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Archive for June, 2014

20 Most Common Chinese Characters Posted by on Jun 30, 2014

A few months ago, I wrote about the 100 most common Chinese characters. While that post is certainly useful, I decided it might be more beneficial for new Chinese learners to follow along on this list with videos. This way, you can focus more on the pronunciation of these characters and learn them in groups…

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Tricky Chinese Tones Posted by on Jun 26, 2014

For most learners of Chinese, mastering the tones is one of the most difficult and time-consuming aspects of the language. Trying to remember not only words, but the correct intonation as well, often leads to misunderstandings when communicating with native speakers. We’ve discussed the four tones plus the neutral tone at length here already, so…

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Highlights of Shandong Province Posted by on Jun 23, 2014

Take a video journey through eastern China’s Shandong province. Climb Mt. Tai, the holiest Taoist mountain in the country, visit the home of Confucius for a lesson in history and culture, and then head to Qingdao to hit the crowded beach, feast on seafood, and get crazy at the annual beer festival. 泰安 – tài’ān…

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Let’s Talk Sports – Chinese Soccer Vocabulary Posted by on Jun 19, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you know that the biggest event in world sports is going on right now – the World Cup (世界杯 – shì jiè bēi). In America, we call it soccer, but the rest of the world knows this sport as football (足球 – zú qiú). In case you…

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10 Great Posts for Beginners Posted by on Jun 16, 2014

Here at the Chinese language & culture blog, we try to post a variety of content that caters to a wide audience – no matter what your level of Chinese, there’s something for you here. As this blog has been around for quite a few years now, it can be intimidating trying to search through…

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Chinese Rocket Fuel AKA Baijiu Posted by on Jun 12, 2014

Recently, I penned an intimate love letter to Chinese dumplings. Boiled, steamed, or fried, these tasty little morsels are without a doubt my favorite thing about going out to eat in China. It’s not all smiles at a Chinese dinner table, though, so today we must tell the other side of the story. Binge Drinking…

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A Trip to the Zoo – Chinese Animal Vocabulary Posted by on Jun 11, 2014

Last month, we learned 40 Chinese words to talk about animals. We learned vocabulary for land animals and marine life as well. Now we’re going to take a trip to the zoo to learn even more. Follow along with the video, which has Chinese characters, pinyin, and English: 动物园 – dòng wù yuán zoo 哺乳动物…

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