capital of southwest China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu is both an ancient and a modern city, with a long history and traditional Chinese culture mixed in with brand new skyscrapers that seem to be sprouting up every few hours. A morning here is well-spent wandering the massive People’s Park, where locals gather to sip tea…

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My Last Vacation (Part One) Posted by on Sep 13, 2012

Recently I covered some useful vocabulary and phrases for planning a vacation. Well, today I’m going to tell you about my last vacation… in Chinese. For those of you more advanced folks, or those who are really focusing on practicing your reading of Chinese characters, the first part is for you. It is the first…

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Chinese Games Posted by on Sep 10, 2012

While strolling the streets of any Chinese city, it’s not uncommon to find crowds of people huddled around a table, watching the action unfold intently. You find yourself wondering, “What exactly are they so focused on?” Becoming yourself, you slowly creep up to take a peek, even though you’re just a tiny bit worried that…

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Qufu – Confucian Mansion and Cemetery Posted by on Sep 5, 2012

In addition to the massive Confucius Temple, the hometown of the Great Sage also includes the Confucian Mansion and Cemetery. See where the descendants of Master Kong lived and worked, and where thousands of them are buried in a grand forest in this short video tour. 三孔 – sān kǒng three Confucian Sites   孔府…

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