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Most Popular Chinese Blog Posts of 2021 Posted by on Dec 21, 2021

As we near the end of another year, here’s a good expression to learn in Chinese: 时间过得真快 (shí jiān guò dé zhēn kuài). It’s similar to saying “how time flies” in English, and I always find myself saying it this time of year. We have a tradition here at the blog of looking back on…

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Talking About Hobbies in Chinese Posted by on Nov 8, 2021

A great way to improve your Chinese is by talking about your hobbies (爱好 Ài hào). It’s more fun talking about what you like to do in your spare time than what you have to do at work or school. Plus, finding people who share the same hobbies as you gives you the chance to…

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How to Use the Chinese Character 比 (bǐ) Posted by on Apr 28, 2021

The character 比 (bǐ) is commonly used when making comparisons. The Chinese dictionary defines 比 as: 较量高低、长短、远近、好坏等 (jiào liàng gāo dī, cháng duǎn, yuan jìn, hǎo huài děng.) Which means to measure up against attributions such as height, length, distance, good or bad, etc. 比 can be translated as than, but its sentence structure is…

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Asking about Age in Chinese Posted by on Mar 22, 2021

When you wonder about someone’s age (年龄 nián líng), and you don’t want to guess (猜猜 cāi cāi) or make an assessment (判断 pàn duàn), here are all the Chinese ways to ask for someone’s age. The character 多 (duō) has many usages. It serves as adjective, verb, and numeral; and means a lot, more…

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