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Archive for September, 2014

A Giant Rubber Duck in China Posted by on Sep 30, 2014

In the fall of 2013, the globetrotting Giant Rubber Duck made a stop at Beijing’s Summer Palace. Known in Chinese as 大黄鸭 (dà huáng yā – Big Yellow Duck), its visit coincided with China’s National Day. Seeing as how tomorrow is National Day, here’s a little highlight reel of the Duck’s visit to the capital…

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Great Ways to Learn Chinese – FluentU Posted by on Sep 26, 2014

For the past few months, I’ve been introducing some great ways to learn Chinese online. There are tons of resources out there that can make your Chinese studies easier and more interesting. First of all, make sure you’re learning a new Chinese word every day with us. Then, check out any of the past posts…

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How to Sing and Dance the Little Apple Song (小苹果) Posted by on Sep 24, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months in China, you’ve probably heard the song “Little Apple” (小苹果 – xiǎo píng guǒ) a million times. The viral hit by the group Chopstick Brothers (筷子兄弟 – kuài zi xiōng dì) seems to be around every corner these days, and it’s definitely one…

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A Day on Hong Kong Island Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

Ride the tram, the subway, the bus, and the escalator around Hong Kong island in one awesome day. Munch on dim sum, visit Victoria Park, hit some trendy shops, head up to the Peak, and party hard in LKF. All in a day’s work on Hong Kong island. 香港 – xiāng gǎng Hong Kong 点心…

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An Introduction to Cantonese Posted by on Sep 21, 2014

Earlier this month, we had a post introducing Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. There was also the “Hong Kong to Kunming Overland” post to help you plan an epic trip across southern China. As some of you may know, they speak a different kind of Chinese down there. In Hong Kong…

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How to Express Your Emotions in Chinese Posted by on Sep 14, 2014

Talking about your emotions/feelings is an important and tricky part of learning a language. Some words translate well between languages, while others don’t at all. There are tons of English words for describing emotions that simply can’t be translated into Chinese, and it’s the same the other way around. To help you out a little…

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An Inner Mongolia Adventure Posted by on Sep 12, 2014

Once upon a time, I headed to a train ticket office in Beijing with a list of destinations that I was considering traveling to for the National Holiday (国庆节 – guó qìng jié). My girlfriend hadn’t been in China for that long, and she really hadn’t seen much outside of Beijing. It being one of…

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