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Archive for December, 2012

Top 10 of 2012 Posted by on Dec 31, 2012

Tempus fugit (time flies in Latin) – one of the only things I remember from my language classes in high school. That ancient phrase still holds true today. This year has flown by; 2012 is just about finished. Despite all the hype around the Mayan calendar, we’re still here. Having spent a few weeks in…

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Chinese Pinyin Posted by on Dec 28, 2012

Chinese is a difficult language to learn, to put it bluntly. With no alphabet, Chinese instead uses characters (汉字 – hàn zì) – thousands upon thousands of them. As such, learning how to read and write Chinese fluently takes a long time and a ton of practice. However, for most of us who are trying…

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Beijing Santa Con 5 Posted by on Dec 25, 2012

It’s Christmas day, and my gift to you, our fantastic readers, is my highlight video from this month’s annual Santa Con event in Beijing. In its 5th year, this day long pub crawl of gift giving, caroling, drinking, and dancing Santas made its way through the Beijing subway system, the traditional hutong alleyways, and the…

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Chinese Christmas Vocabulary Posted by on Dec 23, 2012

The holiday season is upon us yet again, and while most people don’t associate China with Christmas, the holiday is becoming more and more popular in the Middle Kingdom. For the past month, the Christmas spirit has been alive and well here in Beijing – in subway stations, shopping centers, restaurants, and bars all across the…

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10 Common Chinese Expressions Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

When learning a language in a country where it’s actually spoken, you’ll start to pick up on certain expressions before long. On the subway, in the shops, at a restaurant, and everywhere in between, you constantly hear people speaking the language. At first, this can be overwhelming and confusing. My first few weeks in China…

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Jiuzhaigou (九寨沟) – Tibetan Villages and Culture Posted by on Dec 18, 2012

Located in northern Sichuan province, Jiuzhaigou (literally “Valley of Nine Villages”) is a stunning national park. In addition to the beautiful scenery, there are also nine Tibetan villages both in and just outside of the park. Explore a Tibetan guesthouse and some of the villages in this short video. 九寨沟 – jiǔ zhài gōu Jiuzhaigou…

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Better Know a… Province (Part Three) Posted by on Dec 11, 2012

We’re going around this massive country little by little here at Transparent Chinese in this series inspired by one of my heroes, Stephen Colbert. So far, we’ve covered the two most famous cities in China – which are actually municipalities – Beijing and Shanghai. We’ve also explored two provinces famed for their heat – Sichuan and…

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